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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Antibiotic Use in Infants May Raise Obesity Risk

    Aug. 21, 2012 -- Taken together, two new studies point to a potentially new culprit in the obesity epidemic: antibiotic use. Antibiotics, especially when taken by infants less than 6 months old, may shift the balance of bacteria in the gut and may set the stage for obesity. The first study, which ap

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  7. More Self-Control as a Child, Lower BMI as Adult?

    Aug. 16, 2012 -- Children who show self-control in the face of temptation may be less likely to have weight problems as adults. In a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, 4-year-olds participated in a test measuring self-control between 1968 and 1974. Kids were asked to choose between an imm

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  8. More Moms Breastfeeding

    Aug. 1, 2012 -- The health benefits of breastfeeding are widely publicized, and it seems that this message is gaining traction. A new breastfeeding report card from the CDC shows that more new moms in the U.S. are choosing to breastfeed their babies. Just shy of 77% of moms started breastfeeding in

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  9. Psychological Abuse of Children May Be Common

    July 30, 2012 -- Psychological child abuse is common but underreported in the U.S., the nation's largest pediatric health group says. Like physical and sexual abuse, psychological abuse can cause devastating and lifelong harm. In a new report, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is calling on p

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  10. FDA Bans BPA in Baby Bottles

    July 17, 2012 -- The FDA today banned the use of BPA in baby bottles and in sippy cups. It's a matter of closing the barn door after the horses have gone: All baby bottles and sippy cups sold in the U.S. are now BPA-free. Because manufacturers have "abandoned" BPA additives in these products, the FD

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