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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...

Common Brain Changes Found in Children with OCD, ADHD and Autism

Posted: 08/03/16 20:27

A team of Toronto scientists has found similarities in brain impairments in children with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The study, published this month in the American Journal of Psychiatry, involved brain imaging of white matter in 200 children with autism, ADHD, OCD or no diagnosis. White matter is made up of bundles of nerve fibers that connect cell bodies across the brain,...

Limit Kids' Exposure to Media Violence, Pediatricians Say

Posted: 07/25/16 15:21

Media violence has become a routine part of the daily lives of American children, and parents, lawmakers and the media should take steps to change that, a leading pediatricians' group recommends. The new policy statement, from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), calls on pediatricians to routinely ask about children's "media diet," and for parents to limit the violent content their kids see -- whether on TV, online or in video games. Video gaming is a particular concern,...

Is it Becoming too Hard to Fail? Schools are Shifting Toward No-Zero Grading Policies

Posted: 07/20/16 14:06

School districts in the Washington area and across the country are adopting grading practices that make it more difficult for students to flunk classes, that give students opportunities to retake exams or turn in late work, and that discourage or prohibit teachers from giving out zeroes. The policies have stirred debates about the purpose of issuing academic grades and whether they should be used to punish, motivate or purely represent what students have learned in class. Some regard it...

Hovering Parents May Harm Kids

Posted: 07/13/16 13:20

Children with "intrusive" parents who push too hard for good grades may be more prone to become highly self-critical or anxious and depressed, a new study suggests. "When parents become intrusive in their children's lives, it may signal to the children that what they do is never good enough," said study leader Ryan Hong, an assistant professor in the department of psychology at the National University of Singapore. The five-year study of primary school students in...

'Finding Dory' Demonstrates the Importance of Helping People with Disabilities Establish Independence

Posted: 07/06/16 11:56

It's not often that people with disabilities are represented in mainstream movies, let alone in an accurate, dignified manner - but one movie out in theaters now is different. Finding Dory, the sequel to Pixar's Finding Nemo that broke box-office records on opening weekend, delivers an important message about disability that aligns perfectly with that first pillar of ADEC's mission of "A Life of their Own." Dory, a...

Companies Find Hiring Those On The Spectrum Has Vast Benefits

Posted: 06/21/16 15:38

Doug Williams started noticing the signs when his son was six months old. The absence of facial expressions. The drift of his gaze. Eventually, the agitation. The official autism diagnosis came more than a year later, along with the whirlwind of figuring out schools and therapies. Not until his son, Hayden, reached high school and Williams glimpsed him as an adult did a fresh wake-up call hit. <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica,...

Autism Documentary Headed To Theaters

Posted: 06/15/16 13:59

A coming-of-age documentary about a man with autism is set to debut at theaters across the country this summer. "Life, Animated" will be released starting July 1 at movie theaters in New York and Los Angeles, with at least a dozen other markets already committed to showing the film later in July and August. The film is based on the best-selling book "Life Animated: a story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism" by Pulitzer Prize-winner Ron Suskind about his son, Owen, who...

Ford Eyes Workers With Autism

Posted: 06/08/16 11:07

A major American automaker is looking to tap the potential of workers on the spectrum. Ford Motor Company said it is launching a pilot program this week designed to employ people with autism. Through the initiative dubbed "FordInclusiveWorks," the company said it will establish five new positions in product development that were "created to suit the skills and capabilities of people with autism." <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;...

New Findings Offer Hope for Those With Severe Hemophilia

Posted: 06/01/16 15:25

Two new studies could pave the way to major changes in how doctors treat severe cases of hemophilia -- a rare genetic disorder that can cause uncontrolled bleeding. Both studies tackle a key challenge: Up to one-third of children with severe hemophilia develop antibodies against the standard therapy. But one study highlights the value of an old therapy, while the other shows promising early results with an experimental drug. Experts said both should stir discussion among doctors, patients...

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