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  1. Animal Fur May Lower Baby's Asthma Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Sept. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Infants who sleep on animal fur may be less likely to develop asthma later in childhood, new research suggests. The study included more than 2,400 healthy city-dwelling newborns in Germany who were followed until age 10. O

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  2. Music Lessons May Help Bridge 'Achievement Gap'

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A community music program for disadvantaged children boosted an important part of their brain development and function, according to a new study. The benefits were seen in the youngsters' ability to distinguish similar

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  3. Breast-Feeding Lowers Kids' Allergy, Infection Risk

    By EJ Mundell HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two new studies further confirm the health benefits of breast-feeding. One suggests that 6-year-olds who were breast-fed have a lower risk of ear, throat and sinus infections compared to bottle-fed infants, while the other f

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  4. Preterm, Small Birth Tied to Heart, Brain Risks

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born early or at low birth weight are at risk later in life of having smaller, less efficient brains or health problems that increase their risk for heart disease, according to a pair of new studies. But even thou

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  5. Family, Screen Time Tied to Kids’ Success: Study

    Sept. 1, 2014 -- Here’s a back-to-school pop quiz for parents: How much do you think your child’s school grades or emotions are tied to whether you’re sitting down to dinner together? The answer: More than you might think. More on Kids' Learning Building Kids' Schools Success Why Reading Is Importan

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  6. Start School Later for Older Kids, Doctors Urge

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. high schools and middle schools should start classes later in the morning to allow kids some much-needed sleep, a leading group of pediatricians is urging. Ideally, the American Academy of Pediatrics says, the first bell

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  7. Bullying Starts Before School Years Begin: Study

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that illustrates the complexity of bullying, Dutch researchers report that obese boys are more likely to bully and be bullied than their thinner peers and the vicious cycle begins before these children ever step

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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