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Young women who receive the HPV vaccine are not more likely to have sex or participate in unsafe sexual behaviors. That's according to a report released Monday by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

The study finds teen girls and young women's beliefs about the human papillomavirus vaccine  - whether accurate or inaccurate - aren't linked to subsequent sexual behaviors.

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Children exposed to secondhand smoke at home or in the car face much greater odds of being readmitted to the hospital for asthma.  In fact, it's a two-fold increase according to a study by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Children's Hospital.  Researcher's measured the blood and saliva of more than 600 children, looking for cotinine, a substance produced when the body breaks down nicotine. 

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The Dragonfly Foundation based here in Cincinnati helps families of children with significant health issues while they’re being treated and also during their recovery process.

A new study published by Pediatrics says obesity is the largest predictor of earlier onset puberty in girls. Researchers in Cincinnati (Children's Hospital), San Francisco and New York City studied 1,239 girls ranging in age from 6 to 8 at enrollment and followed at regular intervals from 2004 to 2011.

Girls with early maturation have greater risk of these:

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Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is the recipient of a $20 million gift, its single largest contribution ever. The money comes from the Convalescent Hospital for Children, established in 1833  It no longer has a physical building, but for years has been raising funds and providing support for specialized programs housed at Cincinnati Children's.

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A new study released Monday in the online version of the Journal Pediatrics finds a 92% increase in the number of children and teens going to the hospital emergency room with sports-related traumatic brain injuries (TBI), such as concussions.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital is taking preliminary steps to protect you from the bird flu.

The hospital is one of nine centers nationwide enrolling people to test an avian influenza vaccine. Even though the virus hasn't been detected in the U.S. and isn't easily spread between people, the lead Cincinnati Children's researcher says he's concerned it might start to spread rapidly and doctors need to be prepared with a vaccine to protect people.

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Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is getting high praise.  It ranks third overall in the U.S. News and World Report's 2013 Best Children's Hospitals ranking.  And for the first time, Cincinnati Children's was ranked number one for pediatric cancer care. 

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Part of the President’s plan to reduce gun violence focuses on increased mental health services. Ann Thompson, in “Focus on Technology,” reports on Cincinnati efforts to be pro-active, involving a predictive spit test and photographing the brain.

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