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  1. Antibiotic Use in Infants May Raise Obesity Risk

    Aug. 21, 2012 -- Taken together, two new studies point to a potentially new culprit in the obesity epidemic: antibiotic use. Antibiotics, especially when taken by infants less than 6 months old, may shift the balance of bacteria in the gut and may set the stage for obesity. The first study, which ap

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  2. Anesthesia May Harm Children's Brains

    Aug. 20, 2012 -- A new study is raising fresh concerns about the use of general anesthesia in young children. Recent studies have suggested that anesthetic drugs may increase the risk for learning disabilities and behavioral problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but only

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  3. More Moms Breastfeeding

    Aug. 1, 2012 -- The health benefits of breastfeeding are widely publicized, and it seems that this message is gaining traction. A new breastfeeding report card from the CDC shows that more new moms in the U.S. are choosing to breastfeed their babies. Just shy of 77% of moms started breastfeeding in

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  4. FDA Bans BPA in Baby Bottles

    July 17, 2012 -- The FDA today banned the use of BPA in baby bottles and in sippy cups. It's a matter of closing the barn door after the horses have gone: All baby bottles and sippy cups sold in the U.S. are now BPA-free. Because manufacturers have "abandoned" BPA additives in these products, the FD

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  5. Many Babies Healthier in Homes With Dogs

    July 9, 2012 -- Babies in homes with dogs have fewer colds, fewer ear infections, and need fewer antibiotics in their first year of life than babies raised in pet-free homes, Finnish researchers find. Homes with cats are healthier for babies, too, but not to the same extent as those with dogs, note

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  6. Many Moms Don't Meet Their Own Breastfeeding Goals

    June 4, 2012 -- Many moms who want to breastfeed exclusively for three months or longer fall short of meeting this goal, a new study shows. More than 85% of new moms said they intended to breastfeed for three months or longer, but just 32.4% met their mark. The World Health Organization (WHO) and th

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  7. Soy and Cow's Milk-Based Baby Formulas Face Off

    May 29, 2012 -- Soy and cow's milk-based baby formulas may offer similar developmental benefits for baby. But a new study confirms breast milk still is the best. Researchers found no differences in behavioral development, such as language and other thinking-related skills, between infants fed soy fo

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  8. Depressed Moms Disrupt Baby’s Sleep

    April 17, 2012 -- New research provides a unique look at the way a mom's depression can affect her baby's sleep. Researchers watched hours of video of moms as they took care of their babies at bedtime and throughout the night. They found that moms with greater depressive symptoms were more likely to

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  9. Safe Sleep Can Prevent SIDS Deaths

    March 26, 2012 -- There's more to cutting the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) than putting babies to sleep on their backs. The public health campaign “Back to Sleep,” geared toward putting infants to sleep on their backs, helped reduce the rate of SIDS by more than 50%. But now, a new st

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  10. Having Small Babies May Raise Heart Risk in Moms

    March 14, 2012 -- Women who give birth to small, full-term babies may have an increased risk for heart disease decades later, new research shows. Delivering a small baby was found to be a strong, independent predictor of heart disease later in life in a new study led by researchers from the Universi

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