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  1. Reducing Kids' TV Time: What Works?

    Nov. 5, 2012 -- Counseling parents on the health risks of too much TV time for their toddlers doesn't seem to help break the TV habit. Researchers thought that educating parents about the dangers of excess screen time, with suggestions on how to reduce it, would work. But in a new study, it didn't,

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  2. Organic Food for Kids: Worth the Price?

    Oct. 23, 2012 -- Parents who buy organic foods because they think they are more nutritious might be wasting their money, the nation’s largest group of pediatricians says. In a report issued this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is for the first time offering guidance about organic prod

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  3. Teen Birth Rate Hits Historic Low

    Oct. 3, 2012 -- U.S. birth rates are continuing their decline and dropped to just under 4 million births in 2011, according to new CDC statistics. The report also shows that the general fertility rate, or average number of births per 1,000 women of childbearing age, dropped to the lowest level ever

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  4. Is Your Cell Phone Toxic?

    Oct. 3, 2012 -- Gadget gurus who just upgraded to the iPhone 5 can feel good about one thing: It’s one of the greenest and least toxic cell phones on the market, according to a new report. Other phones that did well include the Motorola Citrus, which was the least toxic of all the phones tested, the

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  5. Background TV Takes a Toll on Children

    Oct. 1, 2012 -- Most Americans love television. Even when we’re not engrossed in a show, TVs are often on as background noise while we cook, clean, eat, and even sleep. Now a new study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests that children are being exposed to more TV than we may think, even if

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  6. Social Bullying Common in TV Shows Kids Watch

    Sept. 27, 2012 -- Social bullying is common on TV, even in shows made for kids, a new study shows. Insults, taunting, and other forms of nonphysical aggression were found to be especially pervasive in cartoons and situation comedies, but they also showed up in some surprising places, like American I

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  7. FDA to Parents: Don't Give SimplyThick to Infants

    Sept. 18, 2012 -- SimplyThick, a beverage thickener for people who have trouble swallowing liquids, should not be mixed with breast milk or infant formula and given to babies, the FDA warns. In babies, SimplyThick may raise the risk of a life-threatening condition marked by inflammation and death of

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  8. Parents, Rest Easy About Infant 'Sleep Training'

    Sept. 10, 2012 -- Researchers have reassuring news for parents struggling to get their babies to sleep. Letting infants cry it out using two specific methods won’t cause any lasting psychological harm to your children or to your relationship with them, a new study shows. Researchers compared the lon

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  9. New Policy Supports Choice for Male Circumcision

    Aug. 27, 2012 -- The nation’s pediatricians are changing their stance on male circumcision, again. This time, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says they want parents to know that the benefits of the procedure outweigh its small risks. But they stop short of recommending the surgery, which re

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  10. Anesthesia May Harm Children's Brains

    Aug. 20, 2012 -- A new study is raising fresh concerns about the use of general anesthesia in young children. Recent studies have suggested that anesthetic drugs may increase the risk for learning disabilities and behavioral problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but only

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