Category Archives: Science Daily


Jun

22

2017
Elevated rate of autism symptoms found in children with Tourette syndrome

Elevated rate of autism symptoms found in children with Tourette syndrome

Around one in five children with Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary movements and vocalizations, met criteria for autism in a study headed by UC San Francisco. But this prevalence may be more a reflection of similarity in symptoms than actual autism, according to the study’s researchers. Researchers tested 535 children and adults with Tourette’s for autism, using a self-reporting test called the…

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Jun

22

2017
Adulthood wellbeing lower for single-parent kids

Adulthood wellbeing lower for single-parent kids

People who grew up in single-parent families have lower levels of wellbeing and life satisfaction in adulthood, according to new research by the University of Warwick. Dr Sakari Lemola from Warwick’s Department of Psychology, and Dr David Richter from the German Institute for Economic Research, have discovered that individuals who were brought up by a single parent for their entire childhood earn on average 30%…

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Jun

21

2017
Perceptions about body image linked to increased alcohol, tobacco use for teens

Perceptions about body image linked to increased alcohol, tobacco use for teens

How teenagers perceive their appearance, including their body image, can have significant impacts on health and wellness. Prior body image research has shown that people with negative body image are more likely to develop eating disorders and are more likely to suffer from depression and low self-esteem. Now, Virginia Ramseyer Winter, a body image expert and an assistant professor in the University of Missouri’s School…

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Jun

21

2017
Could flu during pregnancy raise risk for autism?

Could flu during pregnancy raise risk for autism?

Researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found no evidence that laboratory-diagnosis alone of maternal influenza during pregnancy is associated with risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the offspring. They did, however, find a trend toward risk in mothers with a laboratory diagnosis of influenza and self-reported symptoms of severe illness. This trend did…

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Jun

21

2017
Is there an alternative to disposable diapers?

Is there an alternative to disposable diapers?

You know that disposable diapers are ecologically questionable, but cloth diapers seem too messy for you and your child — is there an alternative? The answer is ‘yes’ according to Jeffrey M. Bender, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Rosemary C. She, MD, a pathologist and medical microbiologist at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern…

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Jun

20

2017
Older dads have ‘geekier’ sons

Older dads have ‘geekier’ sons

New King’s College London research suggests that sons of older fathers are more intelligent, more focused on their interests and less concerned about fitting in, all characteristics typically seen in ‘geeks’. While previous research has shown that children of older fathers are at a higher risk of some adverse outcomes, including autism and schizophrenia, this new study published in Translational Psychiatry suggests that children of…

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Jun

20

2017
The story of music is the story of humans

The story of music is the story of humans

How did music begin? Did our early ancestors first start by beating things together to create rhythm, or use their voices to sing? What types of instruments did they use? Has music always been important in human society, and if so, why? These are some of the questions explored in a recent Hypothesis and Theory article published in Frontiers in Sociology. The answers reveal that…

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Jun

19

2017
Poor adolescent diet may influence brain and behavior in adulthood

Poor adolescent diet may influence brain and behavior in adulthood

Adolescent male mice fed a diet lacking omega-3 fatty acids show increased anxiety-like behavior and worse performance on a memory task in adulthood, according to new research published in The Journal of Neuroscience. The study suggests adequate nutrition in adolescence is important for the refinement of the adult brain and behavior. The structure and function of the brain continue to change throughout adolescence, at the…

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Jun

19

2017
How far does the apple fall from the tree?

How far does the apple fall from the tree?

Research published in the British Journal of Psychology has found that parents who want their children to have prosocial values are the most successful in instilling all their values in their children compared to those who promote selfishness. The collaborative study from Royal Holloway, University of London and the universities of Westminster, Vienna, and Bern assessed 418 German and Swiss families to see which parents…

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Jun

19

2017
Poll: Nearly two-thirds of mothers ‘shamed’ by others about their parenting skills

Poll: Nearly two-thirds of mothers ‘shamed’ by others about their parenting skills

Some mommy-shaming “wars” become national news headlines. Actress Reese Witherspoon was recently food-shamed for feeding her toddler cinnamon buns for breakfast. Critics were quick to judge model Coco Rocho for giving her baby formula. And former pop star Jessica Simpson recently started a frenzy after posting a photo of her 5-year-old daughter in a mermaid costume some felt was too revealing. But the problem doesn’t…

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