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Today's Top Medical Stories for Monday, February 3, 2014

Athletes should be careful with vitamin supplements, and a new study checks the use of antibiotics for children.
The number of children taking antibiotics has declined over the past decade but a study in pediatrics finds the rate of decline is now leveling off. Doctors are more likely to prescribe antibiotics for kids under the age of two. And respiratory tract  infections account for over 75 percent of all antibiotics for children under twelve.

Shy children tend to speak less but its not because they have trouble with language skills. A study in the journal Childs Development finds shy children understand whats being said to them just as well as their peers but theyre inhibited or reluctant to respond. Researchers recommend parents of shy children encourage social interaction to help their kids develop speaking skills.

And taking Vitamin C and E supplements may have a down side for athletes. A study in Norway finds that high dosages may interfere with endurance training by disrupting ellular changes in the muscles. Researchers say dosages of less than 1,000 milligrams of Vitamin C should be ok, or less than 540 milligrams of Vitamin E.

(Adriana Diaz, CBS News)
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