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  1. 'Smart Baby' DVDs No Help, May Harm

    Aug. 7, 2007 -- "Smart baby" videos don't help kids before age 2 years -- and may actually slow word learning, a University of Washington study suggests. Frederick J. Zimmerman, PhD, of the child health institute at the University of Washington School of Public Health, and colleagues held long telep

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  2. Breastfeeding Statistics Up, Says CDC

    Aug. 2, 2007 -- Breastfeeding is becoming more common among U.S. moms, but the CDC sees room for improvement. The CDC today reported that in 2004, nearly 74% of U.S. moms began breastfeeding their newborns, about 42% breastfed their 6-month-olds, and 21% breastfed their 1-year-olds. Those figures ar

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  3. Newborn Hearing Test May Predict SIDS

    July 27, 2007 -- A preliminary study suggests that it might be possible to screen newborns for SIDS risk with a hearing test. SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) is the sudden death of an infant less than 1 year of age that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation. It's the leading cause o

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  4. Most U.S. Newborns Get Screening Tests

    July 11, 2007 - The March of Dimes reports that nearly 90% of U.S. newborns now get recommended screening for serious disorders -- up from 38% only two years ago. In 2004, the American College of Medical Genetics recommended that every newborn baby be screened for 29 genetic or functional disorders

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  5. Smokers' Babies Take on Cotinine

    June 19, 2007 -- The chemical traces of cigarette smoke may show up in babies of parents who smoke, according to a new study. The study shows that cotinine, a chemical released when the body breaks down nicotine, is more abundant in urine samples from smokers' babies than from nonsmokers' children.

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  6. Father's Touch Soothes Newborns

    June 7, 2007 -- After cesarean section (C-section), newborns may cry less and sleep sooner if they rest on dad's chest instead of in a cot, a Swedish study shows. "This valuable information can be used to encourage fathers to provide skin-to-skin care for their babies," write the researchers. They a

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  7. Say What? Tots Watch Bilingual Talk

    May 24, 2007 -- Just by reading grown-ups' faces, babies may notice when bilingual adults shift from one language to another, a new study shows. The study, published in the journal Science, included 96 healthy, full-term babies aged 4 months, 6 months, and 8 months. Some of the babies were from fami

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  8. Preterm Birth May Raise Diabetes Risk

    May 16, 2007 -- Preterm babies born at very low birth weight may be more prone blood sugar problems as young adults. That news comes from researchers in Finland, including Petteri Hovi, MD, of Finland's National Public Health Institute. They studied 332 young adults who were 18-27 years old. The gro

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  9. Baby Car Seat/Carrier Recalled

    May 10, 2007 - Evenflo Embrace Infant Car Seat/Carriers have been recalled because of a faulty handle that suddenly releases and dumps babies to the ground. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says there have been 679 reports of the handle on the car seat/carriers unexpectedly releasing. The

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  10. Breastfeeding and Later Obesity

    April 24, 2007 -- Breastfed babies are just as likely to grow up to be overweight adults as babies who are bottle fed, new research shows. Results from a study involving more than 35,000 female nurses seem to contradict earlier research, which prompted government health officials to recommend breast

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