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Green smiley faces entice kids to eat healthier

Crusaders in the fight against childhood obesity have discovered a new weapon – the green smiley-faced emoticon. When placed near cartons of plain nonfat milk in school cafeterias, the proportion of kids who put them on their trays skyrocketed from 7.4 percent to 48 percent, researchers reported last week. That’s an increase of 549 percent.

Embracing his scars: Cranial birth defect in son leads mom to send care packages to others

SEATTLE – Anthony James Davidson, age 6, is happy to show strangers his “zoop-zoop.” That’s what the Seattle kindergartner calls the scar that zigzags across the top of his head, hidden by dark hair, permanent evidence that he was among the one in every 2,000 babies born with a birth defect that most parents don’t recognize – and can’t pronounce.

Activities help babies develop motor skills

SEATTLE – Just about the time McKenna Smith reached the age of 6 months, her parents noticed something odd. Their perky baby could grasp a table and stand, but she couldn’t sit. Whenever she tried to crawl, her belly would brush the floor. She used predominantly her left side.