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Health Alert: More children visiting ER with brain injuries

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(CBS) - The number of children going to the ER with traumatic brain injuries, like concussions from playing sports, is up 92 percent since 2002.


Doctors at Cincinnati Children's Hospital say skiing, sledding and skateboarding cause most of the injuries that kill more than 6,000 children every year.



(CBS) - The percentage of kids being prescribed psychotropic drugs appears to be dropping.

The pills can be used to treat ADHD, anxiety and other mental health disorders.

Use of the drugs peaked around 2005 but then started falling when health officials warned of possible side effects like heart problems.
 
(CBS) - Refusing vaccines may be partially to blame for the 2010 outbreak of whooping cough in California. 

There were some 9,000 cases and a study in the journal pediatrics found the infection was most common in communities where a lot of parents refused whooping cough vaccine for their children. 

Some parents believe the shots are linked to rising disorders like autism, but studies have shown that's not true.

 

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