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Girls and heavy menstrual bleeding: When it may be time to see a specialist

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For young women starting their menstrual cycles, many questions may arise for them about what’s normal and what’s irregular when it comes to their period. The range of what’s normal with a young woman’s period is broad.

Don’t let heat stroke come into play

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Heat stroke is no joke. It’s a rare, yet life-threatening condition that is preventable. With pre-season football’s high-intensity, 3-a-day practices starting next week, I wanted to get down to the facts about heat illness.

Kids and diabetes: How to toe the line when it comes to foot care

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Most people don’t think much about their lowly feet. That is, until there is a problem with them. And for a person with diabetes, foot problems can quickly become serious. By restricting blood flow, diabetes can cause a loss of feeling in the feet, and without sensation, it may be difficult to detect a cut or infection.

New study finds fault in hyperspecialization in youth sports

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Hyperspecialization, when kids give up all other sports to focus in on one year-round, seems like the obvious track in building a star player. But, a recent study from UCLA proves diversification at a young age actually has more performance benefits in the long run.

AAP updates recommendations for well-child visits Screening for depression, HIV and alcohol or drug use in teens among changes

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Is your child’s regular doctor’s office visit coming up? If so, you may notice some changes during his or her appointment. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their guidelines for screenings and assessments of patients during well-child visits.

Distracted drivers aren’t getting the message (Video)

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At highway speeds, a car travels more than a football field in the time it takes a driver to send the average text message. In this Children’s Channel video, Heather Trnka, injury prevention coordinator at Akron Children’s Hospital, discusses texting and other distractions that create life-threatening situations for drivers and passengers alike.