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December 11, 2018

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December 11, 2018

Media Coverage of Disasters Can Have Lasting Effects on Children's Mental Health

Dec. 6, 2018 — Disaster communication experts say disaster media coverage can have lasting effects on children's mental health and suggest teachers and parents be prepared to respond to questions during and ... read more

Regular Bedtimes and Sufficient Sleep for Children May Lead to Healthier Teens

Dec. 6, 2018 — Having a regular, age-appropriate bedtime and getting sufficient sleep from early childhood may be important for healthy body weight in adolescence, according to ... read more

The Powerful Impact of Real-World Learning Experiences for Kids

Dec. 4, 2018 — Real-world learning experiences, like summer camps, can significantly improve children's knowledge in a matter of just days, a new study suggests. Researchers found that 4- to 9-year-old kids ... read more

Dec. 3, 2018 — A new review of sleep research backs use of bedtime routines to promote healthy sleep for ... read more

Learning to Read Comes at a Cost

Dec. 3, 2018 — Learning how to read may have some disadvantages for learning grammar. Children who cannot read yet often treat multiword phrases as wholes ('how-are-you'). After learning to read, children ... read more

African-American Mothers Rate Boys Higher for ADHD

Nov. 30, 2018 — African-American children often are reported by parents and teachers to display behaviors of ADHD at a higher rate than children from other racial and ethnic groups. For the first time, researchers ... read more

New Information About Infant Brain Structure

Nov. 30, 2018 — Infant brain development is still poorly understood. Thus, research on the topic is vital as developing brains are sensitive to early environmental ... read more

Babies Kicking in the Womb Are Creating a Map of Their Bodies

Nov. 30, 2018 — The kicks a mother feels from her unborn child may allow the baby to 'map' their own body and enable them to eventually explore their surroundings, suggests new research. For the study, ... read more

How Sounds Going Into Our Ears Become Words Going Through Our Brains

Nov. 29, 2018 — In a new study, researchers were able to see where in the brain, and how quickly -- in milliseconds -- the brain's neurons transition from processing the sound of speech to processing the ... read more

Fall in Twin Stillbirth Rates: What About Singleton Births?

Nov. 29, 2018 — A leading expert in fetal medicine has warned that there is 'little room for complacency' over a fall in twin stillbirth rates as the reason for this phenomenon are ... read more

Children Who Start School a Year Early More Likely to Be Diagnosed With ADHD

Nov. 28, 2018 — Children who enter elementary school younger than their peers are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. Children born in August in states with a Sept. 1 cutoff birth date for school enrollment have ... read more

High Costs of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Nov. 28, 2018 — Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a common condition with a high economic impact in both children and adults, concludes an updated ... read more

Link Between Job Titles and Gender Equality

Nov. 28, 2018 — Researchers have revealed a link between role-nouns (e.g. job titles) in gendered languages and gender equality. The study, which examined whether the masculine form in the plural in German is ... read more

Clues to Brain Changes in Depression

Nov. 30, 2018 — In new pre-clinical research, scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), led by Scott Thompson, PhD, Professor of Physiology, have identified changes in brain activity ... read more

An Understudied Form of Child Abuse and 'Intimate Terrorism': Parental Alienation

Nov. 27, 2018 — According to Colorado State University social psychologist Jennifer Harman, about 22 million American parents have been the victims of behaviors that lead to something called parental alienation. ... read more

Wriggly, Giggle, Puffball: What Makes Some Words Funny?

Nov. 27, 2018 — Upchuck, bubby, boff, wriggly, yaps, giggle, cooch, guffaw, puffball, and jiggly: the top 10 funniest words in the English language, according to a new study. The researchers determined that there ... read more

Music Supports the Auditory Skills of Hearing-Impaired Children

Nov. 27, 2018 — Researchers have found evidence that children with hearing impairment and cochlear implants can benefit from hobbies involving music and especially ... read more

Brain Responses to Language in Toddlers With Autism Linked to Altered Gene Expression

Nov. 26, 2018 — Scientists have identified a previously unknown, large-scale association between molecular gene expression activity in blood leukocyte cells and altered neural responses to speech in toddlers with ... read more

Nov. 26, 2018 — A new study shows that parents who learn how and why to speak 'parentese' can have a direct impact on their children's ... read more

First Genetic Map of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Nov. 26, 2018 — An international study, focused on the analysis of the genome of more than 50,000 people worldwide, has identified twelve specific fragments of DNA related to the vulnerability of the attention ... read more

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