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Parenting Bulletin - November 2014 Archives


Mindfulness techniques can help protect pregnant women against depression (11/30/2014)

Pregnant women with histories of major depression are about 40 percent less likely to relapse into depression if they practice mindfulness techniques -- such as meditation, breathing exercises and yoga -- along with cognitive therapy, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder. ...> Full Article


Study adds to understanding of how phthalate exposure impacts pregnancy (11/29/2014)

In recent years, scientists have linked chemicals known as phthalates with complications of pregnancy and fetal development. ...> Full Article


Cookie Monster teaches self-control (11/28/2014)

Cookie Monster teaches self-controlDeborah Linebarger, an associate professor in the UI College of Education's Department of Teaching and Learning, found preschoolers who watched videos of Cookie Monster practicing ways to control his desire to eat chocolate chip cookies had more self-control than preschoolers who didn't see the videos. ...> Full Article


New theory may help demystify pregnancy-related condition (11/27/2014)

Preeclampsia, a late-pregnancy disorder that is characterized by high blood pressure and organ damage, may be caused by problems related to meeting the oxygen demands of the growing fetus, experts say in a new Anaesthesia paper. ...> Full Article


Depression, overwhelming guilt in preschool years linked to brain changes (11/26/2014)

Depression, overwhelming guilt in preschool years linked to brain changesA key brain region involved in emotion is smaller in older children diagnosed with depression as preschoolers, and predicts risk of later recurrence, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. ...> Full Article


Self-inflation harms kids' relationships at school (11/25/2014)

'I am the smartest kid in class.' We all want our kids to be self-confident, but unrealistic perceptions of their academic abilities can be harmful. These unrealistic views, a new study of eighth-graders finds, damage the a child's relationship with others in the classroom: The more one student feels unrealistically superior to another, the less the two students like each other. ...> Full Article


Bilingual brains better equipped to process information (11/24/2014)

Speaking more than one language is good for the brain, according to new research that indicates bilingual speakers process information more efficiently and more easily than those who know a single language. The benefits occur because the bilingual brain is constantly activating both languages and choosing which language to use and which to ignore, said Northwestern University's Viorica Marian, a professor in the department of communication sciences and disorders in the School of Communication. ...> Full Article


In preschoolers, office test overestimates eye's ability to change focus, reports Optometry and Vision Science (11/23/2014)

In preschool-aged children, a simple test performed in the ophthalmologist's or optometrist's office greatly overestimates the eye's ability to 'flex and focus' in order to see small objects clearly, reports a study in the November issue of Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. ...> Full Article


Focusing on executive functions in kindergarten leads to lasting academic improvements (11/22/2014)

An educational approach focused on the development of children's executive functions -- the ability to avoid distractions, focus attention, hold relevant information in working memory, and regulate impulsive behavior -- improved academic learning in and beyond kindergarten, according to a new study by NYU Steinhardt researchers. ...> Full Article


Puree helps kids make smooth transition to vegetables (11/21/2014)

Adding tiny amounts of vegetable puree to milk and then rice at the time of weaning makes children more likely to eat vegetables, new University of Leeds research shows. ...> Full Article


Mothers nurture emotions in girls over boys, new study finds (11/20/2014)

A new study published today in The British Journal of Developmental Psychology has found that conversations mothers have with their daughters tend to contain more emotional words and content, than the conversations they have with their sons. ...> Full Article


Leading nursing journal finds mothers and babies benefit from skin-to-skin contact (11/19/2014)

Research during the past 30 years has found many benefits of skin-to-skin contact between mothers and newborns immediately after birth, particularly with aiding breastfeeding. However, in some hospitals, skin-to-skin contact following cesarean birth is not implemented, due to practices around the surgery. A recent quality improvement project demonstrated that women's birth experiences were improved by implementing skin-to-skin contact after cesarean surgery. ...> Full Article


Breastfeeding: Shame if you do, shame if you don't (11/18/2014)

A new study of 63 women with varied infant feeding experiences reveals that breastfeeding mothers may feel shame if they breastfeed in public due to exposure, while those who do not breastfeed may experience shame through 'failing' to give their infant the 'best start.' ...> Full Article


Future family and career goals evident in teenage years (11/17/2014)

Career and family, often seen as competing parts of life, can actually complement each other, and when young people's goals for the future encompass family and career, the outcome is more likely to be success in both arenas, according to Penn State researchers. ...> Full Article


