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  1. Maternity Leave and Postpartum Depression

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 13, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Having a longer maternity leave reduces a woman's risk of postpartum depression, new research shows. The findings suggest that the maximum 12 weeks of maternity leave given to American mothers under federal law may be inad

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  2. Will Music Make Your Child Smarter?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- If Johnny doesn't take to the violin, don't fret. A new study challenges the widely held belief that music lessons can help boost children's intelligence. "More than 80 percent of American adults think that music improv

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  3. Rise in U.S. High Chair Injuries Stuns Experts

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Young children are falling out of high chairs at alarming rates, according to a new safety study that found high chair accidents increased 22 percent between 2003 and 2010. U.S. emergency rooms now attend to an average of almo

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  4. Ecstasy Use on Rise Again Among U.S. Teens: Report

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 3, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. teens who wind up in the emergency room after taking the club drug Ecstasy has more than doubled in recent years, raising concerns that the hallucinogen is back in vogue, federal officials report. Emer

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  5. Parents Who Set, Stick to Rules May Help Kids Stay Slim

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Parents who set firm rules about behaviors like TV viewing, dinner time and physical activity tend to have children of healthier weights, a new Australian study finds. "Children of parents who set consistent rules have a sl

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  6. Cross These Dangerous Toys Off Kids' X-mas List, Experts Say

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Toxic or dangerous toys can still be found on store shelves despite tough new federal regulations, according to a report released Tuesday. Researchers found toys for sale that contained toxic levels of lead, cadmium, an

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  7. Smaller Bowls May Keep Kids From Overeating

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Having youngsters use smaller bowls may be one way to help reduce childhood obesity, a new study suggests. In their first experiment, researchers gave 8- or 16-ounce bowls to 69 preschoolers. Adults then served the childre

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  8. Deaths Lead to Recall of Baby Monitors

    Nov 22, 2013 -- About 600,000 baby monitors are being recalled after two babies strangled to death on the device's cord, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says. The recall covers Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitors with Sensor Pads that were made between 1999 and 2013. The cord, which is

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  9. Teens' Mental Disorders Often Untreated in U.S.

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Less than half of American teens with mental health disorders receive treatment, and those who do get help rarely see a mental health specialist, a new study indicates. The findings underscore the need for better mental

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  10. Parents Clueless About Dangers of Noise Hazards?

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 21 (HealthDay News) -- One in six teens has some degree of preventable hearing loss, but few parents warn their kids to turn down their iPods or avoid other sources of excessive noise, new research finds. "High-frequency hearing loss, which is typ

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