Category Archives: Science Daily


Mar

16

2017
A prescription for touch: Early experiences shape preterm babies’ brains

A prescription for touch: Early experiences shape preterm babies’ brains

Newborn babies experience the world through touch. Now, researchers who have measured the brain responses of 125 infants — including babies who were born prematurely and others who went full-term — show that a baby’s earliest experiences of touch have lasting effects on the way their young brains respond to gentle touch when they go home. The findings reported in Current Biology on March 16…

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Mar

15

2017
Grandma knows best: New research explains how family members can impact an autism diagnosis

Grandma knows best: New research explains how family members can impact an autism diagnosis

Children who have older siblings or frequent interaction with grandparents are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) earlier than those who do not, according to new research conducted at The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai, and published in the journal Autism. This study is the first to ask not only parents, but also friends and family members who had contact…

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Mar

14

2017
Low levels of ‘anti-anxiety’ hormone linked to postpartum depression

Low levels of ‘anti-anxiety’ hormone linked to postpartum depression

In a small-scale study of women with previously diagnosed mood disorders, Johns Hopkins researchers report that lower levels of the hormone allopregnanolone in the second trimester of pregnancy were associated with an increased chance of developing postpartum depression in women already known to be at risk for the disorder. In a report on the study, published online on March 7 in Psychoneuroendocrinology, the researchers say…

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Mar

14

2017
Study casts doubt on whether internet filters in the home protect teenagers online

Study casts doubt on whether internet filters in the home protect teenagers online

Internet filters are widely used in homes, schools and libraries throughout the UK to protect young people from unpleasant online experiences. However, a new study by Oxford casts doubt on whether such technologies shield young teenagers after finding no link between homes with internet filters and the likelihood of the teenagers in those households being better protected. The research paper, published in the Journal of…

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Mar

13

2017
Benefits of long-term use of ADHD medications questioned

Benefits of long-term use of ADHD medications questioned

In a study that followed more than 500 children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) into adulthood, extended use of stimulant medication was linked with suppressed adult height but not with reduced symptoms of ADHD. The findings suggest that short-term treatment of ADHD with stimulant medication is well justified by benefits that outweigh costs, but long-term treatment may be associated with growth-related costs that may not be…

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Mar

13

2017
How to get kids to use salad bars in public schools

How to get kids to use salad bars in public schools

Thanks to a national initiative, salad bars are showing up in public schools across the country. Now a Brigham Young University researcher is trying to nail down how to get kids to eat from them. BYU health sciences professor Lori Spruance studies the impact of salad bars in public schools and has found one helpful tip: teens are more likely to use salad bars if…

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Mar

09

2017
Poor sleep in early childhood may lead to cognitive, behavioral problems in later years

Poor sleep in early childhood may lead to cognitive, behavioral problems in later years

A study led by a Massachusetts General Hospital pediatrician finds that children ages 3 to 7 who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have problems with attention, emotional control and peer relationships in mid-childhood. Reported online in the journal Academic Pediatrics, the study found significant differences in the responses of parents and teachers to surveys regarding executive function — which includes attention, working…

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Mar

06

2017
Disruptive children do not inspire similar behavior in their siblings

Disruptive children do not inspire similar behavior in their siblings

A new Tel Aviv University study published in Child Development finds that the disruptive behavior of an individual child does not encourage similar behavior in their brothers and sisters. On the contrary, Dr. Ella Daniel of TAU’s Jaime and Joan Constantiner School of Education finds that siblings, predominantly older siblings, of disruptive children tend to exhibit less disorderly behavior over time. The research, conducted in…

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Mar

06

2017
Innovative treatment offers relief to children with frequent migraine headaches

Innovative treatment offers relief to children with frequent migraine headaches

A minimally invasive treatment for migraine headaches used for adults is also proving to be a safe and effective treatment for children and teenagers, and only takes minutes for a child to feel relief, according to new research being presented today at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting. Migraines are a common medical condition among youth and adults, affecting 12 percent of…

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