Category Archives: Science Daily


Jan

13

2017
Increased cooperation between preschool, CHC to identify children with mental health problems

Increased cooperation between preschool, CHC to identify children with mental health problems

It is beneficial to systematise the exchange of information between parents, preschool and child care centres (CHCs) to increase the focus on young children with mental health problems. This is shown in a recently conducted study from Uppsala University, published in the journal PLOS One. “All three groups in our study — nurses, preschool teachers and parents — thought that the systematic approach works well…

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Jan

13

2017
Children gain more weight when parents see them as ‘overweight’

Children gain more weight when parents see them as ‘overweight’

Children whose parents considered them to be ‘overweight’ tended to gain more weight over the following decade compared with children whose parents thought they were a ‘normal’ weight, according to analyses of data from two nationally representative studies published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings indicate that children whose parents identified them as being overweight perceived their own…

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Jan

12

2017
Biomarker in pregnant women linked to depression, low fetal birth weight

Biomarker in pregnant women linked to depression, low fetal birth weight

Depression is very common during pregnancy, with as many as one in seven women suffering from the illness and more than a half million women impacted by postpartum depression in the U.S. alone. The disorder not only affects the mother’s mood, but has also been linked to influencing the newborn’s development, according to recent research. Lower blood levels of a biomarker called brain-derived neurotrophic factor…

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Jan

11

2017
Do dogs of all ages respond equally to dog-directed speech?

Do dogs of all ages respond equally to dog-directed speech?

People tend to talk to dogs as though they are human babies. A new study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B shows that people speak more slowly and with a higher tone to dogs of all ages — both adults and puppies — and that puppies respond most readily to this dog-directed speech. When talking to dogs, human adults use pet-directed speech similar to…

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Jan

11

2017
Superhero culture magnifies aggressive, not defending behaviors

Superhero culture magnifies aggressive, not defending behaviors

There’s a lot of good that kids can take away from watching their favorite superheroes — defending and protecting the weak, using their talents to help others and fighting for a cause that’s bigger than themselves, to name a few. BYU family life professor Sarah M. Coyne decided to study what it was, exactly, that preschool-aged boys and girls took away from exposure to superhero…

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Jan

09

2017
Brain impairments in premature infants may begin in the womb

Brain impairments in premature infants may begin in the womb

Even before they are born, premature babies may display alterations in the circuitry of their developing brains, according to a first-of-its kind research study by Yale School of Medicine researchers and their colleagues at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Wayne State University. The findings are published in the journal Scientific Reports, a Nature Publishing Group Journal. According to the authors, 10% to 11%…

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Jan

09

2017
Association between insufficient sleep, gestational diabetes mellitus discovered

Association between insufficient sleep, gestational diabetes mellitus discovered

A Singapore-based study has found a new health link between short sleep during pregnancy and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). This is the first study to examine the relationship between sleep duration and GDM in a multi-ethnic Asian population. Findings, published in the journal SLEEP, suggest that addressing sleep concerns during pregnancy could potentially reduce the risk of developing GDM. Diabetes is a global health concern…

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Jan

04

2017
Preterm infants fare well in early language development

Preterm infants fare well in early language development

Preterm babies perform as well as their full-term counterparts in a developmental task linking language and cognition, a new study from Northwestern University has found. The study, the first of its kind with preterm infants, tests the relative contributions of infants’ experience and maturational status. Northwestern researchers compared healthy preterm and full-term infants at the same maturational age, or age since conception. The results show…

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Jan

04

2017
Corporal punishment viewed as more acceptable and effective when referred to as spanking

Corporal punishment viewed as more acceptable and effective when referred to as spanking

Parents and nonparents alike feel better about corporal punishment when it’s called ‘spanking’ rather than ‘hitting’ or ‘beating,’ according to a new study by researchers at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Study participants judged identical acts of a child’s misbehavior and the corporal punishment that followed it, but rated the discipline as better or worse simply depending on the verb used to describe it. Discipline acts…

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