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Mothers' Early Support Boosts Children's Later Math Achievement

Posted: 11/30/16 16:26

Early math knowledge is as important as early literacy for children's subsequent achievement. In fact, research has shown that early math skills predict later school success better than early reading skills, and can even predict income in adulthood. Yet little research has directly examined how parents' support of early math learning affects children's development of later math skills. Now a new longitudinal study has found that young children whose mothers supported them during play,...

A Father's Influence Makes for Better Grades

Posted: 11/23/16 09:12

The warmth of a father's love has a special influence on young people, and makes them feel optimistic and determined to strive for greater things. It also boosts the math grades of teenage girls and the language ability of boys, says Dr. Marie-Anne Suizzo of the University of Texas in the US, in an article in Springer's journal Sex Roles. Adolescents from low-income families in particular are more likely than their middle-class peers to underachieve and to drop...

Few States Have Plans for Kids Returning to Class After Concussion

Posted: 11/16/16 09:15

All U.S. states have "return-to-play" laws designed to protect young athletes who've suffered a concussion. But only a handful have regulations on handling kids' return to the classroom, researchers report. As of May 2016, only eight states had "return-to-learn" laws aimed at managing kids' concussion recovery, the researchers found. The findings highlight a gap, the study authors said, since some children who suffer concussions are athletes -- but all of them are...

School Principals Shape Students' Values Via School Climate

Posted: 11/09/16 08:34

Over time, students' personal values become more similar to those of their school principal, according to new research published inPsychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings indicate that principals' values are linked with aspects of school climate which are, in turn, linked with students' own values. "Given the vast amount of time children spend in school, it is important to assess the impact that schools have on...

Docs: Infants Should Share Parents' Room to Help Prevent SIDS-But Not in Same Bed

Posted: 11/02/16 18:20

Infants should sleep in the same room as their parents -- but not in the same bed -- to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics advise. The recommendations call for babies to share their parents' bedroom for at least the first 6 months of life and, ideally, for the first year. This could reduce the risk of sudden death by as much as 50 percent, the guideline authors say. "Room sharing makes a lot of sense,"...

Folinic Acid Could Help Children with Autism Communicate Better

Posted: 10/26/16 16:08

Prescription doses of folinic acid, which is a reduced form of a B vitamin known as folate, could help improve the language and communication skills of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These are the preliminary findings from a placebo-controlled trial in which children were randomized to receive either high-dose folinic acid or a placebo, says lead author Richard Frye of Arkansas Children's Research Institute in the US. The study, which is published in Springer Nature's...

Cities Named Most Disability-Friendly

Posted: 10/19/16 19:15

A new analysis is ranking the nation's most populated cities based on how desirable they are for people with disabilities. Overland Park, Kan. is number one on the list followed by Scottsdale, Ariz. and Lincoln, Neb. Two other Arizona cities - Gilbert and Peoria - round out the top five. The listing comes from the personal finance website WalletHub, which assessed 25 factors ranging from availability of doctors to employment rates and park accessibility, in order to compile the ranking of 150...

Bullying: A Module for Teachers

Posted: 10/12/16 18:34

Children's social lives - and their academic lives go hand in hand, whether or not they have friends, whether they are accepted or rejected by their peers, or whether they are victims or perpetrators of aggression. This means that we cannot fully understand the factors that lead to academic achievement without knowing about the social environment of children in school. For example, children who have few friends, who are actively rejected by the peer group, or who are victims of bullying...

How Much Video Gaming Is Too Much for Kids?

Posted: 10/05/16 18:56

Playing video games might improve a child's motor skills, reaction time and even academic performance, but new research shows that too much gaming can be linked to social and behavioral problems. Spanish investigators found that any skill enhancements linked to gaming among those aged 7 to 11 started to max out after about eight hours of gaming a week. And those who played nine hours or more a week were more likely to have social and behavioral problems. The bottom-line: "One to nine...

Healthy Diet May Be Key to Kids' Reading Skills

Posted: 09/28/16 17:48

Healthy eating may offer young children an unexpected benefit -- it might help them become better readers, a new study suggests. Researchers in Finland found students' reading skills improved more between first grade and third grade if they didn't eat a lot of sugary foods or red meat, and if their diet consisted mainly of vegetables, berries and other fruits, as well as fish, whole grains and unsaturated fats. The study included 161 Finnish students. They were between the ages of 6 and 8...

Touchscreens May Boost Motor Skills in Toddlers

Posted: 09/22/16 19:55

A recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology has shown that early touchscreen use, and in particular actively scrolling the screen, correlates with increased fine motor control in toddlers. Smartphones and tablets are now commonplace at work and in the home. If you are reading this on your morning commute on public transport, it is likely to be on a touchscreen device, while surrounded by people who are completely absorbed by their own touchscreens. There has been a dramatic...

Antibiotics Before Age 2 May Be Linked to Allergies Later

Posted: 09/14/16 15:22

Taking antibiotics at a very young age could increase the risk of certain allergies later in life, new research suggests. "Early life exposure to antibiotics is related to an increased risk of both eczema and hay fever later in life," said Fariba Ahmadizar of Utrecht University in the Netherlands and colleagues. The researchers analyzed dozens of studies published between 1996 and 2015 that included hundreds of thousands of people. Treatment with antibiotics within the first two...

Study Links Autism Severity to Genetics, Ultrasound

Posted: 09/08/16 16:51

For children with autism and a class of genetic disorders, exposure to diagnostic ultrasound in the first trimester of pregnancy is linked to increased autism severity, according to a study by researchers at UW Medicine, UW Bothell and Seattle Children's Research Institute. The study published Sept. 1 in Autism Research studied the variability of symptoms among kids with autism, not what causes autism. What they found is that exposure to diagnostic ultrasound in the first trimester is...

Mouse Study Suggests Antibiotics in Kids Might Help Spur Type 1 Diabetes

Posted: 08/31/16 12:31

Repeated treatments with antibiotics were linked to the development of type 1 diabetes in mice, a new study finds. Researchers gave the mice antibiotic doses equivalent to what kids receive to treat something like an ear infection. After three antibiotic treatments, the researchers saw an "accelerated and enhanced rate of type 1 diabetes in the mice," said Dr. Martin Blaser, a professor of translational medicine and microbiology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City....

Celiac Disease May Be Tied to Time and Place of Birth

Posted: 08/25/16 16:35

Where and when children are born may affect their risk for celiac disease, according to a new study. People with celiac disease are highly sensitive to gluten, making it hard for them to digest food. Gluten is found in many grains and starches, including wheat, rye and barley, as well as many processed foods. For the study, researchers analyzed data from nearly 2 million children born in Sweden between 1991 and 2009. Of those, nearly 6,600 were diagnosed with celiac disease before age...

U.S. Kids Don't Make the Grade on Heart Health

Posted: 08/17/16 11:57

Most American children fall short of ideal heart health, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says. An analysis of 2007-08 federal government survey results found that about 91 percent of youngsters did not have healthy diets. Those between the ages of 2 and 19 get most of their calories from simple carbohydrates such as sugary drinks and desserts. "A primary reason for so few children having ideal cardiovascular health is poor nutrition," statement author Dr....

Study Examines Symptom Spikes in Kids After Concussions

Posted: 08/10/16 13:18

Symptom exacerbations after concussion appeared to be common in a secondary analysis of a clinical trial that included 63 children studied for 10 days after injury, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. Little is known about the incidence, natural history and clinical significance of activity-related symptom exacerbations after pediatric concussion. Danny G. Thomas, M.D., M.P.H., of the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and...


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