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Child Health and Safety

WHO Stresses Need To Ensure Safety Of Children's Medicines

The lack of thorough and reliable clinical data on the way medicines affect children requires strengthened safety monitoring and vigilance of medicinal products. This is the fundamental message of Promoting safety of medicines for children, released today by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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New Kids Line To Help Combat Childhood Obesity, Celiac Disease, Autism

Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods launched the Dr. Praeger's Kids Littles line of frozen, fun-shaped, bite-size spinach, broccoli, sweet potato and potato pancakes in time for back-to-school season. The sensible frozen food leader also is proud to announce new veggie meatballs, several new bite-size appetizers (broccoli, potato, sweet potato and spinach) and a gluten-free veggie burger.

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Physicians Studying, Addressing Diabetes, Obesity Among Minority Children

Newsweek in its current issue profiled Francine Kaufman and Anne Peters, both physicians and researchers from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine who are working to prevent diabetes among at-risk populations and find "innovative treatments" for those who have the disease. Kaufman treats children with diabetes and heads the Center for Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, while Peters focuses on adults with diabetes.

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Canadians Advised About Children's Potential Exposure To Lead

Health Canada is warning Canadians that children may be exposed to lead if they chew, suck on or swallow zipper pulls or cellphone charms which contain high levels of lead. The zipper pulls and cellphone charms were sold at Dollarama stores in Canada between July 2006 and August 2007, and have been voluntarily recalled by Dollarama.

To date, no cases of lead poisoning from these zipper pulls or cellphone charms have been reported in Canada.

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Parents, Caregivers Advised Of High Lead Levels In Favor Set Brand Pencils

With the new school year set to begin, Health Canada and Amscan Canada announce a voluntary recall of Favor Set brand pencils due to a high lead level in the coating of the pencils. Under the Hazardous Products Act , pencils with more than 600 mg/kg of lead in the applied coating are prohibited from being sold, imported or advertised in Canada. Pencils that have already been purchased should immediately be taken away from children.

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