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You'd die for your kids, so why won't you cook for them?

Cooking for Kids - NY Daily News

The real reason parents who would die for their children are comfortable feeding them from boxes and drive-thrus isn't due to a lack of love or concern. It's because society has been so firmly and conclusively duped into believing that doing so is both safe and healthful that it has become our new normal.


Should parents drug babies on long flights?

Parents taking infants on long flights are turning to medication to help their children sleep. But is the practice safe - or a dangerous abuse of parental power?


97 percent of kids' meals at chain restaurants fail to meet nutritional standards: study


The menus offered to children by most U.S. restaurant chains have too many calories, too much salt or fat, and often not a hint of vegetables or fruit, according to a study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The group, which has agitated for everything from healthier popcorn at the movies to calorie labeling in supermarkets, found that among almost 3,500 combinations surveyed, kids' meals failed to meet nutritional standards 97 percent of the time.


Too Fast, Too Soon? Young Endurance Runners Draw Cheers and Concerns

Teens in Marathons

Two Texas sisters, ages 12 and 10, run in some of the most grueling races in the nation, but doctors say they are not in danger despite how young they are... The national championship trail run was held on a course both grueling and beautiful, more than 13 miles through the mountains near the Great Salt Lake. Most of it was an unrelenting up-and-down, the path often hugging ridges along a steep plunge, curling through a forest of scrub oak, white pine and red maple. The elevation hit a lung-busting 7,300 feet.


Halloween campaign seeks to scare off tooth decay

The scariest thing about Halloween isn't the spooky costumes or gruesome monster makeup — it's the damage that sticky caramels, chewy taffy and hard candies do to kids' teeth, dentists say.


Study links chemical BPA to obesity in children, teens

BPA & Childhood Obesity

Kids with higher levels of the widely used substance BPA in their bodies are more likely to be obese, according to the first large-scale, nationally representative study to link an environmental chemical with obesity in children and teens.


Good news on childhood obesity treatment

Childhood Obesity

Finally, there’s good news on the child obesity front. A new study published online today suggests that inexpensive, community-based obesity intervention programs can work very well for kids who struggle with weight issues.


Siblings among first cured of 'bubble boy disease'

Colton and Abbygail are among three children successfully treated for their immune deficiency during an experiment detailed in Tuesday’s issue of the journal Blood. Ainslie says she never doubted her decision to have Abbygail, despite the risks.


Roundup: Inhaled asthma drug stunts growth

Asthma Drug Stunts Growth

For some kids, the price of controlling severe asthma is half an inch of adult height. Those who use the inhaled steroid drug budesonide (marketed under brands including Rhinocort and Pulmicort) see a permanent stunting of growth, new research shows.


As circumcision declines, health costs will go up, study projects

Declining rates of circumcision among infants will translate into billions of dollars of unnecessary medical costs in the U.S. as these boys grow up and become sexually active men, researchers at Johns Hopkins University warned.


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