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Myelin vital for learning new practical skillsMyelin vital for learning new practical skills

More physical activity improved school performanceMore physical activity improved school performance

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Active aging is much more than exerciseActive aging is much more than exercise

Study: New device can slow, reverse heart failureStudy: New device can slow, reverse heart failure

Are the world's religions ready for ET?Are the world's religions ready for ET?

Gut bacteria, artificial sweeteners and glucose intoleranceGut bacteria, artificial sweeteners and glucose intolerance

Recreating the stripe patterns found in animals by engineering synthetic gene networksRecreating the stripe patterns found in animals by engineering synthetic gene networks

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Nature's designs inspire research into new light-based technologiesNature's designs inspire research into new light-based technologies

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Biologists delay the aging process by 'remote control'Biologists delay the aging process by 'remote control'

Geography matters: Model predicts how local 'shocks' influence U.S. economyGeography matters: Model predicts how local 'shocks' influence U.S. economy

Identified for the first time what kind of explosive has been used after the detonationIdentified for the first time what kind of explosive has been used after the detonation

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Parenting Bulletin - December 2013 Archives


Who is using MyPlate? (12/30/2013)

Who is using MyPlate?Of 497 moms surveyed, 70 percent were not familiar with MyPlate. Moms were more likely to be familiar with MyPlate if they already knew about MyPyramid. Moms who found MyPlate easy to understand and relevant to their lives were more likely to see its potential to help their families eat better. Moms who adopted MyPlate were more likely to be "vegetable lovers" and to involve their kids in preparing family meals. ...> Full Article


Toys, books, cribs harbor bacteria for long periods, study finds (12/29/2013)

Toys, books, cribs harbor bacteria for long periods, study findsUniversity at Buffalo research published today in Infection and Immunity shows that Streptococcus pneumoniae and Streptococcus pyogenes persist on surfaces for far longer than has been appreciated. ...> Full Article


Children at lower risk for peanut, tree nut allergies if moms ate more nuts while pregnant (12/27/2013)

Children appear to be less at risk for developing peanut or tree nut allergies if their mothers are not allergic and ate more nuts during pregnancy, according to a study published by JAMA Pediatrics, a JAMA Network publication. ...> Full Article


Pediatricians urge consumption of only pasteurized dairy products (12/21/2013)

Pregnant women, infants and young children should avoid raw or unpasteurized milk and milk products and only consume pasteurized products, according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. ...> Full Article


Mothers see their youngest as shorter than they are (12/21/2013)

Many parents say when their second child is born that their first child suddenly appears to have grown overnight. Now, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on Dec. 16 have an explanation: until the birth of the new child, those parents were subject to a "baby illusion," routinely misperceiving their youngest child as smaller (and younger) than he or she really was. ...> Full Article


Bedtime for toddlers: Timing is everything, says study (12/20/2013)

Bedtime for toddlers: Timing is everything, says studyThe bedtime you select for your toddler may be out of sync with his or her internal body clock, which can contribute to difficulties for youngsters attempting to settle in for the night, according to a new University of Colorado Boulder study. ...> Full Article


5 effective parenting programs to reduce problem behaviors in children (12/20/2013)

University of Washington researchers evaluated about 20 parenting programs and found five that are especially effective at helping parents and children at all risk levels avoid adolescent behavior problems that affect not only individuals, but entire communities. ...> Full Article


Study: Pay kids to eat fruits and vegetables (12/19/2013)

Study: Pay kids to eat fruits and vegetablesResearchers observed three schools adjust to new school lunch standards that require a serving of fruits or vegetables on every student's tray -- whether the child intends to eat it or not. Students discarded 70 percent of the extra fruits and vegetables -- wasting about $3.8 million each day. ...> Full Article


Nutrition report cards receive high marks in pilot program (12/18/2013)

Parents receiving academic report cards throughout the school year is commonplace, but a new Cornell University study shows that for healthier nutrition, parents should opt to receive a nutrition report card, too. ...> Full Article


High levels of maternal care has life-long impact on vulnerability to stress (12/17/2013)

A new study shows that high levels of maternal care during the early post-natal period in rodents can reduce the sensitivity of the offspring to stressful events during adulthood. Maternal care is shown to chemically modify and thereby re-program genes that control stress responses making them less likely to be activated. The findings have important implications for understanding early environment influences on stress-related disorders. ...> Full Article


How to keep our children safe from online predators (12/16/2013)

Cyberbullying is one of the darker and most troubling aspects of the growing use of new media technologies. Children in developed countries are introduced to the internet at younger and younger ages and the use of social media sites as a means to bully and harass is on the increase, often with tragic consequences. ...> Full Article


Musical myth (12/15/2013)

Though it has been embraced by everyone from advocates for arts education to parents hoping to encourage their kids to stick with piano lessons, two new studies conducted by Harvard researchers show no effect of music training on the cognitive abilities of young children. ...> Full Article


Mounting challenges undermine parenting (12/14/2013)

Mounting challenges undermine parentingNew findings from a long-running study of nearly 1,300 rural children by UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute reveal that parenting deteriorates when families face a number of risk factors at once. As a result, children's intellectual, emotional, and social development suffers. ...> Full Article


