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Ads for Kids’ Junk Food Target Parents With False Messages

A recent study reports that TV ads for children’s junk food don’t target just kids. They are also aimed at parents, but in this case their message is different. Most of the ads directed at parents misleadingly portray kid’s sugary snacks and drinks not just as fun but also as healthy and nutritious.

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Many Children With Cancer Were Born With Genes that Increase Risk

A new study of children with cancer found that as many as 8.5 percent of sick children were born with gene mutations that increased their risk of developing the disease. The study also revealed that family history of cancer is not as strong a predictor of childhood cancers as had been previously thought.

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Pediatricians’ new warning: Limit children’s exposure to cellphones

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently wrote a letter to the FCC urging the agency to adopt higher standards protecting children’s health from excessive exposure to radiation through the use of cellphones.

“Children are not little adults,” Dr. Gisela Mercada-Deane, chair of radiology at the American Academy of Pediatrics, said. “The amount of radio frequency . . . → Read More: Pediatricians’ new warning: Limit children’s exposure to cellphones

Whooping Cough in Infants Tied to Epilepsy Risk Later in Childhood

A new Danish study has found that when babies have whooping cough (also known as pertussis) in infancy,they have an increased risk for epilepsy later on in their childhood. These findings give even more emphasis to the importance of childhood vaccinations.

“Among the 4,700 children who had had pertussis, 1.7 percent later developed epilepsy, compared . . . → Read More: Whooping Cough in Infants Tied to Epilepsy Risk Later in Childhood

1 In 45 Children in the U.S. Has Autism

According to a new government estimate, 1 in 45 children in the U.S. has autism. Although these numbers make it appear as though the prevalence of autism is increasing, it is important to remember that the upturn could be due to changes in diagnostic criteria.

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A Day’s Worth Of Sugar

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed new guidelines for sugar intake last week suggesting that American adults (we are not even talking about children here!) get about 10 percent of their daily calories from added sugar, which adds up to about 50 grams, or 12.5 teaspoons of daily sugar on top of what’s naturally . . . → Read More: A Day’s Worth Of Sugar

Helping your teen driver learn to Drive Smart

Learning to drive is a rite of passage for most American teenagers and parents are usually their most influential teachers and mentors.

Parents can do a lot to instill safe driving habits in their children and demonstrate through their own driving behavior what is the best and safest way to behave on the road.

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Get Smart About Antibiotics

The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to learn more about when their children should be prescribed antibiotics.

Antibiotics are not the answer for every childhood illness and can be harmful when overused. Pediatricians recommend that parents get educated about the correct balance and usage of this medication.

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Dogs in the Home May Lower Kids’ Odds for Asthma

A new study, involving one million Swedish children, concluded that exposing your child to dogs or farm animals early in life appears to reduce the risk of asthma.

“The study was led by author Tove Fall, assistant professor of epidemiology at Uppsala University in Sweden. In a university news release, she noted that “earlier studies . . . → Read More: Dogs in the Home May Lower Kids’ Odds for Asthma

AAP Links Global Warming to the Health of Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a policy statement linking climate change with the health of children around the world and urging pediatricians and politicians to work together to solve this crisis and protect children from climate-related threats.

Some of the highlights from the 2015 AAP policy statement include:

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