Jan

18

2017
Mothers of socially anxious children take involvement to the next level

Mothers of socially anxious children take involvement to the next level

When mothers of children with social anxiety disorder try to support their children, it often backfires. The results of an experiment involving building difficult puzzles indicate that, even at home, mothers of children with the disorder are more involved with their offspring than mothers of healthy control children.


Jan

16

2017
Maternal micronutrients, nurturing environment boost child development

Maternal micronutrients, nurturing environment boost child development

Mothers who take multi-micronutrient supplements during pregnancy can add the equivalent of up to one full year of schooling to a child’s cognitive abilities at age 9-12, says a new study. Other essential ingredients in the recipe for smarter kids include early life nurturing, happy moms, and educated parents, according to the research conducted in Indonesia. As well, the study finds that a child’s nurturing…

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Jan

13

2017
Study: What Was The Impact Of The Iconic Photo Of The Syrian Boy?

Study: What Was The Impact Of The Iconic Photo Of The Syrian Boy?

Editor’s Note: The photos in this story may be distressing to some viewers. Enlarge this image A Turkish paramilitary police officer carries the body of 3-year-old Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi, found washed ashore near the Turkish resort of Bodrum in September 2015. DHA/AP hide caption toggle caption DHA/AP More than one year later, the photo that woke up the world to the Syrian refugee crisis…

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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
Marijuana’s Health Effects? Top Scientists Weigh In

Marijuana’s Health Effects? Top Scientists Weigh In

Enlarge this image The highly-rated variety of medical marijuana ‘Blue Dream’ was displayed among other strains at a cannabis farmer’s market in Los Angeles in 2014. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images So far, more than half of all U.S. states have legalized marijuana for medical use, and eight (plus the District of Columbia) have legalized the drug for…

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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

12

2017

Parents View New Peanut Guidelines With Guilt and Skepticism

By RONI CARYN RABIN and RACHEL RABKIN PEACHMAN January 12, 2017 When Nicole Lepke’s son was born, she listened to her pediatrician and kept peanuts away until the age of 2, but the toddler still developed a severe peanut allergy when he finally tried them. Now, 12 years later, health experts have reversed their advice on peanuts, urging parents to begin feeding foods containing peanut powder or extract during infancy in…

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Jan

12

2017
Obesity-Linked Diagnoses On The Rise Among Kids And Teens

Obesity-Linked Diagnoses On The Rise Among Kids And Teens

Enlarge this image Whatever their size, kids and teens benefit from exercise, abundant research confirms. And exercising with friends is almost always more fun than on your own. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption John Moore/Getty Images It’s no secret that American children have gotten heavier in recent decades. Now an analysis released Thursday by the nonprofit Fair Health, a national clearinghouse for claims…

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Jan

11

2017
Doctors Without Borders Adds Food To Its Medical Bag

Doctors Without Borders Adds Food To Its Medical Bag

Enlarge this image A woman and a child suffering from severe malnutrition sleep on a bed at a therapeutic feeding center in northeastern Nigeria. Stefan Heunis /AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Stefan Heunis /AFP/Getty Images Medecins Sans Frontier, the medical humanitarian organization, has added a basic item to its medical bag of drugs, stethoscopes and syringes: food. The group, also known as Doctors Without…

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