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    1. 'Smarter Lunchroom' May Lead to Healthier Choices

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 22 (HealthDay News) -- A few simple and inexpensive changes to school cafeterias can help encourage children to eat healthier foods at lunch, a new study finds. The changes included improving the convenience and attractiveness of fruits and vegetables

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    2. U.S. Children Eating Fewer Calories

      Feb. 22, 2013 -- Here’s a flash of hope for the obesity crisis: Surprising new numbers show that, contrary to common assumptions, U.S. children are not eating more calories. The type of food they are eating, however, has changed in recent years. According to the report from the National Center for H

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    3. Praise Kids' Efforts, Not Their Qualities?

      By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Telling your young children that they are smart may not be all that wise. A new study found that it's probably not helpful for parents to shower their young daughters or sons with commentary meant to boost self-esteem. I

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    4. Birth Rate in 2011 Lowest Ever Reported in U.S.

      Feb. 11, 2013 -- The U.S. birth rate in 2011 was the lowest rate ever reported for the United States, a new study shows. The rate, which is live births per 1,000 women, dropped from 13.0 in 2010 to 12.7 in 2011. In 1950, the rate was 24.1. Overall, there were 1% fewer children born in the U.S. in 20

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    5. Day Care May Not Raise Behavior Woes in Kids

      By Amanda Gardner HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Parents who send their children to day care may be able to breathe a sigh of relief. New research finds that children in child care do not have an increased risk of behavioral problems. The catch? The new study was conducted in

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    6. Depressed Dads Affect Their Kids Even Before Born

      Jan. 7, 2013 -- Children whose dads were depressed during the pregnancy are more likely to exhibit emotional and behavioral problems at age 3, new research suggests. The finding comes from an ongoing study of more than 30,000 Norwegian children. When their mothers were nearly halfway through their p

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    7. Kids Use Kitchen Items for Risky Games and Highs

      Dec. 28, 2012 -- Common kitchen items like ground cinnamon and marshmallows are increasingly being used by kids for dangerous choking games and cheap, easy highs, a toxicologist warns. "A lot of these spices and household products are around all year. But during the holidays, kids are out of school.

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    8. How to Talk to Children About School Shooting

      Dec. 14, 2012 -- As the nation grieves over the horror of the school shooting in Connecticut, parents across the U.S. -- both in Newtown, Conn., and elsewhere -- are struggling with how to help their children through this tragedy. WebMD talked to Leslie Garrard, PsyD, a child psychologist at Miami C

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    9. Feds Sue Nap Nanny Maker Over Infant Deaths

      Dec. 6, 2012 -- Federal authorities are taking the makers of the Nap Nanny to court for failing to voluntarily recall its product. At least five infant deaths and more than 70 complaints of children falling out of the Nap Nanny baby recliner have been reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commissi

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    10. The Secret to a Longer Life? Children

      Dec. 5, 2012 -- Many parents might good-naturedly scoff at the notion, but a new study shows that being a parent may help you live longer. Danish researchers compared men and women who had children with those who did not to see if the childless were more likely to die early. They were. "Childless co

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