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Parenting Bulletin - June 2012 Archives


Future reproductive outcomes for women who have had an ectopic pregnancy (6/30/2012)

Women who experience an initial ectopic pregnancy -- when the embryo implants outside the womb, usually in the fallopian tubes -- are less likely to conceive in the future and if they do, are at increased risk of having another ectopic pregnancy, but are no more likely than first time mothers to suffer complications in an ongoing pregnancy according to a study by a team of Scottish researchers published today in PLoS Medicine. ...> Full Article


Making bad worse for expectant mothers (6/29/2012)

Some Norwegian women with birth anxiety face additional trauma in their meeting with the country's health service, according to research carried out in Stavanger.Unlike many other countries, Norway does not give women an automatic right to a Caesarean - although their wishes are meant to be taken into account in the assessment."A number find their anxieties are not taken seriously," says postdoctoral researcher Ellen Ramvi at the University of Stavanger. ...> Full Article


Adolescents who have more than 4 meals a day are thinner (6/29/2012)

Adolescents who have more than 4 meals a day are thinnerA study carried out in Spain reveals that certain healthy habits, like eating more than four times a day or not eating too fast, are associated with lower body fat levels independently of exercise habits during free time. ...> Full Article


How active is your child really? (6/28/2012)

Children younger than eight need to be targeted to make sure they lead more active lives to combat our obesity time-bomb, researchers at Newcastle University say. Their new study reveals that children are not spending enough time being active and that girls are already becoming more sedentary than boys by the age of eight. ...> Full Article


Study finds that single mothers can reduce stress by playing, engaging with children (6/27/2012)

A group of Kansas State University researchers is studying ways to help single mothers improve their relationship with their children. Among many of their findings, they have discovered that single mothers who engage with children in daily activities -- such as reading stories or playing games -- may experience lower levels of stress. ...> Full Article


Parents - not TV - may determine whether kids are active or couch potatoes (6/27/2012)

Researchers at Oregon State University have confirmed what we knew all along - children in this country are increasingly sedentary, spending too much time sitting and looking at electronic screens.But it's not necessarily because of the newest gee-whiz gadgets - parents play a major factor in whether young children are on the move. ...> Full Article


Parents say that healthy eating is challenging for youth who play sports (6/26/2012)

Food and beverages available to youth participating in organized sports can often be unhealthy, according to a new study in the July/August issue of Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Findings were based on interviews with parents of players participating in youth basketball programs. Common food in youth sport settings were sweets, pizza, hot dogs, ''taco-in-a-bag,'' salty snacks, and soda pop and sports drinks. Parents said busy schedules made them rely more on convenient, but less healthy, foods and beverages. ...> Full Article


Infants can't distinguish between large and small groups (6/25/2012)

Human brains process large and small numbers of objects using two different mechanisms, but infants have not yet developed the ability to make those two processes work together, according to new research from the University of Missouri. ...> Full Article


Persistence is learned from fathers, study shows (6/24/2012)

A longitudinal study found that adolescent children develop persistence through fathers who follow good parenting practices. As a result, the adolescents saw higher engagement in school and lower rates of delinquency. ...> Full Article


Research punctures 'modern' fathers myth -- except for nappies, that is (6/23/2012)

"Modern" fathers have been around for far longer than we think, but they have only recently started to change nappies according to research from the University of Warwick. ...> Full Article


New study shows earlier birth is best for twins (6/22/2012)

University of Adelaide researchers say women pregnant with twins should elect to give birth at 37 weeks to avoid serious complications. ...> Full Article


New research showing how real-life exposure to violence disrupts a child's sleep habits (6/21/2012)

Violence in a child's world impacts sleep, new research shows. The result is measurable, affected by the severity of the violence and can last over time. The more severe the violence, the more sleep is impacted. Characteristics of the violent act also touch different aspects of the child's sleep. Children who are victimized during a violent event tend to sleep less and more poorly; children who witness homicide have more inconsistent sleep as time passes. ...> Full Article


Juveniles build up physical - but not mental - tolerance for alcohol in Baylor study (6/20/2012)

Research into alcohol's effect on juvenile rats shows they have an ability to build up a physical, but not cognitive, tolerance over the short term -- a finding that could have implications for adolescent humans, according to Baylor University psychologists. ...> Full Article


The first day of development -- a window to successful pregnancy (6/19/2012)

An article published in F1000 Biology Reports discusses recent important advancements in the development of alternative methods of embryo evaluation and selection that could lead to improvements in the reliability of IVF treatments. ...> Full Article


Alcohol abuse may be cause, rather than effect of social isolation, poor grades among teens (6/18/2012)

Rather than gaining "liquid courage" to let loose with friends, teenage drinkers are more likely to feel like social outcasts, according to a new sociological study. ...> Full Article


A father's love is one of the greatest influences on personality development (6/17/2012)

A father's love contributes as much -- and sometimes more -- to a child's development as does a mother's love. That is one of many findings in a new large-scale analysis of research about the power of parental rejection and acceptance in shaping our personalities as children and into adulthood. ...> Full Article


Offspring of older fathers may live longer (6/16/2012)

If your father and grandfather waited until they were older before reproducing, you might experience life-extending benefits. 
Biologists assume that a slow pace of aging requires that the body invest more resources in repairing cells and tissues. 
 
