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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. Young Parents Don't Stress Over Kids' Media Use

      By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- Having grown up with gadgets galore, young parents aren't as worried about the potentially corrosive effects of too much screen time on their offspring, a new study suggests. Surveying more than 2,300 parents of children up to

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    8. A Little Formula Might Help Breast-Feeding for Some Babies

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 13 (HealthDay News) -- Giving small amounts of infant formula to newborns who experience significant weight loss can increase the length of time that they are breast-fed, according to a new study. New mothers do not immediately produce high volumes of

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    9. Treatment May Prevent Wheezing in Pre-Term Babies

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) -- Many pre-term babies suffer recurrent episodes of wheezing. Now, researchers say a common infection is a likely culprit and they may be able to prevent the breathing problems. Wheezing episodes in late pre-term babies often are

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    10. Very Preterm Babies & Disability: Encouraging News

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) -- Extremely premature infants are more likely to have mental and physical disabilities than full-term infants, but rates of such disabilities aren't rising, new research says. The study included almost 500 children in Sweden who

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