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Autismribbon-042215.jpg There is no clear link between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism, according to a new study from researchers at The Lewin Group, a health care consulting firm in Falls Church, Virginia. For the study the researchers examined health records for about 96,000 kids, all of whom have older siblings.

It is possible for children to develop food allergies after receiving blood transfusions, according to a new reported case. The case, reported on in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researches an eight-year-old Canadian boy who developed an allergy to fish and peanuts after receiving a transfusion from a donor with severe allergies to these foods.

babyFood-041615.jpg Beech-Nut has recalled a selection of their baby foods due to the potential threat of glass pieces breaking off in their jars. The recalls have been classified as "class I" by the FDA, meaning that there is a "reasonable possibility" of health risk with the products. The baby foods in question include "Stage 2 Beech-Nut CLASSICS sweet potato and chicken."

cow-040715.jpg Parents who buy breast milk online may be purchasing milk contaminated with at least 10 percent cow's milk, according to a new study. For the study, published online in the journal Pediatrics, researchers bought 102 samples of advertised human milk online and tested the DNA in each one. They found that 10 samples contained at least 10 percent of cow's milk.

Flaming-cocktails-040215.jpg New research shows that allowing children to taste alcohol could lead to problems with early drinking. Brown University researchers found that kids who tasted an alcoholic beverage before they started middle school were five times more likely to have a whole drink by ninth grade, compared with classmates who had not tasted alcohol. Young sippers were also four times as likely to binge drink.

PregnantWoman-040215.jpg A new review shows that taking iron supplements doesn't necessary improve health outcomes for pregnant mothers and their babies. The review, conducted by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), looked at data from 11 trials on pregnant women who took iron supplements.

Many parents struggle to accurately determine if their child is obese, according to a new study from researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. For the study the researchers surveyed 2,976 parents and compared their responses to health records collected about their kids. They found that 33 percent of parents underestimated their children's weight.

cheeseburgers-033115.jpg The overall fast food consumption of U.S. kids may be decreasing, according to a new study from researchers at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. For the study the researchers compared data collected as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. They found that in the 2003 survey, roughly 39 percent of kids in the U.S. reported eating fast food at least once a day.

Autismribbon-032615.jpg A newly discovered gene could hold the key to a specific form of severe autism found in some girls, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Institute of Genetic Medicine. The gene, called CTNND2, is central in the creation of the protein delta-catenin, which plays a large role in the nervous system.

Breastfeeding for an extended period of time can lead to an increase in intelligence, according to a new study. Published in Lancet, the study interviewed 5,914 new mothers about their plans for breastfeeding and then followed up to see how they did. Researchers said that subjects who had been breastfed for 12 months or longer had a higher IQ (about 3.7 points).

kid-031215.jpg A new study suggests that parents who praise their children too much can turn their children into narcissists. The study, carried out in the Netherlands, tracked 565 children aged 7 to 12 and their parents, tallying the parents for how and when they praised their children and whether children exhibited or expressed feelings of superiority or self-satisfaction.

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