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Researchers Develop A New Drug to Combat the Measles: UPDATE - Watch Pre-Recorded Q&A with Researchers

A novel antiviral drug may protect people infected with the measles from getting sick and prevent them from spreading the virus to others, an international team of researchers says.

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Masculine Boys, Feminine Girls More Likely to Engage in Cancer Risk Behaviors

Boston, MA—The most “feminine” girls and “masculine” boys are more likely than their peers to engage in behaviors that pose cancer risks, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health researchers.

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Antibiotics Improve Growth in Children in Developing Countries

Antibiotics improve growth in children at risk of undernourishment in low and middle income countries, according to researchers at McGill University who have just conducted a research literature review on the subject. Their results, published in the British Medical Journal, suggest that the youngest children from the most vulnerable populations benefit most and show significant improvements toward expected growth for their age and sex, particularly for weight.

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Study Finds Association Between SSRI Use During Pregnancy and Autism and Developmental Delays in Boys

In a study of nearly 1,000 mother-child pairs, researchers from the Bloomberg School of Public health found that prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a frequently prescribed treatment for depression, anxiety and other disorders, was associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental delays (DD) in boys. The study, published in the online edition of Pediatrics, analyzed data from large samples of ASD and DD cases, and population-based controls, where a uniform protocol was implemented to confirm ASD and DD diagnoses by trained clinicians using validated standardized instruments.

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Babies Prefer Fairness – but Only if It Benefits Them – in Choosing a Playmate

Babies as young as 15 months preferred people with the same ethnicity as themselves -- a phenomenon known as in-group bias, or favoring people who have the same characteristics as oneself.

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Doctor Uses Crowdfunding to Launch Anti-Food Choking Campaign

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A doctor's new crowdfunding project aims to raise money to launch an anti-food choking campaign.

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Misconceptions About Energy Drinks Could Have Health Consequences, Says Iowa State Professor

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Many popular energy drinks contain five times the caffeine in a cup of coffee, but you won’t find the amount listed on the can. An Iowa State professor says the omission could explain why a CDC study found some young people think energy drinks are safe.

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Childhood Obesity Rates Leveling Off, Despite Long-Term Increases

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“While we would like to say that signs of progress are clear across the country in the fight to decrease obesity rates, the only clear sign is that there is more work to be done,” said Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association. “While declines are in sight only among young children, the

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Severe Obesity on the Rise Among Children in the U.S.

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A new analysis led by a University of North Carolina School of Medicine researcher finds that all classes of obesity in children have increased over the last 14 years. In addition, there is a troubling upward trend in the more severe forms of childhood obesity.

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