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New research shows it doesn’t take much for kids to become couch potatoes. Electronic cigarette use is increasing amongst teenagers, and do women know the symptoms of an oncoming stroke?

Five and six-year olds who watch just an hour of TV a day are significantly more likely to be overweight or obese compared to kids who watch less. That’s according to a new study by the National Center for Education Statistics. US kindergarteners watch an average of 3 hours of TV a day.

Electronic cigarette use among teenagers is rising rapidly according to a new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics. 11 percent of teenagers smoke electronic cigarettes, up from 8 percent in 2012.

And a new national survey reveals only 11 percent of women know the female  symptoms and risks of stroke. For example, women who have migraines have a higher risk of stroke and during a stroke, women often have hiccups. Stroke kills twice as many women a year as breast cancer.

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