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CDC Report Shows Highest-Ever Rate Of Autism

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a highest-ever rate of autism among 8-year-old children. The media goes into a frenzy about rates surging “30 percent” and an autism “epidemic” affecting 1 in 68... more

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New Flu Shot Packs More Punch

“Get your flu shot!” This flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued the same general recommendation as every season since 2010. Everyone 6 months of age and older who is eligible to get a flu... more

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10 Ways To Keep Germs At Bay

Germs are everywhere! Here are 10 ways parents can help protect their children and reduce their risk of illness. more

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What is THAT?! 10 Common Conditions In Newborns

Being a new parent can turn even the calmest, most rational human being into a worrywart. When I had my first son, I spent countless hours on the phone or in the office with our pediatrician—Does he have a fever?... more

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8 Ways To Make Your Child’s Doctor Appointment Stress-Free

A few months ago, I took my two sons to the pediatrician for their annual checkup. I figured it would be a simple endeavor… quite the opposite. The waiting room was packed (mainly with sick kids) and the staff was... more

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Does My Baby Have A Fever?

How do I know if my baby has a fever high enough to warrant a call to the doctor? more

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Is Fluoride Dangerous?

Will using fluoridated water or fluoride toothpaste pose a danger to my child's health? more

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Water Fluoridation Still Controversial After 80 Years

Despite numerous studies showing that good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing), a healthy diet, and fluoride supplements reduce the risk of tooth decay, water fluoridation remains a flashpoint. Naysayers claim that fluoride causes a variety of health problems ranging from... more

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Common Illnesses: Norovirus

What is norovirus? Vomiting? Diarrhea? Blame it on norovirus. According to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, norovirus is the leading cause of gastroenteritis in children under 5 years of age. Gastroenteritis (inflammation of the... more

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Are Antibiotics Bad For My Baby?

My child has been sick all winter and now it's allergy season! How safe are antibiotics? more