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Think Little Kids Are Safe From Food Ads? Think Again

FRIDAY, Dec. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young children in the United States are still seeing TV ads for foods and beverages even though major food companies had promised not to target preschoolers, a new study finds.

Spoon-Feeding Not Necessarily Safer for Infants

FRIDAY, Dec. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When babies are ready to eat solid foods, those who feed themselves some finger foods are no more likely to choke than babies who are spoon-fed, new research found.

Mom-to-Be's High Blood Sugar May Raise Baby's Odds for Heart Defects

FRIDAY, Dec. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's long been known that diabetes in pregnancy raises the odds for congenital heart defects. But new research shows that the threat may also extend to women who simply have high blood sugar levels -- not just full-blown diabetes.

Too Much Takeout Food Threatens Kids' Health

FRIDAY, Dec. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You can't beat the convenience of ordering out, but a steady diet of takeout food could raise your child's risk of heart disease and diabetes later in life.

Zika Babies Facing Increasing Health Problems With Age

THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most children born with brain abnormalities caused by the Zika virus are facing severe health and developmental challenges at 2 years of age, a new study suggests.

Family Meals Serve Up Better Behaved Kids

THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children whose families regularly eat meals together tend to have better social skills and fitness levels, researchers report.

Nearby Fracking Linked to Low Birth Weights

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Newborn babies face a greater risk of health problems if they live close to a "fracking" site, a new large-scale study contends.

Ritalin During Pregnancy May Raise Risk of Heart Defect in Baby

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you take Ritalin or Concerta for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and you plan to become pregnant, you might want to talk to your doctor about switching your medication first.

Teens Acting Badly? Smog Could Be to Blame

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teens are more likely to behave badly -- lie, steal, vandalize, use drugs -- if they live in areas with heavy air pollution, a study of children living in greater Los Angeles suggests.

Protecting Your Health From Wildfire Smoke

TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fire and smoke from the wildfires raging in Southern California aren't just destroying homes and lives, they're a serious health risk, as well.

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