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    1. Does Birth Order Determine Personality?

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Forget what you've heard about birth order determining your adult personality, a new study suggests. Birth order does not influence any of the "big five" personality traits -- extroversion, emotional stability, agreeable

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    2. Gut Bacteria Tied to Asthma Risk in Kids

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The presence of four types of gut bacteria in infancy may reduce a child's risk for asthma, Canadian researchers report. Most infants get these bacteria naturally from the environment. But some babies are given antib

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    3. Breast-Feeding and Some Babies' Social Development

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers found that among 44 babies with a particular autism "risk" gene, those who were breast-fed longer spent more time looking at images of "happy" eyes and shied away from "angry" eyes. The findings, published online

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    4. Constant Social Media and Teens' Mental Health

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who feel a round-the-clock compulsion to participate on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter may pay a price in lost sleep. They may also face a higher risk for depression and anxiety, new research suggests. Bri

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    5. Siblings Now Main Source of Infants' Whooping Cough: CDC

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When babies come down with whooping cough, the odds are good that a sibling is the source, new research reveals. That's a change from years past, when mothers were most often the source. But the shift is not surprising, said

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    6. Parents' Clothing Can Infect Newborns in ICU

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The clothing of parents and visitors may spread dangerous respiratory infections to infants in an neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a Australian study suggests. Four percent of swabs taken from the personal clothing of

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    7. Breast-Feeding May Pass Common Chemical to Baby

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New mothers may inadvertently pass industrial chemicals along to their babies through breast-feeding, which might lower the effectiveness of some childhood vaccinations, researchers report. The class of chemicals, called

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    8. Shorter Women, Higher Odds for Preterm Birth?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A pregnant woman's height may affect her risk for preterm birth, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at data on nearly 3,500 Nordic women and their babies. They found that shorter mothers had shorter pregnancies, sma

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    9. Vaccine Combo Promising Against RSV Infection

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers report they are closer to finding a vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common illness that few recognize by name but one that's a major cause of lower respiratory infection in babies and the el

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    10. New Moms Often Get Poor Advice on Baby Care: Study

      By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New mothers get conflicting advice from medical professionals, family members and the media when it comes to key parenting topics, a recent study found. And that advice often goes against American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

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