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  1. Many Kids' Cereals Loaded With Sugar: Report

    Dec. 7, 2011 -- If you think giving your child cereal for breakfast ensures a healthy start to the day, check the label. Many kids' cereals are loaded with sugar, according to a new report that looked at 84 cereals. "In our study, three cereals have more sugar than a Twinkie,'' says Paul Pestano, MS

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  2. Study: Fears of Teen 'Sexting' May Be Exaggerated

    Dec. 5, 2011 -- Parents of teens have plenty to keep them up at night, but most don't have to worry that their children are engaging in "sexting," a new study shows. Study researchers defined "sexting" as appearing in, creating, or receiving sexual images or videos using a cell phone or the Internet

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  3. Violent Video Games Linked to Brain Changes

    Nov. 30, 2011 (Chicago) --  Playing violent video games might produce temporary changes in areas of the brain that help control emotion, preliminary research suggests. Brain scans showed that 11 young men who shot at video game characters for about 10 hours in one week had decreased activity in area

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  4. Consumer Group: Dangerous Toys Are on Store Shelves

    Nov. 22, 2011 -- Though toy makers have made major safety strides in recent years, many hazardous toys can still be found on store shelves or online, a consumer watchdog group says in a new report. Toys with small parts are choking hazards, and some toys contain toxic chemicals, including lead, acco

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  5. Texting May Be New Arena for Bullies

    Nov. 21, 2011 -- Texting among U.S. children is increasing in popularity, and as a result, more kids may be harassed or bullied via text messages, a new study finds. The study included 1,588 young people aged 10 to 15 who answered questions online in 2006, 2007, and 2008 as part of the Growing Up wi

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  6. Survey: 1 in 4 Teens Bullied at School

    Nov. 18, 2011 -- One in four high school students in a recent survey said they were victims of school bullying, and nearly 16% said they were victims of cyberbullying. Researchers questioned more than 20,000 ninth- through 12th-graders in and around Boston in an effort to better understand the overl

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  7. Fast Baby Weight Gain Predicts Child Obesity

    Nov. 8, 2011 -- Babies who gain weight most quickly are at highest risk of obesity later in childhood, a Harvard study finds. Infants who gain the most weight at age 1-6 months are most likely to be obese at ages 5 and 10 years. The risk goes up with the child's starting weight-for-length percentile

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  8. Dad's Depression May Raise Kids' Risk of Emotional Problems

    Nov. 7, 2011 -- Children of depressed dads are more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems, compared with kids whose dads are not depressed, according to a new study. Much has been written about how a mother's depression can affect her children. But less is known about how depression in da

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  9. Study: BPA Exposure in Womb Linked to Kids' Behavior Problems

    Oct. 24, 2011 -- Preschoolers exposed to higher levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in the womb may have more anxiety and depression and have worse self-control than those exposed to lower levels of the chemical before birth, a new study shows. The chemical is found in a wide array of consumer products, inc

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  10. Are Too Many Babies Getting Acid Reflux Drugs?

    Oct. 20, 2011 -- Babies may spit up and cry and fuss for seemingly no reason. But one children's health expert has noticed an alarming increase in the number of infants being prescribed acid-suppressing drugs to reduce unexplained crying and spitting up. In a commentary published in The Journal of P

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