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Study: New device can slow, reverse heart failureStudy: New device can slow, reverse heart failure

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Parenting Bulletin - October 2012 Archives


One-third of parents concerned about losing jobs, pay when they stay home with sick kids (10/31/2012)

50 percent say finding back-up child care is difficult, according to U-M's National Poll on Children's Health. ...> Full Article


Princess by proxy: When child beauty pageants aren't about the kids (10/31/2012)

A new paper in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry looks at what motivates some parents to enter their children in high-glitz beauty pageants. ...> Full Article


TV, devices in kids' bedrooms linked to poor sleep, obesity (10/30/2012)

Electronic devices in kids' bedrooms at night can lead to sleeplessness and can raise their risk of obesity, according to University of Alberta research. ...> Full Article


Injuries, manufacturer warnings do not deter ATV use by children under age 16 (10/29/2012)

All-terrain vehicle (ATV) manufacturer warning labels aimed at children under age 16 are largely ineffective, and formal dealer-sponsored training is infrequently offered and deemed unnecessary by most young ATV users, according to new research presented at the Oct. 22 at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. ...> Full Article


Parenting and temperament in childhood predict later political ideology (10/28/2012)

Political mindsets are the product of an individual's upbringing, life experiences, and environment. But are there specific experiences that lead a person to choose one political ideology over another? New research published in Psychological Science suggests that parenting practices and childhood temperament may play an influential role in shaping political ideology later in life. ...> Full Article


Many grandparent caregivers unaware of newer safety guidelines (10/27/2012)

The number of grandparent caregivers continues to grow, and while these older adults may be experienced in caring for young children, many are unaware of more recent safety and other recommendations -- including those related to appropriate child sleep position, crib safety, car seat and walker use, according to research presented Oct. 21 at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. ...> Full Article


Lack of sleep tied to teen sports injuries (10/26/2012)

Adolescent athletes who slept eight or more hours each night were 68 percent less likely to be injured than athletes who regularly slept less, according to an abstract presented Sunday, Oct. 21, at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. ...> Full Article


Children with autism can identify misbehavior but have trouble putting it in words (10/25/2012)

Children with autism have difficulty identifying inappropriate social behavior, and even when successful, they are often unable to justify why the behavior seemed inappropriate. New brain imaging studies show that children with autism may recognize socially inappropriate behavior, but have difficulty using spoken language to explain why the behavior is considered inappropriate, according to research published Oct. 17 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Elizabeth Carter from Carnegie Mellon University and colleagues. ...> Full Article


Women whose first pregnancy was ectopic have fewer children (10/24/2012)

Women whose first pregnancy is ectopic are likely to have fewer children in the following 20-30 years than women whose first pregnancy ends in a delivery, miscarriage or abortion, according to results from a study of nearly 3,000 women in Denmark. In addition, these women have a five-fold increased risk of a subsequent ectopic pregnancy. The first study to look at long-term reproductive outcomes in women whose first pregnancy was ectopic is published in Human Reproduction. ...> Full Article


Breech births cause more problems for moms and babies when water breaks early (10/23/2012)

Breech births increase the risk of complications for the mother and baby when the amniotic sac ruptures early. These findings were presented today by a researcher from Loyola University Health System at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Chicago. ...> Full Article


Does true love wait? Age of first sexual experience predicts romantic outcomes in adulthood (10/22/2012)

It's a common lament among parents: Kids are growing up too fast these days. Parents worry about their kids getting involved in all kinds of risky behavior, but they worry especially about their kids' forays into sexual relationships. A new study examines whether timing of sexual initiation in adolescence predicts romantic outcomes -- such as whether people get married or live with their partners, number of romantic partners, and relationship satisfaction -- later in adulthood. ...> Full Article


Mother's touch could change effects of prenatal stress (10/21/2012)

Scientists at the Universities of Liverpool, Manchester, and Kings College, London, have found that mothers who stroke their baby's body in the first few weeks after birth may change the effects that stress during pregnancy can have on an infant's early-life development. ...> Full Article


Obese teen boys have up to 50 percent less testosterone than lean boys, study finds (10/20/2012)

Obese teen boys have up to 50 percent less testosterone than lean boys, study findsA study by the University at Buffalo shows for the first time that obese males ages 14 to 20 have up to 50 percent less total testosterone than do normal males of the same age, significantly increasing their potential to be impotent and infertile as adults. ...> Full Article


Poor parents not encouraging high school completion: Study (10/19/2012)

