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No Fruit Juice for Children under One Year Old

Parents think that fruit and vegetables in all forms are healthy for their children. Fruit gives a variety of flavors and natural sweetness. Now parents are being advised that fruit juice is not as healthy as they think. The American Academy of Pediatrics previously advised parents to avoid 100 percent fruit juice for infants under … Continued

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Put the Baby in the Box, Prevent SIDS

Finland began the baby box program 80 years ago. They provide a maternity package to expectant mothers which include a sturdy box, clothing, blankets, and other supplies. That country has one of the lowest infant mortality rates. Rather than prenatal assistance, a few U.S. states have started using the baby box method to ensure safe … Continued

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Parents Find New Peanut Guidelines “Nuts”

I never grew to like peanut butter, but I do like all things peanut, be it peanut butter cookies, peanut butter cups, or just straight-up peanuts. Growing up, I didn’t know any kids with peanut allergies nor do I remember it ever being talked about. I didn’t know anyone who had a peanut allergy until … Continued

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Wishing You a Happy – and Safe – Holiday Weekend

In order to ensure a safe and injury-free holiday, there are some basic tips regarding home decorating, food preparation, and travel. About 15,000 decorating injuries were bad enough that people went to emergency rooms during the holiday season in 2012. When hanging lights and other decorations, use a proper stepstool or ladder. Make sure there … Continued

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Headphones and Hearing Loss in Children

This holiday season, parents will be clambering to get their children the newest in electronic toy gifts. Call me a Scrooge, but I don’t believe that children should have electronic toys like iPads and cell phones. (Good thing I don’t have kids to “deprive”). However, a new analysis of headphone products found that half of … Continued

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Getting Burned by Imitation Aloe Products

The summer heat may be gone, but that doesn’t mean that the winter sun still can’t burn you. Aloe has been used since ancient Egypt for burns and skin irritations. For those who don’t live in the southwest U.S., most Americans don’t have access to the speared succulent filled with cooling goo. The U.S. market … Continued

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Social Media Connections Improve Health

A new paper published in PNAS says that those who spend time on social media live longer. The paper states that the health effects of active social lives online mirror the benefits of good social lives offline. People with more online friends are less likely to die than those who are “disconnected”. This contradicts assumptions … Continued

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