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  • Body Basics: Sports Medicine / Body Basics: Cancer / Body Basics / Body Basics: Cerebral Palsy
    Brain and Nervous System

    The brain controls everything we do, and is often likened to the central computer within a vast, complicated communication network, working at lightning speed.

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  • / Miscellaneous
    Name That Brain Part Solution Page

    Check your work with this solution page!

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  • / Miscellaneous
    Name That Brain Part!

    Print this page, and label each part of the brain!

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  • / Experiments
    Senses Experiment: Brain Box

    How many objects can you identify using just your sense of touch? Find out by doing this experiment.

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  • Body Basics for Teens: Sports Medicine / Body Basics Library / Concussions
    Brain and Nervous System

    If the brain is a central computer that controls all the functions of the body, then the nervous system is like a network that relays messages back and forth to different parts of the body. Find out how they work in this Body Basics article.

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  • Brain & Nervous System / Cancer & Tumors / Cancer Basics
    Brain Tumors

    Brain tumors are the second most common group of childhood cancers. Treatment requires a very specialized plan involving a team of medical specialists.

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  • / How the Body Works / Movies / Videos for Kids
    Movie: Brain & Nervous System

    Watch this movie about your nervous system, starring your brain.

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  • / How the Body Works / Quizzes for Kids
    Quiz: Brain & Nervous System

    Take this quiz about your brain and nervous system, the system that controls everything you do.

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  • Managing Health Care / Diagnostic Tests for Cancer / Medical Tests & Exams
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): Brain

    A brain MRI, a safe and painless test that produces detailed images of the brain and the brain stem, can help detect cysts, tumors, bleeding, and other problems.

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  • Brain & Nervous System / Cancer & Tumors / Cancer Basics
    Brain and Nervous System Cancers

    These cancers are the most common type of cancer in children. When discovered early, they often can be cured.

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  • / Factsheets
    Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Special Needs Factsheet

    What teachers should know about severe TBIs, and how to help students who’ve had a TBI.

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  • C
    A to Z: Compression of the Brain

    It is important to carefully monitor and treat this potential complication of head injuries and diseases affecting the brain. Read about it here.

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  • Oncology (Cancer) A to Z / G
    A to Z: Brain Stem Glioma

    This type of brain tumor forms in the brain stem, the part of the brain that coordinates messages and controls processes like breathing and digestion. Learn more here.

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  • / Pregnancy & Infants Q&A / When Your Child Has Surgery
    Can Anesthesia Hurt Brain Development?

    Find out what the experts say.

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  • Ears, Nose, Throat/Speech & Hearing / Medical Tests & Exams
    Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Test

    An auditory brainstem response (ABR) test is a safe and painless test that gives health care providers information about possible hearing loss.

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  • / Flu Q&As for Kids / General Q&A
    What Are Germs?

    You know they can hurt you, but what are these invisible creatures? Find out in this article for kids.

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  • Bones, Muscles & Joints (for Teens) / Special Health Needs
    Lupus

    Lupus is a disease that affects the immune system. Learn how lupus is treated, signs and symptoms, how to support a friend who has it, and more.

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  • Emergencies
    Seizures

    Seizures are caused by a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain. Find out what you need to know about seizures and what to do if your child has one.

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  • / General Q&A
    Why Do I Have Pain?

    When your body is injured in some way, your nerves send messages to your brain about what’s going on. Your brain then makes you feel pain. Read our pain-free article for kids.

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  • Being Good to My Body / Things
    Glasses and Contact Lenses

    Sometimes the different parts of the eye don’t work together the way they should. When this happens, people wear glasses or contact lenses. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • Cancer & Tumors / Cancer Basics
    Leukemia

    Leukemia refers to cancers of the white blood cells. With the proper treatment, the outlook for kids with leukemia is quite good.

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  • Cancer & Tumors / Cancer Basics
    Lymphoma

    Lymphoma is cancer that begins in the body’s lymphatic tissue. It’s a common type of cancer in children, but most recover from it.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections
    Tetanus

    Tetanus (also called lockjaw) is a preventable disease that affects the muscles and nerves, usually due to a contaminated wound.

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  • / People / Cancer Treatment & Prevention for Kids
    Going to the Doctor

    When you go to the doctor for a checkup, it’s because your parents and your doctor want to see that you’re growing just the way you should. Read all about what happens at the doctor’s office.

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  • Cancer & Tumors / Cancer Basics
    Osteosarcoma

    Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer. Boys are more likely to have osteosarcoma than girls, and most cases of osteosarcoma involve the knee.

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  • Cancer & Tumors / Cancer Basics
    Childhood Cancer

    Different kinds of childhood cancer have different signs, symptoms, treatments, and outcomes. But today, over 80% of all children with cancer live 5 years or more.

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  • / Learning Disorders (for Teens) / School Stuff
    ADHD

    ADHD is a medical condition that affects how well someone can sit still, focus, and pay attention. This article for teens has the basics on ADHD.

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  • Aches, Pains & Injuries (for Kids)
    What a Pain! Kids and Growing Pains

    Growing pains are for real. Usually they happen when kids are between the ages of 3 and 5 or 8 and 12.

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  • Alcohol / Problems at School
    Alcohol

    Deciding whether to drink is a personal decision that we each eventually have to make. Get the facts about alcohol.

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  • Brain & Nervous System / Newborn Health Conditions
    Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome)

    Abusive head trauma (AHT) is the leading cause of death in child abuse cases in the United States. AHT results from injuries caused by someone vigorously shaking an infant.

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  • Managing Health Care / Caring for Your Child / Medical Tests / Medical Tests & Exams / Sick Kids
    Basic Blood Chemistry Tests

    Doctors order basic blood chemistry tests to assess a wide range of conditions and the function of organs.

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  • / I Feel Sick!
    Headaches

    Lots of kids have headaches from time to time. Find out more about headaches in this article for kids.

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  • / Sight, Speech & Hearing for Kids
    What’s Hearing Loss?

    Hearing loss happens when there is a problem with the ear, nerves connected to the ear, or the part of the brain that controls hearing. Someone who has hearing loss may be able to hear some sounds or nothing at all. To learn more, read this article for kids.

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  • / Sight, Speech & Hearing for Kids
    Blindness

    Kids who can’t see, or can’t see well, learn to live without using their eyes. To learn more about visual impairment and what causes it, read our article for kids.

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  • / Health Problems of Preemies / Newborn Health Conditions / Sleep & Your Baby
    Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

    SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants 1 month to 1 year old. Though SIDS remains unpredictable, you can help reduce your infant’s risk.

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  • Ears, Nose, Throat/Speech & Hearing / Learning & Health
    Auditory Processing Disorder

    Kids with APD can’t process what they hear as other kids do, because their ears and brain don’t fully coordinate. But early diagnosis and therapy can improve their hearing skills.

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  • Brain & Nervous System / Cerebral Palsy and Related Conditions / Health Problems of Preemies
    Cerebral Palsy

    Cerebral palsy (CP) affects a child’s muscle tone, movement, and more. This article explains causes, diagnosis, treatment, and coping.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections / Skin Infections & Rashes
    Rubella (German Measles)

    Rubella infection, or German measles, usually is a mild disease in kids that can be prevented with vaccination. Its primary medical danger is to pregnant women because it can affect developing babies.

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  • Brain & Nervous System
    Tourette Syndrome

    Tourette syndrome is a condition that causes uncontrolled sudden, repetitive muscle movements and sounds known as tics.

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  • / Parasitic Infections (Worms, Lice, etc.)
    Toxoplasmosis

    Toxoplasmosis is an infection that passes from animals to humans, sometimes without causing any symptoms. Learn more about this infection in this article for parents.

