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10 Things You Need to Know About Whooping Cough (access required)

Last week health officials in Minnesota confirmed the death of an infant due to pertussis, also known as whooping cough. The baby died in November after a three-month hospitalization, according to published reports. A highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a bacteria known as bordetella pertussis, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention ...

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5 important facts to teach kids about pet ownership (access required)

Kids instinctively love animals. Children begin learning about animal species, their habitats and behavior during elementary school, and this is when children also become more interested and involved in caring for family pets. They may even become pet owners for the first time at this age. Learning about animal care is fun for kids, while ...

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5 ways to help your child deal with stress (access required)

“Stress isn’t the same for all children, and it impacts everyone differently,” said Dr. Cheryl S. Al-Mateen, medical director of the Virginia Treatment Center for Children. “In fact, in some cases this stress can even be traumatic. If left unnoticed, it can lead to real mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, self-harm and even substance ...

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Unstructured play time beneficial for kids (access required)

Unstructured play has become an important part of a child’s future development, but some American kids aren’t getting enough according to experts. Unstructured play is defined as play without predetermined rules of the game, and is often made-up on the spot and changeable. Unstructured play has been shown to strengthen the connections of the neurons ...

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Nearsightedness on the rise in kids (access required)

More kids are having trouble seeing things farther away and are needing glasses earlier in their lives, according to new research. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the incidence of nearsightedness in the U.S. has nearly doubled to 42% since 1971. Although doctors have reported seeing more kids with nearsightedness, dry eye and ...

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Embrace the chaos of modern life (access required)

I was sitting around a table at a neighborhood party, enjoying the conversation with some friends before Christmas. The room was loud – the adults were speaking with raised voices, sometimes having to yell across the table at one another – because the nearby rooms were filled with the boisterous chaos that comes with a ...

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