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  1. Spacing Letters Apart Helps Dyslexia

    June 4, 2012 -- Spreading the letters of words a bit farther apart helps dyslexic kids read more quickly and make fewer mistakes as they read, a new study shows. While the strategy isn't a cure for dyslexia, which causes the brain to process information differently, researchers say it may help some

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  2. Many Moms Don't Meet Their Own Breastfeeding Goals

    June 4, 2012 -- Many moms who want to breastfeed exclusively for three months or longer fall short of meeting this goal, a new study shows. More than 85% of new moms said they intended to breastfeed for three months or longer, but just 32.4% met their mark. The World Health Organization (WHO) and th

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  3. Soy and Cow's Milk-Based Baby Formulas Face Off

    May 29, 2012 -- Soy and cow's milk-based baby formulas may offer similar developmental benefits for baby. But a new study confirms breast milk still is the best. Researchers found no differences in behavioral development, such as language and other thinking-related skills, between infants fed soy fo

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  4. Bottles, Binkies, and Batteries Send Kids to ER

    May 14, 2012 -- The same bottle or toy that comforts small children may prove dangerous as they get older and more curious. New research shows that every four hours a child under 3 is treated in an emergency room for an injury caused by a baby bottle, pacifier, or sippy cup. Most of the injuries wer

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  5. Many Moms Don’t Know Their Babies Are Overweight

    May 8, 2012 -- Many moms of chubby toddlers don't realize their babies are large for their age, and this misperception may be setting the stage for their tots to grow up to be overweight or obese, a new study shows. Nearly 70% of moms inaccurately assessed their toddler's body size when selecting an

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  6. Depressed Moms Disrupt Baby’s Sleep

    April 17, 2012 -- New research provides a unique look at the way a mom's depression can affect her baby's sleep. Researchers watched hours of video of moms as they took care of their babies at bedtime and throughout the night. They found that moms with greater depressive symptoms were more likely to

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  7. Is Your Child Playing the 'Choking Game'?

    April 16, 2012 -- It was a typical, relaxed Saturday in the Grant home. Jesse, 12, was playing video games with his 10-year-old brother and his cousin. But while waiting his turn, Jesse ducked into his bedroom, closed the door, and accidentally hanged himself with a computer cord while playing a sol

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  8. Safe Sleep Can Prevent SIDS Deaths

    March 26, 2012 -- There's more to cutting the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) than putting babies to sleep on their backs. The public health campaign “Back to Sleep,” geared toward putting infants to sleep on their backs, helped reduce the rate of SIDS by more than 50%.  But now, a new s

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  9. Having Small Babies May Raise Heart Risk in Moms

    March 14, 2012 -- Women who give birth to small, full-term babies may have an increased risk for heart disease decades later, new research shows. Delivering a small baby was found to be a strong, independent predictor of heart disease later in life in a new study led by researchers from the Universi

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  10. Child Injured on Stairs Every 6 Minutes

    March 12, 2012 -- Every six minutes a young child in the U.S. is treated in the emergency room for a stair-related injury, according to a new study. Overall, researchers say an average of more than 93,000 children under the age of 5 were treated for stair-related injuries in an emergency room each y

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