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Chatty kids do better at school
A study from the University of York found that children from families of higher socioeconomic status had better language abilities at nursery school age and that these verbal skills boosted their later academic performance throughout school. (2020-03-23)
Understanding how COVID-19 affects children vital to slowing pandemic, doctors say
Though COVID-19 so far appears to be largely sparing children, researchers are cautioning that it is critical to understand how the virus affects kids to model the pandemic accurately, limit the disease's spread and ensure the youngest patients get the care they need. (2020-03-19)
Most mass shootings occur closest to hospitals without verification to treat trauma
In an analysis of 2019 mass shootings and hospital locations, researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) found that the closest hospital to more than 70% of mass shootings was a non-trauma center, where sudden, high casualty loads were more likely to overwhelm capacity and trauma-specific care options may have been limited. (2020-03-18)
National Poll: Many parents delay talking to kids about inappropriate touching
Experts recommend starting conversations about inappropriate touching during the preschool years, but less than half of parents of preschoolers in a national poll say they've begun that discussion. (2020-03-16)
Timing is key for parents who want to help children learn at museums, say researchers
The best way to engage with children in museums is to listen to them, watch what they are doing, and offer explanations as the child is beginning to explore an exhibit--not before or after. (2020-03-16)
Kids who blame themselves for mom's sadness are more likely to face depression and anxiety
'Even if she doesn't say it, I know it's my fault that my mother gets sad.' Kids who believe comments like this -- assuming blame for their mom's sadness or depression -- are more likely to face depression and anxiety themselves, a new study led by SMU has found. (2020-03-11)
Education the key to equal parenting rights for same-sex couples
Same-sex marriage may have been given the green (or rainbow) light in many countries around the world, but it appears there are still some entrenched attitudes in society when it comes to same-sex parenting. (2020-03-10)
Hospices struggle to deliver specialized support to children when a parent is dying
Support available to children experiencing the death of a parent varies across the country, new research published in the BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care finds. (2020-03-09)
Confusing standards lead to extra sugar in kids' breakfast cereals
Parents may let their children consume more sugar from their breakfast cereal than intended due to insufficient industry nutritional guidelines. (2020-03-06)
The brain has two systems for thinking about others' thoughts
The brain seems to have two different systems through which we can put ourselves into the shoes of someone else. (2020-03-06)
Breastfeeding and risks of allergies and asthma
In an Acta Paediatrica study, exclusive breastfeeding for the first 3 months was linked with a lower risk of respiratory allergies and asthma when children reached 6 years of age. (2020-03-04)
Does antibiotic use during pregnancy and infancy impact childhood obesity?
New findings published in Obesity reveal that use of antibiotics during pregnancy does not appear to affect children's weight in subsequent years, but use during infancy may increase their risk of becoming overweight or obese. (2020-03-04)
Researchers gather interventions addressing 'word gap' into special edition of journa
Investigators at the University of Kansas edited a special issue of Early Childhood Research Quarterly gathering 18 language-intervention research and empirical studies that address the word gap. (2020-03-04)
Reducing problem behaviors for children with autism
Self-inflicted injury, aggression toward others and yelling are common problem behaviors associated with young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. (2020-03-04)
Drug development for rare diseases affecting children is increasing
The number of treatments for rare diseases affecting children has increased, a new study suggests. (2020-03-03)
UK special school pupils 'treated differently', following removal of standardized assessments
Following the recent withdrawal of standardized assessments, children with intellectual disabilities at special schools in the UK are again being treated differently to children at mainstream schools, says a new study from researchers at The Open University. (2020-02-23)
Intervention is essential for reducing loneliness and social isolation in ASD
Researchers evaluated the efficacy of the Preschool Peer Social Intervention in facilitating peer engagement among preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), with a primary goal of increasing their social engagement during mixed interactions with their peers with ASD and peers with typical development. (2020-02-21)
Study highlights new strategies for helping children process negative emotions
A recent study of indigenous people in southern Chile challenges Western assumptions about children's emotional capabilities and highlights the value of spending time outdoors to help children regulate their emotions. (2020-02-20)
Autism eye scan could lead to early detection
A new eye scan could help identify autism in children years earlier than currently possible. (2020-02-20)
Some antibiotics prescribed during pregnancy linked with birth defects
Children of mothers prescribed macrolide antibiotics during early pregnancy are at an increased risk of major birth defects, particularly heart defects, compared with children of mothers prescribed penicillin, finds a study published by The BMJ today. (2020-02-19)
