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  1. Kids' Happiness Doesn't Depend on 2 Natural Parents

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children who live with a stepparent or a single parent are just as happy as kids in homes with two biological parents, a new British study finds. "It's the quality of the relationships in the home that matters -- not the

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  2. Naps Enhance Learning for Young Children: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Naps play a crucial role in helping infants and preschoolers remember things they've just learned, according to new research. Investigators examined young children's ability to recognize instances that are similar, but

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  3. Toddlers Who Sleep Less May Eat More

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Toddlers who get too little sleep tend to eat more and are at increased risk for obesity, a new study indicates. The study included children in over 1,300 British families who had their sleep measured when they were 16 m

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  4. Rigid Parenting Style Linked to Obese Kids

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Kids with demanding parents who are rigid about rules, stingy with affection and won't discuss limits are far more likely to be obese than children whose parents practice a more balanced parenting style, new research

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  5. TV Time, Feeding Habits Set Babies Up for Obesity?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many parents feed their babies in ways suspected of boosting the risk of obesity later in life, a new study finds. Researchers found that of nearly 900 parents of 2-month-olds, many reported at least one habit studies have l

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  6. When Smartphone Is Near, Parenting May Falter

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Mealtime is supposed to be family time, but a new study suggests that ever-present smartphones are impeding parent-child communication at the table. Researchers who observed more than 50 family-type groups eating out foun

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  7. Baby 'Sleep Machines' Could Damage Hearing: Study

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some of the "sleep machines" marketed to soothe infants seem capable of generating enough noise to potentially damage a baby's hearing, a new study suggests. The popular devices promise to help infants fall asleep and stay as

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  8. TV in Child's Bedroom Tied to Weight Gain

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children who have a TV in their bedroom are likely to gain weight. But kids who play active video games might lose unwanted pounds, according to two new studies. "In an age of widespread childhood and adolescent obesity,

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  9. Kids Born to Older Dads and Mental Health Risk?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children born to older fathers are at higher risk for various psychiatric and learning problems than once thought, a large new study suggests. Among more than 2 million children born in Sweden, researchers found that

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  10. Sources of Caffeine for Kids Increasing

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For today's kids, caffeine in coffee, soda and energy drinks is easier to get than ever before, a new U.S. government study finds. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that children

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