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Parenting Bulletin - August 2011 Archives


Vitamin A supplements for children could save 600,000 lives a year (8/31/2011)

Children in low and middle income countries should be given vitamin A supplements to prevent death and illness, concludes a study published on bmj.com today. ...> Full Article


Undernutrition in childhood, adolescence or young adulthood increases risk of heart disease later (8/30/2011)

A study of women who were children, teenagers or young adults during the Dutch famine in 1944-45 has shown that undernutrition, particularly in the adolescent years, is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease in later life. The research is published online on Thursday in the European Heart Journal. ...> Full Article


2-year-old children understand complex grammar (8/29/2011)

Psychologists at the University of Liverpool have found that children as young as two years old have an understanding of complex grammar even before they have learned to speak in full sentences. ...> Full Article


Prolonged breastfeeding does not protect against eczema, global study shows (8/28/2011)

The largest worldwide study on the association between breastfeeding, time of weaning and eczema in children has concluded that there is no clear evidence that exclusive breastfeeding for four months or longer protects against childhood eczema. The study, led by scientists at King's College London, and published online in the British Journal of Dermatology (BJD), concludes that children who were exclusively breastfed for four months or longer were as likely to develop eczema as children who were weaned earlier. ...> Full Article


Extreme morning sickness could lead to lifelong emotional, behavioral disorders in kids (8/27/2011)

A joint UCLA/USC study suggests that an extreme form of pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting known as hyperemesis gravidarum -- which already takes a heavy toll on thousands of women each year and can lead to hospitalization and pregnancy termination -- is also linked to an increased risk of anxiety, bipolar disorder and depression in adulthood among individuals whose mothers had the condition. ...> Full Article


Less depression for working moms who expect that they 'can't do it all' (8/26/2011)

Working moms have lower rates of depression than their stay-at-home counterparts, but buying into the supermom myth could put working mothers at greater risk for depression, suggests new research to be presented at the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. ...> Full Article


Four-year-olds know that being right is not enough (8/25/2011)

As they grow, children learn a lot about the world from what other people tell them. Along the way, they have to figure out who is a reliable source of information. A new study, which will be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that when children reach around 4 years, they start noticing whether someone is actually knowledgeable or if they're just getting the answers from someone else. ...> Full Article


Robust preschool experience offers lasting effects on language and literacy (8/24/2011)

Robust preschool experience offers lasting effects on language and literacyNew research from Vanderbilt University's Peabody College finds preschool teachers' use of sophisticated vocabulary can predict fourth-grade reading comprehension and word recognition. ...> Full Article


Boys reach sexual maturity younger and younger (8/23/2011)

Boys reach sexual maturity younger and youngerEvidence for long term historic trend:the phase between being physically but not socially adult is getting longer. ...> Full Article


Milk better than water to rehydrate kids (8/22/2011)

Children become dehydrated during exercise, and it's important they get enough fluids, particularly before going into a second round of a game. Milk is better than either a sports drink or water because it is a source of high quality protein, carbohydrates, calcium and electrolytes. ...> Full Article


The nag factor: How do children convince their parents to buy foods unhealthy foods? (8/19/2011)

To better understand the media's impact on children's health, a team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health examined the "Nag Factor." The "Nag Factor" is the tendency of children, who are bombarded with marketers' messages, to unrelentingly request advertised items. ...> Full Article


Can oral care for babies prevent future cavities? (8/18/2011)

Can oral care for babies prevent future cavities?New parents have one more reason to pay attention to the oral health of their toothless babies. A recent University of Illinois study confirms the presence of bacteria associated with early childhood caries (ECC) in infant saliva. ...> Full Article


Low vitamin D linked to earlier first menstruation (8/17/2011)

A study links low vitamin D in young girls with early menstruation, which is a risk factor for a host of health problems for teen girls as well as women later in life. ...> Full Article


'Good fat' most prevalent in thin children (8/16/2011)

'Good fat' most prevalent in thin childrenResearchers at Joslin Diabetes Center and Children's Hospital Boston have shown that a type of "good" fat known as brown fat occurs in varying amounts in children -- increasing until puberty and then declining -- and is most active in leaner children. ...> Full Article


Days spent reading to dogs during summer may help avoid decline of reading skills (8/15/2011)

