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Parenting Bulletin - February 2014 Archives


Can babies learn to read? No, study finds (2/28/2014)

Can babies learn to read? While parents use DVDs and other media in an attempt to teach their infants to read, these tools don't instill reading skills in babies, a study by researchers at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development has found. ...> Full Article


Study examines acetaminophen use in pregnancy, child behavioral problems (2/27/2014)

Children of women who used the pain reliever acetaminophen (paracetamol) during pregnancy appear to be at higher risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder-like behavioral problems and hyperkinetic disorders. ...> Full Article


Parents' attitudes about helping their grown children affect their mental health (2/26/2014)

Older parents frequently give help to their middle-aged offspring, and their perceptions about giving this help may affect their mental health, according to a team of researchers. ...> Full Article


Pointing is infants' first communicative gesture (2/25/2014)

Catalan researchers have studied the acquisition and development of language in babies on the basis of the temporary coordination of gestures and speech. The results are the first in showing how and when they acquire the pattern of coordination between the two elements which allows them to communicate very early. ...> Full Article


Study shows that premature infants benefit from adult talk (2/24/2014)

Research led by a team at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University has been published in the Feb. 10, 2014, online edition of Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The research indicates that premature babies benefit from being exposed to adult talk as early as possible. ...> Full Article


Clinical opinion published on use of maternal oxygen during labor (2/23/2014)

When a fetal heartbeat pattern becomes irregular during labor, many practitioners give oxygen to the mother. But questions remain whether this oxygen supplementation benefits the fetus or may actually be potentially harmful. ...> Full Article


Family problems experienced in childhood and adolescence affect brain development (2/22/2014)

Family problems experienced in childhood and adolescence affect brain developmentNew research has revealed that exposure to common family problems during childhood and early adolescence affects brain development, which could lead to mental health issues in later life. ...> Full Article


Healthy Lunchbox Challenge helps influence healthy eating habits in children (2/21/2014)

To address the issues of food selection and rapid weight gain among children observed in the summertime, researchers used summer day camps as a unique opportunity to influence food and beverage choices of children attending. By implementing the Healthy Lunchbox Challenge, an innovative theory and incentive-based program, at four community-based summer day camps, they noted significant increases in the amount of healthy food brought by children as well as decreases in foods such as sugar-sweetened beverages and salty snacks. ...> Full Article


Another reason to not mix work and family: Money makes parenting less meaningful (2/20/2014)

Money and parenting don't mix. That's according to new research that suggests that merely thinking about money diminishes the meaning people derive from parenting. The study is one among a growing number that identifies when, why, and how parenthood is associated with happiness or misery, a topic explored today a the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference in Austin. ...> Full Article


Psychologist shows why talking to kids really matters (2/19/2014)

Exposure to child-directed speech sharpens infants' language processing skills and can predict future success. New work to be presented at AAAS indicates early intervention can improve language skills in kids lagging behind. ...> Full Article


Early childhood education can pay big rewards to families, society (2/18/2014)

Early childhood education can pay big rewards to families, societyHigh quality early childhood for disadvantaged children can simultaneously reduce inequality and boost productivity in America, contends James Heckman, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and one of the nation's leading experts on early childhood education. ...> Full Article


Cognitive development 'growth charts' may help diagnose and treat psychosis-risk kids (2/14/2014)

Cognitive development 'growth charts' may help diagnose and treat psychosis-risk kidsPenn Medicine researchers have developed a better way to assess and diagnose psychosis in young children. By "growth charting" cognitive development alongside the presentation of psychotic symptoms, they have demonstrated that the most significant lags in cognitive development correlate with the most severe cases of psychosis. Their findings are published online this month in JAMA Psychiatry. ...> Full Article


Manga comics may help promote fruit consumption among youth (2/13/2014)

A recent pilot study in Brooklyn, N.Y., with minority students found that exposure to manga comics (Japanese comic art) promoting fruit intake significantly improved healthy snack selection. As snacking accounts for up to 27 percent of children's daily caloric intake, and childhood obesity has been linked to inadequate intake of fruits and vegetables, the results of this study could have wide-reaching implications. ...> Full Article


Will your child be a slim adult? (2/9/2014)

Will your child be a slim adult?This novel study asked 532 international English speaking adults to submit or crowd-source predictors of whether a child is going to be an overweight or a slim adult. The results indicate that crowd-sourced information could be used to identify new predictors that may, after further study, be useful in understanding and reducing obesity. Furthermore, the trends in BMI obtained through this study provide insights into behaviors that should be encouraged to help children maintain a healthy BMI into adulthood. ...> Full Article


The 'entrance exam' that is key to a successful pregnancy (2/8/2014)

The 'entrance exam' that is key to a successful pregnancyResearchers have discovered how an "entrance exam" set by the womb determines if the implantation of an embryo is successful; potentially a milestone for advances in pregnancy treatments. ...> Full Article


Shy toddlers understand more than their speaking ability indicates (2/7/2014)

Scientists have known that shy toddlers often have delayed speech, but a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder shows that the lag in using words does not mean that the children don't understand what's being said. ...> Full Article


'Not my child' -- Most parents fail to recognize if their child is overweight (2/6/2014)

A new meta-analysis study shows that more than 50 percent of parents underestimate the weight of their overweight or obese child. ...> Full Article


For infants, stress may be caught, not taught (2/5/2014)

New research shows that babies not only pick up on their mother's stress, they also show corresponding physiological changes. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. ...> Full Article


Infants know plants provide food, but need to see they're safe to eat (2/4/2014)

Infants as young as six months old tend to expect that plants are food sources, but only after an adult shows them that the food is safe to eat, according to new research published in Psychological Science. ...> Full Article


New study suggests choline recommendations during pregnancy may be too low (2/3/2014)

Recent research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that during pregnancy, and particularly during the third trimester, large amounts of choline may be needed to support fetal development. Conclusions of the research revealed that current recommendations may be too low. Choline deficiency in pregnant women may result in elevated levels of homocysteine, potentially resulting in birth defects. ...> Full Article


Poor breakfast in youth linked to metabolic syndrome in adulthood (2/2/2014)

It is often said that breakfast is important for our health, and a study conducted by Umeň University in Sweden, published in Public Health Nutrition, supports this claim. The study revealed that adolescents who ate poor breakfasts displayed a higher incidence of metabolic syndrome 27 years later, compared with those who ate more substantial breakfasts. ...> Full Article


Parents unclear about process for specialist care for kids (2/1/2014)

Parents vary widely in views about their responsibilities in getting specialty care for their children, according to a new University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. ...> Full Article


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