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  • Body Stuff
    All About Puberty

    Voice cracking? Clothes don’t fit? Puberty can be a confusing time, but learning about it doesn’t have to be. Read all about it in this article for kids.

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  • / Sleep / Your Kid's Sleep
    All About Sleep

    Getting enough sleep can be a problem for children of any age. Read this article to learn tips on bedtime schedules and routines for your child.

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  • / Newborn Care / Sleep / Sleep & Your Baby
    Sleep and Newborns

    Newborn babies don’t yet have a sense of day and night. They wake often to eat – no matter what time it is.

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  • / Health Problems of Being Overweight / When Stress Is Serious / Body Care
    Common Sleep Problems

    Sleep problems can keep some teens awake at night even when they want to sleep. If that sounds like you, find out what you can do.

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  • / Infections Kids Can Get
    Rabies

    You may have heard of rabies, but how do animals get it? And, more importantly, how can people and animals avoid it? Find out in this article for kids.

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  • / Growing Up / Health Problems of Preemies / Newborn Care / Newborn Health Conditions
    When Your Baby’s Born Premature

    Premature infants, known as preemies, come into the world earlier than full-term infants. They have many special needs that make their care different from other babies.

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  • / General Q&A
    What It’s Like to Be Color Blind

    You might think being color blind means you can’t see any colors. But that’s not true. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • / Tobacco
    Smokeless Tobacco

    Chewing or dipping: These terms are familiar to the millions of teens who use smokeless tobacco. If you’re ready to quit or you want to learn more about smokeless tobacco, read this article.

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  • / Pregnancy / Taking Care of Your Body / Your Pregnancy
    Staying Healthy During Pregnancy

    During your pregnancy, you’ll probably get advice from everyone. But staying healthy depends on you – read about the many ways to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible.

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  • / Healthy Eating & Your Family / Smart Food Choices
    School Lunches

    Packing school lunches are a chance to steer kids toward good nutrition. Here are ideas for some fun and easy lunchbox options.

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  • / General Q&A
    How Do Pain Relievers Work?

    Everybody has pain once in a while, but pain relievers can help. Find out how these medicines work in this article for kids.

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  • / General Q&A / Sight, Speech & Hearing for Kids
    Can Loud Music Hurt My Ears?

    Loud music can cause temporary and permanent hearing loss. Learn how to protect your ears so you won’t be saying, “Huh? What did you say?”

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  • Back to School Time / School Stuff
    Back to School

    Dread it or love it, you gotta go to school. Looking for ways to make the first day a little less painful? Here are some tips.

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  • Feelings & Emotions / Feeling Sad / Dealing With Feelings About Cancer (for Teens) / Handle Negative Emotions / Cancer Q&A for Teens / Stressful Feelings
    Why Am I in Such a Bad Mood?

    Because of all the changes taking place in your life, you may feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster. Find out more about bad moods and why you have them.

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  • / Playing It Safe Around the House
    Safe Cyberspace Surfing

    Even though the Web can be a great place to learn stuff and meet up with friends and family, you have to know some cyberspace safety rules.

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  • / Parasitic Infections (Worms, Lice, etc.)
    Malaria

    Malaria – a common infection in hot, tropical areas – is a leading cause of death worldwide. But if diagnosed early and treated, it can be cured.

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  • / Growing Up
    Understanding Puberty

    Puberty was awkward enough when you were the one going through it. So how can you help your kids through all the changes?

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  • Eat Well / Losing Weight Safely / Nutrition Basics / Food & Nutrition / Total Well-Being
    Smart Snacking

    Healthy snacks are essential for busy teens. Find out how eating nutritious snacks throughout the day can keep your energy level high and your mind alert.

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  • / Exercise / Exercise & Fitness / Safety Basics (for Teens) / Sports / Sports / Sports / Sports Safety (for Teens) / Training & Performance for Teens
    Sports and Exercise Safety

    Playing hard doesn’t have to mean getting hurt. The best way to ensure a long and injury-free athletic career is to play it safe from the start. Find out how.

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  • / Endocrine Glands, Growth & Diabetes
    What Is a Growth Disorder?

    The other kids in the class have been getting taller and developing into young adults, but your child’s growth seems to be lagging behind. Could a growth disorder be the cause?

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  • / Exercise & Fitness / Sports / Sports / Training & Performance for Teens
    Cold-Weather Sports

    Don’t let the chill of winter turn you into a couch potato! Read this article to learn about some cool winter sports.

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  • / First Aid & Injuries (for Teens) / Sports Injuries for Teens / Sports / Sports
    Dealing With Sports Injuries

    You practiced hard and made sure you wore protective gear, but you still got hurt. Read this article to find out how to take care of sports injuries – and how to avoid getting them.

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  • / Healthy Eating & Your Family / Wellness & Prevention
    Healthy Eating

    Good nutrition and a balanced diet help kids grow up healthy. Here’s how to improve nutrition and encourage smart eating habits.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections / Lung & Respiratory Infections / Skin Infections & Rashes
    Measles

    Measles is best known for the skin rash it causes. Although rare, outbreaks can happen. Getting your kids fully vaccinated is the best way to protect them from this disease.

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  • Brain & Nervous System for Kids
    Tourette Syndrome

    Tourette syndrome is a condition that causes tics — movements or sounds that are repeated over and over. Learn more about Tourette syndrome in this article for kids.

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  • / Exercise & Fitness / Get Fit / Safety Basics (for Teens)
    Bike Safety

    The sun is shining – why not dust off your bike and go for a ride? Before you hit the trail, though, read these tips on the right type of bike and gear you will need.

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  • / Learning Disorders / Learning & Health
    Understanding Dyslexia

    Dyslexia is a learning disability that makes it hard to learn to read and understand written language. Even kids with average or above-average intelligence can have dyslexia.

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  • Ear Infections / Ears, Nose, Throat/Speech & Hearing / Surgical Conditions
    Ear Tube Surgery

    Many kids get middle ear infections (otitis media). Doctors may suggest ear tube surgery for those with multiple infections or a hearing loss or speech delay.

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  • / Exercise Safety / Sports Injuries / Parks & Camping / Play It Safe / Fun in the Sun / Sports Safety / Training & Performance
    Preventing Children’s Sports Injuries

    Participation in sports can teach kids sportsmanship and discipline. But sports also carry the potential for injury. Here’s how to protect your kids.

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  • Emergencies / Exercise Safety / Sports Injuries
    Head Injuries

    Head injuries fall into two categories: external and internal. Learn more about both kinds, how to prevent them, and what to do if your child is injured.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections / Lung & Respiratory Infections
    Adenovirus

    Adenoviruses can infect the lining of the eyes, airways and lungs, intestines, urinary tract, and nervous system. They’re common causes of fever, coughs, sore throats, diarrhea, and pinkeye.

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  • Aches, Pains & Injuries / Brain & Nervous System / Treatment
    Headaches

    Headaches affect kids as well as adults. Learn about common causes and when to talk to a doctor.

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  • Drugs, Alcohol & Smoking
    What You Need to Know About Drugs: Inhalants

    Inhalants such as glue are sniffed or huffed to give the user a high. Doing this even once can kill you. Learn more in this article for kids.

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  • Behavior / Learning & Education / Learning Disorders / Learning & Health
    ADHD

    ADHD is a common medical condition that can affect kids at school, at home, and in friendships. This article is for parents who want to learn more about ADHD and how to help kids get the best diagnosis and care.

