Pediatric Group Issues New Medical Guidelines for Youngsters

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_a5a9bb70dd.jpgRemains/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- It's never too early to start screening kids for medical conditions more associated with adults such as high cholesterol and depression. That's the latest recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which issued new guidelines for youngsters and adolescents in the journal Pediatrics. Dr. Joseph Hagan, co-editor of the guidelines, acknowledged, "Some changes are small, some will get people's attention."

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Don't Forget to Feed the Cat...Often

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_ddb23893c3.jpgAnna Dudko/Thinkstock (URBANA, Ill.) -- It's the "graze" that pays for cats with weight issues. In what might seem like a counter-intuitive move, scientists at the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Science found that making food available to fat cats throughout the day with some meals that include dietary water can help them to lose weight.

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Acetaminophen During Pregnancy Tied to ADHD

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_89cd02c188.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (LOS ANGELES) -- Taking the over-the-counter pain reliever acetaminophen -- the active ingredient in Tylenol -- during pregnancy may increase a child’s risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD, a new Danish study found. The findings, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, may cause women and their doctors to question the pain pill of choice during pregnancy.

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E-Cigarettes Spark Hot Debate Among Health Experts

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_8188d691b4.jpgscyther5/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- E-cigarettes: the answer to anti-smokers' prayers or a slippery slope to regular cigarettes? The health community is divided, according to The New York Times. Since making their appearance on the national scene several years ago, the use of e-cigarettes has become as hotly debated a topic as what should be done to curb the smoking of tobacco, which is blamed for about 480,000 preventable deaths every year in this county.

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New Law in Oregon Aimed at Increasing Vaccinations

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_93c4efb235.jpgurfinguss/Thinkstock (SALEM, Ore.) -- Oregon health officials fighting to lower rates of unvaccinated children in their state will get some help on March 1, when a new law goes into effect requiring parents to receive education on the benefits and risks of common vaccinations if they want their child to be exempted from the vaccination requirement.

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