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Parenting Bulletin - May 2011 Archives


New study finds that violence doesn't add to children's enjoyment of TV shows, movies (5/26/2011)

Despite growing concern about the effects of media violence on children, violent television shows and movies continue to be produced and marketed to them. An Indiana University research study concludes that violence doesn't add anything to their enjoyment of such programs and their characters. ...> Full Article


Research overturns theory on how children learn their first words (5/25/2011)

New research by a team of University of Pennsylvania psychologists is helping to overturn the dominant theory of how children learn their first words, suggesting that it occurs more in moments of insight than gradually through repeated exposure. ...> Full Article


Sun protects against childhood asthma (5/20/2011)

Sun protects against childhood asthmaVitamin D, which is primarily absorbed from the sun, plays a role in protection against childhood asthma. Now, a new study led by Valencian researchers has shown that children who live in colder, wetter cities are at greater risk of suffering from this respiratory problem, since there are fewer hours of sunlight in such places. ...> Full Article


Deprivation and neglect found to age children's chromosomes (5/19/2011)

Studies in institutionalized Romanian children have found that the length of time spent in conditions of social deprivation and neglect correlates with lower IQ and behavioral problems. A new study, led by researchers at Children's Hospital Boston and Tulane University, shows that early adversity even affects children's chromosomes -- prematurely shortening the chromosome tips, known as telomeres, and hastening how quickly their cells "age." ...> Full Article


Expectant fathers should receive prenatal care, support, study finds (5/18/2011)

Expectant fathers should receive prenatal care, support, study findsResearchers have found that stress related to pregnancy uniquely affects the health of expectant fathers, which in turn, influences the health of expectant mothers and their infants. Health services should incorporate counseling and assessments for men and women to reduce stressors and promote positive pregnancy outcomes, says ManSoo Yu, assistant professor in the University of Missouri Public Health Program. ...> Full Article


Teens who feel responsible to their parents are more engaged in school (5/17/2011)

Researchers surveying 835 youths in suburban Chicago and Beijing have found that youths who feel more responsible to their parents stay engaged in school and perform better. The study was conducted over two years and began when the youths were in 7th grade. The findings suggest that parents need to communicate to teenagers the importance of acting responsibly as they enter middle school; middle school is often a time when students' school engagement declines. ...> Full Article


Teens use peers as gauge in search for autonomy (5/16/2011)

Two new studies find that teens' perceptions of peer freedom predicted their own desired levels of autonomy, and that teens consistently overestimated the actual levels of their peers' autonomy, assuming that others had more freedoms than they did. The first study looked at 500 youths in 6th through 9th grades and in 12th grade; the second followed up on the 6th and 7th graders a year later, when they were in 7th and 8th grades. ...> Full Article


Twinning is winning: Moms of twins live longer (5/15/2011)

Compared with other mothers, women who deliver twins live longer, have more children than expected, bear babies at shorter intervals over a longer time, and are older at their last birth, according to a University of Utah study. The findings do not mean having twins is healthy for women, but instead that healthier women have an increased chance of delivering twins. ...> Full Article


Successful depression treatment of mothers has long-term effects on offspring (5/14/2011)

Children whose mothers are successfully treated for depression show progressive and marked improvement in their own behaviors even a year after their moms discontinue treatment, new UT Southwestern Medical Center-led research shows ...> Full Article


We actually 'become' happy vampires or contented wizards when reading a book (5/13/2011)

Bad news for muggle parents! A new study by psychologists at the University at Buffalo finds that we more or less "become" vampires or wizards just by reading about them. ...> Full Article


Families are 'lovin' it' (5/12/2011)

Americans are spending about half their food budget in restaurants. As it is widely known, food prepared away from home, as compared to food prepared at home, is often higher in calories, saturated fat, and sodium. With children's dietary quality at risk, a study in the May/June 2011 issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior explores the influence of parental styles and work schedules on children's use of and time spent in fast-food and full-service restaurants. ...> Full Article


New mothers can learn a lot from watching their babies (5/11/2011)

