Your Health: Nov. 2, 1998

Good News for Sick Kids

Is your child facing surgery? The FDA has just approved Versed Syrup, a sedative that helps kids calm down before a medical procedure. It's taken by mouth--no scary needle--and has the added benefit of erasing most memories of the traumatic event. As for parents, try pacing.

Bad News on Soda Pop

Teens are drowning in soft drinks. The average teenage boy chugs 3 1/3 cans a day--more than 110 gal. a year. Girls aren't much better: they guzzle 2 1/3 cans daily. In fact, kids today drink twice as much soda as milk; 20 years ago...

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