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  1. New SIDS Guidelines Say Breastfeeding Lowers Risk

    Oct. 18, 2011 -- Breastfeeding and up-to-date immunizations can lower infants’ risk of sudden, unexpected death during sleep, according to updated guidelines issued today by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Since 1992, the pediatricians group has been advising parents to place young infants on th

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  2. Fatty Acids From Formula or Breastfeeding May Boost Mental Development

    Sept. 19, 2011 -- Giving premature baby girls formula supplemented with a certain type of fatty acid might lead to better reading and spelling skills at age 10, suggests a small study. In addition, among children fed only formula and no breast milk as babies, those who received supplemented formula

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  3. Circumcision Rates Are Dropping in the U.S.

    Sept. 1, 2011 -- Circumcision rates in the U.S. are on the decline, according to a CDC study. The CDC used three different measurements to estimate the number of newborn male circumcisions. Researchers found that the procedure is somewhat less common today than it was 10 years ago. The report was wr

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  4. Blood Oxygen Test Finds Heart Defects in Newborns

    Aug. 22, 2011 -- All newborns should get a simple oxygen test to check for serious heart defects before they come home from the hospital, a federal advisory panel says. Heart malformations are the most common kind of birth defect. They affect an estimated one out of 100 births worldwide. In 25% of c

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  5. Breastfeeding May Cut Risk of Some Breast Cancers

    Aug. 16, 2011 -- African-American women may reduce their risk of getting an aggressive breast cancer known as ER-negative by breastfeeding, new research suggests. Julie R. Palmer, ScD, of Boston University, found that having multiple children raised the risk of ER-negative breast cancer in African-A

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  6. Teething May Not Be Linked to Fever

    Aug. 8, 2011 -- Teething and fever don't usually go together, according to new research. That may come as a surprise to both parents and doctors, says researcher Joana Ramos-Jorge, a PhD student in pediatric dentistry at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She polled

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  7. Flame Retardants, Chemicals Found in Child Car Seats

    Aug. 3, 2011 -- Some child car safety seats may contain hazardous chemicals including flame retardants, according to the fourth annual report by the Ecology Center, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based nonprofit environmental organization. Researchers tested more than 150 2011-model infant, convertible, and bo

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  8. CDC Report: Hospitals Need to Improve Breastfeeding Support

    Aug. 2, 2011 -- Breastfeeding helps protect babies and mothers from many significant health risks, including childhood obesity and breast and ovarian cancers in mothers. Yet most hospitals in the United States fail to adequately support the practice, according to a new report from the CDC. “We are a

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  9. Breastfeeding May Cut Risk of Asthma for Baby

    July 21, 2011 -- Breastfeeding for at least six months appears to reduce the risk of a child developing asthma, new Dutch research suggests. Exclusive breastfeeding offered even more protection, the researchers found. The link between breastfeeding and asthma risk has been reported before. However,

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  10. Study: No Risks if Toddlers Share Parents' Bed

    July 18, 2011 -- Toddlers who share a bed with their parents do not face increased risks for behavioral or learning problems at age 5, according to new research. The American Academy of Pediatrics cautions against bed sharing during infancy because it may increase the risk of sudden infant death syn

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