Jun

21

2017
Survivors Of Childhood Diseases Struggle To Find Care As Adults

Survivors Of Childhood Diseases Struggle To Find Care As Adults

Enlarge this image As a child, Rachael Goldring had multiple open-heart surgeries to treat her congenital heart disease. At 24, she still sees pediatricians because she’s had difficulty finding the right care in adult medicine. Kerry Klein/KVPR hide caption toggle caption Kerry Klein/KVPR Rachael Goldring was born with congenital heart disease. Had she been born a few decades earlier, she probably would have died as…

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Jun

20

2017
Older dads have ‘geekier’ sons

Older dads have ‘geekier’ sons

New King’s College London research suggests that sons of older fathers are more intelligent, more focused on their interests and less concerned about fitting in, all characteristics typically seen in ‘geeks’. While previous research has shown that children of older fathers are at a higher risk of some adverse outcomes, including autism and schizophrenia, this new study published in Translational Psychiatry suggests that children of…

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Jun

20

2017
The story of music is the story of humans

The story of music is the story of humans

How did music begin? Did our early ancestors first start by beating things together to create rhythm, or use their voices to sing? What types of instruments did they use? Has music always been important in human society, and if so, why? These are some of the questions explored in a recent Hypothesis and Theory article published in Frontiers in Sociology. The answers reveal that…

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Jun

19

2017
Poor adolescent diet may influence brain and behavior in adulthood

Poor adolescent diet may influence brain and behavior in adulthood

Adolescent male mice fed a diet lacking omega-3 fatty acids show increased anxiety-like behavior and worse performance on a memory task in adulthood, according to new research published in The Journal of Neuroscience. The study suggests adequate nutrition in adolescence is important for the refinement of the adult brain and behavior. The structure and function of the brain continue to change throughout adolescence, at the…

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Jun

19

2017
A Good News Story About Diarrhea — With One Surprising Exception

A Good News Story About Diarrhea — With One Surprising Exception

Diarrhea is not only a topic that makes people a bit squeamish, it turns out to be a difficult disease to put into numbers. But two trends are clear, says an author of a new report: The number of deaths from diarrheal diseases is dropping dramatically in low-income countries – and ticking upward in wealthy nations. An infection by E. coli, Cryptosporidium, Shigella or rotavirus,…

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Jun

19

2017
A Couple’s Quest To Stop A Rare Disease Before It Takes One Of Them

A Couple’s Quest To Stop A Rare Disease Before It Takes One Of Them

Enlarge this image Sonia Vallabh lost her mother to a rare brain disease in 2010, and then learned she had inherited the same genetic mutation. She and her husband, Eric Minikel, went back to school to study the family of illnesses — prion diseases — in the hope of finding a cure for Sonia. Kayana Szymczak for NPR hide caption toggle caption Kayana Szymczak for…

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Jun

19

2017
How far does the apple fall from the tree?

How far does the apple fall from the tree?

Research published in the British Journal of Psychology has found that parents who want their children to have prosocial values are the most successful in instilling all their values in their children compared to those who promote selfishness. The collaborative study from Royal Holloway, University of London and the universities of Westminster, Vienna, and Bern assessed 418 German and Swiss families to see which parents…

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Jun

19

2017
Poll: Nearly two-thirds of mothers ‘shamed’ by others about their parenting skills

Poll: Nearly two-thirds of mothers ‘shamed’ by others about their parenting skills

Some mommy-shaming “wars” become national news headlines. Actress Reese Witherspoon was recently food-shamed for feeding her toddler cinnamon buns for breakfast. Critics were quick to judge model Coco Rocho for giving her baby formula. And former pop star Jessica Simpson recently started a frenzy after posting a photo of her 5-year-old daughter in a mermaid costume some felt was too revealing. But the problem doesn’t…

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Jun

19

2017

Cranky Baby? Feeding Isn’t the Only Answer

June 19, 2017 The Checkup By PERRI KLASS, M.D. Feeding a hungry baby can seem like one of the most basic tasks of parenthood, but right from the beginning, the way an individual baby eats, gains weight and grows is a complicated parent-child mix of behavior and biology. Part of the equation is whether the baby is actually hungry, or whether parents are providing food…

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