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  • Drugs, Alcohol & Smoking
    What You Need to Know About Drugs: Methamphetamines

    Methamphetamines are a dangerous kind of drug that speeds up a person’s body and brain. Learn more in this article for kids.

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  • Drugs, Alcohol & Smoking
    What You Need to Know About Drugs

    Drugs are chemicals that change the way a person’s body works. Some drugs help you feel better, but drugs also can harm you. Learn more in this article for kids.

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  • Blood
    Sickle Cell Disease

    Sickle cell disease is a disease of the blood. Red blood cells are shaped like sickles, and can get stuck, especially inside smaller blood vessels.

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  • / Sexually Transmitted Diseases / STDs & Other Infections
    Syphilis

    Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Early treatment can cure it and prevent long-term problems.

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  • / Your Kid's Eyes, Ears, Nose & Throat / Eye Conditions & Problems / Medical Tests & Exams
    Your Child’s Vision

    It’s important for kids to have their eyes examined regularly, as many vision problems and eye diseases can be detected and treated early.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections
    Rabies

    Rabies is a serious infection of the nervous system that is caused by a virus. Rabies is usually transmitted by a bite from an infected animal.

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  • Being Good to My Body
    Taking Care of Your Skin

    What does your skin ask for in return for all the wonderful things it does? Just a little care and consideration, so learn more about taking care of your skin by reading our article for kids.

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  • Managing Health Care / Your Kid's Eyes, Ears, Nose & Throat / Medical Tests & Exams
    Hearing Evaluation in Children

    Hearing problems can be overcome if they’re caught early, so it’s important to get your child’s hearing screened early and checked regularly.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections / Lung & Respiratory Infections
    Meningitis

    Meningitis is treatable, but can be serious. So it’s important to know the symptoms, and get medical care right away if you think that your child has the illness.

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  • / General Q&A
    Why Do I Need to Sleep?

    Sleep is vital for giving your body a rest and allowing it to prepare for the next day. This article about sleep will teach you why your brain needs to spend time in bed getting zzzz’s!

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  • / General Q&A
    What Makes Me Sneeze?

    If you just sneezed, something was probably irritating or tickling the inside of your nose. Learn more about why you sneeze in this article for kids.

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  • Emergencies / Exercise Safety / Sports Injuries / Fun in the Sun
    Heat Illness

    Active kids can be at risk for heat illness, which can result in heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heatstroke. Learn how to prevent and treat heat illness.

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  • / Learning & Emotional Problems
    ADHD

    ADHD is a medical condition that makes it harder for kids to stay focused. Kids with ADHD can also be more fidgety than other kids their age. This article for kids explains how doctors decide a kid has ADHD and what they can do about it.

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  • / Exercise Safety / Home Sweet Home / The Great Outdoors / Fun in the Sun / Water Safety
    Water Safety

    Kids need constant supervision around water – whether the water is in a bathtub, pool, the sea, or a water park. Here’s how to keep them safe.

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  • / Learning & Emotional Problems
    Dyslexia

    Dyslexia is a problem that makes it difficult for a kid to read. With some help and a lot of hard work, a kid who has dyslexia can learn to read and spell.

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  • My Emotions & Behaviors
    When Somebody Dies

    It’s difficult, even for grownups, to understand why death must happen. It may be the hardest thing of all to understand. We’ll try to help you understand a little bit more in this article for kids.

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  • Being Good to My Body
    Taking Care of Your Ears

    How do you take care of your ears? Find out in this article for kids.

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  • / Infections Kids Can Get / I Feel Sick!
    What Is an Ear Infection?

    A middle ear infection happens when germs like bacteria and viruses get in your middle ear and cause trouble. Read this article to find out more.

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  • / Parasitic Infections (Worms, Lice, etc.)
    Amebiasis

    Amebiasis is an intestinal illness transmitted when someone eats or drinks something that’s contaminated with a microscopic parasite.

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  • Being Good to My Body / Drugs, Alcohol & Smoking
    Alcohol

    Do you know how beer and other alcoholic drinks affect the body and mind? Find out in this article for kids.

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  • / Icky Q&A
    What’s Earwax?

    Why do our ears make earwax? Find out in this article for kids.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections
    Encephalitis

    Encephalitis is a rare brain inflammation caused by a virus. The best way to avoid encephalitis is to prevent the illnesses that may lead to it.

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  • Behavior / Ears, Nose, Throat/Speech & Hearing
    Stuttering

    Many young kids go through a stage when they stutter. Stuttering usually goes away on its own but in some cases lasts longer.

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  • / Keeping Fit & Having Fun / Take Care of You / Staying Fit (for Kids)
    Why Exercise Is Wise

    Exercise can help keep a kid’s body fit and healthy. Learn more about what exercise can do for you in this article for kids.

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  • / General Q&A
    Why Do I Yawn?

    If you yawn in class, you’ll probably notice a few other people will start yawning, too. Why is that?

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  • / Exercise Safety / Parks & Camping / Play It Safe / Fun in the Sun / Sports Safety / Travel Tips
    Bike Safety

    Bike riding is a great way to get exercise and share time as a family. But there’s an important factor that you need to consider – safety.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections / Medicine
    Reye Syndrome

    Reye syndrome is an extremely rare but serious illness. Cases have dropped greatly since the finding of a link between the illness and aspirin use in kids and teens.

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  • Bladder, Kidneys & Urinary Tract
    Bedwetting

    Lots of kids wet the bed. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • / Feeling Sad / Handle Negative Emotions / Mental Health / When Stress Is Serious
    Suicide

    We all feel overwhelmed by difficult emotions or situations sometimes. Here are the warning signs of suicide and ways to get help.

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  • Brain & Nervous System for Kids
    Epilepsy

    It comes from a Greek word meaning “to hold or seize,” and seizures are what happen to people with epilepsy. Learn more about epilepsy in this article written just for kids.

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  • / Places / Cancer Treatment & Prevention for Kids
    What Happens in the Emergency Room?

    When you need help right away, you can go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital. This article tells you what will happen when you get there.

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  • / Your Kid's Sleep / Sleep Disorders
    Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    Brief pauses in breathing during sleep can be normal. But when breathing stops often or for longer periods, it can be a cause for concern.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections / STDs
    Syphilis

    Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Early treatment can cure it and prevent long-term problems.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections / Skin Infections & Rashes
    Roseola

    Roseola is a viral illness that usually affects kids between 6 months and 3 years old. Learn its signs and symptoms when to call the doctor.

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  • Emergencies / Eye Conditions & Problems / Sports Injuries
    Eye Injuries

    You can treat many minor eye irritations by flushing the eye, but more serious injuries require medical attention.

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  • Bones, Muscles & Joints for Kids
    The Meaning of Muscular Dystrophy

    Muscular dystrophy is a disease in which muscles of the body get weaker and weaker and may slowly stop working. Learn more about it in this article for kids.

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  • Your Changing Body
    Everything You Wanted to Know About Puberty

    Voice cracking? Clothes don’t fit? Puberty can be a confusing time, but learning about it doesn’t have to be. Read all about it.

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  • / Playing It Safe Outdoors & On the Road / Exercise & Sports Safety
    Bike Safety

    Some simple rules can keep you safe on two wheels. Lean more about bike riding in this article for kids.

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  • / Icky Q&A
    What’s Sweat?

    Everybody sweats. Find out why perspiration happens in this article for kids.

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  • / Keeping Fit & Having Fun / General Q&A / My Thoughts & Feelings / Weight
    What’s the Right Weight for Me?

    TV shows, movies, and magazines show pictures of people who are thin. Does that mean being thin is best? Not necessarily. Find out more by reading this article for kids.

