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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. IQ Scores of Teens May Change Over Time

    Oct. 19, 2011 -- A teen's IQ is not set in stone, according to a study published today in Nature. Instead, the standard measure of intelligence -- often used to predict future success -- can fluctuate dramatically. "The results indicate that an early developer doesn't necessarily continue to excel;

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  7. New SIDS Guidelines Say Breastfeeding Lowers Risk

    Oct. 18, 2011 -- Breastfeeding and up-to-date immunizations can lower infants’ risk of sudden, unexpected death during sleep, according to updated guidelines issued today by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Since 1992, the pediatricians group has been advising parents to place young infants on th

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  8. Kids and Grown-ups Can Mistake Candy for Medicine

    Oct. 17, 2011 -- Adults may not be much smarter than 5-year-olds at telling some medications apart from candy. One in five teachers and more than one in four kindergarteners had a hard time figuring out which pills were over-the-counter medicines and which ones were sweets, a study shows. In a small

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  9. Survey Finds Hindrances to Hand Washing in Schools

    Oct. 12, 2011 -- Children need to wash up more often at school, and parents need to set a better hand-washing example. That’s according to a new survey by the American Cleaning Institute, which represents the U.S. cleaning products industry. For the online survey, 512 children (aged 8 to 17) and 521

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  10. Does Facebook Hold Clues to Problem Drinking?

    Oct. 3, 2011 -- Those casual comments on Facebook, MySpace, and other social media sites can tell a lot about a person. Now, researchers have found a link between online drinking comments and problem drinking in college students. The researchers evaluated comments, photos, and other publicly accessi

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