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Nearly 800 Dietary Supplements Contained Unapproved Drug Ingredients, Study Finds

Nearly 800 dietary supplements sold over the counter from 2007 through 2016 contained unapproved drug ingredients, a new analysis of US Food and Drug Administration data found. Many of the adulterated muscle building products contained undeclared anabolic steroids. (CNN)

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Ivy League Football Saw Large Reduction in Concussions After New Kickoff Rules

Adjusting the kickoff and touchback lines by just five yards in  Ivy League football games has led to a significant drop in concussions, a study found. (New York Times)

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Study Links Restricting Screen Time for Kids to Higher Mental Performance

Children who use smartphones and other devices in their free time for less than two hours a day did better on tests assessing their thinking, language and memory, according to a study. Those who exercised at least an hour a day and slept nine to 11 hours per night performed even better. (Washington Post)

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How to Prevent Common Kids’ Sports Injuries

Being aware of these five common potential hazards and taking steps to prevent them will help your child have a safe, healthy season. (Consumer Reports)

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Lack of Exercise Puts One In Four People At Risk, WHO Says

A WHO report estimates that more than a quarter of people worldwide – 1.4 billion – are not doing enough physical exercise, a figure that has barely improved since 2001. In high-income countries, which include the USA, the proportion of inactive people had risen from 32% in 2001 to 37% in 2016. (BBC)

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CDC Issues First Guidelines On Youth Concussions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines for the first time on treating children with concussions, saying they will provide doctors with the “tools they need to ensure the best outcomes for their young patients” with mild traumatic brain injury. (CNN)

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‘His Entire Body Was Shutting Down.’ New State Rankings Show Gaps in High School Athlete Safety

There is some hope that state-mandated standards can increase high school sports safety. But policies aren’t uniformly implemented, which leaves many of the nation’s high school athletes at risk as students head back to school. (TIME)

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Let Kids Play

A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics says that doctors should encourage playful learning for parents and infants by writing a “prescription for play” at every well-child visit in the first two years of life. (New York Times)

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Heart Doctors Recommend Less Screen Time, Sedentary Behavior for Kids

When it comes to childhood obesity, sedentary behavior may be the most influential and controllable factor that parents can change, especially through managing screen time, according to a new American Heart Association Science Advisory. (Reuters Health)

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Young Athletes Should Stay Hydrated, But Too Much Water Can Be Deadly

Overzealous obedience to hydration advice has uncovered a dark underbelly to superior hydration practices: overhydration. Drinking too much water or sports drinks dilutes blood salt levels below the normal range, triggering brain swelling, headaches, vomiting and potentially death.  (CNN)