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  • / Playing It Safe Outdoors & On the Road / Staying Fit (for Kids)
    Swimming

    Kids love to spend hot days splashing around in a pool or the ocean. But drowning is the second most common cause of death from injuries among kids under the age of 14. Learn how to be safe.

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  • Brain & Nervous System / Health Problems of Preemies / Newborn Health Conditions
    Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    If a woman drinks alcohol during her pregnancy, her baby could be born with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which causes a wide range of physical, behavioral, and learning problems.

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  • All About Breastfeeding / Feeding & Eating / All About Formula Feeding / Healthy Eating & Your Family
    Feeding Your 1- to 2-Year-Old

    Toddlers have little tummies, so serve foods that are packed with the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong, and limit the sweets and empty calories.

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  • Behavior / Communication
    Delayed Speech or Language Development

    Knowing what’s “normal” and what’s not in speech and language development can help you figure out if you should be concerned or if your child is right on schedule.

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  • Aches, Pains & Injuries / Bacterial & Viral Infections / Your Kid's Body / Common Childhood Infections / Emergencies / Treatment / Too Sick for School?
    Fevers

    Fevers happen when the body’s internal “thermostat” raises the body temperature above normal. This is often the body’s way of fighting infections.

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  • / School Stuff / Study Tips / Schoolwork Tips
    Studying for Tests

    You have a history test tomorrow, a math test the next day, and weekly French pop quizzes. Don’t panic – our article provides tips on how to study.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections
    Coxsackievirus Infections

    Coxsackievirus infections can spread from person to person. In most cases, the viruses cause mild flu-like symptoms, but can lead to more serious infections.

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  • Being Good to My Body / Take Care of You
    What Sleep Is and Why All Kids Need It

    When you get a good night’s sleep, it’s like giving your body a tiny vacation. Find out the scoop on sleep in this article for kids.

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  • Behavior
    Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

    All kids have worries and doubts. But some have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in which their worries compel them to behave in certain ways over and over again. OCD can get better with the right attention and care.

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  • Emergencies
    CPR

    Every parent should know how and when to administer CPR. Done correctly, CPR can save a child’s life by restoring breathing and circulation until medical personnel arrive.

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  • Cancer Basics for Kids
    Some Kinds of Cancer Kids Get

    Cancer mostly affects adults, but there are some kinds that kids get, too. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • Cancer Basics for Kids
    What Is Cancer?

    When kids get cancer, it can often be treated and cured. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • Eat Well / Nutrition Basics / Food & Nutrition / Overweight
    Figuring Out Fat and Calories

    From all you hear, you’d think fat and calories are really bad for you, but we all need a certain amount of them in our diets. Find out the truth about fat and calories.

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  • / Learning & Education / Learning Disorders
    Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Autism spectrum disorder affects a child’s ability to communicate and learn. Early intervention and treatment can help kids improve skills and do their best.

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  • / Heart & Blood Vessels
    Sickle Cell Disease

    Sickle cell disease is a blood disorder that makes red blood cells change shape and cause health problems. Find out how to help your child.

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  • Birth Defects & Genetic Problems / General Q&A
    What Is a Gene?

    Why does one kid have green eyes while another kid’s eyes are brown? It’s all in the genes! Find out how genes work, what happens when there are problems with genes, and more.

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  • / Dealing With Feelings When Your Child Has Cancer / Emotions / Caring for Your Child
    Depression

    Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the U.S. If you think your child is depressed, you’ll want to learn more about what depression is, what causes it, and what you can do to help.

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  • Bones, Muscles & Joints for Kids
    Arthritis

    Kids can get a kind of arthritis that causes joint pain. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • Bones, Muscles & Joints for Kids
    Life With Lupus

    Some people have an autoimmune disorder called lupus. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • Cancer Basics / Heart & Blood Vessels
    Anemia

    Anemia happens when there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells in the body. It can be caused by many things, including dietary problems, medical treatments, and inherited conditions.

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  • Brain & Nervous System for Kids
    Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Autism spectrum disorder makes it hard for kids to learn and communicate. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • Communicating With Your Baby / Communication
    Communication and Your 2- to 3-Year-Old

    Communicating with a child is one of the most pleasurable and rewarding experiences for both parent and child. Learn how to connect with your 2- to 3-year-old.

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  • My Emotions & Behaviors / Sight, Speech & Hearing for Kids
    Stuttering

    Do you or does someone you know ever have a hard time getting words out? Get the whole story on stuttering and other speech problems in this article for kids.

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  • Cancer & Tumors (for Teens) / Cancer Basics for Teens
    Types of Cancer Teens Get

    While cancer is rare in teens, some types are more likely to affect young people. Learn about these types of cancer, including warning signs, symptoms, and treatments.

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  • Blood Disorders (for Teens) / Cancer Basics for Teens
    Anemia

    Anemia is common in teens because they undergo rapid growth spurts, when the body needs more nutrients like iron. Learn about anemia, how to lower your risk of getting it, and how it’s treated.

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  • / Learning Disorders (for Teens) / School Stuff
    Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Autism spectrum disorder can make communicating and interacting with other people difficult. Find out more.

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  • / Sight, Speech & Hearing (for Teens)
    Speech Problems

    Do you know someone who stutters or has another speech disorder? Find out how speech disorders are treated, how you can help a friend or classmate cope, and lots more.

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  • Body Image / When Stress Is Serious
    Body Dysmorphic Disorder

    For some people, worries about appearance become extreme and upsetting, interfering with their lives, a condition called body dysmorphic disorder.

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  • Brain & Nervous System (for Teens) / Special Health Needs
    Epilepsy

    Seizures are a common symptom of epilepsy, a condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Learn all about epilepsy, including what to do if you see someone having a seizure.

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  • Drugs / Problems at School
    Drugs: What to Know

    It’s not hard to find drugs, and sometimes it may seem like everyone’s doing them or wanting you to do them. But there are downsides (and dangers) to taking drugs.

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  • Brain & Nervous System (for Teens) / Special Health Needs
    Cerebral Palsy

    Cerebral palsy is one of the most common developmental disabilities in the United States. It affects a person’s ability to move and coordinate body movements.

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  • Communication
    Communication and Your 6- to 12-Year-Old

    Communicating with a child is one of the most pleasurable and rewarding experiences for both parent and child. Learn how to connect with your 6- to 12-year-old.

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  • / Staying Fit / Training & Performance / Wellness & Prevention
    Fitness and Your 6- to 12-Year-Old

    School-age kids need physical activity to build strength, coordination, confidence, and to lay the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle.

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  • / Heart & Blood Vessels / Heart Conditions
    Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

    When someone has hypertension (high blood pressure), the heart has to pump harder and the arteries are under greater strain as they carry blood.

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  • Bacteria & Viruses
    Meningitis

    You may be wondering what the deal is with meningitis because you’ve heard frightening stuff about meningitis outbreaks in the news.

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  • Bacteria & Viruses / Common Infections
    Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)

    Conjunctivitis, commonly called pinkeye, is an inflammation of the tissue covering the eye and inner surface of the eyelid.

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  • / School & Health / Relax & De-Stress / Body Care / Total Well-Being
    How Much Sleep Do I Need?

    Teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night. But you might not be getting it. Here’s why – and tips for getting more shut-eye.

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  • Bacteria & Viruses
    Encephalitis

    Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain. Although encephalitis sounds scary, understanding its causes, symptoms, and treatment can help you feel prepared to deal with it if you ever need to.

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  • / For Girls
    Irregular Periods

    Wondering whether it’s normal to have irregular periods? Get the facts about this common problem.

