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BREAKING: Ohio passes bill to allow "shared use" of school facilities

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Ohio lawmakers made it easier for schools to open their gymnasiums, pools, playgrounds, running track, athletic fields and other facilities to public use during non-school hours by passing legislation Wednesday that clarifies liability issues.

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The Flu Vaccine: It's Not Too Late and Yes, It's Necessary

Children's Hospital Los Angeles infectious diseases specialist Pia Pannaraj, MD, discusses the importance of getting an annual flu vaccine and why opting out should not be an option.

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Disaster Readiness for Children

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To Save The Lives Of 5.6 Million Children From Tobacco Use, More Aggressive Actions Must Be Taken, Expert Explains

Officials must use policy, tax and other regulatory tools to stem youth smoking and health effects of tobacco use

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E-Cigarettes Surpass Tobacco Cigarettes Among Teens

In 2014, more teens use e-cigarettes than traditional, tobacco cigarettes or any other tobacco product—the first time a U.S. national study shows that teen use of e-cigarettes surpasses use of tobacco cigarettes.

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Use of Alcohol, Cigarettes, Number of Illicit Drugs Declines Among U.S. Teens

A national survey of students in U.S. middle schools and high schools shows some important improvements in levels of substance use.

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E-Cigarettes May Recruit Lower Risk Teens to Nicotine Use

Researchers at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and University of Hawaii Cancer Center find that one-third of Hawaiian adolescents have tried e-cigarettes, half of whom have never used another tobacco product.

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Less Than Half of Parents Think Their 18-Year-Olds Can Make a Doctors Appointment

Most parents agree their children should be ready to move out of the pediatrician’s office into adult-focused care by age 18 – but just 30 percent actually make that transition by that age, according to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.

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All Children Should Have Vision Health Screening Between Age 3 and 6, Expert Panel Recommends

All children should undergo vision health screening between age 36 and 72 months—preferably every year—using evidence-based test methods and with effective referral and follow-up, according to recommendations published in the January issue of Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Obese Children’s Brains More Responsive to Sugar

A new study led by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine finds that the brains of obese children literally light up differently when tasting sugar.

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