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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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