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  • Your Kids Can Be Dental Inventors
    How much attention do your kids pay to their toothbrush? What if it sang, or glittered like a disco ball, or told them a story while they brushed?
    (Posted January 2008)

  • New Health Research, and What It Means For Women
    Does anyone still need evidence that there's no magic cure for being overweight? A Canadian study reported last fall on (the online version of the British Medical Journal) found that taking anti-obesity drugs reduced a patient's weight by fewer than 11 pounds on average...
    (Posted January 2008)

  • ER: How Does Yours Stack Up for Kids?
    Knowing how to dial 9-1-1 is one way to prepare for an emergency. But you might also want to think about whether your local hospital emergency department is prepared to care for your child.
    (Posted December 2007)

  • Ban Recommended on OTC Cold Meds for Young Children
    On the cusp of the cold and flu season, a panel of outside experts advising the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended a ban on the sale of over-the-counter cold medications for children younger than 6 years old. While the agency isnít required to follow the recommendations of its panels, it generally does.
    (October 2007)

  •">New Guide Offers Free Medical Advice on Kids with ADHD
    Parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been understandably nervous about using medications like Adderall or Ritalin to treat the disorder following reports about side effects ranging from heart failure to psychiatric problems.
    (October 2007)

    Article_ID=10672">Chubby Toddlers Donít Get Enough Iron
    If youíve got a pudgy toddler whoís still on the bottle, your child might not be getting enough iron. And that could mean mental and behavioral delays.
    (October 2007)

    Article_ID=10529">Toddlers Can Now Get Flu Vaccine without the Needle
    FluMist, an influenza vaccine that is sprayed into the nose to prevent flu, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for children as young as age 2.
    (October 2007)

  • Toddlers Can Now Get Flu Vaccine without the Needle
    FluMist, an influenza vaccine that is sprayed into the nose to prevent flu, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for children as young as age 2.
    (October 2007)

  • Tooth-Saving Tips for Trick-or-Treaters
    This year, protect your child from one of the true horrors of Halloween - a cavity-filled dentist visit. (September 2007)

  • Blood Sugar in Pregnancy: 'Low Enough' May Not Be Low Enough
    "High blood sugar" generally lands mom on a special diet aimed at preventing gestational diabetes, which can put her baby at risk for larger size at birth, birth trauma, low blood sugar and jaundice. But findings released at this summer's American Diabetes Association annual scientific meeting suggest that even mildly elevated blood sugar in the mother can put her unborn child at risk. (August 2007)

  • Article_ID=10455">Dads Can Develop Postpartum Depression
    Almost as many new fathers as mothers suffer from postpartum depression (PPD), according to a study first reported in the August 2006 issue of Pediatrics. (August 2007)

    Article_ID=10435">Indoor Pools Linked to Infant Asthma Risk
    When you think of pool safety, you generally think of drowning. But there's another possible risk to babies who swim regularly in indoor pools: Asthma. (August 2007)

  • Flu Vaccine: When a Sniff Beats a Jab
    With flu vaccination now recommended for nearly everyone ages 6 months and up, families will be happy to know that a needle-free - and more effective - option may soon be available for kids as young as 2. (August 2007)

  • Health Note: Got Allergies? Wash in Hot!
    One allergen that knows no season is the ever-present house dust mite. These microscopic creatures are considered the most common cause of asthma and allergic reactions, and one of the ways they get up-close and personal is in the laundry. Think sheets, towels, T-shirts and the rest. Basically, dust mites on the pillowcase means dust mites in your face. (July 2007)

  • Stigma Harms Overweight Kids' Quality of Life
    Life for an obese kid can be just awful. Teasing, rejection, bullying and bias are to blame and researchers are pointing fingers at peers, teachers Ė and even parents. (July 2007)

  • Roller Shoes Send Kids Head Over Heels
    Kids with roller shoes beware: Climbing the learning curve is tough with wheels on your heels. Researchers studying roller shoe related injuries found that one in five of those injuries occurred when kids were trying their roller shoes for the first time... (July 2007)

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