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  • / Sexual & Reproductive System
    Precocious Puberty

    Precocious puberty – the onset of signs of puberty before age 7 or 8 in girls and age 9 for boys – can be physically and emotionally difficult for children and can sometimes be the sign of an underlying health problem.

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  • / Caring for a Seriously or Chronically Ill Child / Sick Kids
    Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome

    Munchausen by proxy syndrome (MBPS) involves a parent or caregiver misleading others into thinking that a child has medical problems by exaggerating, fabricating, or inducing symptoms.

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  • / Genetic, Chromosomal & Metabolic Conditions / Medical Tests & Exams / Medical Care & Your Baby / Newborn Care / Preparing for Parenthood / Your Pregnancy
    Newborn Screening Tests

    Newborn screening tests look for harmful or potentially fatal disorders that aren’t apparent at birth. Find out which tests are done and which disorders they’re designed to detect.

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  • Aches, Pains & Injuries
    Old Wives’ Tales

    Why do we cling to old wives’ tales when we live in a world rich with medical expertise? While most are harmless, at least one is dangerous. Find out which are fact and which are fiction.

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  • Behavior / Weight & Eating Problems
    Pica

    Some young kids have the eating disorder pica, which is characterized by cravings to eat nonfood items.

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  • / Infections Kids Can Get / I Feel Sick!
    Pneumonia

    Pneumonia is an infection in a person’s lungs. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • Birth Defects & Genetic Problems
    Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

    Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects – problems that happen while a baby is still growing inside his or her mother. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • Body Basics: Sports Medicine / Body Basics: Cancer / Body Basics / Body Basics: Cerebral Palsy / Diabetes Basics
    Kidneys and Urinary Tract

    The bean-shaped kidneys, each about the size of a child’s fist, are essential to our health. Their most important role is to filter blood and produce urine.

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  • Body Basics: Sports Medicine / Body Basics: Cancer / Body Basics / Body Basics: Cerebral Palsy
    Male Reproductive System

    Understanding the male reproductive system, what it does, and problems that can affect it can help you better understand your son’s reproductive health.

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  • Body Basics: Sports Medicine / Body Basics: Cancer / Body Basics / Body Basics: Cerebral Palsy / Diabetes Basics
    Metabolism

    Brush up on metabolism basics – including common metabolic disorders – in this article.

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  • Body Basics: Sports Medicine / Body Basics / Body Basics: Cerebral Palsy / Diabetes Basics
    Endocrine System

    The glands of the endocrine system and the hormones they release affect almost every cell, organ, and function of our bodies.

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  • Body Basics: Sports Medicine / Body Basics: Cancer / Body Basics / Body Basics: Cerebral Palsy
    Blood

    Here are the basics about the life-sustaining fluid called blood.

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  • Body Basics: Sports Medicine / Body Basics: Cancer / Body Basics / Body Basics: Cerebral Palsy
    Eyes

    The eyes are small compared with most of the body’s other organs, but their structure is incredibly complex. Learn more about eyes, vision, and common problems with both.

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  • Body Basics: Sports Medicine / Body Basics: Cancer / Body Basics / Body Basics: Cerebral Palsy
    Bones, Muscles, and Joints

    Without bones, muscles, and joints, we couldn’t stand, walk, run, or even sit. The musculoskeletal system supports our bodies, protects our organs from injury, and enables movement.

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  • Body Basics: Sports Medicine / Body Basics: Cancer / Body Basics / Body Basics: Cerebral Palsy
    Female Reproductive System

    Learning about the female reproductive system, what it does, and the problems that can affect it can help you better understand your daughter’s reproductive health.

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  • Ears, Nose, Throat/Speech & Hearing / Caring for a Seriously or Chronically Ill Child / Medical Care
    Speech-Language Therapy

    Working with a certified speech-language pathologist can help a child with speech or language difficulties.

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  • Aches, Pains & Injuries / Managing Health Care / Caring for a Seriously or Chronically Ill Child / Medical Care
    Occupational Therapy

    Occupational therapy can help improve kids’ cognitive, physical, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.

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  • / Health Problems of Preemies / Caring for a Seriously or Chronically Ill Child / Newborn Health Conditions
    Common Diagnoses in the NICU

    Learn about common NICU conditions, what causes them, how they’re diagnosed, how they’re treated, and how long babies might stay in the unit.

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  • / General Q&A
    Why Does My Foot Fall Asleep?

    Is your foot asleep? Find out why in this article for kids.

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  • / Medical Care & Your Baby / Pregnancy / Taking Care of Your Body / Your Pregnancy
    Medical Care During Pregnancy

    The sooner in pregnancy good care begins, the better for the health of both moms and their babies. Here’s what to expect.

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  • / Pregnancy / Staying Fit / Taking Care of Your Body / Training & Performance / Wellness & Prevention / Your Pregnancy
    Exercising During Pregnancy

    Most women benefit greatly from exercising throughout their pregnancies. But during that time, you’ll need to make a few changes to your normal exercise routine.

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  • Brain & Nervous System (for Teens) / Special Health Needs
    Tourette Syndrome

    Tourette syndrome affects the body’s brain and nervous system by causing tics – repeated, uncontrollable movements or involuntary vocal sounds.

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  • Bladder, Kidneys & Urinary Tract / I Feel Sick!
    Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

    You probably don’t think much about urinating, or peeing. But what if it starts to sting? Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • Cancer Basics / Heart & Blood Vessels
    Alpha Thalassemia

    Alpha thalassemia is a blood disorder in which the body has a problem producing alpha globin, a component of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen throughout the body.

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  • / Newborn Health Conditions
    Sepsis

    Sepsis is a serious infection usually caused when bacteria make toxins that cause the immune system to attack the body’s own organs and tissues.

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  • Being Good to My Body / Things
    A Kid’s Guide to Shots

    If you’re old enough to read this, you’ve probably had most of your shots. But even bigger kids may need a shot once in a while. Find out more about them in this article for kids.

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  • Brain & Nervous System (for Teens)
    Migraine Headaches

    If you’ve ever had a migraine, you know that these headaches can cause severe pain and other symptoms. Read about migraine causes, treatments, prevention tips, and lots more.

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  • / Mental Health
    Anxiety Disorders

    Anxiety is a natural part of life, and most of us experience it from time to time. But for some people, anxiety can be extreme.

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  • Blood
    How to Deal With Hemophilia

    If a person has hemophilia, his blood doesn’t clot as it should. What does that mean? Find out in this article for kids.

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  • / Getting Medical Care (for Teens) / Body Care
    Taking Care of Your Vision

    Even if you’re lucky enough to have perfect vision, taking care of and protecting your eyes is vital to keeping your peepers perfect. Learn all about how to take care of your baby blues (or browns or greens) in this article.

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  • / Special Health Needs / Sight, Speech & Hearing (for Teens)
    Visual Impairment

    When one or more parts of the eye or brain that are needed to process images become diseased or damaged, severe or total loss of vision can occur. Read all about visual impairment.

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  • / Growth, Hormones & Diabetes (for Teens)
    Growth Problems

    In most cases, teens who are small are just physically maturing a bit more slowly than their friends. Occasionally, though, there’s a medical reason why some kids and teens stop growing. Find out about growth problems and how doctors can help.

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  • / Feeling Sad / Handle Negative Emotions / Mental Health / When Stress Is Serious
    Cutting

    It can be hard to understand, but people who cut themselves sometimes do it because it actually makes them feel better. They are overflowing with emotions – like sadness, depression, or anger – that they have trouble expressing.

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  • / General Q&A
    What Are Reflexes?

    Reflexes help protect your body. Find out what they are in this article for kids.

