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Many Girls Now Begin Puberty at Age 7, 8

Rate of early onset has doubled for 7-year-old white girls, study finds

Health Tip: Understanding Torticollis

When an infant's neck tilts to one side

Seasonal Changes Can Put Teens' Sleep/Wake Cycles Off Track

Longer daylight hours in spring spur hormonal changes linked to late bedtimes, less sleep, study finds

Increased Risk of Violence Among Unsupervised Teen Groups

Hanging out with no adult presence a recipe for violence even in 'good' neighborhoods, study finds

Kids Adopted By Same-Sex Couples 'Thriving': Researcher

No reason to prevent gay, lesbian prospective parents from adopting, study says

Mom's Affection Helps Babies Grow Into Less Stressed Adults

Study finds link between maternal attention, child's mental state decades later

More Than 70,000 Kids Injured By Medical Devices Each Year

Contact lenses, IV tubes lead list of items causing trips to the ER, study shows

In Adolescence, Happier Often Means Healthier

Study finds close ties between positive emotions, physical well-being

Health Tip: Weaning Baby from a Bottle

Suggestions for 'upgrading' to a cup

Kids Who Do Poorly in School More Likely to Become Bullies

Youngsters who have trouble resolving problems with others also at risk of becoming bullies, victims or both, researchers say

Too Many Tots Watching Too Much TV: Study

Oregon study finds 1 in 5 young kids exposed to more than the recommended 2 hours a day

Brain Grows Quickest in Areas Where Apes, Humans Vary: Study

Research focuses on cerebral cortex, seat of higher mental functions

Program Teaches Parents How to Nurture Healthy Eaters

Early feeding practices can play critical role in kids' eating patterns, study suggests

Screening Guidelines Miss Many Kids With High Cholesterol

Researchers suggest that universal testing may be a better option

As Parents Lose Jobs, Kids Often Lose Out on Health Care

Unemployment greatly ups odds that children will face gaps in care, study finds

U.S. Report on Kids' Health Brings Mixed Results

Preterm births and teen pregnancy are down, but recession means more children now living in poverty

Mental Health Woes Plague 'Cyberbullies' and Their Victims

Harassment of vulnerable teens via cell phone, Web is a growing problem, experts say

Later School Start Times May Foster Better Students

High school pushed back start of day by 30 minutes, with good results

Hospital Visits for Underage Drinking Soar on July 4 Weekend

And 5,000 deaths of people under age 21 are linked to alcohol each year, U.S. study says

Eating Disorders, Addictions Tough to Treat in Teens

What works in adult patients may not help younger people, experts say

Health Tip: Help Keep Baby Moving

Suggestions to encourage activity

Kids With Coordination Disorder More Likely to Be Overweight

Condition may interfere with physical activity, researchers say

School-Based Efforts May Help Curb Obesity in High-Risk Kids

But results for student population as a whole are less clear, researchers say

Seasonality of Child Abuse Could Be a Myth

Deaths from abuse not more likely to occur during winter holidays, researchers find

Delivery Method May Determine the Bacteria Babies Acquire

Finding may explain why C-section babies seem more likely to develop allergies, asthma, study suggests

'Junk Food' Sugar May Help Some Fat Cells Proliferate

But lab study needs further testing in humans, experts say

Reading Comes Easier for Kids When Rover's Around

Reciting aloud to dogs boosts children's literacy, studies find

The Fight Against Autism Goes High Tech

Robots, iPods and more help expand horizons, confidence for people with the disorder

Summer Vacation May Set Back Kids' Language Skills

Poor kids in bilingual families need extra support, study says

Iodine Levels a Worry as Salt Use Declines

Pregnant women and infants are of particular concern to thyroid experts

Pro-Eating Disorder Sites Abound on the Internet

Online 'thinspiration' is a mouse click away for vulnerable youth, study finds

Playtime with Parents May Shape Gender Roles

Fathers more assertive, moms more helpful when playing with tots, study shows

Progress Made Against Once-Fatal Heart Defect

Implanted devices help babies survive, thrive into adulthood, study shows

As Autism Web Sites Boom, Experts Urge Caution

Too often 'treatments' turn out to be bogus, but simple guidelines can help

A Mother's Love Overcomes Poverty's Effect on Health

Caring moms seem to boost child's immune response throughout life, study finds

Postpartum Depression Can Strike New Dads

1 in 10 men is affected, and a depressed partner can raise the risk, study finds

Pesticides on Produce Tied to ADHD in Children

Organophosphates may alter chemistry of developing brain, researchers say

Parent Involvement in Grade School Boosts Child's Social Skills

Research also shows students are less aggressive and disruptive

Most High Schoolers Today Cheat

But they may not always realize they're cheating, researchers say

Listening to Mozart Won't Make Your Child Smarter

Studies show no evidence of the so-called 'Mozart Effect,' Austrian researchers say

Benefits of Good Child Care Extend Into Teen Years

In long-term study, adolescents had higher academic achievement scores

No Link Between Childhood Infections, Autism

Study of 1.4 million Danish children finds no connection

Obesity Behind Rise of 'Phantom' Brain Tumors in Children

Pressure build-up within skull causes chronic pain, experts say

Inbreeding Possible Factor in Deaths of Darwin's Children

Three died young and another three could not have children of their own, researchers say

Heavier Birth Weight Tied to Later Conduct Troubles

Twins study found bigger newborn more likely to misbehave at ages 3 and 4

Obesity a Bigger Threat to Kids in Southern States

Rate in Mississippi is double that of children in Oregon, CDC study finds

Kids Raised by Relatives Face Increased Health Risks

Extra support is needed when children don't live with a parent, expert says

Probiotics Beneficial for Tiniest Preemies

Supplements help underweight babies gain pounds, researchers find

Motor Skills Lag in Poor Preschoolers

Delays in running, catching, throwing lead to sedentary lifestyle, study finds