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December 15, 2018

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December 15, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Sequential Imaging of Zika-Exposed Fetuses Reveals Most Have Normal Brain Development

Nov. 26, 2018 — Ultrasound (US) imaging performed during pregnancy and after childbirth revealed most Zika-related brain abnormalities experienced by infants exposed to the Zika virus during pregnancy. Some ... read more

Emotional Suppression Has Negative Outcomes on Children

Nov. 26, 2018 — 'Not in front of the kids' is an age-old plea for parents to avoid showing conflict and strong negative emotions around their children. But scientists now disagree, showing that it's ... read more

Typically Human: Babies Recognize Nested Structures Similar to Our Grammar

Nov. 21, 2018 — At a mere five months of age, babies seemingly have the ability to recognize very complex grammatical structures. That is what a research team has now ... read more

Parental 'Feeding Styles' Reflect Children's Genes

Nov. 20, 2018 — New research challenges the idea that a child's weight largely reflects the way their parents feed them. Instead, parents appear to adopt feeding styles in response to their children's ... read more

Spanking in Developing Countries Does More Harm Than Good, Study Suggests

Nov. 19, 2018 — Spanking may be increasingly harmful for children on a more global scale than previously known, a new study ... read more

Nov. 15, 2018 — A 15-minute scan could help diagnose brain damage in babies up to two years earlier than current methods, according to new ... read more

Parents Shouldn't Worry If Their Infant Doesn't Sleep Through the Night by a Year Old

Nov. 14, 2018 — The authors of a study found that a large percentage of healthy babies don't start sleeping through the night even at a year old. The research team also examined whether infants who didn't ... read more

Checking Very Preterm Babies' Head Size Can Help Identify Long-Term IQ Problems

Nov. 14, 2018 — Regular early head circumference assessments add valuable information when screening for long-term neurocognitive risk - according to new ... read more

Why Your Number of Romantic Partners Mirrors Your Mother

Nov. 13, 2018 — A new national study shows that people whose mothers had more partners -- married or cohabiting -- often follow the same path. Results suggest that mothers may pass on personality traits and ... read more

Autism Behaviors Show Unique Brain Network Fingerprints in Infants

Nov. 13, 2018 — A new study has identified unique functional brain networks associated with characteristic behaviors of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 12- and 24-month old children at risk for developing ... read more

Parents Put Nature in the Shopping Basket

Nov. 12, 2018 — In a world of vast consumer choice, ambiguous product descriptions and self-appointed experts, parents face a minefield when picking out food, toys or other products for their children. A new ... read more

New Concussion Recommendations for Kids

Nov. 12, 2018 — The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its concussion recommendations to support children and teens engaging in light physical activity and returning to school as they recover. The ... read more

Preschool Children Show Awake Responses to Naptime Nonsense Words

Nov. 6, 2018 — Hearing has long been suspected as being 'on' all the time -- even in our sleep. Now scientists are reporting results on what is heard and not heard during sleep and what that might mean ... read more

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