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Doctors discourage TV for babies under two

Like 90 percent of American parents, Matthew Sullivan allows his infant daughter and five-year-old son to watch television, videos and sometimes web-streamed content on his smartphone. He usually limits their screen viewing to just over an hour a day, and admits that handing his phone to his 16-month-old daughter so…

Climate change poses immediate threat to health: experts

LONDON — Climate change poses an immediate and serious threat to global health and stability, as floods and droughts destroy people’s homes and food supplies and increase mass migration, experts warned Monday. In a statement issued at a meeting in London, they urged tougher action to reduce climate change including…

Imagined smells can precede migraines: study

(Reuters) – Hallucinated scents such as a burning or rotten smell, or even the scent of foie gras, can be a part of the “aura” that some people perceive before a migraine attack, although it is rare, according to a U.S. study. About 30 percent of people with recurrent migraines have sensory disturbances…

Premature babies 5x more likely to be autistic: study

Babies who are born early and small are five times as likely as normal infants to develop autism, according to a two-decade-long US study released Monday. Premature babies have long been known to risk a host of health problems and cognitive delays, but the study in the journal Pediatrics is the first…

Imagined smells can precede migraines: study

(Reuters) – Hallucinated scents such as a burning or rotten smell, or even the scent of foie gras, can be a part of the “aura” that some people perceive before a migraine attack, although it is rare, according to a U.S. study. About 30 percent of people with recurrent migraines…

Last of river-swimming Alaska whales found dead

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A young killer whale that wandered far up an Alaska river with two adult companions has been found dead near the river’s mouth, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Sunday. Discovery of the dead juvenile means that all three of the whales discovered swimming…

Climate change is making many plants and animals smaller: study

By Marlowe Hood PARIS — Climate change is reducing the body size of many animal and plant species, including some which supply vital nutrition for more than a billion people already living near hunger’s threshold, according to a study released Sunday. From micro-organisms to top predators, nearly 45 percent of…

Doctors recommend evaluating children for ADHD at age four

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The American Academy of Pediatrics this weekend expanded its guidelines for diagnosing and treating kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, recommending that doctors evaluate all patients aged four to 18 who show signs of the condition. The new guidelines update decade-old recommendations that focused on diagnosing…

Head injury blamed in death of high school football player

(Reuters) – A high school football player died after he suffered a head injury during a varsity game in central New York late on Friday, the schools said. A lineman from the visiting Phoenix Central School District suffered a head injury in a collision in the third quarter of a…

Group planning by bacteria may affect Earth’s climate

The type of consensus decision-making carried on at the Occupy Wall Street protest may go back almost to the origin of life on Earth. Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have discovered that bacteria make group decisions as well. Not only that, but these collective decisions appear to influence…

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