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Jews, Muslims join to block San Francisco Circumcision Ban
An unlikely coalition of Jews and Muslims on Wednesday filed a lawsuit to block a San Francisco ballot measure that would ban the circumcision of male children, a procedure widely practiced by members of both faiths.

Ways to Curb Childhood Obesity Outlined in US Report
Strategies to encourage physical activity, healthy eating and good sleep habits are needed to reduce high rates of obesity among infants, toddlers and preschoolers in the United States, says an Institute of Medicine report released Thursday. (Yahoo)

Smoking During Pregnancy May Predispose Kids to Heart Trouble
Children born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy have lower levels of “good” HDL cholesterol, which may increase their risk of heart attack and stroke later in life, a new study suggests. (Yahoo)

International adoptions down, foster-care adoptions up, says new book
Adam Pertman, executive editor of an adoption institute, says previous U.S. adoption trends have flipped. In the new edition of his book “Adoption Nation,” Pertman says once-popular international adoptions have slowed because of rising nationalism and attempts to keep children with their biological parents. (Washington Post)

Autism More Common in High-Tech Centers
Cities that are hubs for jobs in information technology (IT) may have a higher prevalence of autism, a new study says. The study, conducted in the Netherlands, found more children with autism living in Eindhoven, a region known for its IT sector, than in two other regions with fewer IT businesses. (MSNBC)

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