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  1. Baby Bottle Makers Ditch BPA

    March 6, 2009 -- The top six makers of baby bottles in the U.S. have agreed to stop using the polycarbonate plastic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in their bottles. Connecticut's Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced that news yesterday. The six bottle makers who agreed to stop using BPA are Ave

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  2. RSV: Winter Virus Common Cause of Illness

    Feb. 4, 2009 -- More than 2 million young children require medical treatment for respiratory syncytial virus every year, yet most never receive a confirmed diagnosis, new research shows. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can cause infection in people of all ages, but young infants and children are e

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  3. Bisphenol A May Linger in Body

    Jan. 28, 2009 -- The plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA) doesn't leave the body as easily as previously thought, a new study suggests. BPA is everywhere: in PVC pipe, in polycarbonate drink containers, in the plastic that lines food and soft-drink cans, and even in dental sealants. It's also in our

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  4. Infant Suffocation Deaths Are Rising

    Jan. 26, 2009 -- Rates of infant mortality due to accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed have quadrupled since 1984, a new study shows. In the same period, rates of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) declined, while sudden unexpected infant deaths remained stagnant, shows the study, publis

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  5. Kawasaki Disease: No Link to Travolta Death

    Jan. 5, 2009 -- Jett Travolta's childhood brush with Kawasaki disease is highly unlikely to have caused the seizures that may have led to his death, a Kawasaki expert tells WebMD. Jett Travolta, the 16-year-old son of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston, died on Jan. 2. The teen, known to have su

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  6. Breastfeeding Helps Moms Lose Weight

    Dec. 8, 2008 -- Breastfeeding may help new mothers shed the baby weight. A new study examines the relationship between breastfeeding and postpartum weight retention. The study, which looked at data for more than 25,000 women participating in the Danish National Birth Cohort, measured how long women

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  7. FAQ: Melamine in U.S. Baby Formula

    Nov. 26, 2008 -- Tiny "trace" amounts of potentially toxic melamine reportedly detected in U.S.-made infant formula pose little if any risk to kids, experts tell WebMD. Just before Thanksgiving, the Associated Press reported that the FDA had been testing U.S.-made baby formula for melamine. On the F

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  8. Panel Criticizes FDA Bisphenol A Report

    Oct. 29, 2008 -- The controversy over the plastic chemical bisphenol A is heating back up, with a panel of scientists criticizing an FDA draft report on bisphenol A safety. Bisphenol A, also called BPA, is a chemical found in polycarbonate plastic -- including some water bottles and baby bottles --

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  9. Canada Banning Bisphenol A Baby Bottles

    Oct. 21, 2008 -- It's official: Canada is banning baby bottles containing bisphenol A, a plastic chemical found in some polycarbonate bottles and the lining of canned goods. The Canadian government says it will immediately start drafting regulations banning the importation, sale, and advertising of

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  10. Infant Mortality: U.S. Ranks 29th

    Oct. 15, 2008 -- The U.S. ranks 29th worldwide in infant mortality, tying Slovakia and Poland but lagging behind Cuba, the CDC reports. The CDC's latest estimates for international rankings are based on 2004 data. But as of 2005, the numbers haven't changed much since 2000. Nearly seven U.S. babies

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