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  1. Young Adults on Parents’ Health Insurance Have More Access to Care

    Feb. 14, 2012 -- Allowing children to stay on their parents' health insurance past the age of 18 increased young adults' chances of having a physical exam and made them less likely to go without care due to cost, according to a new study. To understand how the new Affordable Care Act may influence y

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  2. School Vending Machines Still Offer Too Many Sugary Snacks

    Feb. 6, 2012 -- About half of elementary school students still have access to sugary snacks and other unhealthy options in school vending machines, according to a new study. To combat rising childhood obesity rates, the Institute of Medicine recommended in 2007 that school meal programs be the prima

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  3. Breastfeeding OK for Moms With Asthma

    Feb. 3, 2012 -- New moms with asthma can safely breastfeed without worrying that the practice will increase their child’s asthma risk, a new study shows. Researchers followed children in the United Kingdom from birth until around age 12 to assess the impact of breastfeeding, if any, on lung developm

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  4. In Dollars Alone, Cost of U.S. Child Abuse High

    Feb. 1, 2012 -- Child abuse and neglect are rampant in the U.S., and the annual cost is as high or higher than the cost of other major health problems, the CDC reports. In 2008, based on data from child protective services, there were about 579,000 new cases of child abuse. But based on earlier U.S.

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  5. Mom’s Support Tied to Child's Brain Development

    Jan. 30, 2012 -- Mothers who are more supportive of their young children through the stresses and frustrations of life are doing more than heading off full-blown tantrums. They may actually be encouraging healthy brain development, a new study shows. For decades, researchers have observed that the b

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  6. Children in Carpools Often Go Without Booster Seats

    Jan. 30, 2012  -- Parents often skip using booster seats when carpooling with preschoolers or young school-age children, increasing the risk of serious injury in a crash, a new study shows. “I think it’s a complex issue of convenience, expectations, and peer pressure,” says researcher Michelle Macy,

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  7. Testosterone May Delay Boys’ Speech Development

    Jan. 26, 2012 -- Boys tend to talk later than girls; they also acquire language skills at a slower rate than girls do. Now new research may point to why. In a newly published study, umbilical cord blood was collected from nearly 900 Australian newborns and tested for testosterone. Newborn boys are e

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  8. New Rules for School Lunches

    Jan. 25, 2012 -- For the first time in 15 years, the National School Lunch Program has raised nutrition standards. The new rules mean kids will see more fruits and vegetables every day. Portions will be smaller. Only low-fat or skim milk will be served. There will be a lot more whole grains. And sch

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  9. Family Involvement May Help Overweight Kids Change Habits

    Jan. 23, 2012 -- Parents and grandparents can play a unique role in reversing obesity by encouraging healthy lifestyle changes in overweight children, suggests the American Heart Association. A new statement issued by the organization calls for more family involvement when treating childhood obesity

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  10. Drowning Rates Down for Kids in U.S.

    Jan. 16, 2012 -- Fewer children were hospitalized for drowning-related incidents over the past 16 years, a new study shows. Hospitalization rates for children fell 49% across the country between 1993 and 2008, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins and the Arkansas Children's Hospital. The numb

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