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Hearing-impaired boy lives every kid’s dream: becoming a superhero

New York (CNN) — Five-year-old Anthony Smith didn’t think superheroes wore hearing aids, until he became one. His mother, Christina D’Allesandro, says the epic journey began in May, when her superhero-fanatic son, who is deaf in one ear and partially deaf in the other, refused to wear his blue hearing aid because “superheroes don’t wear …

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Asthma and Schools

Asthma is a leading chronic  illness among children and adolescents in the United States. It is also one of the leading causes of school absenteeism. On average, in a  classroom of 30 children, about 3 are likely to have asthma. Low-income populations, minorities, and children living in inner cities  experience more emergency department visits, hospitalizations, …

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Valley News: Lyme Fourth-Grader Is a Real Champion

By Jon Wolper Valley News Staff Writer Sunday, November 11, 2012 Lyme — YuYu Cutting stood inside a crudely drawn foursquare box on the Lyme School blacktop, balancing a deflated basketball in his left hand. He brought his hand back, keeping the ball in place with the hook protruding from the right sleeve of his …

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Keene Sentinel: Standing Tall

By Kaitlin Mulhere Sentinel StaffSentinelSource.com                                 |                         0  When 10-year-old Abby Bohannon had to pick a “me” object to teach her 4th-grade peers about herself at the beginning of the school year, she chose a thin, plastic tube. The tube didn’t represent a hobby or serve as a memory from a distant summer trip. Instead, …

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Medical Daily: Smoking During Pregnancy Increases Asthma Risk in Children

By Amber Moore | Aug 17, 2012   A mother’s smoking habits has now been linked to an increased risk of asthma in preschool children, according to a new study. Also, smoking during the early stages of pregnancy is especially dangerous. Researchers say that women who are planning to have a baby should give up …

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Psychology Today: Is Our Aversion to Pain Killing Us?

  by Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. Psychology Today   The sad and untimely loss of Whitney Houston is yet another highly publicized death that called into question the abuse of prescription drugs. Tragic episodes like this may be making the news because of their high-profile victims, but they also direct our attention to a growing epidemic …

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Londonderrynh.net: Olympics to Encourage Children to Play

from Londonderrynh.net The 2012 Summer Olympics get underway this week in London. Most of us won’t be able to watch the London Olympics in person, but we can still experience the thrill of victory in our own backyards. The American Heart Association hopes parents will use these two weeks as a jumping point for getting …

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Chronic Disease, Pediatrics, Stanford News: Chronic illness in Childhood, one patients story

Patients at the country’s top children’s hospitals are increasingly likely to be chronically ill. This ongoing trend in pediatric medicine might seem counterintuitive at first – isn’t medical science supposed to be improving children’s health? The trend is, in fact, a byproduct of medical advances: Fewer kids now end up hospitalized with infectious diseases. At …

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A Simple change in the law can bring smiles

By Jeff Woodburn “The worst case,” Penny McKinnon starts, her words drawing me closer and piquing my interest. As a School Nurse at Littleton’s Lakeway Elementary School, she sees a lot and it’s not all good. “A student’s teeth were so bad that he couldn’t eat,” she said, “he lost a lot of weight.” Hard …

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Union Leader: Mouth to mouth: Improving oral health care

There are ways to improve the health of low-income people without creating expensive government programs. Sometimes all it takes is a change in the law to let people help others when they want to. That is the goal of Senate Bill 284. It would let dental hygienists work in New Hampshire as roving public health …

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