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New Study Shows Melatonin Effective Sleep Aid for Children with Autism

Posted: 11/01/17 14:19

A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry disclosed that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who have refractory insomnia will benefit from prolonged release melatonin (PEDPRM). The trial conducted was random, placebo-controlled, and double-blind. There were 125 participants in the trial aged 2 to 17.5 years. These were patients whose insomnia continued even after behavioral intervention. Such children were administered with 2 mg of...

Genetic Causes of Children's Food Allergies

Posted: 10/31/17 17:42

What role do genes play in egg, milk, and nut allergies? A study published in Nature Communications, led by the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) and Charité -- Universitätsmedizin Berlin, has found five genetic risk loci that point to the importance of skin and mucous membrane barriers and the immune system in the development of food allergies. An estimated five to eight percent of all children suffer from food allergies. They usually appear in the first years of life and...

Tommy Hilfiger is Making Clothes Easier to Wear for People with Disabilities

Posted: 10/25/17 11:29

Tommy Hilfiger has a new line of clothes for an often overlooked set of customers - people with disabilities. The collection, uses magnets and Velcro to make it easier for people to get dressed. The line has 37 styles for men and 34 for women - shirts, pants, jackets, sweaters and dresses. The button-down shirts have buttons and cuffs that fasten with magnets to help people with disabilities take them off over their heads or get dressed with one hand. Pants, including chinos and denim...

Study Pokes Holes in Fetal Alcohol Hypothesis

Posted: 10/19/17 10:01

A new study published in the journal Brain Behavior and Immunity appears to challenge the theory that cells in the brain's immune system are the culprit behind the neurological damage that occurs in children exposed to alcohol while in the womb. "In order to develop treatments for this condition, we must first understand how alcohol affects the developing brain," said Ania Majewska, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Rochester...

Games Developers Raise Funds to Get People with Disabilities Back into Gaming

Posted: 10/12/17 09:40

Video games can get a pretty raw deal in the news. At worst, we see stories claiming links between playing violent games and some of the worst aspects of humanity, or that games are robbing children of time spent in nature. At best, we hear news stories where games are regarded with a certain distain; something to be smirked at, and not taken seriously. But these sorts of stories completely miss the varied, rich and nuanced experiences that playing games can afford. <br...

The Police Need to Understand Autism

Posted: 10/05/17 09:30

Diane Craglow was caring for a 14-year-old autistic boy named Connor Leibel in Buckeye, Ariz., one day in July. They took a walk to one of his favorite places, a park in an upscale community called Verrado. She was not hesitant to leave Connor alone for a few minutes while she booked a piano lesson for his sister nearby, because he usually feels safe and comfortable in places that are familiar to him, and he learns to be more independent that way. When Ms. Craglow returned, she couldn't...

Brain Controlled App Helps Children with ADHD

Posted: 09/27/17 15:34

NeuroPlus is a simple racing game which uses incoming signals from a wireless EEG headset to control how fast the user's character moves. The more the child concentrates, the faster the character moves and the more difficult the game gets. The idea of the game is to encourage children to strengthen their focus and concentration whilst engaging them in a game they enjoy. In a recent study, 60 children with ADHD were randomly assigned to two groups: one using the NeuroPlus game for half an...

Anxiety May Alter Processing of Emotions in People with Autism

Posted: 09/20/17 11:43

A brain region that processes emotions, including fear, tends to be smaller in children who have both autism and anxiety than in those who have autism alone, according to a new study.
The findings suggest that the difference in volume of this region, called the amygdala, is related to how these individuals process emotions. The amygdala is thought to be involved in autism, but exactly how has been unclear. Some studies have reported that it is larger in children with...

How Reading and Writing with Your Child Boost More than Just Literacy

Posted: 09/13/17 17:51

Children who read and write at home -- whether for assignments or just for fun -- are building long-term study and executive function skills, according to a paper from the University of Washington. And while home literacy activities have already been associated with higher test scores, the new study shows these activities also provide students with tools for lifetime success. "People who are good students tend to become good employees by being on time and putting forward their best...

Do Fidget Spinners Help?

Posted: 09/07/17 16:46

A host of fidget gadgets, designed to help people focus, have suddenly caught on in cities. Some are discussing their hidden benefits, while others dismiss them as "distracting toys", or a marketing ploy. We asked some experts to weigh in on the issue. "Fidgeting can be defined as making small repeated movements, especially of the hands and feet, through nervousness or excitement. It is a very common 'semi-voluntary' movement witnessed in many normal people. Anything from a...

Exposure to Certain Flame-Retardant Chemicals in Pregnancy May be Linked to Lower Intelligence in Children

Posted: 08/30/17 15:41

Exposure to certain flame-retardant chemicals in pregnancy may be linked to lower intelligence in children, a new research review suggests. The synthetic chemicals are known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs. Although phased out in manufacturing in the United States, they remain in many products, including old couches and other household items, building materials and electronics, the researchers said. Together, the studies reviewed suggested that IQs dip by 3.7 points for every...

Yoga Effective at Reducing Symptoms of Depression

Posted: 08/24/17 17:30

People who suffer from depression may want to look to yoga as a complement to traditional therapies as the practice appears to lessen symptoms of the disorder, according to studies presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. "Yoga has become increasingly popular in the West, and many new yoga practitioners cite stress-reduction and other mental health concerns as their primary reason for practicing," said Lindsey Hopkins, PhD, of the San...

Toddlers Begin Learning Rules of Reading, Writing at Very Early Age, Study Finds

Posted: 08/16/17 14:03

Even the proudest of parents may struggle to find some semblance of meaning behind the seemingly random mish-mash of letters that often emerge from a toddler's first scribbled and scrawled attempts at putting words on paper. But new research from Washington University in St. Louis suggests that children as young as 3 already are beginning to recognize and follow important rules and patterns governing how letters in the English language fit together to make words. The study, published this...

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