Category Archives: Science Daily


Jan

25

2017
Video game ratings work, if you use them

Video game ratings work, if you use them

Nearly every video game sold or downloaded comes with a rating that provides age-appropriate guidelines based on the game’s content. Critics have questioned the effectiveness of ratings, but new research from Iowa State University indicates the rating system is a beneficial tool. Russell Laczniak, a professor of marketing and an associate dean in ISU’s College of Business, says the results clearly show children spend less…

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Jan

25

2017
Understanding motivations for behavior can be helpful for children with autism

Understanding motivations for behavior can be helpful for children with autism

For many families, normal activities, such as going to a large family gathering or an amusement park, can be difficult to navigate with a child with autism, as the child may be act out due to being overwhelmed by extra noises and stimulation. To help families deal with such situations, specialists at the University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders have been…

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Jan

25

2017
New hope for children with autism spectrum disorder

New hope for children with autism spectrum disorder

The latest study released by the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) shows more promise that a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder no longer guarantees a difficult life for children. According to the findings, summerMAX, the IAR’s treatment program for children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (HFASD), can successfully be applied in a community-based setting. “The IAR wanted to determine whether a local community service agency…

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Jan

24

2017
Postpartum depression and anxiety distinct from other mood disorders, brain studies suggest

Postpartum depression and anxiety distinct from other mood disorders, brain studies suggest

On the surface, postpartum depression looks much like other forms of depression. New mothers struggling with it often withdraw from family and friends, lose their appetites, and of course, feel sad and irritable much of the time. However, many clinicians have underestimated the uniqueness of mood and emotional disorders that arise during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth.


Jan

24

2017
Law aiding infants at risk for hearing loss

Law aiding infants at risk for hearing loss

A Utah law has led to increased early identification of infants with hearing loss due to a congenital infection, according to a new study by University of Utah and Utah Department of Health researchers. The study, published in Pediatrics, is the first to assess how implementation of a state-wide screening can pick up hearing loss in infants due to congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV). Utah, which has…

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Jan

24

2017
Immigration fears among Latinos can impact baby size at birth

Immigration fears among Latinos can impact baby size at birth

With deportation and discrimination fears currently on the minds of many in the United States, a University of Michigan study shows that the stress from an historic immigration raid is associated with Latina mothers delivering babies with lower birth weights, and sometimes early. The U-M School of Public Health and Institute of Social Research team found that after the federal immigration raid in Postville, Iowa,…

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Jan

24

2017
Flat head syndrome linked to motor, language and cognitive delays

Flat head syndrome linked to motor, language and cognitive delays

Babies with flat head syndrome may be at heightened risk of developmental delays, a new study has found. The research from The George Institute for Global Health and the University of Sydney highlights the need for early and prompt assessment and intervention. The study by Associate Professor Alexandra Martiniuk, from The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Sydney, is the first, rigorous…

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Jan

23

2017
Engaging fathers in parenting intervention improves outcomes for both kids and fathers

Engaging fathers in parenting intervention improves outcomes for both kids and fathers

A parenting program where fathers engage with their children through reading was found to boost the fathers’ parenting skills while also improving the preschoolers’ school readiness and behavior, finds a study led by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. “Unlike earlier research, our study finds that it is possible to engage fathers from low-income communities in parenting interventions, which benefits both the…

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Jan

23

2017
We need to talk about school start times

We need to talk about school start times

Later start times could help Canadian teens’ grades and health, research indicates Delaying school start times could help Canadian teenagers sleep better — giving them a better chance for success, according to McGill University researchers. In a study published in the Journal of Sleep Research, the researchers found that students from schools that started earlier slept less, were less likely to meet the national sleep…

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Jan

19

2017
Study discusses model for understanding nutrition and brain development

Study discusses model for understanding nutrition and brain development

For nearly a decade, researchers have studied the piglet as a translational model to understand which aspects of early brain development are affected by nutrition interventions. In a recent review article, investigators provide background for the work they do with nutrition and neurodevelopment using the piglet as a model.



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