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  1. Bigger Head, Smarter Baby?

    Oct. 13, 2006 -- A child's intelligence may partly be reflected by how much his or her head grows by age 1. That news comes from researchers in England including Catherine Gale, PhD, of the University of Southampton. "The brain volume a child achieves by the age of 1 year helps determine later intel

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  2. Breastfed Babies Aren't Smarter

    Oct. 3, 2006 -- Do breastfed babies become brainier kids? Some studies say yes, but new research shows no direct link between breastfeeding and intelligence later in life. In the largest study ever to address the issue, researchers found a positive impact for breastfeeding on intelligence only when

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  3. Breastfed Babies Less Overweight

    Sept. 26, 2006 -- Breastfed babies are less likely to grow into overweight children than those fed formula, even if their mothers are obese or have diabetes, research confirms. Exclusively breastfed babies had roughly a 34% reduced risk of being overweight during childhood, compared to children excl

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  4. Naps Help Babies Learn

    Aug. 16, 2006 -- A good nap may not only keep babies from getting cranky; it may also help them learn. A new study suggests napping plays an important role in the learning process by allowing babies to process and retain information they're exposed to while awake. Researchers found 15-month-old babi

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  5. Too Much Baby Fat?

    Aug. 9, 2006 -- America's babies are chubbier than they used to be, according to a new study. The study found a 74% jump in babies newborn to 6 months who are overweight, and a 59% rise in babies at risk of becoming overweight. The estimates are based on information about 120,000 kids up to 6 years

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  6. Breastfed Babies Less Stressed Later?

    Aug. 2, 2006 -- Breastfed babies appear to handle stress stress better a decade later than their bottle-fed peers. The researchers who report that finding in the Archives of Disease in Childhood's Aug. 3 advance online edition aren't ready to give breastfeeding breastfeeding sole credit. It's possib

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  7. Allergy Risk Tied to Early Solid Foods

    July 28, 2006 -- New moms should breastfeed exclusively for six months to help protect their babies against developing food allergies later on, one of the nation's leading allergy and asthma groups says. Solid foods of all types should be avoided for the first six months, and certain items -- like c

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  8. Mom's Milk May Cut Baby Skin Allergies

    July 26, 2006 -- Chalk up another potential benefit for breastfeeding . Natural chemicals, called prebiotics, found in human breast milk may cut babies' chances of developing skin allergies . Guido Moro, MD, and colleagues report this news in the "online first" edition of the Archives of Disease in

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  9. Nitric Oxide Helps Some Tiny Preemies

    July 26, 2006 -- Costly nitric oxide gas cuts the risk of lung and brain damage in some very low-weight premature babies, two U.S.-funded studies show. Babies born very prematurely and weighing less than 3 pounds tend to have trouble breathing. That is because their lungs are not yet fully developed

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  10. Doctors Now Ease Pain of Circumcision

    July 20, 2006 -- More than nine in 10 doctors who are taught circumcision circumcision techniques are also now taught to take pain into consideration before circumcising a baby boy; that's compared with only seven in 10 a decade ago. A new survey shows that 97% of these doctors now learn effective p

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