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  • / Heart & Lungs / Infections Kids Can Get
    The Woes of Whooping Cough

    Kids who have whooping cough make a “whoop” sound when they cough. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • Your Kid's Body / Growth / Growth & Your Baby / Newborn Care
    Growth Charts

    Doctors use growth charts to figure out whether kids’ height and weight measurements are “normal” and whether they’re developing on track. Here are some facts about growth charts.

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  • / Mental Health
    Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

    Everyone feels anxiety, fear, or worry at some time – it’s normal to worry about school, your friends, your appearance, and tons of other stuff. But for teens with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), these feelings are taken to extremes.

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  • Brain & Nervous System / Cerebral Palsy and Related Conditions / Health Problems of Preemies / Caring for a Seriously or Chronically Ill Child / Newborn Health Conditions
    Spina Bifida

    Spina bifida is a birth defect that involves the incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings. It’s usually detected before a baby is born and treated right away.

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  • / Learning & Emotional Problems / Problems at School (for Kids)
    Learning Problems

    Having a learning disability doesn’t mean you can’t learn. The trick will be figuring out how you learn best.

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  • / Getting Medical Care (for Teens) / Medical Care
    What’s It Like to Stay in the Hospital?

    Scheduled for a hospital stay? Knowing what to expect can make it a little easier.

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  • / Learning Disorders (for Teens) / School Stuff
    Understanding Dyslexia

    Dyslexia is a learning disability in which people have difficulty learning to read, even though they are smart enough and are motivated to learn. Learn more about dyslexia and how to deal with it.

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  • My Emotions & Behaviors / Dealing With Feelings About Cancer (for Kids) / Learning & Emotional Problems / Stressful Situations for Kids / My Thoughts & Feelings
    Being Afraid

    Have you ever been afraid? Everyone gets scared sometimes. Find out more about fear in this article for kids.

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  • / Dealing With Feelings About Cancer (for Teens) / Handle Negative Emotions / Mental Health
    Fears and Phobias

    Fear is a normal human reaction that protects us by signaling danger and preparing us to deal with it. Get the facts about fears and phobias and what causes them.

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  • Birth Defects & Genetic Problems / Bones, Muscles & Joints for Kids / Brain & Nervous System for Kids
    Spina Bifida

    Inside your spine is the spinal cord, which is like a closed tube made up of nerves. Spina bifida can occur when there is an opening in the cord.

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  • / Health Problems of Being Overweight / Heart & Cardiovascular System (for Teens) / Overweight and Obesity (for Teens)
    Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

    High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is more common in adults, but it can happen at any age. Learn what it is, how to prevent it, and how to treat it.

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  • / Heart & Blood Vessels
    Hereditary Hemochromatosis

    This genetic disease causes the body to store too much iron. Over time, an iron build-up can be dangerous. Learn more about hemochromatosis.

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  • Cerebral Palsy and Related Conditions / Health Problems of Preemies / Lungs & Respiratory System / Newborn Health Conditions
    Apnea of Prematurity

    Apnea of prematurity (AOP) is a condition in which premature infants stop breathing for 15 to 20 seconds during sleep. AOP usually goes away on its own as a baby matures.

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  • / Healthy Eating & Your Family / Heart & Blood Vessels / Wellness & Prevention
    Cholesterol

    Most parents probably don’t think about what cholesterol means for their kids. But high cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease, which has its roots in childhood.

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  • Birth Defects & Genetic Problems
    What Is an Intellectual Disability?

    Mental retardation is an old-fashioned term for problems with learning and developing. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • / Kidneys & Urinary System (for Teens)
    Bedwetting (Nocturnal Enuresis)

    Bedwetting can be embarrassing and upsetting for teens, but there are effective ways to correct the problem and scientists are constantly developing new treatments.

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  • Aches, Pains & Injuries (for Kids)
    Migraines: What a Pain!

    A migraine is a really bad kind of headache. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • Brain & Nervous System
    Asperger Syndrome

    Asperger syndrome (AS) is a kind of autism. Most kids with AS are on the “high-functioning” end of the autism spectrum, and early intervention services can help many of them.

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  • Common Childhood Infections / Newborn Health Conditions
    Neonatal Infections

    The vast majority of newborns enter the world healthy. But sometimes, infants develop conditions that require medical tests and treatment.

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  • Brain & Nervous System / Cancer & Tumors / Genetic, Chromosomal & Metabolic Conditions / Caring for a Seriously or Chronically Ill Child / Learning Disorders
    Neurocutaneous Syndromes

    Neurocutaneous syndromes are genetic disorders that lead to tumor growth in various parts of the body. Learn how to maximize the quality of life for children with these diseases.

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  • Cerebral Palsy and Related Conditions / Endocrine Glands, Growth & Diabetes / Growth / Growth & Your Baby / Health Problems of Preemies / Newborn Health Conditions / Weight & Eating Problems
    Failure to Thrive

    Most kids follow growth patterns that are normal, but others have ”failure to thrive” – they fail to gain weight as expected and have poor height growth.

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  • Childbirth / Newborn Care
    Looking at Your Newborn: What’s Normal

    When you first meet your newborn, you may be surprised by what you see. Here’s what to expect.

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  • Aches, Pains & Injuries / Brain & Nervous System / Cancer & Tumors / Cancer Basics / Genetic, Chromosomal & Metabolic Conditions / Caring for a Seriously or Chronically Ill Child
    Neurofibromatosis

    Neurofibromatosis (NF) can cause tumors to grow on nerve tissue, producing skin and bone abnormalities. Learn more about NF, including how it’s diagnosed and treated.

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  • / Heart & Blood Vessels
    Iron-Deficiency Anemia

    Iron helps the body carry oxygen in the blood and plays a key role in brain and muscle function. Too little iron can lead to iron deficiency anemia. Read more here.

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  • My Emotions & Behaviors / Stressful Situations for Kids / My Thoughts & Feelings
    Nightmares

    Nightmares may be upsetting, but they are not “real” and can’t harm you. Almost everyone gets them once in awhile – adults and kids. Read our article on nightmares to find out more.

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  • Bacteria & Viruses
    Tetanus

    Tetanus is a bacterial infection that grows in a contaminated wound. Because it can be serious, it’s important to get immunized. Find out more.

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  • / Feel Good / Feeling Sad / Handle Negative Emotions / Medications & Treatments / Mental Health / Getting (and Giving) Help
    Going to a Therapist

    Getting help with emotions or stress is the same as getting help with a medical problem like asthma or diabetes. This article explains how therapy works and how it can help with problems.

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  • My Emotions & Behaviors / Learning & Emotional Problems
    Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

    Someone might say you’re obsessed with soccer or something else that you really like, but when someone has a true obsession, it isn’t any fun. Find out more about obsessive-compulsive disorder in this article for kids.

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  • / General Q&A
    What’s a Funny Bone?

    You’ve banged your elbow and it feels tingly and strange. Find out why in this article for kids.

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  • Healthy Weight / Losing Weight Safely / Overweight and Obesity (for Teens) / Overweight
    How Can I Lose Weight Safely?

    Lots of people are unhappy with their present weight, but aren’t sure how to change it – or even if they need to. Get the facts on weight loss here.

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  • / I Feel Sick! / Sight, Speech & Hearing for Kids
    Laryngitis

    Did you ever hear someone say, “I lost my voice”? Did you think: “What did you do with it?” The person might have laryngitis.

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  • / Newborn Care / Preparing for Parenthood
    A Guide for First-Time Parents

    If you’re a first-time parent, put your fears aside and get the basics in this guide about burping, bathing, bonding, and other baby-care concerns.

