In Brief: Feb. 21, 2000

SANDMAN WOES A survey of nearly 500 Rhode Island kids, their parents and teachers in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics shows that 37% of children ages 4 to 11 have sleep problems. And parents often don't know it. Teachers said at least 10% of their students struggle to stay awake. The kids reported more difficulties, like trouble falling asleep or waking at night, than their parents had noticed. Parents should keep alert and talk to their kids, teachers and doctors.

FAMILY SHORTFALL A new World Health Organization survey of Europe, Canada and the U.S. reveals that less than two-thirds...

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