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Needles trump patches in treating kids' eye problem
December 13th, 2010
04:12 PM ET

Needles trump patches in treating kids' eye problem

Acupuncture is helping to improve vision in children with lazy eye, according to a study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology.

In the randomized trial, researchers compared the effectiveness of two hours of daily patching therapy with acupuncture for treating lazy eye in 88 children aged 7 to 12. All children had already worn glasses for at least 16 weeks. 43 of the children were randomly assigned to the acupuncture treatment group, receiving five treatments per week that targeted five needle insertion sites. 45 children in the patch group had their stronger eye patched for two hours per day and were instructed to do activities such as reading and typing, which helps to strengthen near vision in the weaker eye.

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December 13th, 2010
02:29 PM ET

What health care ruling means

A Virginia judge found a key part of the health care legislation unconstitutional; namely, the part that says Americans without health coverage must purchase their own, starting in 2014. Here's what that means for you:

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Miley, a mint-like herb and Mexican shaman
December 13th, 2010
02:02 PM ET

Miley, a mint-like herb and Mexican shaman

Not to be confused with saliva, it’s called salvia.

According to various reports, the former Disney starlet was smoking the hallucinogen and the video has gone viral. People.com has more on Miley Cyrus’ 18th birthday celebration that showed her cackling and rambling incoherently after taking a hit of the herb.

Now,  there are reports that Web sales of salvia have spiked after getting the Miley bump.

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December 13th, 2010
10:41 AM ET

Moms going online to share breast milk

Women who can't breast-feed are turning to the internet and getting breast milk from mothers who have a surplus, but the government is warning new moms that breast milk sharing may not be such a good idea.

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FDA warns consumers to avoid sexual enhancement pills
December 13th, 2010
10:35 AM ET

FDA warns consumers to avoid sexual enhancement pills

The Food and Drug Administration is warning men who take Man Up Now capsules to stop taking them immediately.  The supplement contains a variation of an active ingredient found in Viagra that can lower blood pressure to dangerous levels, the agency says.  It is marketed as an "herbal" and "all natural" sexual enhancement dietary supplements.

The FDA issued the warning after chemists analyzed Man Up Now and found it contains sulfoaildenafil, a chemical similar to sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra.  When mixed with prescription drugs, such as nitroglycerin, the FDA says, Man Up Now can cause blood pressure to drop and that can lead to dizziness or light-headedness.

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December 13th, 2010
08:42 AM ET

How do I give an autistic child vitamins?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Mondays, it's pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Shu.

Question asked by Monica:

How can I give an autistic child vitamins if they do not want to swallow whole vitamins and are age 8?

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Filed under: Autism • Children's Health

December 13th, 2010
12:01 AM ET

Kids don't always prefer sweet cereals

Move over tigers and leprechauns, breakfast cereal doesn't necessarily have to be sweet for kids to eat it. A study conducted by Yale University researchers found that many children, when given low sugar cereals, enjoyed them and ate a better breakfast when they didn't eat the sugary alternatives.

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