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Parenting Bulletin - November 2013 Archives


Too much weekly sport seems to be as bad as too little for teen wellbeing (11/30/2013)

Too much weekly sport seems to be as bad as too little for teen well-being, suggesting there's an inverted U shaped relationship between the two, finds research published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. ...> Full Article


Healthy lifestyle before conception may increase likelihood of a healthy pregnancy (11/29/2013)

Researchers suggest that maintaining a healthy weight and blood pressure prior to conception, could boost women's chances of an uncomplicated pregnancy, and say these findings could help women make informed lifestyle changes. ...> Full Article


Large dishes increase how much cereal kids request, eat, and waste (11/28/2013)

Bigger dishes can cause adults to serve and consume more food, but this study reveals that kids are also vulnerable to this bowl-size bias. Researchers Brian Wansink, Koert van Ittersum, and Collin Payne found that children will not only ask for more food to fill larger bowls -- they'll also eat 52 percent more. ...> Full Article


For anxious children and teens, context counts, researchers say (11/27/2013)

UCLA researchers have shown that teenagers with anxiety disorders show increased activity in a specific part of the brain, the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), when they are interpreting a neutral situation negatively. Ultimately, the mPFC may serve as a biomarker for illness. ...> Full Article


Could basic fertility information be key to reversing late-parenthood trend? (11/27/2013)

Increasingly, young people around the world are planning to have children later in life, despite the fact that fertility declines with age after young adulthood. But new research shows a simple brochure can prompt many to accelerate their planned timelines. ...> Full Article


Preschoolers can learn lasting heart-healthy lessons (11/26/2013)

Preschoolers can learn lasting heart-healthy lessonsPreschoolers can learn about healthy eating and exercise through Sesame Street. ...> Full Article


With board games, it's how children count that counts (11/25/2013)

With board games, it's how children count that countsResearchers have examined whether playing board games can help children improve math skills. It turns out the method children use to count as they move their tokens on a board game is directly linked to their gains in numeracy, according to researchers from Boston College and Carnegie Mellon University. The new study suggests parents and teachers need to direct children's attention to the numbers on the board game in order to realize math gains. ...> Full Article


Baby boys at higher risk of death and disability due to preterm birth (11/24/2013)

Groundbreaking global studies on preterm birth and disability carried out by almost 50 researchers at 35 institutions and launched in association with World Prematurity Day finds baby boys are at a higher risk of death and disability due to preterm birth than baby girls. These disabilities range from learning problems and blindness to deafness and motor problems, including cerebral palsy. ...> Full Article


How teens choose their friends (11/24/2013)

How teens choose their friendsA national study led by a Michigan State University scholar finds that the courses students take in high school have powerful effects on the friendships they make. ...> Full Article


Stepparents are not always evil (11/23/2013)

If there is a reasonable chance of increasing wealth in the parents' environment then no difference is made between one's own children and stepchildren. Thus, parental care depends on more than just the biological relationship. ...> Full Article


Parental monitoring lowers odds of a gambling problem (11/22/2013)

Keeping an eye on your child can lower their odds for gambling by young adulthood. Adolescents who had poor parental supervision at age 11, and which continued to decline through age 14, were significantly more likely than their peers to be problem gamblers between ages 16-22. This is the first study to examine the relationship between parental monitoring during early adolescence and gambling behaviors in late adolescence and young adulthood. ...> Full Article


Study shows moms may pass effects of stress to offspring via vaginal bacteria and placenta (11/21/2013)

Pregnant women may transmit the damaging effects of stress to their unborn child by way of the bacteria in their vagina and through the placenta, suggest new findings from two animal studies presented by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania at Neuroscience 2013, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. ...> Full Article


State of residency can increase children's risk of hay fever (11/20/2013)

If you think your child's stuffy nose is due to an autumn cold, you might want to consider allergies, especially if you live in the southern region of the United States. A study being presented this week at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology found hay fever is more prevalent in children living in the southeastern and southern states. ...> Full Article


Exercise during pregnancy gives newborn brain development a head start (11/19/2013)

Exercise during pregnancy gives newborn brain development a head startAs little as 20 minutes of moderate exercise three times per week during pregnancy enhances the newborn child's brain development, according to researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine children's hospital. This head-start could have an impact on the child's entire life. ...> Full Article