Kids movies send mixed messages about eating habits and obesity (12/13/2013)

Kids movies send mixed messages about eating habits and obesityMany of the most popular children's movies from recent years feature both "obesogenic" behaviors and weight-related stigmatizing content, a study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers finds. ...> Full Article


Depression in pregnant mothers may alter the pattern of brain development in their babies (12/12/2013)

Depression is a serious mental illness that has many negative consequences for sufferers. But depression among pregnant women may also have an impact on their developing babies. ...> Full Article


Working odd shifts can hurt parent-child relationships (12/11/2013)

Research from North Carolina State University shows that working a job that doesn't keep 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. hours can hurt the relationships between parents and adolescents, increasing the likelihood that children will engage in delinquent behaviors. However, the researchers found that in some circumstances, an unconventional work schedule can be a benefit for children. ...> Full Article


Dads: How important are they? (12/11/2013)

Even with today's technology, it still takes both a male and a female to make a baby. But is it important for both parents to raise that child? Many studies have outlined the value of a mother, but few have clearly defined the importance of a father, until now. New findings from the RI-MUHC show that the absence of a father during critical growth periods, leads to impaired social and behavioral abilities in adults. ...> Full Article


Messy children make better learners (12/10/2013)

Messy children make better learnersParents, let your children get messy in the high chair. They learn better that way. That's according to a new study from the University of Iowa, which concludes that a 16-month-old's setting and degree of interaction enhances his or her ability to identify nonsolid objects and name them. Results published in the journal Developmental Science. ...> Full Article


Kids whose bond with mother was disrupted early in life show changes in brain (12/9/2013)

Children who experience profound neglect have been found to be more prone to a behavior known as "indiscriminate friendliness," characterized by an inappropriate willingness to approach adults, including strangers. Now UCLA researchers are reporting some of the first evidence from human studies suggesting that this behavior is rooted in brain adaptations associated with early life experiences. ...> Full Article


Prenatal exposure to alcohol disrupts brain circuitry (12/8/2013)

Prenatal exposure to alcohol disrupts brain circuitryPrenatal exposure to alcohol severely disrupts major features of brain development that potentially lead to increased anxiety and poor motor function, conditions typical in humans with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, according to neuroscientists at the University of California, Riverside. ...> Full Article


Does Facebook use affect body image in teen girls? (12/7/2013)

Does Facebook use affect body image in teen girls?"Appearance exposure" on the Internet has been linked to body image disturbance among adolescent girls. A new study that links specific Facebook activities, but not overall Facebook use to body dissatisfaction and a drive for thinness in teen girls is published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. ...> Full Article


Unhappy meals? Majority of very young children in California eat fast food at least once a week (12/6/2013)

A surprisingly large percentage of very young children in California, including 70 percent of Latino children, eat fast food regularly, according to a new policy brief by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. ...> Full Article


A brain reward gene influences food choices in the first years of life (12/6/2013)

A brain reward gene influences food choices in the first years of lifeResearch has suggested that a particular gene in the brain's reward system contributes to overeating and obesity in adults. This same variant has now been linked to childhood obesity and tasty food choices, particularly for girls, according to a new study by Dr. Patricia Silveira and Prof. Michael Meaney of McGill University and Dr. Robert Levitan of the University of Toronto. ...> Full Article


Maternal mood disorder and newborn neurobehavior (12/5/2013)

Researchers from the Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk, Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, Brown University, in Providence, RI, have now tested the influence of maternal depression and/or anxiety during pregnancy on newborn neurobehavior. ...> Full Article


Breastfeeding provides babies with iodine (12/5/2013)

WHO recommends that breastfeeding mothers without access to iodised salt should take an iodine supplement capsule to provide a year's worth of iodine for them and their infant. ETH Zurich researchers tested the effectiveness of this method for the first time. ...> Full Article


A touch of garlic helps kill contaminants in baby formula (12/4/2013)

Garlic may be bad for your breath, but it's good for your baby, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia.The study, recently published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, is the first to identify two compounds derived from garlic -- diallyl sulfide and ajoene -- that significantly reduce the contamination risk of Cronobacter sakazakii in the production of dry infant formula powder. ...> Full Article


Extrovert and introvert children are not equally influenced by plate size (12/3/2013)

New research by Dr. Brian Wansink from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and Koert van Ittersum form Groningen University in The Netherlands indicates that extroverted and introverted children respond differently to environmental cues, such as plate size, when it comes to portion control. ...> Full Article


Medical research needs kids, but two-thirds of parents unaware of opportunities (12/2/2013)

To improve healthcare for children, medical research that involves kids is a must. Yet, only five percent of parents say their children have ever participated in any type of medical research, according to a new University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. ...> Full Article


Teens 'eat more, cheat more' after playing violent video games (12/2/2013)

Playing violent video games not only increases aggression, it also leads to less self-control and more cheating, a new study finds. ...> Full Article


Preschoolers exposure to television can stall their cognitive development (12/1/2013)

Television is a powerful agent of development for children, particularly those in preschool. But when could too much TV be detrimental to a young child's mind? A recent paper published in the Journal of Communication found that preschoolers who have a TV in their bedroom and are exposed to more background TV have a weaker understanding of other people's beliefs and desires. ...> Full Article


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