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  1. Flame-Retardant Chemicals Could Be Toxic to Kids

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 6 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to flame-retardant chemicals in the womb is associated with hyperactivity and lower intelligence in children, a new study indicates. Researchers examined the effects of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), which were u

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  2. The Best Weight Loss Plan for Busy Parents

    So you want to lose weight, get healthier, and set a good example for your kids. That’s fantastic! How do you balance eating right, getting enough exercise, and the demands of being a parent? Here’s how you can break it down and tackle it. There are three rules: Food: Plan ahead Exercise: Think smal

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  3. 7 Foods You Think Are Healthy

    When your family bites into a fresh fruit or a steamed vegetable, you know you're serving up something that’s good for them. But beyond that, it's hard to be sure. Even if the package says that a food is healthy or loaded with all kinds of vitamins and minerals, check the label. It may be full of ot

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  4. This Is Your Kid’s Brain Without Sleep

    You know your child needs sleep. But do you know why?   It's not just that overtired kids are cranky. Not getting enough sleep can hurt their health and ability to make good choices. How much sleep should your kids get? You may be surprised by how much they need. Toddlers: 12-14 hours Preschoolers:

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  5. Can Kids Exercise Too Much?

    What should you do if your 10-year-old wants to lift weights? Or your teen goes on daily runs even though she plays a sport, too? Getting exercise is good for kids -- they need at least 60 minutes a day. But is there such a thing as too much exercise for a kid? The truth is a majority of kids in Ame

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  6. Very Preterm Babies & Disability: Encouraging News

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) -- Extremely premature infants are more likely to have mental and physical disabilities than full-term infants, but rates of such disabilities aren't rising, new research says. The study included almost 500 children in Sweden who

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  7. Prescription Drug Abuse Up Among Teens: Survey

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 23 (HealthDay News) -- The United States appears to be in the throes of a prescription drug abuse crisis among teens, with a new survey showing that 24 percent of high school students -- more than 5 million kids -- have abused these medications. That's

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  8. Telling Kids to Clean Plate May Backfire

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 22 (HealthDay News) -- Although you might think being a member of the "clean plate club" is something that stops when a child is young, new research suggests that up to two-thirds of parents still encourage teenagers to finish all the food on their p

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  9. Many Parents Text, Phone With Kids in Car: Survey

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 19 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly two-thirds of adults use a cell phone when they're driving with children in the car, and about one-third text, according to a new California survey. The dangers of such behavior are well-documented. In 2011, about 3,300

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  10. Babies Born Even Slightly Early May Lag Behind

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 16 (HealthDay News) -- Many women choose to have labor induced or to have an elective Cesarean delivery before the full term of their pregnancy is up, but a new study suggests their child's development may suffer if they are born even a little ear

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