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    1. Will Music Make Your Child Smarter?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- If Johnny doesn't take to the violin, don't fret. A new study challenges the widely held belief that music lessons can help boost children's intelligence. "More than 80 percent of American adults think that music improv

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    2. Ecstasy Use on Rise Again Among U.S. Teens: Report

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 3, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. teens who wind up in the emergency room after taking the club drug Ecstasy has more than doubled in recent years, raising concerns that the hallucinogen is back in vogue, federal officials report. Emer

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    3. Parents Who Set, Stick to Rules May Help Kids Stay Slim

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Parents who set firm rules about behaviors like TV viewing, dinner time and physical activity tend to have children of healthier weights, a new Australian study finds. "Children of parents who set consistent rules have a sl

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    4. Smaller Bowls May Keep Kids From Overeating

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Having youngsters use smaller bowls may be one way to help reduce childhood obesity, a new study suggests. In their first experiment, researchers gave 8- or 16-ounce bowls to 69 preschoolers. Adults then served the childre

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    5. Deaths Lead to Recall of Baby Monitors

      Nov 22, 2013 -- About 600,000 baby monitors are being recalled after two babies strangled to death on the device's cord, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says. The recall covers Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitors with Sensor Pads that were made between 1999 and 2013. The cord, which is

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    6. Parents Clueless About Dangers of Noise Hazards?

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 21 (HealthDay News) -- One in six teens has some degree of preventable hearing loss, but few parents warn their kids to turn down their iPods or avoid other sources of excessive noise, new research finds. "High-frequency hearing loss, which is typ

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    7. Sports for Teens Are Beneficial -- Up to a Point

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Too much time spent playing sports can be as bad as too little time for teens, a new study finds. Swiss researchers found the greatest benefit seemed to be associated with 14 hours of sports a week. That's higher than Eu

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    8. Breast Milk With Solid Foods Might Stave Off Allergies

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Giving babies solid food while still breast-feeding, and waiting until 17 weeks to do so, might protect the infants from food allergies, British researchers say. The overlap between starting solid foods while still breas

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    9. More U.S. Teens Try E-Cigarettes, Hookahs: Report

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- The rapidly growing use of electronic cigarettes, hookahs and other smoking alternatives by middle school and high school students concerns U.S. health officials. While use of these devices nearly doubled in some cases betwe

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    10. Music Training May Boost Young Brains

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Playing a musical instrument can cause fundamental changes in a young person's brain, shaping both how it functions and how it is physically structured, researchers say. A trio of studies presented this week at the annual mee

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