A new Northwestern University study suggests that our bodies might increase these investments to slow the pace of aging if our father and grandfather waited until they were older before having children. 
 ...> Full Article


Are feminism and attachment parenting practices compatible? (6/15/2012)

What kind of mothers do feminists make? According to a new study by Miriam Liss and Mindy Erchull, from the University of Mary Washington in the US, feminist mothers endorse the importance of the time-intensive, hands-on parenting practices associated with attachment parenting -- a child-centric parenting technique in which children's needs are ideally met on the child's schedule rather than the parent's. Their work is published online in Springer's journal Sex Roles. ...> Full Article


Studies challenge established views development of children raised by gay or lesbian parents (6/14/2012)

Despite considerable research showing that children of same-sex parents fare just as well as children with heterosexual parents, two papers - a review of existing studies and a new study - published today in Elsevier's Social Science Research, find insufficient data to draw any definitive conclusions. ...> Full Article


New insight into placental growth and healthy pregnancy (6/13/2012)

Scientists at the Babraham Institute have gained a new understanding of how the growth of the placenta is regulated before birth, which has important implications for a healthy pregnancy. The research, published today (10 June) in the journal Nature Cell Biology shows that the controlled release of a specific molecule, called miR-675, slows down growth of the placenta before birth. ...> Full Article


Baby's genome deciphered prenatally from parents' lab tests (6/12/2012)

Baby's genome deciphered prenatally from parents' lab testsMaternal blood sampled at 18 weeks into a pregnancy and a paternal saliva specimen contained enough information for scientists to map the fetus' whole genome. Fetal DNA is in a pregnant women's bloodstream starting a few weeks after conception. Scientists assessed many and more subtle variations in the fetus' genome, down to a one-letter change in the DNA code, compared to current tests that screen for only a few major genetic errors. ...> Full Article


Analysis will examine safety of in-hospital underwater births (6/9/2012)

Analysis will examine safety of in-hospital underwater birthsOne of the first systematic examinations of the safety of in-hospital underwater births in the United States commences this month, when Regenstrief Institute fellow Jeanne Ballard, M.D., an obstetrician/gynecologist with more than 16 years of experience delivering babies, collaborates with Regenstrief investigator Michael Weiner, M.D., MPH put the tools of medical informatics and outcomes research to work to improve reproductive health care. ...> Full Article


Many new mothers spend more time on Facebook after giving birth (6/8/2012)

A small, exploratory study suggests that many first-time parents - particularly mothers - actually increase the amount of time they spend on Facebook after the birth of their child. ...> Full Article


Baby wipes as safe as using water, study finds (6/7/2012)

New research has found that a brand of baby wipes is just as safe and hydrating as using water alone on newborn skin, suggesting official guidance may need updating. ...> Full Article


Optical tweezers help researchers uncover key mechanics in cellular communication (6/6/2012)

By using a laser microbeam technology called optical tweezers, UC Irvine and UCLA researchers have uncovered fundamental properties of the Notch network, a key molecular signaling system involved with development, cancer and cardiovascular disease. ...> Full Article


Open-fire cooking may affect child cognitive development (6/6/2012)

Open-fire cooking may affect child cognitive developmentChildren exposed to open-fire cooking in developing countries experience difficulty with memory, problem-solving and social skills, according to researchers at the University of California, Riverside and Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif. Research in the past decade has identified numerous health risks to children who are exposed regularly to smoke from open fires used in cooking. But until now, no one has associated smoke from cooking fires with deficits in cognitive development. ...> Full Article


Eat healthy -- your kids are watching (6/5/2012)

If lower-income mothers want kids with healthy diets, it's best to adopt healthy eating habits themselves and encourage their children to eat good foods rather than use force, rewards or punishments, says a Michigan State University study. ...> Full Article


Children's body fat linked to Vitamin D insufficiency in mothers (6/4/2012)

Children are more likely to have more body fat during childhood if their mother has low levels of Vitamin D during pregnancy, according to scientists at the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton. ...> Full Article


Hazelnuts: New source of key fat for infant formula that's more like mother's milk (6/3/2012)

Scientists are reporting development of a healthy "designer fat" that, when added to infant formula, provides a key nutrient that premature babies need in high quantities, but isn't available in large enough amounts in their mothers' milk. The new nutrient, based on hazelnut oil, also could boost nutrition for babies who are bottle-fed for other reasons. The report appears in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. ...> Full Article


The Goldilocks effect: Babies learn from experiences that are 'just right' (6/2/2012)

Infants ignore information that is too simple or too complex, focusing instead on situations that are "just right," according to a new study to be published in the journal PLoS ONE on May 23. Dubbed the "Goldilocks effect" by the University of Rochester team that discovered it, the attention pattern sheds light on how babies learn to make sense of a world full of complex sights, sounds, and movements. ...> Full Article


Vitamin C improves pulmonary function in newborns of pregnant smoking women (6/1/2012)

Vitamin C supplementation in pregnant women who are unable to quit smoking significantly improves pulmonary function in their newborns, according to a new study. ...> Full Article


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