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Cost-Savings Benefits Of Childhood Vaccinations

Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues an updated schedule of recommended vaccines for infants and children. Yet it’s estimated that as many as 1 in every 10 children do not receive the recommended vaccinations, and... more

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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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A New Campaign Is Asking Dads To Advocate For Breastfeeding

Partners matter when it comes to breastfeeding success. Mothers know it and studies show it. A new campaign known as Project: Breastfeeding aims to raise awareness not only of breastfeeding mothers and babies, but of breastfeeding families—especially dads. Project: Breastfeeding is... more

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U.S. Doctors Aim To Cut Cesarean Rate

It is hard to fathom why nearly one in three U.S. births involves surgery, but recent data show this to be true. While cesareans (c-sections) are sometimes necessary from a medical standpoint, they carry with them several risks, including longer... more

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Baby Talk Amounts To Big Vocabulary

The phrase “baby talk” conjures an image of grandparents gathered around a crib fawning over a newborn while making noises like “goo goo” and “gaa gaa.” In reality, baby talk—or parentese, as it is known in the scientific community—is a... more


Acetaminophen During Pregnancy Linked To ADHD In Kids

Link any food, drink, or drug with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and you will likely garner a great deal of attention. An estimated 3 to 7 percent of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, ranging from a low... more


Preemies Thrive In Language-Rich Environments

Even before birth, babies hear and respond to the sounds around them. Their mother’s heartbeat… her voice… the beat of an often-played piece of music… Dad’s voice. The last weeks of a full-term pregnancy tend to be rich with examples... more

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Fluoride For Babies’ First Teeth Is Okay

Parents, hoping to keep their baby’s teeth cavity-free can now use a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste as soon as those pearly whites appear (typically around 6 to 12 months of age). So says the American Dental Association (ADA), in... more

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FDA Says New Infant Formula Regulations Ahead

It’s been a long time coming. It was 1986 when, as part of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act, Congress last amended the Infant Formula Act to address consumer concerns about quality control and safety. Although that legislation granted the U.S. Food... more

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UAE Orders Mothers To Breastfeed

Breastfeed or else! That’s the decree the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has directed to its female citizens. The Federal National Council added a clause to its Child Rights Law making breastfeeding, for up to two years, a “duty, not an option,... more