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Autistic Kids Get a Special Meeting with ‘Sensitive Santa’ [VIDEO]

The bright lights, loud music and long lines can often keep autistic kids from engaging in a holiday ritual many children enjoy: an annual visit with Santa.

So one mall opened early last Sunday morning for some low-key “sensitive Santa” time.

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Should an Obese Child Be Taken From His Parents? Some Authorities Thought So and Did

A boy in Cleveland, OH, who weighs more than 200 pounds, was taken from his mother by authorities last week. Officials were forced to remove the third-grader from his home when caseworkers decided that his mother’s inability to reduce his weight constituted medical neglect.

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Should We Be Concerned About Obesity in Kindergarteners? — Health Check

We never used to think of chubby kids as being anything other than adorable, but researchers are now more concerned about children’s eating habits now that more Americans are being considered obese.

According to a new study, 40 percent of American children enter kindergarten with a body mass index (BMI) greater than the 75 percentile. Anything over the 85th percentile is considered “overweight,” and over the 95th percentile is “obese.”

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Royal, Bear and Happy Top the Most Popular Baby Name Predictions for 2012

Baby name site Nameberry.com released its predictions for 2012, and if you thought the noun trend — like naming kids after apples and other objets — was weird, just wait until you get a load of the hot new adjective fad.

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Got Stressed Kids? Acupuncture Now Deemed Safe for the Little Ones

Acupuncture, the ancient Chinese, holistic healing method, isn’t just for adults anymore. This week, the American Academy of Pediatrics deemed acupuncture safe for use with children. That is, if you can catch them and get them anywhere near a needle.

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Still Living With Your Parents as an Adult? Well, You’re Hurting the Economy

While many college grads are only too happy to fly their parents’ nest and get a place of their own, the dip in the economy has meant some can’t — or won’t — until they feel more financially able to do so comfortably. What does this mean for the economy? Unfortunately, nothing good.

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Panel Says Kids Should Get Cholesterol Tests by Age 11 — Health Check

In a country with a soaring childhood obesity rate, doctors on an expert panel appointed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics announced Friday that children should be tested for high cholesterol as early as age 9.

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Depressed Fathers Can Cause Behavioral Issues in Kids — Health Check

A study of 20,000 US families found kids with fathers suffering from depression are more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems than other children.

Michael Weitzman at the New York University School of Medicine, who authored the study, said these findings are especially important at a time when unemployment is high and some military dads are returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with emotional wounds.

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Study Finds Autistic Kids Have Too Many Brain Cells — Health Check

New research finds autistic children’s brains have far more neurons in the prefrontal cortex than those of kids who don’t have the disease.

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Millions of Unneeded Antibiotics Are Prescribed to Kids Every Year

A new study from researchers at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City found that pediatricians write more than 10 million prescriptions for unnecessary antibiotics every year.

In the two-year study, 65,000 kids were profiled to determine the type of diagnosis they were given during doctor’s visits as well as the type of of drugs, if any, they were prescribed. The research revealed doctors prescribed antibiotics during one of every five visits.

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