IVF-conceived children have somewhat higher mortality risk in their first weeks of life
Children conceived with assisted reproductive techniques including IVF have a somewhat higher mortality risk during their first weeks of life than children conceived naturally, according to a study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in the journal Fertility and Sterility. (2020-02-18)
GP care is valuable for children with life-limiting conditions reducing the need for A+E
Regular involvement of a GP in the care of children and young people with life-limiting conditions can reduce hospital admissions, a new study has found. (2020-02-18)
Mother nature and child development
A world first review of the importance of nature play could transform children's play spaces, supporting investment in city and urban parks, while also delivering important opportunities for children's physical, social and emotional development. (2020-02-14)
New Dartmouth research: Fast food intake leads to weight gain in preschoolers
There is a strong link between the amount of fast food that pre-school age children consume and their likelihood of becoming overweight or obese, according to a new Dartmouth-led study, published in the journal Pediatric Obesity. (2020-02-14)
Children's fingertip injuries could signal abuse
Many children who suffer fingertip injuries have been abused, according to a Rutgers study. (2020-02-12)
Love matters: How parents' love shapes children's lives
Parents often put their own relationship on the back burner to concentrate on their children, but a new study shows that when spouses love each other, children stay in school longer and marry later in life. (2020-02-12)
Children detect the a speaker's politeness both through intonation and facial expression
The first study demonstrating this in children under 3 was conducted by Iris Hübscher and Laura Wagner, with Pilar Prieto, an ICREA research professor with the Department of Translation and Language Sciences, and has been published in the advanced online edition of Journal of Politeness Research Language, Behaviour, Culture. (2020-02-11)
Children with ADHD more likely to receive medication if they live in poorer areas
Children with ADHD from the poorest areas are significantly more likely to receive medication as children with ADHD from the most affluent areas, according to the first UK study of its kind. (2020-02-07)
Mindfulness helps obese children lose weight
Mindfulness-based therapy may help reduce stress, appetite and body weight in children with obesity and anxiety, according to a study published in Endocrine Connections. (2020-02-07)
Geography, age and anemia shape childhood vaccine responses in Sub-Saharan Africa
Vaccine responses in the developing immune systems of children may depend on factors such as age, location and anemia status, according to a study comparing samples from 1,119 Dutch children to 171 children in sub-Saharan Africa who took part in a malaria vaccine trial. (2020-02-06)
Short, intensive training improves children's health
Many children don't get enough exercise and as a result often have health problems such as being overweight and having high blood pressure. (2020-02-05)
Kids diagnosed with ADHD often don't take medication regularly
Children diagnosed with ADHD inconsistently take their prescribed medication, going without treatment 40 per cent of the time, a new study has found. (2020-02-03)
New guideline aims to transform evaluation and care of children and adolescents with ADHD
The Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics is releasing a groundbreaking guideline for the diagnosis and care of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders in children and youth in a supplement to its February 2020 issue. (2020-01-31)
More youth suicide found in poor communities across US
A study led by Jennifer Hoffmann, M.D., from Ann & Robert H. (2020-01-27)
UBC research reveals young children prefer to learn from confident people
Researchers found that young children between the age of four and five not only prefer to learn from people who appear confident, they also keep track of how well the person's confidence has matched with their knowledge and accuracy in the past (a concept called 'calibration') and avoid learning new information from people who have a history of being overconfident. (2020-01-27)
High air pollution exposure in 1-year-olds linked to structural brain changes at age 12
A new study suggests that significant early childhood exposure to traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) is associated with structural changes in the brain at the age of 12. (2020-01-24)
Vitamin C-B1-steroid combo linked to lower septic shock mortality in kids
Treating septic shock in children with a combination of intravenous vitamin C, vitamin B1 and hydrocortisone (a commonly used steroid) is associated with lower mortality, according to a study from Ann & Robert H. (2020-01-21)
Sleep linked to language skills in neurodevelopmental disorders
New research has discovered that Down's syndrome, Fragile X syndrome and Williams syndrome are all linked to sleep disruption in very young children, and that sleep plays a crucial role in the development of these children's language skills. (2020-01-16)
Study answers when moderate to late preterm babies go home
'When is my baby going home?' is one of the first questions asked by families of infants admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). (2020-01-15)
Conversational difficulties with father affect adolescent health
Conversational difficulties with father after a divorce affects the children's health negatively. (2020-01-14)
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