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  1. Kids Use Kitchen Items for Risky Games and Highs

    Dec. 28, 2012 -- Common kitchen items like ground cinnamon and marshmallows are increasingly being used by kids for dangerous choking games and cheap, easy highs, a toxicologist warns. "A lot of these spices and household products are around all year. But during the holidays, kids are out of school.

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  2. How to Talk to Children About School Shooting

    Dec. 14, 2012 -- As the nation grieves over the horror of the school shooting in Connecticut, parents across the U.S. -- both in Newtown, Conn., and elsewhere -- are struggling with how to help their children through this tragedy. WebMD talked to Leslie Garrard, PsyD, a child psychologist at Miami C

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  3. Feds Sue Nap Nanny Maker Over Infant Deaths

    Dec. 6, 2012 -- Federal authorities are taking the makers of the Nap Nanny to court for failing to voluntarily recall its product. At least five infant deaths and more than 70 complaints of children falling out of the Nap Nanny baby recliner have been reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commissi

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  4. The Secret to a Longer Life? Children

    Dec. 5, 2012 -- Many parents might good-naturedly scoff at the notion, but a new study shows that being a parent may help you live longer. Danish researchers compared men and women who had children with those who did not to see if the childless were more likely to die early. They were. "Childless co

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  5. 13 Infant Deaths Tied to Sleep Positioners

    Nov. 21, 2012 -- A product marketed to help keep babies safe while they sleep may have the opposite effect. At least 13 infants have died since 1997 while lying in sleep positioners or sleep wedges, a new CDC report shows. The products often claim to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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