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    1. Breast-Fed Baby May Become Higher-IQ Child

      By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 29 (HealthDay News) -- Mothers can add higher child IQ to the list of benefits associated with breast-feeding: New research shows that the longer a new mom breast-feeds up to one year, the greater the benefit on her baby's intelligence. Babies who were

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    2. Divorce in Early Childhood May Harm Adult Ties With Parents: Study

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- If parents divorce when their children are young, the split can affect how secure these children will feel about their relationship with their parents as adults, new research shows. "The disruptive consequences of parental di

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    3. Irregular Bedtimes May Sap Kids' Brainpower

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 9 (HealthDay News) -- Going to bed at different times every night appears to reduce children's brainpower, a new British study suggests. The research included 11,000 children in the United Kingdom whose family routines, including bedtimes, were recor

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    4. Nearly Half of Infants Have Flat Spots on Heads

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 8 (HealthDay News) -- Putting babies on their backs to sleep has sharply cut the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), but it has also left nearly half of infants with a flattened heads, a new Canadian study estimates. Researchers found that 47 pe

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    5. Sleepy Teens Reach for Fast Foods First

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 4 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep-deprived teens make poor food choices, a new study finds. "Not only do sleepy teens, on average, eat more food that's bad for them, they also eat less food that is good for them," study leader Lauren Hale, an associate pr

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    6. New Active Video Games May Give Kids More Exercise

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- Newer-generation "active" video games give a slight boost to children's physical activity levels at home, according to a new study. Most video games are passive and no better than watching television in terms of getting youngste

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    7. Quicker Infant Growth Tied to Higher IQ Later

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- Babies who gained weight and head circumference more rapidly during the first month of life scored slightly higher on intelligence tests when they were 6 years old, according to a large new study. But a baby's early rate of grow

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    8. Dads Who Bond With Kids Help Keep Marriage Strong

      By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- For dads aiming at marital bliss, a new study suggests just two factors are especially important: being engaged with the kids, for sure -- but also doing a fair share of the household chores. In other words, just taking

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    9. Junk Food Bans Help Schoolkids Avoid Unhealthy Snacks: Study

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- Elementary schools are less likely to sell unhealthy snack foods and drinks if school districts or states have rules that limit the sale of such products, a new study finds. However, more than three-quarters of public elementary

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    10. Even Mild Weight Loss May Lower Diabetes Risk in Obese Teens

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Obese teens don't need to lose large amounts of weight to lower their risk of developing diabetes, according to a new study. Researchers found that obese teens who reduced their body-mass index (BMI) by 8 percent or more had impr

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