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Parenting Bulletin - May 2014 Archives


Zinc deficiency before conception disrupts fetal development (5/30/2014)

Zinc deficiency before conception disrupts fetal developmentFemale mice deprived of dietary zinc for a relatively short time before conception experienced fertility and pregnancy problems and had smaller, less-developed fetuses than mice that ingested zinc during the same times, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...> Full Article


Dads who do chores bolster daughters' aspirations (5/29/2014)

Fathers who help with household chores are more likely to raise daughters who aspire to less traditional, and potentially higher paying, careers. ...> Full Article


'I can' mentality goes long way after childbirth (5/28/2014)

The way a woman feels about tackling everyday physical activities, including exercise, may be a predictor of how much weight she'll retain years after childbirth says a Michigan State University professor. ...> Full Article


New study on mobile phones and children's cognitive development (5/26/2014)

A new study launching today will investigate whether the use of mobile phones and other wireless technologies might affect children's cognitive development. ...> Full Article


Can dogs help kids lose weight? (5/24/2014)

The fight against childhood obesity may have new allies: pets and veterinarians. ...> Full Article


Tools for talking to teens about marijuana (5/23/2014)

Tools for talking to teens about marijuanaTwo updated booklets about marijuana for teens and their parents will help families sort out marijuana myths from science-based facts. The revamped tools come from NIDA. These booklets are being released during SAMHSA's National Prevention Week 2014. ...> Full Article


Children who exercise have better body-fat distribution, regardless of their weight (5/22/2014)

Maybe the numbers on the scale aren't alarming, but that doesn't mean that healthy-weight children get a pass on exercising, according to a new University of Illinois study published in Pediatrics. ...> Full Article


Your high school GPA could affect your income (5/21/2014)

Your high school GPA could affect your incomeA team of researchers led by Michael T. French, professor of health economics at the University of Miami, finds that high school grade point average (GPA) is a strong predictor of future earnings. The findings, published recently in the Eastern Economic Journal, show that a one-point increase in high school GPA raises annual earnings in adulthood by around 12 percent for men and 14 percent for women. ...> Full Article


Magnets and kids: A dangerous duo (5/20/2014)

Magnet ingestions by children have received increasing attention over the past 10 years. With the growing availability of new and stronger neodymium-iron-boron magnets being sold as 'toys,' there has been an increase of cases of ingestion, resulting in serious injury and, in some cases, death. In a new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers studied the trends of magnetic ingestions at The Hospital for Sick Children, Canada's largest children's hospital. ...> Full Article


How Asian American 'tiger mothers' motivate their children (5/19/2014)

An article titled 'Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior,' published in The Wall Street Journal in 2011, has continued to provoke a cultural debate among parents after self-proclaimed 'tiger mother' Amy Chua asserted that Asian American parenting methods produce more successful children. Researchers at Stanford University delved deeper into Chua's 'tiger mother' approach, and their research sheds light on key fundamental differences in parenting methods between Asian Americans and European Americans.    ...> Full Article


Zinc supplementation boosts immune system in children (5/16/2014)

Zinc supplements reduce diarrhoea and other infections in malnourished children, and may prevent death, according to a new study published in The Cochrane Library. The study is the first Cochrane systematic review to focus on zinc as a means to prevent childhood death, including deaths caused by diarrhea, one of the biggest killers of under-fives. ...> Full Article


Video stories, other bonding exercises could help foster families connect (5/13/2014)

Teenagers and their foster families often say they don't feel connected and have trouble communicating, but few resources exist that nurture their bonding. In a research paper being published in the June issue of Children and Youth Services Review, researchers affiliated with the University of Washington's School of Social Work describe how they tailored a parenting program known to improve communication in non-foster families for use in foster families. ...> Full Article


Breastfeeding promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut (5/12/2014)

The nutritional factor that has the greatest impact on the development of a child's gut flora is whether the child is breastfed, according to a new study by the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, and the University of Copenhagen. The study shows that breastfeeding promotes the growth of beneficial lactic acid bacteria in the baby's gut flora, which are beneficial to the development of the child's immune system. ...> Full Article


The damaging effect of media violence on young children (5/11/2014)

