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  1. Parenthood May Reduce the Risk of Catching a Cold

    July 6, 2012 -- A new study suggests that being a parent may boost immunity to cold-causing viruses, though researchers acknowledge it may not always feel that way. In a series of experiments where adults had viruses placed directly into their noses, parents were about half as likely to get sick as

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  2. Many Babies Healthier in Homes With Dogs

    July 9, 2012 -- Babies in homes with dogs have fewer colds, fewer ear infections, and need fewer antibiotics in their first year of life than babies raised in pet-free homes, Finnish researchers find. Homes with cats are healthier for babies, too, but not to the same extent as those with dogs, note

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  3. Teen 'Sexting' More Common Than Thought

    July 2, 2012 -- Sexting is common among teens, with more than 1 in 4, or 28%, admitting they have sent a naked picture of themselves through text or email, according to new research. If they had sent a naked photo, they were also more likely to be sexually active, the study shows. "It may be a relia

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  4. Spanking Linked to Long-Term Mental Health Issues

    July 2, 2012 -- Pushing, grabbing, slapping, shoving, and other types of physical punishment may increase a child's risk for developing several types of emotional problems as he or she ages, a new study shows. This type of harsh physical punishment is different than physical and sexual abuse or negl

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  5. Teens' Peer Problems May Affect Health Later

    June 28, 2012 -- Teens who have more peer problems than normal are at higher risk of health problems as adults, Swedish researchers report. They followed more than 800 Swedish teens from age 16 to 43. The researchers assessed peer problems as teens, asking teachers to weigh in. They followed the tee

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  6. Top 12 Children's Hospitals in the U.S.

    June 5, 2012 -- U.S. News & World Report is out with its annual list of the best children's hospitals in the nation, both overall and by specialty. First up for its 2012-2013 rankings is what the magazine deems its "Honor Roll" -- those hospitals that excel in the specialized treatment of three or m

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Kids Exposed to Bullying, Violence May Age Faster

    April 24, 2012 -- The emotional and physical scars from being bullied or exposed to other types of violence as a child may go deeper than imagined. New research shows that the genetic material, or DNA, of children who experienced violence shows the type of wear and tear that is normally associated w

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