New way to make batteries safer (11/16/2014)

A new battery coating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital prevents electrical current from damaging the digestive tract after battery ingestion. ...> Full Article


Preterm, low birth-weight babies may need new hips in adulthood (11/15/2014)

Researchers from Australia report that low birth weight and preterm birth are linked to increased risk for osteoarthritis (OA)-related hip replacements in adulthood. Findings published in the American College of Rheumatology journal, Arthritis Care & Research, indicate that low birth weight and pre-term babies were not at greater risk of knee arthroplasty due to OA as adults. ...> Full Article


Toddlers copy their peers to fit in, but apes don't (11/14/2014)

From the playground to the board room, people often follow, or conform, to the behavior of those around them as a way of fitting in. New research shows that this behavioral conformity appears early in human children, but isn't evidenced by apes like chimpanzees and orangutans. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. ...> Full Article


What do American babies eat? A lot depends on Mom's socioeconomic background (11/13/2014)

What do American babies eat? A lot depends on Mom's socioeconomic backgroundPediatrics researchers at the University at Buffalo have found that dietary patterns of babies vary according to the racial, ethnic and educational backgrounds of their mothers. ...> Full Article


Can parents make their kids smarter? (11/12/2014)

Can parents make their kids smarter?Florida State University criminology professor Kevin Beaver examined a nationally representative sample of youth alongside a sample of adopted children from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health and found evidence to support the argument that IQ is not the result of parental socialization. ...> Full Article


Preschoolers eat healthy when parents set rules about food, UB study finds (11/11/2014)

Preschoolers eat healthy when parents set rules about food, UB study findsPreschoolers whose parents have rules about what their children can and cannot eat have healthier eating habits than those raised without such rules, according to a new study by pediatrics researchers at the University at Buffalo. ...> Full Article


Sleep starts later as teens age, but school still starts early (11/10/2014)

Sleep starts later as teens age, but school still starts earlyBy following dozens of younger and older adolescents for more than two years, researchers in a new study were able to determine that the children fell asleep later and their circadian rhythms shifted later as they grew older. But early school start times interfere with their tendency to sleep later, reducing their total sleep. The study bolsters new recommendations for later school start times. ...> Full Article


Size matters: Baby's size at birth may predict risk for disease later in life (11/9/2014)

A new research report published in the November 2014 issue of The FASEB Journal suggests that being overweight might be better in the long term than being underweight. ...> Full Article


School lunches offer better average nutrition than packed lunches (11/8/2014)

Approximately 60 percent of the more than 50 million public elementary and secondary education students obtain a substantial portion of their daily calories from school lunches. The 2012-2013 National School Lunch Program nutritional standards govern what those students eat; for those who bring packed lunches, there are no nutritional standards, however. With that in mind, researchers from Virginia Tech compared school lunches with packed lunches and found that school lunches have greater nutritional quality. ...> Full Article


Agave nectar, placebo both perceived better than doing nothing for cough in kids (11/5/2014)

Pasteurized agave nectar and placebo were both perceived to be better by parents for treating nighttime cough and the resulting sleep difficulty in infants and toddlers than doing nothing at all, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. ...> Full Article


Ultrasound guides tongue to pronounce 'r' sounds (11/4/2014)

Ultrasound guides tongue to pronounce 'r' soundsUsing ultrasound technology to visualize the tongue's shape and movement can help children with difficulty pronouncing 'r' sounds, according to a small study by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and Montclair State University. ...> Full Article


Whites of their eyes: Study finds infants respond to social cues from sclera (11/3/2014)

Whites of their eyes: Study finds infants respond to social cues from scleraInfants at 7 months old are able to unconsciously pick up on eye cues, based on the size of the whites of a person's eyes -- a vital foundation for the development of social interactive skills, a new University of Virginia psychology study shows. ...> Full Article


Moms more likely than dads to check for sugars on nutrition labels (11/2/2014)

Nearly half of mothers say they check the labels always or very often for added/total sugars, according to new U-M National Poll on Children's Health. ...> Full Article


Relationships benefit when parents and adult children use multiple communication channels (11/2/2014)

University of Kansas research has found that found that adult children's relationship satisfaction with their parents is modestly influenced by the number of communication tools, such as cell phones, email, social networking sites, they use to communicate. ...> Full Article


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