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Pediatrician group backs HPV shot for boys

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Boys 11 years and up should get Merck & Co’s Gardasil vaccine to protect them against HPV infections, which can cause genital warts as well as oral, penile and anal cancers, the nation’s largest group of pediatricians said Monday. “What we are hoping will come…

Soft drink advertising targets children and teens: study

Reuters) – U.S. children and teenagers are seeing far more soda advertising than before, with blacks and Hispanics being major targets, as marketers have expanded online, a study released on Monday found. The report, from the Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, also found that many fruit…

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…

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…

Drugmakers shielded from lawsuits: US Supreme Court

WASHINGTON – Vaccine makers are protected from lawsuits, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, dashing the hopes of a US couple who had sought monetary damages after their daughter fell ill after a round of routine childhood inoculations. By a 6-2 vote, the US high court, in an opinion by written…

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