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    1. Music Might Give Babies' Language Skills a Boost

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Can listening to music boost your baby's brainpower? Maybe, at least in specific ways. A new study suggests that listening to music with a waltz-like rhythm -- a difficult form of rhythm for infants to comprehend -- and t

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    2. Babies Fed Rice-Based Cereals Have Higher Arsenic

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Parents commonly give rice to their babies as a first food. Now, researchers say infants fed rice-based foods may have significantly higher "inorganic" arsenic concentrations in their urine than babies who never eat ric

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    3. Infant's BMI May Predict Early Childhood Obesity

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A high body mass index (BMI) in infancy may predict which children are likely to be obese at age 6 years, scientists say. "Our study shows that growth patterns in children who become severely obese by 6 years of ag

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    4. 60,000 Kids a Year Accidentally Poisoned by Meds

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 60,000 children in the United States are accidentally poisoned by medicines each year, a new report says. That's the equivalent of four busloads of children -- or one every nine minutes -- arriving at emergency dep

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    5. Younger Siblings and Kids' Obesity Risk

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children who have younger siblings before they reach first grade may be less likely to become obese, new research suggests. If they are between the ages of 2 and 4 when a second child arrives, they "are significantly le

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    6. Mom's Smoking May Up Kids' Later COPD Risk

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The children of mothers who smoke heavily may face a much higher risk for developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as adults, new research suggests. The finding is based on the tracking of COPD risk among ne

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    7. These Baby Formulas Don't Stop Asthma, Allergies

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many parents who worry that their baby is at risk of asthma, allergies or type 1 diabetes may turn to special cow's milk formulas touted to lower the risk. But a new review of the data on these "hydrolyzed" infant formula

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    8. Exercise + Classwork May = Better Math Scores

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Schoolchildren may have an easier time learning if exercise is part of their math and spelling lessons, a new study suggests. Dutch researchers found that second- and third-graders given "physically active" lessons did bet

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    9. Teething Makes Babies Cranky, But Not Sick: Review

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teething can make babies miserable, but it rarely causes fevers above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, or any other signs of illness, a new review finds. The analysis, published online Feb. 18 in the journal Pediatrics, found that

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    10. Parenthood May Alter Immune System

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While most people know that parenting is a stressful, sleep-depriving undertaking, new research suggests it may also rewire the immune system. The study found that parenting seems to have a more significant effe

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