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  • / My Home & Family
    When You Are a Twin or Triplet

    Have you noticed more twins and triplets these days? Find out more about multiple births in this article for kids.

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  • Body Stuff / Glands, Hormones & Diabetes
    Growth Disorders

    Everyone grows and matures differently. Usually, this is totally normal. A growth disorder, however, means that a kid has abnormal growth – for example, growing a lot slower or a lot faster than other kids the same age.

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  • Diseases & Conditions
    Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)

    Lou Gehrig’s disease refers to a disorder called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. This disease damages the neuromuscular system, which allows the body to move.

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  • Brain & Nervous System for Kids
    Memory Matters

    You have memories, but how do they form and stay in your brain? Find out in this article for kids.

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  • Brain & Nervous System for Kids / Infections Kids Can Get
    Bell’s Palsy

    Bell’s palsy weakens or paralyzes one side of a person’s face, but it usually goes away. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • Blood / Things
    The Truth About Transfusions

    Blood transfusions can save lives. But how do they work? Find out in this article.

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  • Aches, Pains & Injuries (for Kids)
    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal tunnel syndrome can make your hands feel numb and tingly. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • Diseases & Conditions
    Parkinson’s Disease

    A person with Parkinson’s disease gradually loses the ability to totally control body movements. Find out more about this disease that most often affects adults.

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  • / General Q&A
    What’s Cholesterol?

    Chances are, you’ve heard about cholesterol a lot lately, but you might be wondering what it is. Here’s your chance to get the lowdown in our article just for kids.

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  • / People
    Going to a Speech Therapist

    You might visit a speech therapist if you’re having trouble speaking or understanding others. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • Diseases & Conditions
    Alzheimer Disease

    We all forget things once in a while. But Alzheimer disease, a condition older adults can get, is different from everyday forgetting.

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  • Brain & Nervous System for Kids / Infections Kids Can Get
    Meningitis

    Meningitis is a serious illness that affects the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • / General Q&A
    Why Do Eyes Water?

    What does it mean when your eyes water? It’s not the same as crying – or is it?

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  • / Fabulous Food / Playing It Safe Around the House / Infections Kids Can Get / I Feel Sick! / Stomach, Intestines & Liver
    Botulism

    Botulism is a rare kind of food poisoning. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • Being Good to My Body
    What to Do if You Can’t Sleep

    Are you having trouble sleeping? Find out how to get your ZZZZZs.

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  • / People
    Going to an Occupational Therapist

    Occupational therapy helps children overcome obstacles to be as independent as possible. Learn more about OT.

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  • / Losing Weight Safely / Mental Health / Overweight / Problems With Food & Exercise
    Binge Eating Disorder

    Binge eating is a type of eating disorder. This article for teens explains what it is, how to recognize it, and how to get help.

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  • Brain & Nervous System (for Teens) / Concussions / First Aid & Injuries (for Teens) / Exercise & Fitness / Sports Injuries for Teens / Sports / Sports
    Concussions

    In a concussion, the brain shifts inside the skull. This can cause a sudden – but usually temporary – disruption in a person’s ability to function properly and feel well. Here’s what to do if you suspect a concussion.

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  • / Special Health Needs / Sight, Speech & Hearing (for Teens)
    Hearing Impairment

    Hearing impairment occurs when there’s a problem with or damage to one or more parts of the ear. Find out its causes and what can be done to help correct it.

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  • / Caring for a Seriously or Chronically Ill Child / Sick Kids
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complicated disease. It’s a physical condition that also can also affect a person emotionally.

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  • Body Basics for Teens: Sports Medicine / Body Basics for Teens: Cancer / Body Basics Library
    Bones, Muscles, and Joints

    Our bones, muscles, and joints form our musculoskeletal system and enable us to do everyday physical activities.

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  • Diabetes Basics for Teens / Body Basics for Teens: Sports Medicine / Body Basics for Teens: Cancer / Body Basics Library
    Endocrine System

    The endocrine system influences almost every cell, organ, and function of our bodies. It is instrumental in regulating mood, growth and development, metabolism, and sexual function, among other things.

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  • Body Basics for Teens: Sports Medicine / Body Basics for Teens: Cancer / Body Basics Library / Interactive for Teens
    Kidneys and Urinary Tract

    The kidneys perform several functions that are essential to health, the most important of which are to filter blood and produce urine.

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  • / Learning About Emergencies & First Aid
    CPR: A Real Lifesaver

    CPR saves lives. Find out how it works.

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  • / Calendar
    Week 1

    Week 1 is actually your menstrual period, but because your due date is calculated from the first day of your last period, it counts as part of your 40-week pregnancy.

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  • / Calendar
    Week 12

    Tiny fingernails and toenails start to form this week, which is the last of your first trimester.

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  • / Calendar
    Week 15

    Muscle development continues, and your baby is probably making lots of movements with his or her head, mouth, arms, wrists, hands, legs, and feet.

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  • / Calendar
    Week 18

    Your baby’s bones had been developing but were still soft. This week, they begin to harden, or ossify.

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  • / Calendar
    Week 22

    Brain and nerve endings are formed enough so that the fetus can feel touch, while you might be feeling irregular, painless Braxton Hicks contractions.

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  • / Calendar
    Week 28

    Your health care provider may tell you whether your baby is headfirst or feet- or bottom-first (called breech position). Don’t worry if your baby is in the breech position right now — most babies will switch positions on their own.

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  • / Calendar
    Week 3

    During this week, the rapidly dividing fertilized egg will implant itself in the uterus, at the site that eventually will become the placenta.

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  • / Calendar
    Week 33

    Like a newborn, your baby sleeps much of the time and even has REM sleep, the stage when our most vivid dreams happen.

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  • / Calendar
    Week 5

    This week, the embryo begins to form a distinct shape that includes the neural tube, which will become the spinal cord and brain.

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  • / Calendar
    Week 6

    Your baby’s heart will begin to beat around this time, and the beginnings of the digestive and respiratory systems are forming, as are small buds that will grow into arms and legs.

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  • / Health Problems of Preemies / Newborn Health Conditions / Sleep / Sleep & Your Baby / Your Kid's Sleep
    Flat Head Syndrome (Positional Plagiocephaly)

    Babies can develop a flat spot on the back of their heads, usually from sleeping in the same position too long. Alternating your baby’s sleep position and providing lots of “tummy time” can help.

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  • / Mental Health / When Stress Is Serious
    Social Phobia

    It’s natural to feel self-conscious, nervous, or shy sometimes. But for some people, the anxiety that goes with feeling shy or self-conscious can be extreme, and it can take over their lives. Get the facts on social phobia here.

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  • / Miscellaneous for Teens
    Vitamin Chart

    Your body needs vitamins to work properly. They boost the immune system, are essential for normal growth and development, and help cells and organs do their jobs.

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  • Managing Health Care / Diagnostic Tests for Cancer / Medical Tests & Exams / Sick Kids
    Lumbar Puncture (Spinal Tap)

    If your child is scheduled to have a lumbar puncture, also called a spinal tap, read about how this test is performed and when you can expect the results.

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  • Managing Health Care / Medical Tests & Exams / Sick Kids
    EEG (Electroencephalogram)

    Is your child scheduled to have an EEG? Find out how this test is done and when you can expect the results.

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  • Aches, Pains & Injuries (for Kids) / Infections Kids Can Get / Playing It Safe Outdoors & On the Road
    What’s West Nile Virus?

    What exactly is the West Nile virus? And what do mosquitoes have to do with it? Find out in this article!

