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Parenting Bulletin - February 2011 Archives


Zinc reduces the burden of the common cold (2/28/2011)

Zinc supplements reduce the severity and duration of illness caused by the common cold, according to a systematic review published in the Cochrane Library. The findings could help reduce the amount of time lost from work and school due to colds. ...> Full Article


Babies and toddlers can suffer mental illness, seldom get treatment (2/28/2011)

Infants and toddlers can suffer serious mental health disorders, yet they are unlikely to receive treatment that could prevent lasting developmental problems, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. ...> Full Article


New study finds 9,500 ED visits related to cribs, playpens and bassinets each year in US (2/28/2011)

A new study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital examined injuries associated with cribs, playpens and bassinets among children younger than two years of age from 1990 through 2008. During the 19-year study period, an average of 9,500 injuries and more than 100 deaths related to these products were seen in US emergency departments each year. ...> Full Article


Low vitamin D levels linked to allergies in kids (2/28/2011)

A study of more than 3,000 children shows that low vitamin D levels are associated with increased likelihood that children will develop allergies, according to a paper published in the Feb. 17 online edition of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University headed the study. ...> Full Article


Ion-exchange water softeners do not improve eczema in children (2/27/2011)

Water softeners provide no additional clinical benefit to usual care in children with eczema, so the use of ion-exchange water softeners for the treatment of moderate to severe eczema in children should not be recommended. ...> Full Article


Why problem drinking during adolescence is never a 'phase' (2/27/2011)

The Rutgers Alcohol Problem Index (RAPI) is widely used to assess adolescent drinking-related problems. Researchers used adolescent RAPI scores to
examine diagnoses of alcohol dependence during young adulthood. More drinking-related problems experienced at age 18 were associated with a diagnosis of alcohol dependence at age 25, and this predictive
association was stronger in females than males. ...> Full Article


Study shows year-end test scores significantly improved in schools using Web-based tutor (2/26/2011)

Study shows year-end test scores significantly improved in schools using Web-based tutorYear-end test scores of Massachusetts middle school students whose teachers used a Web-based tutoring platform called ASSISTments as a central part of their mathematics instruction were significantly better than those of students whose teachers did not use the platform, according to a recent study. ASSISTments was developed at Worcester Polytechnic Institute over the past decade with more than $9 million in federal funding by a team led by Neil T. Heffernan, Ph.D. ...> Full Article


Calorie labeling has no effect on teenagers' or parents' food purchases (2/25/2011)

A new study led by an NYU School of Medicine investigator and published in the Feb. 15, 2011, advance online publication of the International Journal of Obesity, challenges the idea that calorie labeling has an effect on the purchasing behavior of teenagers or what parents purchase for their children. ...> Full Article


Game on! Instructional design researcher works to make learning fun (2/24/2011)

It's a frustrating problem for many of today's parents: Little Jacob or Isabella is utterly indifferent to schoolwork during the day but then happily spends all evening engrossed in the latest video game. ...> Full Article


Playtime helps bind generations (2/23/2011)

Playtime helps bind generationsA new study has confirmed an old adage: A family that plays together stays together. Researchers from Concordia University and Wilfrid Laurier University examined the ways grandparents can maintain close ties with their adult grandchildren. True to the old maxim, recreation emerged as the glue sealing intergenerational bonds. ...> Full Article


Kids with ADHD much more likely to develop substance abuse problems as they age (2/22/2011)

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, or ADD) are two to three times more likely than children without ADHD to later develop serious substance abuse problems in adolescence and adulthood, report UCLA psychologists and colleagues at the University of South Carolina. ...> Full Article


Social and emotional learning programs found to boost students' skills (2/21/2011)

A new analysis of more than 200 school-based social and emotional learning programs has found that such programs improve students' attitudes and behaviors, and in some cases, even boost academic performance. This is the first large-scale meta-analysis of such programs. The findings highlight the value of incorporating well-designed and carefully conducted social and emotional learning programs into standard educational practice. ...> Full Article


Working more than 20 hours a week in high school found harmful (2/20/2011)

A new shows that among high school students, working more than 20 hours/week during the school year can lead to academic and behavior problems. The researchers used advanced statistical methods to reanalyze longitudinal data collected in the 1980s on 1,800 middle class teens in 10th and 11th grades. The researchers also found that things didn't get better when teens who were working more than 20 hours/week cut back their hours or stopped working altogether. ...> Full Article


Children's BMI found to rise the longer their mothers work (2/19/2011)

Using national longitudinal data on 900 children in grades 3, 5 and 6, researchers have found that children's body mass index rose the more years their mothers worked over their children's lifetimes. Surprisingly, changes in children's physical activity, unsupervised time, and TV time didn't explain the link. The reasons for these findings are not entirely clear, though one possibility is that working parents may rely more on eating out or eating prepared foods. ...> Full Article


School-based child-parent center yields high economic benefits (2/18/2011)

A cost-benefit analysis of Chicago's Child-Parent Center, the nation's second-oldest federally funded preschool program, has found that benefits exceeded costs in a number of areas. The CPC resulted in significantly higher rates of attendance at 4-year colleges and employment in higher-skilled jobs, and significantly lower rates of felony arrests and symptoms of depression in young adulthood. This is the first cost-benefit analysis of a sustained large-scale and publicly funded intervention into adulthood. ...> Full Article