Study uncovers new explanation for infection susceptibility in newborns (11/18/2013)

Cells that allow helpful bacteria to safely colonize the intestines of newborn infants also suppress their immune systems to make them more vulnerable to infections, according to new research in Nature. To be published online Nov. 6, the study could prompt a major shift in how medicine views the threat of neonatal infections -- and how researchers go about looking for new strategies to stop it, said scientists who conducted the study. ...> Full Article


Mothers' relationships can influence adolescent children's relationships, MU study finds (11/17/2013)

Mothers' relationships can influence adolescent children's relationships, MU study findsGary Glick, doctoral candidate, the MU College of Arts & Science, Department of Psychological Sciences, found that mothers' relationships can influence adolescent children's relationships with their friends, particularly the negative and antagonistic aspects. ...> Full Article


Movin' on out (11/17/2013)

Recent research shows that individuals in their early 20s -- also known as millennials -- undergo a brand-new life stage not experienced by previous generations: emerging adulthood. A new study from Concordia's Department of Applied Human Sciences examines how moving out on one's own is a critical element in the transition to adulthood. ...> Full Article


In dual-career couples, mothers still do the most child care (11/17/2013)

Even in couples most likely to believe in sharing parenting responsibilities, mothers still bear significantly more of the child care load, a new study reveals. ...> Full Article


Bad boys: Research predicts whether boys will grow out of it -- or not (11/16/2013)

Using the hi-tech tools of a new field called neurogenetics and a few simple questions for parents, a University of Michigan researcher is beginning to understand which boys are simply being boys and which may be headed for trouble. ...> Full Article


Internet helps ensure mother knows best when it comes to preventing childhood obesity (11/15/2013)

Internet helps ensure mother knows best when it comes to preventing childhood obesityUniversity of Cincinnati research shows how Web-based, at-home interventions can help mothers address behaviors known to protect against childhood obesity. ...> Full Article


Kids who sleep more, may eat less, new study finds (11/14/2013)

Fighting childhood obesity may be as simple as turning out the lights. That's according to the results of a study conducted by Chantelle Hart, associate professor of public health at Temple's Center for Obesity Research and Education, published today in Pediatrics. ...> Full Article


Bipolar and pregnant (11/13/2013)

New research offers one of the first in-depth views of how metabolism changes during pregnancy reduce the effect of a commonly used drug to treat bipolar disorder. The blood level of the drug decreased during pregnancy, resulting in worsening symptoms. The new findings can help physicians prevent bipolar manic and depressive episodes in their pregnant patients, which are risky for the health of the mother and her unborn child. ...> Full Article


Children of lower socioeconomic status grow up more susceptible to catching colds, Carnegie Mellon researchers find (11/13/2013)

Children of lower socioeconomic status grow up more susceptible to catching colds, Carnegie Mellon researchers findResearchers at Carnegie Mellon University have found an association between lower socioeconomic status during childhood and adolescence and the length of telomeres, protective cap-like protein complexes at the end of chromosomes, that ultimately affects the susceptibility to colds in middle-aged adults. Published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity, the study showed that children and teens with parents of lower socioeconomic status have shorter telomeres as adults. ...> Full Article


US preterm birth rate drops to 15-year low (11/12/2013)

US preterm birth rate drops to 15-year lowThe United States' preterm birth rate dropped for the sixth year in 2012 to 11.5 percent, a 15-year low. The nation again earned a "C" on the Report Card. Alaska, California, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon and Vermont earned an "A." The March of Dimes estimated that, since 2006, about 176,000 fewer babies have been born too soon because of improvement in the preterm birth rate, potentially saving about $9 billion in health and societal costs. ...> Full Article


Scientists discover why newborns get sick so often (11/12/2013)

If you think cold and flu season is tough, trying being an infant. A new research finding published in the Nov. 2013 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology sheds new light on why newborns appear to be so prone to getting sick with viruses -- they are born without one of the key proteins needed to protect them. ...> Full Article


A first step in learning by imitation, baby brains respond to another's actions (11/11/2013)

