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    1. Breast Milk May Spread Common Virus to Preemies

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For babies born at very low birth weights, breast milk is more likely than a blood transfusion to lead to a potentially dangerous infection known as cytomegalovirus (CMV), a new study finds. The researchers evaluated m

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    2. Is Dirt Good for Kids?

      It's the basic nature of young children to touch the very things in their environment that their parents find most disgusting. Just try to keep your 1-year-old from sticking the dog's bone in her mouth! Epidemic-scale flu seasons have health authorities imploring regular hand washing, and with talk

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    3. New Dads: How to Bond With Your Baby

      You're a dad now! It's exciting, though parts of it may be new to you -- like changing a diaper or soothing your crying baby. Many people focus on the mother-baby bond. But Pittsburgh pediatrician Mark Diamond says, "Other than the physical act of nursing, dads can do everything else: holding the ba

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    4. New Dads: What to Expect After Baby Arrives

      You know that becoming a dad will change your life. What you can't know is how, and in what ways. Nothing can fully prepare you for the joys and challenges of parenthood. But learning what to expect now may reduce the number of big surprises ahead. Here's a preview of how your newborn may change you

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    5. The Parenting Trap: Coddling Anxious Kids

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some parents may make things worse for their anxious kids by falling into what researchers call the "protection trap" -- reassuring them, lavishing them with attention or making the threat go away, according to the result

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    6. 9 of 10 American Kids Eat Too Much Salt: CDC

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nine out of 10 American kids eat more salt than they should, raising their lifelong risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, a new federal government report shows. On average, kids aged 6 to 18 eat 3,300 milligram

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    7. Animal Fur May Lower Baby's Asthma Risk

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Sept. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Infants who sleep on animal fur may be less likely to develop asthma later in childhood, new research suggests. The study included more than 2,400 healthy city-dwelling newborns in Germany who were followed until age 10. O

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    8. Music Lessons May Help Bridge 'Achievement Gap'

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A community music program for disadvantaged children boosted an important part of their brain development and function, according to a new study. The benefits were seen in the youngsters' ability to distinguish similar

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    9. Breast-Feeding Lowers Kids' Allergy, Infection Risk

      By EJ Mundell HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two new studies further confirm the health benefits of breast-feeding. One suggests that 6-year-olds who were breast-fed have a lower risk of ear, throat and sinus infections compared to bottle-fed infants, while the other f

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    10. Preterm, Small Birth Tied to Heart, Brain Risks

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born early or at low birth weight are at risk later in life of having smaller, less efficient brains or health problems that increase their risk for heart disease, according to a pair of new studies. But even thou

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