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4 Your Health: malnutrition tie to hearing loss, new numbers on SIDS, early exercise for children

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Getting kids moving in the morning can help their minds and bodies.

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital studied elementary and middle school students who took part in a before school exercise program. After 12 weeks, the children showed significant improvements in their body weight.

They also felt happier, had more energy and were more engaged in their schoolwork.

SIDS from state to state

A new government study shows sudden unexpected infant death rates vary widely from state to state.

About 3,500 babies die each year from SIDS, accidental suffocation or strangulation and other unknown causes. The overall number of deaths has dropped since 1999 but some states have had little improvement.

In fact, infant deaths increased in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Louisiana.

Malnutrition may lead to hearing loss

Finally poor nutrition in early childhood may increase the risk of hearing loss later in life.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins conducted a study in Nepal where hearing loss affects about a quarter the youth population. They found young adults who were under-nourished as young children were twice as likely to be hearing impaired as their peers.

Experts said malnutrition, especially in the womb, may stunt inner ear development.

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