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    1. Parents Often Keep Leftover Prescription Opioids

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When children are prescribed opioid painkillers, such as Oxycontin or Percocet, for surgery or illness, about half of parents say they keep the leftover medicine on hand. "We found that the amount of pain medication prescri

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    2. How to Manage Your Tot's Screen Time

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As any parent of a preschooler knows, media management can be a minefield of do's, don'ts -- and tantrums. Tablets and other electronic gizmos can provide a child with learning and entertainment, but what works when it's time

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    3. E-Cigarette Poisonings Skyrocket Among Young Kids

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Calls to poison control centers about young children's exposure to e-cigarettes have skyrocketed in recent years, new research shows. And those kids who are exposed seem to suffer worse health effects than those exposed to t

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    4. Harsh Parenting May Harm a Child's Physical Health

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Harsh parenting may leave more than psychological scars, it might also leave lasting physical problems -- such as obesity -- even into young adulthood, new research suggests. And having one kind, caring parent doesn't seem t

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    5. Infant Colds, Infections and Type 1 Diabetes Risk

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Colds and other infections in the first six months of life may boost the odds of a child developing type 1 diabetes by nearly 20 percent, new research suggests. The suspicion that infections play a role in the development o

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    6. Music Might Give Babies' Language Skills a Boost

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Can listening to music boost your baby's brainpower? Maybe, at least in specific ways. A new study suggests that listening to music with a waltz-like rhythm -- a difficult form of rhythm for infants to comprehend -- and t

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    7. Babies Fed Rice-Based Cereals Have Higher Arsenic

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Parents commonly give rice to their babies as a first food. Now, researchers say infants fed rice-based foods may have significantly higher "inorganic" arsenic concentrations in their urine than babies who never eat ric

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    8. Infant's BMI May Predict Early Childhood Obesity

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A high body mass index (BMI) in infancy may predict which children are likely to be obese at age 6 years, scientists say. "Our study shows that growth patterns in children who become severely obese by 6 years of ag

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    9. 60,000 Kids a Year Accidentally Poisoned by Meds

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 60,000 children in the United States are accidentally poisoned by medicines each year, a new report says. That's the equivalent of four busloads of children -- or one every nine minutes -- arriving at emergency dep

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    10. Younger Siblings and Kids' Obesity Risk

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children who have younger siblings before they reach first grade may be less likely to become obese, new research suggests. If they are between the ages of 2 and 4 when a second child arrives, they "are significantly le

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