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  1. Injuries From Ocean Waves More Common Than Thought

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, June 23 (HealthDay News) -- A study out of Delaware suggests that injuries to beachgoers caused by ocean waves are more common and severe than previously suspected, and people need to be aware of the ocean's power -- even in shallow water. To keep safe, it

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  2. BPA Exposure Tied to Undescended Testicles in Boys

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- Fetal exposure to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) has been linked to low levels of a key developmental hormone in newborn boys with undescended testicles, according to an early new study. The research adds to the list of growin

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  3. Dads Who Bond With Kids Help Keep Marriage Strong

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- For dads aiming at marital bliss, a new study suggests just two factors are especially important: being engaged with the kids, for sure -- but also doing a fair share of the household chores. In other words, just taking

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  4. Pesticide Exposure Tied to Fetal-Movement Changes

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- A pregnant woman's exposure to environmental contaminants affects her unborn baby's heart rate and movement, a new study says. "Both fetal motor activity and heart rate reveal how the fetus is maturing and give us a way to ev

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  5. More Evidence Links BPA to Childhood Obesity

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- There's fresh evidence that the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, may play a part in childhood obesity. BPA is a chemical that is widely used in food packaging. Government studies have shown that 92 percent of Americans have det

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  6. Junk Food Bans Help Schoolkids Avoid Unhealthy Snacks: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- Elementary schools are less likely to sell unhealthy snack foods and drinks if school districts or states have rules that limit the sale of such products, a new study finds. However, more than three-quarters of public elementary

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  7. Even Mild Weight Loss May Lower Diabetes Risk in Obese Teens

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Obese teens don't need to lose large amounts of weight to lower their risk of developing diabetes, according to a new study. Researchers found that obese teens who reduced their body-mass index (BMI) by 8 percent or more had impr

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  8. Scientists ID Gene Behind Early Onset Puberty

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've identified a gene mutation behind a condition that causes children to undergo puberty before the age of 9. The condition, known as central precocious puberty, appears to be inherited via a gene passed al

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  9. Young Parents Don't Stress Over Kids' Media Use

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- Having grown up with gadgets galore, young parents aren't as worried about the potentially corrosive effects of too much screen time on their offspring, a new study suggests. Surveying more than 2,300 parents of children up to

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  10. More Kids Being Poisoned by Prescription Drugs

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- As the number of adults taking prescription drugs has grown, so has the number of children being accidentally poisoned by them, a new study finds. "We found between 2000 and 2009 [that] rates of pediatric exposure to adult medi

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