Category Archives: Science Daily


May

25

2017
IVF babies do not have lower cognitive skills than naturally conceived children

IVF babies do not have lower cognitive skills than naturally conceived children

Researchers analysed data of hundreds of UK children who had been born through IVF or ICSI (when the man has a low sperm count), testing the same groups of children every few years up to the age of 11. They found a positive association between artificial conception and cognitive development when a child was between the ages of three and five. The study published in…

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May

25

2017
Marmoset monkeys learn to call the same way human infants learn to babble

Marmoset monkeys learn to call the same way human infants learn to babble

A baby’s babbles start to sound like speech more quickly if they get frequent vocal feedback from adults. Princeton University researchers have found the same type of feedback speeds the vocal development of infant marmoset monkeys, in the first evidence of such learning in nonhuman primates, researchers report in Current Biology on May 25. “We wanted to find out whether the idea that monkeys don’t…

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May

25

2017
Fathers’ brains respond differently to daughters than sons

Fathers’ brains respond differently to daughters than sons

Fathers with toddler daughters are more attentive and responsive to those daughters’ needs than fathers with toddler sons are to the needs of those sons, according to brain scans and recordings of the parents’ daily interactions with their kids. Fathers of toddlers also sang more often to their daughters and spoke more openly about emotions, including sadness, possibly because they are more accepting of girls’…

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May

24

2017
Mindfulness-focused childbirth education leads to less depression

Mindfulness-focused childbirth education leads to less depression

Mindfulness may be good for new moms. A study this month from researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) shows mindfulness training that addresses fear and pain during childbirth can improve women’s childbirth experiences and reduce their depression symptoms during pregnancy and the early postpartum period. “Fear of the unknown affects us all, and perhaps none more so…

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May

24

2017
Can parents’ tech obsessions contribute to a child’s bad behavior?

Can parents’ tech obsessions contribute to a child’s bad behavior?

Fatigue. Hunger. Boredom. Those are often on the list of reasons parents mention if their child whines, has tantrums or acts out. Researchers are now asking if such negative behaviors could be related to something else: parents spending too much time on their smartphones or tablets. A small study from University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Illinois State University found that heavy digital…

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May

23

2017
Pediatricians can play a pivotal role in reducing pediatric firearm-related injuries

Pediatricians can play a pivotal role in reducing pediatric firearm-related injuries

A review led by Children’s National Health System researchers published May 23, 2017 in Hospital Pediatrics indicates that while firearms are present in 18 percent to 64 percent of U.S. homes, almost 40 percent of parents erroneously believe that their children are unaware where weapons are stored, and 22 percent of parents wrongly think that their children have never handled household firearms. For the many…

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May

23

2017
Parents’ reasons for not vaccinating children influence public attitudes toward them

Parents’ reasons for not vaccinating children influence public attitudes toward them

Mothers are viewed negatively if their child hasn’t been vaccinated, no matter the reason. But mothers who outright refuse to vaccinate their children are viewed in a harsher light compared to those who delay vaccines because of safety concerns or who aren’t up to date due to time constraints. That’s one finding of a new UBC study published this month in Social Science and Medicine…

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May

22

2017
Baby boxes, sleep education reduced bed-sharing in first week of infancy

Baby boxes, sleep education reduced bed-sharing in first week of infancy

Bed-sharing, the unsafe practice in which parents sleep in the same bed as their babies, is associated with sleep-related deaths in infants, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed. However, a research team at Temple University Hospital (TUH) has now found that face-to-face postpartum education about safe infant sleep, combined with the distribution of a baby box, which is…

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May

18

2017
How neural stem cells can become blood vessels

How neural stem cells can become blood vessels

The Neural Mother Cell Physiopathology Research Group of the University of Seville and the Seville Institute of Biomedicine (IBiS) have just published a scientific article in the review Cell Reports, in which they show that mother cells from the adult carotid body can transform into blood vessels, as well as into neurons. The work has mainly been carried out by the post-doctoral researcher Valentina Annese,…

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May

17

2017
Migrant children less obese due to absent grandmothers

Migrant children less obese due to absent grandmothers

Children of migrants to Chinese cities have lower rates of obesity than youngsters in more affluent established urban families – probably because their grandparents are not around to over-feed them, a new study has found.



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