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A U.S. Navy officer receives an anthrax vaccination: The government is considering expanding inoculations against the lethal infection to include children, too.

Time to vaccinate kids for anthrax?

Millions of U.S. military personnel have been given the anthrax vaccine, which wards off lethal infection. But no one's sure if the vaccine will even work on kids

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For just $15, your expensive iPhone can become your child's rattle-adorned plaything.

'Apptivity': The 'bizarre' iPhone case for babies

Is it really time to protect your prized gadget from grimy young fingers by encasing it in an ugly, plastic rattle contraption?

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Children under 2 aren't capable of benefiting from educational TV, and would be better off spending the time interacting verbally with mom and dad, according to a pediatricians' group.

Will TV 'rot your baby's brain'?

Pediatricians argue that even educational shows like Sesame Street can delay language development in kids under 2

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Women with high levels of the stress-linked hormone cortisol are much more likely to have daughters than sons, according to a new study.

Can stress determine your baby's gender?

A new study suggests that chronically anxious moms may be more likely to have daughters than sons

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Preschoolers: If kids as young as 4 show signs of ADHD, they should begin treatment and even start taking medication for the disorder, according to new guidelines.

New ADHD guidelines: Should Ritalin be prescribed to 4-year-olds?

Parents are being urged to have kids displaying ADHD symptoms checked out by a pediatrician while they're still in preschool

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The controversial Gardasil HPV vaccine: A new law in California allows 12-year-olds to get the shot without parental consent.

Will California's HPV vaccine law encourage kids to have sex?

Conservative groups charge that giving teens the vaccine without telling their parents is irresponsible. Public health advocates insist it saves lives

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Pregnant artist Marni Kotak poses at the Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn where she will give birth in front of an audience in a few weeks.

Live birth... as performance art?

A Brooklyn artist invites spectators to observe her baby's arrival. But does giving birth in a gallery make it art?

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A 5-month-old girl gets a vaccination: More than one in 10  parents are raising public health risks by opting out of recommended vaccination schedules for their kids, according to a new study.

Why more parents are rejecting vaccinations: 4 theories

A new study claims that 13 percent of parents don't follow the recommended vaccination schedule for their kids. What are they thinking?

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Roughly half a million more kids are prescribed Adderall, and other ADHD prescription drugs, today than in 1996.

ADHD: Are we over-drugging our kids?

From 1996 to 2008, the number of kids being prescribed anti-ADHD drugs such as Adderall rose by roughly 30 percent

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Is my son gay? A much-criticized French smartphone app seeks to answer that question with 20 yes-or-no questions that tap into a variety of stereotypes.

The 'ridiculous' app that asks: Is my son gay?

A French smartphone app exploits stereotypes to supposedly enlighten parents about their sons' sexuality

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The father of 8-year-old Kian defends the boy's participation in cage fighting, saying it's better than getting into trouble on the street.

Cage fighting: The 'disturbing' new kids' sport?

A videotaped fight between two 8-year-olds in England starts a battle outside the ring

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Maurice Sendak's controversial new picture book "Bumble-Ardy" concerns a pig who's reached the age of nine without a birthday party because "his immediate family frowned on fun."

Is Maurice Sendak's new kids' book too scary?

Some parents worry that the latest tale from the beloved author of Where the Wild Things Are is just too dark

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A baby sips apple juice: TV host Dr. Oz raised parental anxiety levels last week when he said fruit drink has dangerous levels of arsenic, which the FDA quickly shot down.

The great apple juice debate: FDA vs. Dr. Oz

The TV doc starts a firestorm by claiming that apple juice may be unsafe. Is Dr. Oz a whistle-blower or an alarmist?

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A teenage girl applies lipstick: As part of its ban on makeup, a school in Britain has removed all of the mirrors from the women's bathrooms.

The school that banned mirrors to teach girls a lesson

In a controversial effort to curb teen vanity, a school in England prohibits makeup and removes mirrors from the girls' bathrooms

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When men first become fathers, their testosterone levels decrease by nearly half, according to a new study.

Fatherhood: The ultimate libido-killer?

A controversial new study suggests that the more time men spend with their kids, the more their testosterone levels plummet

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Some commentators are arguing that sperm banks should consider new regulations and limits on donations.

The sperm donor with 150 kids

Cynthia Daily had a child with a sperm donor, then discovered that her kid had at least 150 half-siblings — and a range of potential medical and emotional risks

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