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China's obesity epidemic: Teaching children to 'eat a rainbow'

There’s a direct link between urbanization and increased food consumption and obesity issues in China, and it has become a growing epidemic. Dr Xu Zhangrong, deputy secretary of the...

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Teen mothers struggle to follow safe infant sleep practices

Although most teen mothers know that co-sleeping with their baby or putting the baby to sleep with soft bedding or blankets increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS...

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Newborn disease outbreaks push South Korea to stiffen care center oversight

Like more than half of South Korean mothers, Kim Ju-yeon spent two weeks recuperating and relaxing in a health care center with her newborn after she gave birth last June. But her...

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Childhood obesity not down in U.S

Rates of childhood overweight and obesity have not decreased in the U.S. in recent years, and severe obesity is on the rise, especially for minority children, according to a new...

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Women using popular acne drug aren't following advice to avoid pregnancy

The widely used acne drug isotretinoin can cause severe birth defects and miscarriage, yet only about a third of women who use it are taking effective measures to avoid pregnancy,...

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Kids' cancer risk might be tied to where mom was born

The risk of some childhood cancers might vary depending on where a child’s mother was born, a new study suggests. For example, some brain and kidney cancers occurred less often in...

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Scarred Yazidi boys escape Islamic State combat training

When nine-year-old Murad got the chance to flee from Islamic State – the group that repeatedly raped his mother and slaughtered or enslaved thousands from his Yazidi minority – he...

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Rice and rice products may expose infants to arsenic

Infant rice cereal and rice snacks contain some arsenic, and babies who eat these products have higher levels of arsenic in their urine, a study shows. It’s not clear yet whether...

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Turkish teacher given 508-year sentence for child abuse

A Turkish teacher accused of sexually abusing children in guest houses run by Islamic foundations was handed a 508-year jail sentence in a case that has stirred recrimination...

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Germany arrests two teenagers suspected of bombing Sikh temple

Three people were injured in a bomb attack at a Sikh temple in western Germany, police said on Thursday, adding that two 16-year-olds arrested after the attack appeared to have...

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Knowing your kid is overweight might make things worse

When parents think their child is overweight, that may put the kid at increased risk of packing on even more pounds, a new study suggests.

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Emotional problems persist when preemies reach school age

Children who were born prematurely tend to have emotional and behavioral problems that are likely to still be present when they enter school, and to persist for at least a year,...

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U.S. probes toy jewelry kits linked to high lead levels

The top U.S. consumer product safety regulator is reviewing whether to recall widely sold toy jewelry-making kits after a New York state probe determined that the products contain...

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Teens most drawn to e-cigarettes by online ads

While many forms of e-cigarette advertising increase the odds that teens will try the devices, a new U.S. study suggests that this generation of digital natives is most enticed by...

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Harvard's Root robot teaches kids how to code

In order to build new human children who can compete in tomorrow's post-work world, we must teach kids to code. Everyone agrees, even Obama. Unfortunately, coding is hard and often...

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