Jan

11

2017
Do dogs of all ages respond equally to dog-directed speech?

Do dogs of all ages respond equally to dog-directed speech?

People tend to talk to dogs as though they are human babies. A new study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B shows that people speak more slowly and with a higher tone to dogs of all ages — both adults and puppies — and that puppies respond most readily to this dog-directed speech. When talking to dogs, human adults use pet-directed speech similar to…

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Jan

11

2017
Superhero culture magnifies aggressive, not defending behaviors

Superhero culture magnifies aggressive, not defending behaviors

There’s a lot of good that kids can take away from watching their favorite superheroes — defending and protecting the weak, using their talents to help others and fighting for a cause that’s bigger than themselves, to name a few. BYU family life professor Sarah M. Coyne decided to study what it was, exactly, that preschool-aged boys and girls took away from exposure to superhero…

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Jan

11

2017

Talking About Sex With Daughters and Sons

January 11, 2017 Adolescence By LISA DAMOUR Parents play a key role in shaping sexual decision-making among adolescents — especially for girls. A 2016 review of more than three decades of research found that teenagers who communicated with their parents about sex used safer sexual practices. Likewise, new research from Dutch investigators who studied nearly 3,000 teenagers found that young adolescents who reported feeling close…

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Jan

10

2017
Folic Acid Supplements Still Needed To Prevent Birth Defects

Folic Acid Supplements Still Needed To Prevent Birth Defects

Folic acid in food might not be enough to prevent birth defects, a federal advisory panel says. Thus the recommendation for supplements. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption toggle caption Mary Altaffer/AP If you can get pregnant, you should be popping at least one pill a day: a folic acid supplement to lower the risk of a type of serious birth defect in any future offspring. So…

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Jan

09

2017
Brain impairments in premature infants may begin in the womb

Brain impairments in premature infants may begin in the womb

Even before they are born, premature babies may display alterations in the circuitry of their developing brains, according to a first-of-its kind research study by Yale School of Medicine researchers and their colleagues at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Wayne State University. The findings are published in the journal Scientific Reports, a Nature Publishing Group Journal. According to the authors, 10% to 11%…

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Jan

09

2017
Association between insufficient sleep, gestational diabetes mellitus discovered

Association between insufficient sleep, gestational diabetes mellitus discovered

A Singapore-based study has found a new health link between short sleep during pregnancy and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). This is the first study to examine the relationship between sleep duration and GDM in a multi-ethnic Asian population. Findings, published in the journal SLEEP, suggest that addressing sleep concerns during pregnancy could potentially reduce the risk of developing GDM. Diabetes is a global health concern…

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Jan

07

2017
They Never Told Her That Girls Could Become Scientists

They Never Told Her That Girls Could Become Scientists

Enlarge this image Mireille Kamariza, a graduate student in Stanford, is trying to develop a faster test to diagnose TB. Fred Tomlin/Courtesy of Mireille Kamariza hide caption toggle caption Fred Tomlin/Courtesy of Mireille Kamariza By many standards, Mireille Kamariza is at the top of the world. She’s a graduate student at one of the world’s top universities, working on her Ph.D. with one of the…

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Jan

05

2017
Brain Area That Recognizes Faces Gets Busier And Better In Young Adults

Brain Area That Recognizes Faces Gets Busier And Better In Young Adults

Enlarge this image A child takes a facial recognition test in which he is asked to match the face on the top to one of the faces on the bottom. Jesse Gomez and Kalanit Grill-Spector at the Vision and Perception Neuroscience Lab/Science hide caption toggle caption Jesse Gomez and Kalanit Grill-Spector at the Vision and Perception Neuroscience Lab/Science A comparison of kid brains and grownup…

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Jan

05

2017
Brand to Know: Thin, Simple Turtlenecks, Inspired by a Designer’s Grandmother

Brand to Know: Thin, Simple Turtlenecks, Inspired by a Designer’s Grandmother

January 5, 2017 On the Verge By CAITLIN KELLY The designer Giuliana Leila Raggiani attended Parsons School of Design and Central Saint Martins, but when it came to launching her own knitwear line, Giu Giu, in 2013, she drew inspiration from an unlikely source: her Sicilian grandmother, Palmira Giglia. Giglia — who coined Giu Giu, Raggiani’s childhood nickname that would become her brand moniker —…

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