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Smarter Kids May Be Experimenting More with Drugs — Health Check

A new study of 8,000 kids published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health finds those who had high IQs were more likely to use certain illicit drugs as they aged. Smarter girls in particular may tend to experiment with marijuana, cocaine, and other illicit drugs later on.

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

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

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Study Discovers Wealthier Parents More Likely to Download Apps for Kids

A new study by the San Francisco-based non-profit group Common Sense Media found that affluent parents download apps specifically for their young children more than parents of lesser financial means do.

Deemed the “app gap,” researchers found almost half of families with incomes above $75,000 had downloaded such apps, compared with only one in eight families earning less than $30,000. Lower-income families were also more likely to have televisions in their kids’ bedrooms.

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Rambunctious Little Girl Explains What A Dinosaur Feels Like [VIDEO]

Most kids are fascinated by dinosaurs.  But the little girl in this video takes that interest to a deeper, more sophisticated level and offers up her opinion on what it must have actually felt like to be a dinosaur.

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Spending Time Outside Could Actually Protect Kids’ Sight

A new review of previous research indicates that there could be a correlation between the amount of time children spend outside and nearsightedness.

Researchers analyzed the results of eight different studies, involving more than 10,000 participants, and found that children who are nearsighted spend an average of 3.7 fewer hours a week outside than children with normal vision.

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Study Shows TV Can Hinder the Development of Children Under 2

Pediatricians and development experts have strongly urged parents, once again, to limit the amount of television their young children watch.

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a recommendation to all parents of children under 2 years old Tuesday. It stressed that any time spent in front of a video screen provides no educational benefits for children under age 2 and can even delay development by leaving less time for important interaction and play.

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Bus Driver Kicks Mother and Crying Two-Year-Old Daughter Off Bus [VIDEO]

In Oregon, a TriMet bus driver was reportedly so distracted by the sound of a crying two-year-old that she kicked both the mother and child off of the bus. But the story doesn’t end there. Passengers were so outraged by the driver’s actions that they left the bus in protest. Solidarity!

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Adorable ‘Karate Kids’ Show Off Their Taekwondo Skills [VIDEO]

When it comes to practicing Taekwondo, age ain’t nothing but a number. And if these tiny fighters are any indication, the number doesn’t have to be very high.

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Army Dad Surprises Daughter at Spelling Bee After Returning From Iraq [VIDEO]

Get ready for your heart to melt! This Army dad surprised his nine-year-old daughter at a spelling bee in Boca Raton, FL after a 10-month tour of duty that separated him from his family, ‘Today‘ reports.

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California Bans Minors From Tanning Beds

In a landmark new law, the state of California has prohibited all children under 14 from using tanning beds. State residents between the ages of 14 and 18 will only be allowed to tan under artificial light if they provide proof of parental consent.

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Kids Are More Likely to Get Hit by Cars on Halloween, Says Study

Kids always look forward to trick-or-treating on Halloween, but a new study from the Centers for Disease and Prevention may give some parents pause.

The CDC reports children are four times more likely to be hit by cars on October 31 than on any other day of the year — probably not terribly surprising, given the increase in the number of kids who are out and about on Halloween.

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Watch Kid’s Priceless Reaction To Learning Who Luke Skywalker’s Father Is in ‘Empire Strikes Back’ [VIDEO]

Darth Vader being revealed as Luke Skywalker’s father in ‘Empire Strikes Back’ is such a well-known plot twist, it doesn’t even require a “spoiler alert.”

However, that doesn’t mean that everybody knows that the ‘Star Wars’ rivals are father and son. Witness 4-year old Faris’ reaction to the famous plot twist, in the video below.

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