Research has demonstrated a link between screen violence and real-world aggression, both in traditional media like violent movies and in newer media including first-person shooter games. Minimizing exposure to virtual violence will not completely eliminate acts of aggression, but it is an important strategy to investigate, according to experts presenting a session on the topic Tuesday, May 7, at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. ...> Full Article


After single moms get laid off, their kids may suffer for years (5/10/2014)

When single mothers lose their jobs, their children suffer significantly as young adults, according to a new study by researchers from the California Center for Population Research at UCLA. They found that the children of mothers who were laid off were less likely to complete high school than children whose moms were not laid off. They also were less likely to attend college, less likely to graduate from college and more likely to experience depression. ...> Full Article


Nightmares may signal a child is being bullied (5/9/2014)

Many children who are bullied suffer in silence. The trauma can lead to anxiety, depression, psychotic episodes and even suicide. There may be a way to identify victims of bullying before they experience serious mental health problems, according to a study to be presented Saturday, May 3, at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ...> Full Article


Many parents don't follow safe infant sleep practices (5/9/2014)

Each year, 4,000 babies die unexpectedly during sleep time from sudden infant death syndrome, accidental suffocation or unknown causes. To keep infants safe, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises caregivers to put babies to sleep on their backs and avoid sharing a bed, among other practices. Many families, however, are not following this advice, according to a study to be presented Saturday, May 3, at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ...> Full Article


DHA during pregnancy does not appear to improve cognitive outcomes for children (5/8/2014)

Although there are recommendations for pregnant women to increase their intake of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) to improve fetal brain development, a randomized trial finds that prenatal DHA supplementation did not result in improved cognitive, problem-solving or language abilities for children at four years of age, according to the study in the May 7 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on child health. This issue is being released early to coincide with the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting. ...> Full Article


Study shows lower verbal test score for toddlers who play non-educational games on touch screens (5/8/2014)

A recent study by pediatricians from the Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York examined infants 0-3 years old that used touch-screen devices to determine if their use was of any educational benefit to infants and toddlers. The study showed that children who played non-educational games using touch-screen devices had lower verbal scores upon testing. ...> Full Article


Playing outside could make kids more spiritual (5/8/2014)

Playing outside could make kids more spiritualChildren who spend significant time outdoors could have a stronger sense of self-fulfillment and purpose than those who don't, according to new Michigan State University research linking children's experiences in nature with how they define spirituality. ...> Full Article


Out of sight but not out of mind: Babies transfer learning from pictures to real objects by 9 months (5/7/2014)

A new study has found that by nine months babies can learn about an object from a picture of it. The study, which included about 30 British, predominately White eight to nine month olds, also found that babies can learn about an object from a black and white or color photo of that object. These findings have implications for parents and caregivers; before their first birthdays, children are learning about the real world from pictures. ...> Full Article


Watch out: Children more prone to looking but not seeing (5/6/2014)

New research from UCL (University College London) suggests that children looking at a loose thread on a jumper or an advert on the side of a bus might be 'blind' to oncoming traffic and other dangers when walking down the street. ...> Full Article


Parents just as likely to use cell phones while driving, putting child passengers at risk (5/5/2014)

More than 75 percent said they engaged in distractions like phone use, eating or feeding a child in University of Michigan study. ...> Full Article


Children's TV time is closely linked to parents' viewing habits (5/4/2014)

The amount of time children spend in front of TV, phone and computer screens is closely associated with their parents' own habits, with much higher weekend viewing than during the week, a new study has found. ...> Full Article


New data suggest potassium & dietary fiber intake among toddlers should be priority (5/3/2014)

Recommendations to increase the intake of potassium and dietary fiber among young children should be a priority for the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, according to a new study by the Alliance for Potato Research and Education presented today at Experimental Biology 2014. ...> Full Article


Screening out: What are parents doing to limit screen time for young children? (5/2/2014)

Fifty-three percent say they limit media devices by location, banning use in the bedroom or at mealtime, says U-M National Poll on Children's Health. ...> Full Article


Study highlights importance of parents talking to kids about money (5/1/2014)

A new study from North Carolina State University and the University of Texas finds that children pay close attention to issues related to money, and that parents should make an effort to talk with their children to ensure that kids don't develop misconceptions about finance. ...> Full Article


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