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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Many Public Pools Contaminated With Human Waste: CDC

    By HealthDay staff HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 16 (HealthDay News) -- There are few things more inviting than a cool, clear pool on a hot summer day. But a new federal report will have you thinking twice before dipping a toe in the water. Fifty-eight percent of pool filter samples taken from At

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