ParentCorps helps children do better in school (2/17/2011)

Researchers at the NYU Child Study Center demonstrated that a brief program for families of pre-Kindergarten students attending schools in disadvantaged urban communities improved children's behavior at school. ...> Full Article


Recipe for family mealtimes calls for 3 ingredients in the right amounts (2/16/2011)

A University of Illinois scientist reports that family mealtimes that contain three ingredients in the right amounts can improve the quality of life in children who have chronic asthma. Which three ingredients make such a big difference? Action, which includes eliminating such distractions as cell phones and the TV; behavior control, which involves discipline that isn't harsh and also teaches manners; and communication that shows genuine interest and concern about what's going on in each others' lives. ...> Full Article


Popular kids more likely to bully peers (2/15/2011)

UC Davis study finds that popularity increases aggression among adolescents, except for those at the very top and bottom of the social hierarchy. ...> Full Article


Children's genes influence how well they take advantage of education (2/14/2011)

New research from the Twins Early Development Study at King's College London Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), shows that measures used to judge the effectiveness of schools are partly influenced by genetic factors in students. ...> Full Article


Sex in pregnancy: A primer (2/13/2011)

Sex in pregnancy is generally safe, with few complications, states a new primer for physicians to counsel patients wondering about sex in pregnancy, published in Canadian Medical Association Journal. The primer is based on current evidence. ...> Full Article


Losing body fat before pregnancy can be beneficial for the baby (2/12/2011)

Obese female rats that lose weight before pregnancy can confer health benefits on their offspring, a study by San Antonio and Mexico City scientists shows. ...> Full Article


Video games are good for girls -- if parents play along (2/11/2011)

Researchers from Brigham Young University's School of Family Life conducted a study on video games and children between 11 and 16 years old. They found that girls who played video games with a parent enjoyed a number of advantages. Those girls behaved better, felt more connected to their families and had stronger mental health. ...> Full Article


Bilinguals find it easier to learn a third language (2/10/2011)

Professor Salim Abu-Rabia and Ekaterina Sanitsky of the Department of Special Education at the University of Haifa, who conducted the study, set out to examine what benefits bilingualism might have in the process of learning a third language. They found that students who know two languages have an easier time gaining command of a third language than students who are fluent in only one language. ...> Full Article


Preschool beneficial, but should offer more, study finds (2/9/2011)

Preschool beneficial, but should offer more, study findsAs more states consider universal preschool programs, a new study led by a Michigan State University scholar suggests that two years of pre-K is beneficial -- although more time should be spent on teaching certain skills. ...> Full Article


Processed food diet in early childhood may lower subsequent IQ (2/9/2011)

A diet, high in fats, sugars and processed foods in early childhood may lower IQ, while a diet packed full of vitamins and nutrients may do the opposite, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. ...> Full Article


Conference attracts experts concerned about children's 'play deficit' (2/8/2011)

More than 200 experts will gather at Clemson University's Madren Conference Center Feb. 6-9 to explore the value of play, and they already agree on one thing: children don't get outside enough. ...> Full Article


Study finds presence of peers heightens teens' sensitivity to rewards of a risk (2/7/2011)

Teenagers take more risks when they are with their friends. A new Temple University study sheds light on why. The findings demonstrate that when teens are with their friends they are more sensitive to the rewards of a risk than when alone. ...> Full Article


Baby bliss? (2/6/2011)

The baby and toddler phase is not necessarily the happiest time in life. Satisfaction with life and one's relationship can deteriorate for most new mothers. However, those who are satisfied with their relationship during pregnancy are most satisfied three years later. ...> Full Article


Organic food in pregnancy -- new study (2/5/2011)

Who eats organic food when they are pregnant? Is it just certain groups? What kind of organic foods are most popular? A recent study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health provides some answers. The study includes nearly 65,000 women in the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. ...> Full Article


New research shows infants understand social dominance (2/4/2011)

New research from the University of Copenhagen and Harvard University has found that infants less than one year old understand social dominance and use relative size to predict who will prevail when two individuals' goals conflict. ...> Full Article


High school biology teachers reluctant to endorse evolution in class (2/3/2011)

The majority of public high school biology teachers are not strong classroom advocates of evolutionary biology, despite 40 years of court cases that have ruled teaching creationism or intelligent design violates the Constitution, according to Penn State political scientists. A mandatory undergraduate course in evolutionary biology for prospective teachers, and frequent refresher courses for current teachers, may be part of the solution, they say. ...> Full Article


Bacteria possible cause of preterm births (2/2/2011)

The type of bacteria that colonize the placenta during pregnancy could be associated with preterm birth and other developmental problems in newborns according to research published in the current issue of the online journal mBio. ...> Full Article


Gender and hygiene: Could cleanliness be hurting girls? (2/1/2011)

Little girls growing up in western society are expected to be neat and tidy -- "all ribbon and curls" -- and one researcher who studies science and gender differences thinks that emphasis may contribute to higher rates of certain diseases in adult women. ...> Full Article


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