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  1. Heart Drug Clears Up 'Strawberry' Birthmarks

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The heart drug propranolol (Inderal) appears to be effective in treating "strawberry" birthmarks known as infantile hemangiomas, a new study finds. About 3 to 10 percent of infants develop an infantile hemangioma, the

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  2. Many Parents Too Quick to Switch Child Car Seats

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly three-quarters of American parents place their children in forward-facing car seats before it's safe to do so, a new study reveals. Guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that a rear

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  3. Neural Tube Defects, Like Spina Bifida, Declining

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Serious birth defects of the brain and spine called neural tube defects have fallen 35 percent in the United States since mandatory folic acid fortification of enriched grain products was introduced in 1998, federal offi

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  4. U.S. Birth Rate Continues Decline, CDC Reports

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. birth rate remained at an all-time low in 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. But as the economy continues to improve, births are likely to pick up, experts say. "By 20

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  5. Naps May Boost Your Baby's Memory

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Babies process and preserve memories during those many naps they take during the day, a new study suggests. "We discovered that sleeping shortly after learning helps infants to retain memories over extended periods of time

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  6. 'Water Birth' Baby Dies of Legionnaires' Disease

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new report on a Texas infant who died from Legionnaires' disease after being born in a whirlpool tub highlights the potential dangers of having a "water birth." It's not clear if the baby was infected with the respira

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  7. N.Y. Toddler Dies From Liquid Nicotine Poisoning

    Dec. 15, 2014 -- A 1-year-old child in New York State is believed to be the first youngster in the United States to die of poisoning from liquid nicotine, the substance used in electronic cigarettes. Police said the toddler was found unresponsive last Tuesday after ingesting liquid nicotine at a hom

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  8. Mom, Put Down That Smartphone at Dinner

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Harried mothers who want to stay close with their kids should put aside their smartphones and tablets at the dinner table, a new study suggests. Researchers found that mothers who are regularly distracted by mobile devices

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  9. CDC Endorses Circumcision for Health Reasons

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials are poised to endorse circumcision as a means of preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday released its first-ever draft

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  10. Babies Sleep With Soft Bedding Despite SIDS Risk

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although soft bedding has been linked to an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), more than half of American parents continue to use such bedding for their sleeping babies, according to a new study. Use of so

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