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  • Bacteria & Viruses
    West Nile Virus

    You’ve probably heard about West Nile virus and know that mosquitoes have something to do with it. Learn more about the virus, including how you can protect yourself.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections / The Great Outdoors
    West Nile Virus

    The threat of West Nile virus has made getting a mosquito bite a cause for concern. What is West Nile virus, and what can you do to prevent it?

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  • Eat Well / Health Problems of Being Overweight / Nutrition Basics / Food & Nutrition / Overweight and Obesity (for Teens)
    Cholesterol

    Cholesterol is a type of fat found in your blood. The body needs some cholesterol, but too much can be a problem. Discover more about cholesterol in this article for teens.

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  • / Learning Disorders (for Teens) / Medications & Treatments
    ADHD Medicines

    Medicine doesn’t cure ADHD. But it does help boost a person’s ability to pay attention, slow down, and have more self-control. This article for teens has details on how ADHD medicines help.

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  • / Learning & Emotional Problems / Things
    ADHD Medicines

    Medicine can help kids who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Find out more in this article.

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  • / General Q&A
    Why Does My Body Jerk Before I Fall Asleep?

    Ever feel like you’re falling as you drift off to sleep? It’s completely normal. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • Behavior / Digestive System / Sick Kids
    Soiling (Encopresis)

    If your child has bowel movements in places other than the toilet, you know how frustrating it can be. Many kids who soil beyond the years of toilet teaching have a condition known as encopresis.

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  • / Mental Health
    Trichotillomania

    Trichotillomania is a condition that gives people strong urges to pull out their hair. What causes it and how do people overcome it? Find out in this article.

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  • / Pregnancy / Taking Care of Your Body / Your Pregnancy
    Folic Acid and Pregnancy

    One of the most important things you can do to help prevent serious birth defects in your baby is to get enough folic acid every day – especially before conception and during early pregnancy.

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  • Lesiones / Enfermedades que afectan al cerebro y el sistema nervioso / Tratamiento de la gripe
    Dolores de cabeza

    El dolor de cabeza es bastante frecuente en los niños. Es importante saber reconocer cuándo un dolor de cabeza no es más que una molestia pasajera y cuándo se trata de algo distinto que requiere atención médica.

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  • / General Q&A
    Does Eating Turkey Make Me Sleepy?

    After that second helping of Thanksgiving dinner, you feel a little sleepy. Could turkey be to blame? Find out in this article for kids!

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  • / Cómo funciona tu cuerpo
    Tu nariz

    Una gran hornada de galletas está saliendo del horno -¡qué rico! Tu bolsa de gimnasia llena de ropa sucia lleva allí más de 3 días ¡puf! ¡Tu perro ha estado jugando en la lluvia! ¡puaj! ¿Cómo notas estos olores y hueles muchos más? ¡La respuesta está justo delante de tus narices: por medio del olfato!

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  • / Cómo funciona tu cuerpo / De qué manera funciona el cuerpo
    Tu corazón y el sistema circulatorio

    ¿Regalaste a tus amigos tarjetas y caramelos en forma de corazón por el día de San Valentín? ¿Alguna vez te pones la mano en el corazón cuando haces una promesa que realmente te importa?

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  • / Cómo funciona tu cuerpo
    Tus oídos

    Los sonidos están por todos lados y tienes dos partes de tu cuerpo geniales para escucharlos: ¡los oídos!

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  • Diseases & Conditions
    Stroke

    A stroke means that something has stopped the normal blood flow to the brain. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • / Cómo funciona tu cuerpo / De qué manera funciona el cuerpo
    Tu piel

    Tu piel cubre y protege todo el interior del cuerpo. Sin la piel, los músculos, los huesos y los órganos colgarían por todas partes. ¡No sería nada agradable!

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  • Brain & Nervous System for Kids / General Q&A
    What Is a Coma?

    A coma can be difficult to understand, especially because it may look like the person is just sleeping. Find out what a coma is and how people recover from them.

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  • / Staying Safe
    Concussions

    Ow! You fell and hit your head. But do you have a concussion? Find out about concussions in this article for kids.

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  • / Sight, Speech & Hearing for Kids
    Strabismus

    Strabismus is when someone’s eyes don’t look straight ahead. It might look as if the person has one crossed eye. Find out more in this article for kids.

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  • / Mental Health / When Stress Is Serious
    Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

    Sometimes after experiencing a traumatic event, a person has a strong and lingering reaction known as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Getting treatment and support can make all the difference.

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  • Bacterial & Viral Infections / Fungal Infections (Ringworm, Yeast, etc.) / Parasitic Infections (Worms, Lice, etc.) / Skin Infections & Rashes
    Infections That Pets Carry

    Kids can benefit from the companionship, affection, and relationships they share with pets. But it’s important to know how to protect your family from infections carried by pets and other animals.

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  • / Preparing for Parenthood / Tough Topics / Your Pregnancy
    When Your Teen Is Having a Baby

    If your daughter is pregnant and planning to have the baby, many changes await your family. How can you support her through the challenges to come?

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  • Drugs, Alcohol & Smoking
    What You Need to Know About Drugs: Ecstasy

    Ecstasy is a dangerous drug that can cause hallucinations. Read more about this drug in our article just for kids.

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  • / Movies
    How the Body Works: Movies

    From your sniffing nose to your wiggling toes, these 18 movies explain how the body works!

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  • Body Basics for Teens: Diabetes / Healthy Weight / Health Problems of Being Overweight / Overweight and Obesity (for Teens) / Overweight
    When Being Overweight Is a Health Problem

    A couple of pounds of extra body fat are not a health risk for most people. But when people are severely overweight, it can cause health problems.

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  • / Feeding & Eating / Healthy Eating & Your Family / Newborn Health Conditions / Weight & Eating Problems
    Hunger and Malnutrition

    Even people who have plenty to eat may be malnourished if they don’t eat food that provides the right nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

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  • / Medical Care / Medications & Treatments
    Understanding Medicines and What They Do

    Medicines can cure, stop, or prevent disease; ease symptoms; or help in the diagnosis of illnesses. This article describes different types of medications and offers tips on taking them.

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  • Word! C
    Word! Cerebellum

    Yo-yoing, walking, playing soccer – you couldn’t do any of it without this small but powerful part of the brain.

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  • Word! C
    Word! Cerebral Cortex

    Also known as gray matter, this term describes the brain’s outer layer.

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  • Word! C
    Word! Cochlea

    The cochlea looks like a spiral-shaped snail shell deep in your ear.

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  • Word! E
    Word! Eardrum

    Your eardrum is a really important part of your ear.

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  • Word! E
    Word! EEG (Electroencephalogram)

    Doctors use electroencephalograms to figure out what’s going on in your brain.

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  • / Word! I
    Word! Ibuprofen

    If you’ve ever had the the flu, you might remember that awful achy feeling.

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  • / Word! N
    Word! Nervous System

    The nervous system controls everything you do, including breathing, walking, thinking, and feeling.

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  • / Word! R
    Word! Retina

    The retina is at the back of your eye and it has light-sensitive cells called rods and cones.

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  • / Word! S
    Word! Seizure

    You might hear a seizure called a convulsion, fit, or spell.

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  • / Word! S
    Word! Semicircular Canals

    Your semicircular canals are three tiny, fluid-filled tubes in your inner ear that help you keep your balance.

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  • / General Q&A / Word! T
    Word! Taste Buds

    If you love ice cream, thank your taste buds.

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  • / Emotions
    Seasonal Affective Disorder

    A person with SAD typically experiences symptoms of depression as winter approaches and daylight hours become shorter.

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  • / Feeling Sad / Handle Negative Emotions / Mental Health
    Seasonal Affective Disorder

    Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that affects some people and appears at the same time each year.

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