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  Body Mass Index for Children

For a detailed explanation of the results, more information on the BMI for children, and suggestions for helping your child be healthier, visit the Center for Disease Control’s website. To determine your own BMI, try this adult calculator.

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Reshaping Somerville: The fight against childhood obesity

Need to Know medical correspondent Dr. Emily Senay travels to Somerville, Massachusetts, where town officials have pioneered a new anti-obesity program that’s producing promising results.

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U.S. and EU weigh in on Avandia, restricting its use

An EU agency has recommended a ban on the diabetes drug Avandia, while the U.S. FDA severely restricted its use.

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A healthy calculation

Do you need to shape up? This week, Need to Know correspondent Dr. Emily Senay reports on a wide-ranging initiative to combat childhood obesity. In order to determine the impact of the year-long experiment, students in Somerville, Mass., were tracked at the beginning and end of the school year. Body mass index, or BMI, was [...]

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  Eating fresh in Somerville

Need to Know talks to one mom about how her local greenmarket has made family life a little more fruitful.

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Jeffrey Sachs on the Millennium Development Goals

Need to Know asks the economist why the Millennium Development Goals have achieved so little traction in the U.S.

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Cottage industry: Neglect and abuse in adult family homes

An alternative to nursing homes, state-licensed “adult family homes” house up to six seniors in private homes in Washington State. But Seattle Times investigative reporter Michael Berens found the homes rife with abuse and neglect.

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  Food safety and the egg recall

Need to Know talks to reporter Gardiner Harris about food safety and regulations that are highlighted by this latest case of tainted eggs.

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  Blood test: What you don’t know about blood

Since World War ll, blood has been considered “the gift of life.” But today a growing number of experts are questioning whether blood transfusions should be so widely used.