Parents from poorer backgrounds are less likely to encourage their kids to finish high school, according to a new analysis from the University of Melbourne. ...> Full Article


Study finds that fathers matter when it comes to their teenager's sexual behavior (10/18/2012)

A new study by New York University professor Vincent Guilamo-Ramos and colleagues from the CDC suggests that fathers' parenting behavior influences the sexual behavior of their adolescent children, but most parent-based research has neglected to examine the specific role of fathers. ...> Full Article


Studies report early childhood trauma takes visible toll on brain (10/17/2012)

Trauma in infancy and childhood shapes the brain, learning, and behavior, and fuels changes that can last a lifetime, according to new human and animal research released today. The studies delve into the effects of early physical abuse, socioeconomic status, and maternal treatment. ...> Full Article


Chronic stress during pregnancy prevents brain benefits of motherhood, study shows (10/16/2012)

A new study in animals shows that chronic stress during pregnancy prevents brain benefits of motherhood, a finding that researchers suggest could increase understanding of postpartum depression. ...> Full Article


Parental bonding makes for happy, stable child (10/15/2012)

Parental bonding makes for happy, stable childInfants who have a close, intimate relationship with at least one parent are less likely to experience emotional or behavioral problems in childhood, according to a University of Iowa study. The researchers found that a child can be close to either the mother or the father to reap the emotional dividend, and that closeness with both parents conferred no additional advantage. Results published in the journal Child Development. ...> Full Article


The Marshmallow Study revisited (10/14/2012)

The Marshmallow Study revisitedFor the past four decades, the "marshmallow test" has served as a classic experimental measure of children's self-control: will a preschooler eat one of the fluffy white confections now or hold out for two later? Now a new study demonstrates that being able to delay gratification is influenced as much by the environment as by innate ability. ...> Full Article


Study: Parenting more important than schools to academic achievement (10/11/2012)

New research from North Carolina State University, Brigham Young University and the University of California, Irvine finds that parental involvement is a more significant factor in a child's academic performance than the qualities of the school itself. ...> Full Article


Maternal depression affects language development in babies (10/10/2012)

Maternal depression and a common class of antidepressants can alter a crucial period of language development in babies, according to a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia, Harvard University and the Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children's Hospital. ...> Full Article


Study finds economic abuse affects maternal mental health, parenting (10/9/2012)

Mothers who experience economic and psychological abuse during the first year of a relationship with their child's father are more likely to become depressed and spank the child in year five, researchers from the Rutgers School of Social Work have found. ...> Full Article


Maths sheds light on what delays in getting pregnant means for prospects of having a baby (10/8/2012)

A new mathematical method can help to predict a couple's chances of becoming pregnant, according to how long they have been trying. ...> Full Article


Babies learn the smell of mum (10/7/2012)

Baby mice need to learn their mum's smell to survive. In fact, the smell of their mother appears to be the first lesson that the babies learn at birth and cements the mother/baby bond. For the first time, researchers show that suckling in mice, who have a similar parenting style as humans, is a learned response built on learning the mother's unique combination of smells. ...> Full Article


Mom's high blood pressure in pregnancy could affect child's IQ in old age (10/6/2012)

New research suggests that a mother's high blood pressure during pregnancy may have an effect on her child's thinking skills all the way into old age. The study is published in the Oct. 3, 2012, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. ...> Full Article


Tolerance for ambiguity explains adolescents' penchant for risky behaviors (10/5/2012)

It is widely believed that adolescents engage in risky behaviors because of an innate tolerance for risks, but a study by researchers at New York University, Yale's School of Medicine, and Fordham University has found this is not the case. ...> Full Article


Serious child abuse injuries creep up, Yale study shows (10/4/2012)

A new Yale School of Medicine study shows that cases of serious physical abuse in children, such as head injuries, burns, and fractures, increased slightly by about 5 percent in the last 12 years. This is in sharp contrast to data from child protective services agencies, which show a 55 percent decrease in physical abuse cases from 1997 to 2009. ...> Full Article


Children's bicycle helmets shown to be effective in impact and crush tests (10/3/2012)

Children's bicycle helmets shown to be effective in impact and crush testsTo determine the effectiveness of bicycle helmet use, a research team at the Illinois Neurological Institute and Bradley University tested how well helmets withstood forces of impact and crush tests when covering human cadaver skulls. They found that helmet use can substantially reduce (by up to 87%) the acceleration experienced by the skull during an impact and can aid the skull in resisting forces up to 470 pounds in a crush accident. ...> Full Article


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