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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. A Little Formula Might Help Breast-Feeding for Some Babies

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 13 (HealthDay News) -- Giving small amounts of infant formula to newborns who experience significant weight loss can increase the length of time that they are breast-fed, according to a new study. New mothers do not immediately produce high volumes of

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  6. Treatment May Prevent Wheezing in Pre-Term Babies

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) -- Many pre-term babies suffer recurrent episodes of wheezing. Now, researchers say a common infection is a likely culprit and they may be able to prevent the breathing problems. Wheezing episodes in late pre-term babies often are

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  7. Flame-Retardant Chemicals Could Be Toxic to Kids

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 6 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to flame-retardant chemicals in the womb is associated with hyperactivity and lower intelligence in children, a new study indicates. Researchers examined the effects of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), which were u

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  8. Very Preterm Babies & Disability: Encouraging News

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) -- Extremely premature infants are more likely to have mental and physical disabilities than full-term infants, but rates of such disabilities aren't rising, new research says. The study included almost 500 children in Sweden who

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  9. Prescription Drug Abuse Up Among Teens: Survey

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 23 (HealthDay News) -- The United States appears to be in the throes of a prescription drug abuse crisis among teens, with a new survey showing that 24 percent of high school students -- more than 5 million kids -- have abused these medications. That's

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  10. Telling Kids to Clean Plate May Backfire

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 22 (HealthDay News) -- Although you might think being a member of the "clean plate club" is something that stops when a child is young, new research suggests that up to two-thirds of parents still encourage teenagers to finish all the food on their p

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