March 31, 2011 Consumer groups had sought a ban on artificial food dyes, saying there are clear links between dyes and children's behavior. An FDA advisory panel didn't agree, but called for more research.
March 31, 2011 Researchers found bacteria, mold and fungus in tests of more than a dozen children's band instruments. The parts musicians put in their mouths were the most contaminated.
March 30, 2011 In an unusual statement, the Food and Drug Administration said it's quite all right for pharmacists to go ahead and make their own inexpensive version of an expensive medicine to help some women avoid preterm delivery of their babies.
Red #40, Blue #1, Yellow #6 - a rainbow of food dyes.
March 30, 2011 The Food and Drug Administration is meeting Wednesday and Thursday to examine whether artificial food dyes cause hyperactivity in children. Recent studies have drawn this link, causing some experts to call on the FDA to ban the dyes — or at least require a warning label.
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Too much lead led to a recall of some Short Circuits gum.
March 28, 2011 Earlier this year the gum's marketer recalled all flavors of its Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars for having too much lead. Then and now, the company said it was taking action "out of an abundance of caution."
March 28, 2011 Parents should make a habit of asking their children if they've been on the Internet today. They should should bone up on social media to narrow the gap that separates them from their tech-savvy kids.
March 25, 2011 Nerve trouble is not worth the purported gain from athletic wear that is supertight. The case of a teenage soccer player highlights the problem.
March 24, 2011 Patients with severe milk allergies can slowly reduce their sensitivity to dairy, a process that usually takes months. But kids in a pilot study who also took Xolair were drinking glasses of milk in just a few weeks.
March 23, 2011 The warning that Tokyo's tap water contains twice as much radioactive iodine as allowed for infants strikes a particularly distressing chord. And the shortage of bottled water there compounds the anxiety for mothers of formula-fed babies. An expert on radiation offers some practical advice.
March 22, 2011 Hearing testing of newborns isn't perfect. A study finds that about one-third of children who later received cochlear implants passed screening tests shortly after birth.
March 21, 2011 A leading group of pediatricians is advising parents to stick with rear-facing car seats until their children turn 2, or the kids exceed the limits for weight and height in the seats.
There's a risk of infection with roundworms from kinkajou poo.
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March 17, 2011 An intestinal worm that is common in raccoons has now been found in pet kinkajous. The worm eggs can be passed from animals to humans and cause serious infections, especially in children.
March 14, 2011 Fathers who are depressed are far more likely to spank their 1-year-olds than dads who aren't. Thirteen percent of dads who weren't depressed reported spanking their kids. Among the depressed dads, however, 41 percent had given a spanking.
Tyler Scorza, 7, had his tonsils removed last year to help with his snoring.
March 14, 2011 Enlarged tonsils (and adenoids) are usually to blame when children have trouble breathing during sleep. So doctors are recommending tonsillectomy as a way to open up kids' blocked airways.
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According to Dr. Lidy Pelsser's study, 64 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD are actually experiencing a hypersensitivity to food.
March 12, 2011 Kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be restless, impulsive, inattentive and difficult to handle. Many are treated with drugs, but a new study suggests that food may be the key. The study's author says a very restrictive diet can significantly reduce symptoms.
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