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Doctors, nurses and staffers lined up for t-shirts, temporary tattoos and even some early morning ice cream at Nationwide Children’s Hospital near German Village. In honor of World Mental Health Day, the hospital has launched an initiative spotlighting the issue among children.

Watching an infant propel herself across the floor on wheels in a saucer-shape baby walker may be as entertaining as a comedy episode. But because hospital emergency rooms treat more than 2,000 babies a year for injuries sustained while using these walkers, American pediatricians are repeating their decades-old call for a ban.

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The Driving Park neighborhood sits three miles east of Downtown Columbus and south of busy Livingston Avenue. Some residents remember the area filled with neighbors who took care of their property and cared for their children. 

Today, some say too many homes sit vacant or developers buy them up, restore them and sell them for more than current residents can afford. 

Michael Doody remembers some things about his Columbus, Ohio neighborhood in the 1990s:

"Gunshots, helicopters, thefts, smashed out windows, burglaries, robberies, assaults and murders."

In addition to the crime, roughly 50 percent of the children were living in poverty in this area, known as Southern Orchards.

During the mid-20th century, construction of an interstate through the middle of the community separated many of the neighborhood's majority black residents from job opportunities in downtown Columbus.

Andrea Sutton, a mom in Firestone, Colo., was trying to put her 3-year-old son Daniel down for a nap, but he wasn't having it. It was January, too cold for him to burn off much energy outside, and he was restless. She read him some books to settle him down and then left him to fall asleep.

She returned with her 4-year-old daughter a little while later to check on him. They found him hanging from the cord of the window blinds, wearing like a necklace the V-shaped strings above a wooden knob that lowers when the blinds go up.

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Columbus City Schools raised about $21 million when it sold some of its’ valuable land near downtown at an auction Tuesday.  

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Nationwide Children's Hospital plans to develop a care center dedicated to mental health and wellness for children, adolescents and teens. We'll look at how design and architecture play a key role in the development of these types of facilities. Also new studies give a clue as to what causes that sudden weight gain during menopause. 

When people take medicine at home, mistakes happen.

Some people end up taking the wrong dose of a medication or the wrong pill. Sometimes, they don't wait long enough before taking a second dose.

Other times, it's a health professional who's at fault. A pharmacist might have dispensed a medication at the wrong concentration, for example.

These kinds of mistakes are on the rise, according to a study published Monday in the journal Clinical Toxicology.

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A new study on calls to poison control centers, conducted in part by Nationwide Children's Center, found surprising information about kids' and teens' ingestion of opioids.

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A study just completed by Columbus’ Nationwide Children’s Hospital finds that 2 children are injured every hour in the U.S. by strollers and child carriers.  Some of the children involved suffered traumatic brain injuries including concussions.

With the rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, the number of small children getting sick from liquid nicotine has increased dramatically. Nationwide Children’s Hospital reports vapor cigarettes account for a 1,500 percent increase in liquid nicotine exposure, since 2012.

Doctors at Nationwide Children's Hospital say treating children with a simple, acute appendicitis with antibiotics is a reasonable alternative to surgery.