Second graders who read aloud to a canine over the summer seem to maintain their reading skills during the dog days of summer, according to a pilot study published today by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. ...> Full Article


Social networking's good and bad impacts on kids (8/13/2011)

Social media present risks and benefits to children but parents who try to secretly monitor their kids' activities online are wasting their time, according to a presentation at the 119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. ...> Full Article


A change in perspective could be all it takes to succeed in school (8/12/2011)

Knowing the right way to handle stress in the classroom can make the difference between success and failure for the millions of students going back to school this fall, new research shows. Researchers found that a hormone released in response to stress, can either be tied to a student's poor performance on a math test or contribute to success, depending on the frame of mind of the student going into the test. ...> Full Article


When and how to toilet train children (8/10/2011)

Parents often ask their doctors for advice on toilet training young children, and a new article in Canadian Medical Association Journal summarizes current approaches and evidence to help physicians respond to these queries. ...> Full Article


You can count on this: Math ability is inborn (8/10/2011)

You can count on this: Math ability is inbornWe accept that some people are born with a talent for music or art or athletics. But what about mathematics? Do some of us just arrive in the world with better math skills than others? ...> Full Article


TV time: Why children watch multi-screens (8/9/2011)

New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, examines the relationship children have with electronic viewing devices and their habits of interacting with more than one at a time. ...> Full Article


What's in a kids meal? Not happy news (8/8/2011)

High-calorie, high-sodium choices were on the menu when parents purchased lunch for their children at a San Diego fast-food restaurant. Why? Because both children and adults liked the food and the convenience. However, the study of data compiled by researchers in the Department of Pediatrics at UCSD appearing this week journal Childhood Obesity, showed that convenience resulted in lunchtime meals that accounted for between 36 and 51 percent of a child's daily caloric needs. ...> Full Article


Pilot study suggests new approach to treat preeclampsia (8/7/2011)

A novel therapy that reduces elevated blood levels of a potentially toxic protein in women with preeclampsia, a dangerous complication of pregnancy, may someday address the therapeutic dilemma posed by the condition -- balancing life-threatening risks to the mother with the dangers that early delivery poses to an immature fetus. ...> Full Article


70 percent of 8-month-olds consume too much salt (8/6/2011)

Seventy per cent of eight-month-old babies have a salt intake higher than the recommended UK maximum level, due to being fed salty and processed foods like yeast extract, gravy, baked beans and tinned spaghetti. High levels of salt can damage developing kidneys, give children a taste for salty foods and establish poor eating practices that continue into adulthood and can result in health problems later in life. ...> Full Article


Study shows protective benefits of DHA taken during pregnancy (8/5/2011)

A new study suggests consuming Omega 3 fatty acids during pregnancy helps protects babies against illness during early infancy. The randomized, placebo-controlled trial followed approximately 1,100 pregnant women and 900 infants in Mexico. The women were supplemented daily with 400 mg of Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) supplements in the algal form or placebo from 18 to 22 weeks gestation through childbirth. Those whose mothers took DHA supplements had fewer colds and shorter illnesses at one, three and six months of age. ...> Full Article


Helping children learn to understand numbers: It's all in the way we speak to them (8/4/2011)

A formal model of the cognitive basis of counting has been reported in research published in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE. ...> Full Article


As unhealthy food outlets multiply, teens eat more junk (8/3/2011)

Nearly three-quarters of California teenagers live or go to school in neighborhoods disproportionately crowded with fast food and other outlets that sell unhealthy food, including convenience stores, liquor stores, dollar stores and pharmacies. And unsurprisingly, teens that live or go to school in such neighborhoods are more likely to drink soda and eat fast food, according to a new study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. ...> Full Article


Home is where the healthy meal is (8/2/2011)

Can a cozy dining table and nice music prompt people to reach for the greens and go light on dessert? So suggests a new study probing why people tend to eat more-nutritious meals at home than away from home. ...> Full Article


Children born after unplanned pregnancy are slower to develop (8/1/2011)

Children born after unplanned pregnancies tend to have a more limited vocabulary and poorer non-verbal and spatial abilities; however this is almost entirely explained by their disadvantaged circumstances, according to a new study published on bmj.com today. The same study reported no adverse effects of infertility treatment on the children. ...> Full Article


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