Feb

08

2017
America’s youngest children most likely to live in poor economic conditions

America’s youngest children most likely to live in poor economic conditions

Out of all age groups, children are still most likely to live in poverty, according to new research from the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Using the latest available data from the American Community Survey, NCCP researchers found that in 2015, while 30 percent of adults have low incomes, more than 40 percent of all…

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Feb

08

2017
Naps may help preschoolers learn, study finds

Naps may help preschoolers learn, study finds

Research has shown that naps play an important role in sustaining new learning in infants. A new study from the University of Arizona suggests naptime could have a similar effect on language learning in preschool-age children. Researchers studied verb learning in 3-year-olds and found that those who napped after learning new verbs had a better understanding of the words when tested 24 hours later. The…

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Feb

08

2017
Think Your Hearing’s Great? You Might Want To Check It Out

Think Your Hearing’s Great? You Might Want To Check It Out

Enlarge this image About a quarter of people between the ages of 20 and 69 have some hearing loss, typically from everyday noises like lawn mowers and music. vitranc/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption vitranc/Getty Images/iStockphoto If you think your hearing is just fine, think again. A federal study finds that about a quarter of people between the ages of 20 and 69 who think…

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Feb

08

2017
Harsh parenting predicts low educational attainment through increasing peer problems

Harsh parenting predicts low educational attainment through increasing peer problems

Children exposed to harsh parenting are at greater risk of having poor school outcomes. A new longitudinal study sought to determine why. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh who conducted the study suggest that both direct and indirect effects of parenting play a role in shaping children’s behavior, as well as their relationships with peers. The study appears in the journal Child Development. “We believe…

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Feb

08

2017
One year of high-quality early education improves outcomes for low-income infants, toddlers

One year of high-quality early education improves outcomes for low-income infants, toddlers

Children from low-income families are at substantial risk in terms of their social-emotional and academic skills at school entry, with fewer than half considered ready for school at age 5. A new study has found that infants and toddlers from low-income families who attended a high-quality center-based early education program do better in language and social skills after only one year than children who do…

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Feb

08

2017

When a Teenager’s Coping Mechanism Is SpongeBob

February 8, 2017 Adolescence By LISA DAMOUR Parents are often surprised to find that, even late into high school, teenagers return to the books, movies and TV shows they enjoyed when they were younger. When I ask adolescents to share how they like to recharge when feeling stressed, they consistently volunteer that they reread juvenile books like Percy Jackson, rewatch their favorite Disney movies, or…

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Feb

06

2017
Australian Catholic Church Alleges 7% Of Priests Sexually Abused Kids Over Decades

Australian Catholic Church Alleges 7% Of Priests Sexually Abused Kids Over Decades

Enlarge this image Pope Benedict XVI apologized in 2008 to victims of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic clergy at a mass in Sydney at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Rick Rycroft/AP hide caption toggle caption Rick Rycroft/AP Seven percent of Catholic priests in Australia between 1950 and 2010 allegedly sexually abused children, according to data provided by church authorities in a major investigation. Australia is the…

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Feb

06

2017
Study: A New Strategy To Stop Female Genital Mutilation

Study: A New Strategy To Stop Female Genital Mutilation

Enlarge this image Some societies have come up with alternative rite-of-passage rituals to replace female genital mutilation. Above: A Massai teenager in Kenya attends such a ceremony. Tony Karumba /AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Tony Karumba /AFP/Getty Images Why does female genital mutilation (FGM) — a practice that the U.N. has classified as violence against women — remain so entrenched in parts of the…

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Feb

06

2017
Winning the war: How to persuade children to eat more veggies

Winning the war: How to persuade children to eat more veggies

Getting children to eat their vegetables might not be an endless battle if parents follow some research-based advice from a nutrition expert at Kansas State University. Getting kids used to vegetables can start in the womb, said Richard Rosenkranz, associate professor of food, nutrition, dietetics and health. Rosenkranz said research on pregnant rodents’ eating habits and their offspring’s taste preferences shows that children’s tastes start…

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