Category Archives: Science Daily


Feb

10

2017
Studies uncover long-term effects of traumatic brain injury

Studies uncover long-term effects of traumatic brain injury

Doctors are beginning to get answers to the question that every parent whose child has had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) wants to know: What will my child be like 10 years from now? In a study to be presented February 10 at the annual meeting of the Association of Academic Physiatrists in Las Vegas, researchers from Cincinnati Children’s will present research on long-term effects…

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Feb

09

2017
Brain stem volume linked to aggression in autism

Brain stem volume linked to aggression in autism

New research from BYU’s autism experts is providing clues into the link between aggression and autism — clues the team hopes will eventually lead to more effective intervention. In the study, published in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, researchers report an inverse correlation between aggression and brain stem volume in children with autism: the smaller the brain stem, the greater the likelihood of aggression. The…

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Feb

08

2017
America’s youngest children most likely to live in poor economic conditions

America’s youngest children most likely to live in poor economic conditions

Out of all age groups, children are still most likely to live in poverty, according to new research from the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Using the latest available data from the American Community Survey, NCCP researchers found that in 2015, while 30 percent of adults have low incomes, more than 40 percent of all…

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Feb

08

2017
Naps may help preschoolers learn, study finds

Naps may help preschoolers learn, study finds

Research has shown that naps play an important role in sustaining new learning in infants. A new study from the University of Arizona suggests naptime could have a similar effect on language learning in preschool-age children. Researchers studied verb learning in 3-year-olds and found that those who napped after learning new verbs had a better understanding of the words when tested 24 hours later. The…

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Feb

08

2017
Harsh parenting predicts low educational attainment through increasing peer problems

Harsh parenting predicts low educational attainment through increasing peer problems

Children exposed to harsh parenting are at greater risk of having poor school outcomes. A new longitudinal study sought to determine why. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh who conducted the study suggest that both direct and indirect effects of parenting play a role in shaping children’s behavior, as well as their relationships with peers. The study appears in the journal Child Development. “We believe…

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Feb

08

2017
One year of high-quality early education improves outcomes for low-income infants, toddlers

One year of high-quality early education improves outcomes for low-income infants, toddlers

Children from low-income families are at substantial risk in terms of their social-emotional and academic skills at school entry, with fewer than half considered ready for school at age 5. A new study has found that infants and toddlers from low-income families who attended a high-quality center-based early education program do better in language and social skills after only one year than children who do…

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Feb

06

2017
Winning the war: How to persuade children to eat more veggies

Winning the war: How to persuade children to eat more veggies

Getting children to eat their vegetables might not be an endless battle if parents follow some research-based advice from a nutrition expert at Kansas State University. Getting kids used to vegetables can start in the womb, said Richard Rosenkranz, associate professor of food, nutrition, dietetics and health. Rosenkranz said research on pregnant rodents’ eating habits and their offspring’s taste preferences shows that children’s tastes start…

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Feb

03

2017
Personality traits ‘contagious’ among children

Personality traits ‘contagious’ among children

When preschoolers spend time around one another, they tend to take on each others’ personalities, indicates a new study by Michigan State University psychology researchers. The study, published online in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, suggests personality is shaped by environment and not just genes. “Our finding, that personality traits are ‘contagious’ among children, flies in the face of common assumptions that personality…

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Feb

02

2017
Overnights at dad’s home benefit divorced mothers, fathers and their babies

Overnights at dad’s home benefit divorced mothers, fathers and their babies

In the aftermath of a separation or divorce there are real choices that need to be made about where the children will spend the night. When children are infants and toddlers, some parents and some prominent psychologists worry that frequent overnights at the father’s home might disturb the relationship with mother. But new research from Arizona State University shows that children of divorce, no matter…

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