Category Archives: Science Daily


Jan

03

2017
Understanding the causes of neurological abnormalities that result from premature birth

Understanding the causes of neurological abnormalities that result from premature birth

In the February issue of the American Journal of Pathology, new research from the University of Chicago shows motor abnormalities frequently associated with low birth weight babies could originate due to peripheral nerve defects. “There has been a lot of focus on the central nervous system and we know that these infants do not myelinate the brain well, meaning they don’t produce the multi-layer membrane…

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Jan

03

2017
Childhood poverty can rob adults of psychological health

Childhood poverty can rob adults of psychological health

A large and growing body of research shows that poor kids grow up to have a host of physical problems as adults. Now add poor psychological health to the list, a Cornell University researcher says. A sweeping new study, conducted by following participants over a 15-year period, is the first to show that childhood poverty can cause significant psychological damage in adulthood. Impoverished children in…

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Jan

03

2017
Parents’ presence when TV viewing with child affects learning ability

Parents’ presence when TV viewing with child affects learning ability

Parents’ Presence When TV Viewing with Child Affects Learning Ability The study conducted in the College of Media & Communication shows an increased physiological change in children when parents view programs with them as opposed to being in a separate room. Parenting today, for many, has become nothing more than sitting a child in front of a television or handing them a device that plays…

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Jan

03

2017
Maternal depression across the first years of life impacts children’s neural basis of empathy

Maternal depression across the first years of life impacts children’s neural basis of empathy

Exposure to early and chronic maternal depression markedly increases a child’s susceptibility to psychopathology and social-emotional problems, including social withdrawal, poor emotion regulation, and reduced empathy to others. Since 15-18% of women in industrial societies and up to 30% in developing countries suffer from maternal depression, it is of clinical and public health concern to understand the effects of maternal depression on children’s development. A…

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Jan

02

2017
Babies exposed to stimulation get brain boost

Babies exposed to stimulation get brain boost

Many new parents still think that babies should develop at their own pace, and that they shouldn’t be challenged to do things that they’re not yet ready for. Infants should learn to roll around under their own power, without any “helpful” nudges, and they shouldn’t support their weight before they can stand or walk on their own. They mustn’t be potty trained before they are…

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Dec

30

2016
How can I help my child to fall asleep and stay asleep?

How can I help my child to fall asleep and stay asleep?

Overall, studies indicate that 15 to 20 percent of one to three year olds continue to have nightwakings. According to Stephanie Zandieh, M.D., Director, Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center, The Valley Hospital, “Inappropriate sleep associations are the primary cause of frequent nightwakings. Sleep associations are those conditions that are habitually present at the time of sleep onset and in the presence of which the…

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Dec

20

2016
Examining toddler temperament around the globe

Examining toddler temperament around the globe

US babies tend to be more social and impulsive and more likely to enjoy highly stimulating activities than infants from Chile, South Korea, and Poland, according to a new study.


Dec

19

2016
Rare look at youth post detention is bleak

Rare look at youth post detention is bleak

A new study offers a bleak assessment in a rare look at the outcomes of delinquent youth five and 12 years after juvenile detention. Central to poor outcomes for the youth post detention are stark and persistent racial, ethnic and gender disparities, according to the massive study that began in the mid-1990s.


Dec

19

2016
Pregnancy leads to changes in the mother’s brain

Pregnancy leads to changes in the mother’s brain

A study directed by researchers from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and IMIM is the first to reveal how pregnancy causes long-lasting alterations in brain structure, probably related to improving the mother’s ability to protect and interact with the child. The research was published in Nature Neuroscience. Pregnancy involves radical hormone surges and biological adaptations, but the effects on the brain are still unknown. In…

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Dec

19

2016
Paternal aging and its possible link to neurodevelopmental disorders

Paternal aging and its possible link to neurodevelopmental disorders

Neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are on the rise, but its underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. A new comprehensive behavioral analyses asks if this increase could be connect to paternal aging.



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