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  1. Fast-Food Ads Aimed at Kids Focus on Toys, Not Food

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Unlike fast-food advertisements geared toward adults, which feature burgers and fries, those targeting children focus more on free toys, movie tie-ins and other giveaways, according to a new study. In light of their fi

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  2. Simple Strategies Not Always Enough for Bedwetting

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 27 (HealthDay News) -- While techniques such as fluid restriction can help some children who have problems with bedwetting, alarms and medications are more effective, a new study finds. "Simple behavioral therapies such as rewarding the child for d

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  3. Most Medications OK During Breast-Feeding

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Most breast-feeding moms can safely take the medications and vaccines they need, without fear they'll harm a nursing infant, according to a new report from a leading group of U.S. pediatricians. The report, from the American Ac

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  4. U.S. Circumcision Rates Drop by 10 Percent: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Male circumcision rates in the United States declined 10 percent between 1979 and 2010, federal health officials reported Thursday. Over 32 years, the rate of newborn circumcision -- the surgical removal of foreskin from a p

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  5. How Many Extra Calories Add Up to Obesity for Kids?

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight kids may be consuming far more calories than their doctors or parents realize, a new study suggests. The study, which is published in the July 30 online issue of The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, updates the math

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  6. Breast-Fed Baby May Become Higher-IQ Child

    By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 29 (HealthDay News) -- Mothers can add higher child IQ to the list of benefits associated with breast-feeding: New research shows that the longer a new mom breast-feeds up to one year, the greater the benefit on her baby's intelligence. Babies who were

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  7. Divorce in Early Childhood May Harm Adult Ties With Parents: Study

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- If parents divorce when their children are young, the split can affect how secure these children will feel about their relationship with their parents as adults, new research shows. "The disruptive consequences of parental di

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  8. Irregular Bedtimes May Sap Kids' Brainpower

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 9 (HealthDay News) -- Going to bed at different times every night appears to reduce children's brainpower, a new British study suggests. The research included 11,000 children in the United Kingdom whose family routines, including bedtimes, were recor

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  9. Nearly Half of Infants Have Flat Spots on Heads

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 8 (HealthDay News) -- Putting babies on their backs to sleep has sharply cut the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), but it has also left nearly half of infants with a flattened heads, a new Canadian study estimates. Researchers found that 47 pe

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  10. Sleepy Teens Reach for Fast Foods First

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 4 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep-deprived teens make poor food choices, a new study finds. "Not only do sleepy teens, on average, eat more food that's bad for them, they also eat less food that is good for them," study leader Lauren Hale, an associate pr

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