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Parenting Bulletin - January 2012 Archives


Bedwetting can be due to undiagnosed constipation, research shows (1/31/2012)

Bedwetting isn't always due to problems with the bladder. Constipation is often the culprit; and if it isn't diagnosed, children and their parents must endure an unnecessarily long, costly and difficult quest to cure nighttime wetting. ...> Full Article


Prenatal testosterone linked to increased risk of language delay for male infants, study shows (1/30/2012)

New research by Australian scientists reveals that males who are exposed to high levels of testosterone before birth are twice as likely to experience delays in language development compared to females. The research, published in Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, focused on umbilical cord blood to explore the presence of testosterone when the language-related regions of a fetus' brain are undergoing a critical period of growth. ...> Full Article


Exploring how a parent's education can affect the mental health of their offspring (1/29/2012)

Could depression in adulthood be tied to a parent's level of education? A new study led by Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, a medical sociologist from McGill University, suggests this is the case. ...> Full Article


Spotting dyslexia before a child starts school (1/28/2012)

Children at risk for dyslexia show differences in brain activity on MRI scans even before they begin learning to read, finds a study at Children's Hospital Boston. Since developmental dyslexia responds to early intervention, diagnosing children at risk before or during kindergarten could head off difficulties and frustration in school, the researchers say. Findings appear this week in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ...> Full Article


Nurturing mothers rear physically healthier adults (1/27/2012)

Nurturing mothers have garnered accolades for rescuing skinned knees on the playground and coaxing their children to sleep with lullabies. Now they're gaining merit for their offspring's physical health in middle age. In a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science, Brandeis psychologist Margie Lachman and colleagues reveal that while children raised in families with low socioeconomic status frequently go on to have high rates of chronic illness in adulthood, a sizable minority remain healthy across the life course. ...> Full Article


Teen passengers: 'The other distraction' for teen drivers (1/26/2012)

A pair of studies by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm identify factors that may lead teens to drive with multiple peer passengers and, then, how those passengers may affect their driver's behavior just before a serious crash. The studies were published today in the Journal of Adolescent Health. ...> Full Article


Babies are born with 'intuitive physics' knowledge (1/25/2012)

Babies are born with 'intuitive physics' knowledgeWhile it may appear that infants are helpless creatures that only blink, eat, cry and sleep, one University of Missouri researcher says that studies indicate infant brains come equipped with knowledge of "intuitive physics." ...> Full Article


Research highlights key role grandmothers play in mother and child nutrition and health (1/23/2012)

Grandmothers and other senior female family members should play a key role in nutrition and health programs for children and women in non-Western societies. However, they are often overlooked by health organizations that don't understand the importance of their role or see them as an obstacle to promoting good nutrition and health practices. Community health specialist Dr Judi Aubel reviewed literature on 35 Asian, African and Latin American countries between 1995 and 2010. ...> Full Article


Benefits of high quality child care persist 30 years later (1/22/2012)

Adults who participated in a high quality early childhood education program in the 1970s are still benefiting from their early experiences in a variety of ways, according to a new study. ...> Full Article


Divorce in itself does not pose a risk for children (1/18/2012)

"It is not divorce in itself that can lead to problems in children. It is the divorce linked to interparental conflict, a lack of co-parenting, an unsuitable family climate, etc.," according to Priscila Comino, a researcher at the University of the Basque Country's Faculty of Psychology. ...> Full Article


'Tiger mothers' should tame parenting approach (1/13/2012)

'Tiger mothers' should tame parenting approachA Michigan State University professor is refuting the "tiger mother" approach to parenting that pushes children to excel at all costs. ...> Full Article


East meets West to boost fertility (1/12/2012)

Dr. Shahar Lev-Ari of Tel Aviv University just concluded the first study that measures the effectiveness of both Chinese therapies and insemination treatments when used separately and together. The results, published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine, demonstrate a significant increase in fertility when the therapies are administered together. ...> Full Article


Researchers shed light on how children learn to speak (1/11/2012)

Researchers have discovered that children under the age of two control speech using a different strategy than previously thought. ...> Full Article


What to consider when teens with autism want to drive? (1/10/2012)

In the first study to investigate driving as it relates to teens with a high-functioning autism disorder, child development and teen driving experts at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies found that two-thirds of teenagers with a high-functioning autism spectrum disorder who are of legal driving age in their state are currently driving or plan to drive. The study is published this month in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. ...> Full Article


Colorful plates boost a picky eater's appetite (1/9/2012)

Parents of picky eaters can encourage their children to eat more nutritionally diverse diets by introducing more color to their meals, according to a new Cornell University study. The study is published in the January issue of Acta Paediatrica. ...> Full Article


Telling children about death (1/8/2012)

How do you tell a little girl that her grandfather, her mother, her friend… has died, and that he or she has gone for ever? Txabi Arnal, a lecturer at the University of the Basque Country, has analyzed literary picture books that deal with death to see how they address this question. ...> Full Article


New practice model may reduce miscarriage after assisted reproduction (1/7/2012)

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services today announced the publication of an article in the December issue of Reproductive BioMedicine Online about miscarriage rates following IVF treatment with frozen thawed embryos which may revolutionize clinical and laboratory practice. ...> Full Article


Nap-deprived tots may be missing out on more than sleep, says University of Colorado-led study (1/6/2012)

Nap-deprived tots may be missing out on more than sleep, says University of Colorado-led studyA new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder indicates missed naps by toddlers leads to more anxiety, less joy and interest and a poorer understanding on how to solve problems. ...> Full Article


Simple blood test in the first trimester predicts fetal gender (1/5/2012)

New research published in the the FASEB Journal describes findings that could lead to a non-invasive test allowing expecting mothers to learn the sex of their baby as early as the first trimester. Specifically, researchers discovered that various ratios of two enzymes (DYS14/GAPDH), which can be extracted from a pregnant mother's blood, indicate if the baby will be a boy or a girl. Such a test would be the first of its kind. ...> Full Article


Teens who express own views with mom resist peer pressures best (1/3/2012)

A longitudinal study of more than 150 diverse teens finds that teens who more openly express their own viewpoints in discussions with their moms, even if their viewpoints disagree, are more likely than others to resist peer pressure to use drugs or drink. Researchers used youth, parent, and peer reports to gather data, in addition to observing of teens' social interactions with family members and peers. ...> Full Article


Study links quality of mother-toddler relationship to teen obesity (1/2/2012)

The quality of the emotional relationship between a mother and her young child could affect the potential for that child to be obese during adolescence, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed national data detailing relationship characteristics between mothers and their children during their toddler years. The lower the quality of the relationship in terms of the child's emotional security and the mother's sensitivity, the higher the risk that a child would be obese at age 15 years, according to the analysis. ...> Full Article


Toddlers don't listen to their own voice like adults do (1/2/2012)

When grown-ups and kids speak, they listen to the sound of their voice and make corrections based on that auditory feedback. But new evidence shows that toddlers don't respond to their own voice in quite the same way, according to a report published online on Dec. 22 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. ...> Full Article


Balancing the womb (1/1/2012)

New research by academics at the University of Bristol hopes to explain premature births and failed inductions of labor. ...> Full Article


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