The best teacher for a young mother is her baby, contend experts who train social workers to interact with first-time moms. "We like to think of babies as 'ordinary miracles,'" said Victor Bernstein, a research associate at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. But adjusting to a baby can take work, and the task of social workers often is to help young mothers learn to focus on an infant's needs. ...> Full Article


How television and other media affect infant development (5/10/2011)

A panel of experts -- a neuroscientist, a developmental pediatrician, a pediatric epidemiologist and a child psychologist -- will discuss the effects of media on infant development during a symposium at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting Monday, May 2, in Denver, Colo. The session is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MT in the Colorado Convention Center. ...> Full Article


Low vitamin D in kids may play a role in anemia (5/10/2011)

Pediatricians from Johns Hopkins Children's Center and elsewhere have discovered a link between low levels of vitamin D and anemia in children. ...> Full Article


Grandma was right: Infants do wake up taller (5/9/2011)

Science is finally confirming what grandma knew all along: infants wake up taller right after they sleep. Findings from the first study of its kind measuring the link between daily growth and sleep show the two are inextricably linked. Specifically, growth spurts are tied to an increase in total daily hours of sleep as well as an increase in the number of daily sleep bouts. ...> Full Article


Maternal obesity puts infants at risk (5/8/2011)

Babies born to obese mothers are at risk for iron deficiency, which could affect infant brain development. ...> Full Article


Chemical in plastic linked to wheezing in childhood (5/7/2011)

If a pregnant woman is exposed to bisphenol A (BPA), especially during the first trimester, her child may be at higher risk of wheezing early in life. ...> Full Article


Early nutrition has a long-term metabolic impact (5/7/2011)

Nutrition during the first days or weeks of life may have long-term consequences on health, potentially via a phenomenon known as the metabolic programming effect. ...> Full Article


How to raise a child who doesn't bully (5/6/2011)

New research to be presented on Sunday, May 1, at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Denver shows that parents can play a key role in decreasing the chances that their son or daughter will harass or intimidate other children. ...> Full Article


Little fingers, big trouble: Yale study sheds light on child self-unbuckling (5/5/2011)

It can be quite jarring for a parent or caregiver to look in the rearview mirror while driving and see their child roaming around the backseat free of their safety restraints. A study on child self-unbuckling by Yale School of Medicine researchers reveals that most children who first unbuckle were age three and under and that many children unbuckle while the vehicle is in motion -- putting them at a 3.5-fold increased risk for serious injuries. ...> Full Article


Increased computer use by adolescents cause for concern (5/4/2011)

Researchers at Queen's University have found a strong association between computer and Internet use in adolescents and engagement in multiple-risk behaviors, including illicit drug use, drunkenness and unprotected sex. ...> Full Article


Infants with persistent crying problems more likely to have behavior problems in childhood (5/3/2011)

Infants who have problems with persistent crying, sleeping and/or feeding -- known as regulatory problems -- are far more likely to become children with significant behavioral problems, reveals research published ahead of print in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood. ...> Full Article


Prenatal pesticide exposure tied to lower IQ in children (5/2/2011)

A new UC Berkeley study has found that prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides -- widely used on food crops -- is related to lower intelligence scores in children. Every tenfold increase in measures of organophosphates detected during a mother's pregnancy corresponded to a 5.5 point drop in overall IQ scores in children at age 7, the researchers found. ...> Full Article


Repeated stress in pregnancy linked to children's behavior (5/1/2011)

Research from Perth's Telethon Institute for Child Health Research has found a link between the number of stressful events experienced during pregnancy and increased risk of behavioral problems in children. The study has just been published online in the latest edition of the top international journal Development and Psychopathology. ...> Full Article


Breastfeeding tied to stronger maternal response to baby's cry (5/1/2011)

A new study from the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry finds that mothers who feed their babies breast milk exclusively, as opposed to formula, are more likely to bond emotionally with their child during the first few months after delivery. The breastfeeding mothers surveyed for the study showed greater responses to their infant's cry in brain regions related to caregiving behavior and empathy than mothers who relied upon formula as the baby's main food source. ...> Full Article


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