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1:49pm

Mon September 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Experimental Drug Is First To Help Kids With Premature-Aging Disease

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 3:11 pm

Sam Berns, 15, who has the very rare premature-aging disease progeria, plays the drums in his high school's marching band.
Courtesy of the Progeria Research Foundation

Researchers have found the first drug to treat progeria, an extremely rare genetic disease that causes children to age so rapidly that many die in their teens.

The drug, called lonafarnib, is not a cure. But in a study published Monday of 28 children, it reversed changes in blood vessels that usually lead to heart attacks and strokes.

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12:38pm

Mon September 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Pediatricians: Bounce Trampolines From Homes To Protect Kids

Eric Wiltz cavorts on a trampoline in New Orleans in 2010. Everything is fun and games on the backyard attractions until someone gets hurt, a leading group of pediatricians says.
Sean Gardner Getty Images

Parents, have you somehow missed the YouTube videos of trampoline accidents?

There's the one of the kid who knocks his front teeth out trying a trampoline-assisted slam dunk. A whole bunch that show knuckleheads jumping from roofs then bouncing every which way and hitting the ground. And then there are the videos of a big kid bouncing a small kid into oblivion.

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1:57am

Mon September 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

South African Children's Hospital Closed Under Apartheid To Reopen

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 7:08 am

The Durban Children's hospital opened in 1931, as a facility for all races, but tensions during the apartheid era forced it to close in the 1980s.
Courtesy of KwaZulu-Natal Children's Hospital

A large children's hospital in Durban, South Africa, is being rebuilt two decades after it closed owing to apartheid. It opened in 1931 as a facility for all races, but racial tensions in the 1980s forced its closure.

Now with Durban and the surrounding province of KwaZulu-Natal extremely hard hit by AIDS and tuberculosis, local leaders are hopeful they can begin reopening the hospital early in 2013.

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1:22am

Mon September 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Two New Drugs May Help In Fight Against Obesity

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 9:59 am

Doctors may recommend that obese patients use weight-loss drugs to trick their hunger pangs.
iStockphoto.com

The Food and Drug Administration approved two new medications this year to help obese and overweight individuals lose weight.

Diet drugs have been around in different forms for a while, but now researchers hope one of these two might actually help make a dent in the obesity epidemic.

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1:20am

Mon September 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Is CrossFit Training Good For Kids?

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 7:08 am

Evan Ciangiulli, 4, completes a warmup that teaches him the right way to lift weights.
Karen Castillo Farfan NPR

For thousands of people across the country, going to a regular gym just doesn't cut it. Instead, they prefer CrossFit routines: like swinging kettlebells, flipping tires, and doing squats and dead lifts until they drop. Now kids as young as 4 are taking part.

The idea behind CrossFit Kids, says co-founder Jeff Martin, is to pair fitness and fun. Since he started the program with his wife Mikki in 2004, it has taken off. There are hundreds of CrossFit Kids classes across the U.S., and more in cities across the world.

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