Apr

11

2017
Infants show racial bias toward members of own ethnicity, against those of others

Infants show racial bias toward members of own ethnicity, against those of others

Two studies by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto and their collaborators from the US, UK, France and China, show that six- to nine-month-old infants demonstrate racial bias in favour of members of their own race and racial bias against those of other races. In the first study, “Older but not younger infants associate own-race faces…

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Apr

11

2017
Parent-mediated therapy may help babies at risk of developing autism

Parent-mediated therapy may help babies at risk of developing autism

The earliest autism intervention study in the world that uses video to provide feedback to parents of babies at family risk of autism, has indicated a reduction in the severity of emerging signs of autism. This study, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, is the first of its kind to work with babies in their first year of life who have a…

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Apr

10

2017
Weather-forecast tool adapted to evaluate brain health of oxygen-deprived newborns

Weather-forecast tool adapted to evaluate brain health of oxygen-deprived newborns

UT Southwestern Medical Center pediatric researchers have harnessed an analytical tool used to predict the weather to evaluate the effectiveness of therapies to reduce brain injury in newborns who suffer oxygen deprivation during birth. The analytical tool, called wavelet analysis technology, is best known for predicting long-term weather patterns, such as El Nino. UT Southwestern researchers say this same analytical tool can help improve assessment…

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Apr

10

2017
Republicans Now Control Obamacare. Will Your Coverage Change?

Republicans Now Control Obamacare. Will Your Coverage Change?

Enlarge this image Though they failed to mobilize Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act last month, Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) (right), Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and the White House could still undercut the insurance exchanges, reduce Medicaid benefits and let states limit coverage of birth control or prenatal visits. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The Affordable Care Act’s worst enemies are…

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Apr

08

2017
A Baby With 3 Genetic Parents Seems Healthy, But Questions Remain

A Baby With 3 Genetic Parents Seems Healthy, But Questions Remain

Enlarge this image Mitochondrial diseases can be passed from mothers to their children in DNA. JGI/Tom Grill/Getty Images/Blend Images hide caption toggle caption JGI/Tom Grill/Getty Images/Blend Images Last fall, the New York-based reproductive endocrinologist John Zhang made headlines when he reported the birth of the world’s first “three-parent” baby — a healthy boy carrying the blended DNA of the birth mother, her husband and an…

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Apr

07

2017
As Measles Surges In Europe, Officials Brace For A Rough Year

As Measles Surges In Europe, Officials Brace For A Rough Year

Next week I’ll be hopping on a plane for an 11-hour ride to Europe with a strong-willed, 1 1/2-year-old toddler. A big concern is how to deal with the inevitable meltdowns. But my top priority before boarding is about my little girl’s health: Is she protected from the measles? The virus — which kills almost 400 kids each day worldwide — is hitting Europe hard…

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Apr

07

2017
The Perils And False Rewards Of Parenting In The Era Of ‘Digi-Discipline’

The Perils And False Rewards Of Parenting In The Era Of ‘Digi-Discipline’

Enlarge this image Social media postings showing parents “disciplining” their children, including (from left) LaToya Graham, ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Tavis Sellers, went viral. ABC 2 News WMAR; ReShonda Tate Billingsley; Tavis Sellers/Screenshots by NPR hide caption toggle caption ABC 2 News WMAR; ReShonda Tate Billingsley; Tavis Sellers/Screenshots by NPR The videos are an infamous genre unto themselves: “Mother Punches Her Daughter Dead in the…

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Apr

06

2017

U.K. Court Upholds Fine for Dad Who Took Child From School for Disney Trip

By SEWELL CHAN April 6, 2017 LONDON — A British man who took his daughter out of school without permission to visit Disney World in Florida broke the law and must pay a penalty, the British Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. The case has been heavily debated in Britain, pitting as it did the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit against stiff…

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Apr

06

2017
Gene mutation helps explain night owl behavior

Gene mutation helps explain night owl behavior

Some people stay up late and have trouble getting up in the morning because their internal clock is genetically programmed to run slowly, according to a study published April 6 in Cell. A mutation in a gene called CRY1 alters the human circadian clock, which dictates rhythmic behavior such as sleep/wake cycles. Carriers of the gene variant experienced nighttime sleep delays of 2-2.5 hours compared…

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Apr

06

2017
Strong early education equals better long-term relationships with parents, research shows

Strong early education equals better long-term relationships with parents, research shows

Children who are given high-quality education at an early age — starting at six weeks old and continuing through their first five years of life — are more likely to be employed full-time and have better relationships with their parents as adults, according to new results from a longitudinal study now entering its fifth decade. Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists will present the research…

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