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  1. Fitness May Help Ward Off Depression in Girls

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The more fit middle-school girls are, the less likely they may be to develop symptoms of depression, according to a recent study. Although the effect of fitness on depression was small, improvements in fitness may be part o

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  2. Preschoolers Can Suffer From Depression, Too

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Depression can strike at any age, even among preschoolers, researchers report. And if it does strike, the odds are that the disorder will recur throughout childhood, a new study shows. The study found that preschool

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  3. Could a Little Video Game Play Be Good for Kids?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Kids who spend a little time playing video games each day might be more well-adjusted than those who never play, a new study suggests. Researchers found that kids who played video games for less than one hour a day were m

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  4. Parents of Obese Kids Often View Them as Healthy

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Parents of obese children often don't view their kids as unhealthy or recognize the health consequences of excess weight or inactivity, according to a new study. The children of the families surveyed for the new resear

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  5. Young Readers, Tomorrow's Leaders?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young children with strong reading skills may be on a fast track to a brighter future, a new study suggests. Kids with above average reading skills may have higher intelligence levels as they get older, according to Brit

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  6. Dangerous Use of Growth Hormone Surges Among Teens

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of U.S. teens are using synthetic human growth hormone (hGH) to boost their muscles and athletic ability, a new study finds. The percentage of teens who admit to using hGH jumped to 11 percent i

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  7. Full-Time Job May Disrupt Breast-Feeding Plans

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New mothers who return to work full-time are less likely to stick with their breast-feeding goals than those who go back to work part-time, a new study finds. "Support for a mother's delayed return to paid employment, or r

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  8. Bed-Sharing Linked to SIDS

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) appear to change with the age of the infant, researchers say. They found that younger babies are more likely to die when they're sharing beds, while older babies face a

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  9. Kids Still Getting Too Much 'Screen Time': CDC

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. teenagers are still spending hours in front of the TV and computer every day -- despite years of expert advice that kids' "screen time" should be limited, a new government study finds. In two national surveys of childr

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  10. Kids on Tight Schedules May Lose Out, Study Says

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Which approach to parenting is best: tiger mom or free range? A new study suggests that kids may need a little more latitude with their free time instead of having their days packed with lessons, sports and structure

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