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  1. Sports for Teens Are Beneficial -- Up to a Point

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Too much time spent playing sports can be as bad as too little time for teens, a new study finds. Swiss researchers found the greatest benefit seemed to be associated with 14 hours of sports a week. That's higher than Eu

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  2. Breast Milk With Solid Foods Might Stave Off Allergies

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Giving babies solid food while still breast-feeding, and waiting until 17 weeks to do so, might protect the infants from food allergies, British researchers say. The overlap between starting solid foods while still breas

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  3. Recreational Drugs: 3 New Threats to Know About

    You can find Molly at concerts, festivals and anywhere teens and young adults gather. But Molly isn’t a girl; it’s an illegal recreational drug, one of several now growing in popularity. Because they’re illegal, there are no controls over what might be in them. In fact, many aren’t even the substanc

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  4. More U.S. Teens Try E-Cigarettes, Hookahs: Report

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- The rapidly growing use of electronic cigarettes, hookahs and other smoking alternatives by middle school and high school students concerns U.S. health officials. While use of these devices nearly doubled in some cases betwe

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  5. Music Training May Boost Young Brains

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Playing a musical instrument can cause fundamental changes in a young person's brain, shaping both how it functions and how it is physically structured, researchers say. A trio of studies presented this week at the annual mee

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  6. Homemade Baby Food: Is It Right for You?

    When you begin feeding your baby solid foods, it’s time to think about what foods you’re going to be feeding him. There are many healthy premade options, including organic baby food. But homemade baby food is a popular option for parents who want to know exactly what goes into their baby’s mouth --

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  7. Childhood Obesity Tied to Earlier Puberty in Girls

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. girls are developing breasts at a younger age compared to years past, and obesity appears to explain a large share of the shift, a new study suggests. Researchers found that between 2004 and 2011, American girls typically start

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  8. Parenting Your Child in College

    When children head off to college, they start to become more independent, but they still need your support. “It’s a big shift in your relationship with your child. Often, parents are not prepared for the distance and independence young adults need,” says Annette Reiter, a licensed marriage and famil

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  9. Are You Ready to Adopt?

    Thinking about adopting a child? There’s a lot to consider. You might want to start by asking yourself these seven questions: 1. Why do you want to adopt? It’s a big decision. What motivates you to adopt? "The only really good reason to adopt is because you really want to parent a child," says pedia

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  10. Tips to Parent Your Shy Child

    Every child has bashful moments. Some kids, though, are shy. Can you simply let your children be shy, or do you need to "bring them out?" “You can do both,” says Christopher Kearney, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Shy children may not become social butterflies

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