A first step in learning by imitation, baby brains respond to another's actionsImitation may be the sincerest form of flattery for adults, but for babies it's their foremost tool for learning. Now researchers from the University of Washington and Temple University have found the first evidence revealing a key aspect of the brain processing that occurs in babies to allow this learning by observation. ...> Full Article


Listening to music before you're even born may boost your auditory system (11/10/2013)

Playing music while you're pregnant may influence your child's auditory system. ...> Full Article


Baby brains are tuned to the specific actions of others (11/10/2013)

Baby brains are tuned to the specific actions of othersInfant brains are surprisingly sensitive to other people's movements. ...> Full Article


Babies can learn their first lullabies in the womb (11/9/2013)

Babies can learn their first lullabies in the wombAn infant can recognize a lullaby heard in the womb for several months after birth, potentially supporting later speech development. This is indicated in a new study at the University of Helsinki. ...> Full Article


Nurturing may protect kids from brain changes linked to poverty (11/8/2013)

Nurturing may protect kids from brain changes linked to povertyResearchers at Washington University School of Medicine have identified changes in the brains of children growing up in poverty. Those changes can lead to lifelong problems like depression, learning difficulties and limitations in the ability to cope with stress. But the study showed that the extent of those changes was influenced strongly by whether parents were attentive and nurturing. ...> Full Article


Dinner rituals that correlate with child and adult BMI (11/7/2013)

Dinner rituals that correlate with child and adult BMIFamilies that eat together without the television on and stay seated until everyone's finished have children with lower weights and body mass index (BMI), reports this study conducted by Dr. Brian Wansink at Cornell University and Ellen Van Kleef at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, in the October issue of Obesity. ...> Full Article


Only 11 percent of children involved in bike accidents wear a helmet (11/6/2013)

Despite a California bike helmet mandate, only 11 percent of Los Angeles County children treated for bike-related injuries were wearing a helmet, according to an abstract presented Oct. 26 at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando. ...> Full Article


Peer pressure can influence food choices at restaurants (11/5/2013)

A University of Illinois study showed that when groups of people eat together at a restaurant at which they must state their food choice aloud, they tend to select items from the same menu categories. ...> Full Article


Parents greatly underestimate how often their children are cyberbullied (11/4/2013)

Cyberbullying has become a destructive force in many children's lives. After multiple suicides by children being cyberbullied, parents, more than ever, need to be aware of their children's online activity. A recent paper published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication found that parents underestimate how often their children engage in risky online behavior, like cyberbullying and viewing pornography. ...> Full Article


Managing media: We need a plan (11/3/2013)

From TV to smart phones to social media, the lives of U.S. children and families are dominated by 24/7 media exposure. Despite this, many children and teens have few rules around their media use. According to a revised policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), "Children, Adolescents and the Media," released Oct. 28 at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, the digital age is the ideal time to change the way we address media use. ...> Full Article


Children with brain injuries nearly twice as likely to suffer from depression (11/2/2013)

In a study presented Oct. 25 at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, researchers found that compared to other children, 15 percent of those with brain injuries or concussions were diagnosed as depressed -- a 4.9 fold increase in the odds of diagnosed depression. ...> Full Article


Behavior problems in preschool and child care centers may be an issue of genes (11/2/2013)

A new study suggests that some children may be genetically predisposed to developing behavioral problems in child care and preschool settings.Previous research has found that some children develop behavior problems at child care centers and preschools, despite the benefit of academic gains. It was never known, however, why some youngsters struggle in these settings and others flourish. The new study indicates that some children may be acting out due to poor self-control and temperament problems that they inherited from their parents. ...> Full Article


Optimizing the early years to ensure a lifetime of health (11/1/2013)

The Pediatrics for the 21st Century (Peds21) symposium, "Promoting Early Brain and Childhood Development: Building Brains, Forging Futures," beginning at 12:45 p.m. ET Friday, Oct. 25, at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, brings together child development experts to discuss the latest research regarding the role of parents and caregivers and early childhood experiences in shaping future health. ...> Full Article


Exercise during pregnancy improves vascular function of offspring into adulthood (11/1/2013)

Exercise during gestation has the potential to program vascular health in offspring into their adulthood, in particular significantly altering the vascular smooth muscle, shows a new study published today [25 October] in the journal Experimental Physiology. ...> Full Article


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