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Family Meals May Defuse Cyberbullying's Impact, Study Says

Posted: 09/10/14 18:10

Having regular family meals may help protect teens from the harmful mental health effects of "cyberbullying," a new study suggests. Online abuse can lead to depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, according to experts. "One in five adolescents experience cyberbullying," Frank Elgar, a professor at the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University in Montreal, said in a university news...

When It Comes to a Growing Child, the Brain Comes First

Posted: 09/04/14 01:47

Young children grow much more slowly than other mammals because their developing brains require so much energy to prepare for the challenges of later life, a new study contends. Researchers analyzed data from PET and MRI brain scans and found that enormous amounts of energy are used by the human brain in the first few years of life, which means physical growth has to take a back seat during that time. For example, a 5-year-old's brain uses twice as much...

Blood Transfusions May Cut Risk of 'Silent' Stroke in Kids With Sickle Cell Anemia

Posted: 08/27/14 18:04

Monthly blood transfusions may lower the chances of "silent" strokes in some children with sickle cell anemia, a new clinical trial indicates. The study, reported in the Aug. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, found that in children with a previous silent stroke, monthly blood transfusions cut the rate of future strokes by more than half. The researchers said their findings support screening children with sickle cell for evidence of silent stroke -- something that is not routinely...

Despite Laws, ABA Therapy Often Hard To Come By

Posted: 08/20/14 01:07

Tony Burke was an energetic 2-year-old who loved drawing purple pictures of Barney and jumping on trampolines. But then his parents began to notice how he would grunt instead of talk, and couldn't look anyone in the eye. Before his third birthday, in 2005, he was diagnosed with autism. "It felt like my heart had been ripped out," said his mother, Suzanne Burke of Philadelphia. Seeking the best care, his parents found applied behavior analysis, a one-on-one therapy considered the most effective...

Family Takes Special Education Fight To Social Media

Posted: 08/13/14 12:12

Asa and Priscilla Maass' fight for their daughter's education has been a long one. But it's the last month that has felt longest. It's a story that they're now sharing with thousands of others through Facebook page entitled "Big Fight For a Little Girl.Nine years ago, their daughter Abigail was diagnosed with...

Inflexibility May Be Hardwired In Those With Autism

Posted: 08/06/14 17:43

Kids with autism have less flexible brains, researchers say in a new study that may help explain why switching from rest to a task can be particularly difficult for those on the spectrum. Brain scans of children with autism indicate that there's little difference in how key networks connect no matter if they're at rest or engaged in an activity, according to <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times; font-size: 12pt; font-style:...

Parents of Children With Autism Need Help, Too

Posted: 07/30/14 17:47

Most therapies for autism focus on the child, but new research suggests the child's stressed-out parents could benefit from treatments designed specifically for them. Mothers of children with autism who took part in a coping skills program found they connected better with their child and felt less stress, anxiety and depression, report researchers at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville. "Interventions have, for good reasons, been focused on the...

Delaware Ponders How to Test Children with Special Needs

Posted: 07/23/14 18:17

A stinging report from the U.S. Department of Education saying Delaware "needs intervention" in special education has put the state under pressure to exempt fewer special-needs students from national standardized tests. While Gov. Jack Markell's administration says it is pushing to fix the problem, advocates for those students say there's more to the issue than simply getting the tests right. Delaware was one of just three states, along with...

Challenges of Visual Accessibility for People with Low Vision

Posted: 07/16/14 16:48

New approaches and tools are needed to improve visual accessibility for people with low vision in the "real world," according to experts. Low vision is defined as chronically impaired vision that is not correctable by glasses or contact lenses and adversely affects everyday functioning. It is estimated that there are between 3.5 million and 5 million Americans with low vision, and this number is expected to increase as the population ages. To read...

Kids with Strong Bonds to Parents Make Better Friends, Can Adapt in Difficult Relationships

Posted: 07/08/14 18:01

What social skills does a three-year-old bring to interactions with a new peer partner? If he has strong bonds to his parents, the child is likely to be a positive, responsive playmate, and he'll be able to adapt to a difficult peer by asserting his needs, according to a new study. "Securely attached children are more responsive to suggestions or requests made by a new peer partner. A child who has experienced a secure attachment relationship with caregivers is likely to come into a...

Pediatrics Group Wants Parents to Read to Their Children Every Day

Posted: 07/02/14 16:41

All pediatricians should encourage parents to read out loud to their children every day, beginning in infancy, to promote literacy and strengthen family ties. That clarion call comes in a new policy statement issued Tuesday by the American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on Early Childhood. The aim of the recommendation is to help parents "immunize their children against illiteracy," said statement author Dr. Pamela High, director of...

New Accountability Framework Raises the Bar for State Special Education Program

Posted: 06/25/14 18:18

To improve the educational outcomes of America's 6.5 million children and youth with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Education today announced a major shift in the way it oversees the effectiveness of states' special education programs. Until now, the Department's primary focus was to determine whether states were meeting procedural requirements such as timelines for evaluations, due process hearings and transitioning children into preschool services. While these...

Brothers Complete 40-Mile Journey For Cerebral Palsy

Posted: 06/18/14 17:17

A teen trekked 40 miles over the weekend, braving the heat and rain, all while carrying his brother who has cerebral palsy in an effort to raise awareness of the condition. Hunter Gandee, 14, arrived Sunday at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with his 50-pound brother, Braden, 7, riding piggyback. The two began their journey the day before in Temperance, Mich., setting out with a group of family and friends on the walk, which included an...

Among New Smokers, Teen Boys More Likely to Quit Than Girls: Study

Posted: 06/11/14 15:04

Teen boys who recently started smoking are more likely to quit than teen girls. And, both boys and girls who are frightened by cigarette warning labels or play team sports are more likely to quit, new research shows. The study included 620 boys and girls in Montreal, aged 12 and 13, who had recently started smoking at least occasionally. Just over 40 percent of the teens said their parents smoked, nearly 90 percent had friends who smoked and about 80 percent said they often saw...

Kids More Likely Than Adults To Be Resistant to HIV Meds: Study

Posted: 05/30/14 17:52

Children born with HIV face a greater risk of developing resistance to life-saving antiretroviral drugs than HIV-infected adults do, according to new research. Antiretroviral drugs are used to treat people infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. "The problem with drug resistance is that once you develop it, it never goes away," study author Dr. Russell Van Dyke, a professor of pediatric infectious diseases at...

No Such Thing as a 'Universal' Intelligence Test: Cultural Differences Determine Results Country by Country

Posted: 05/28/14 12:11

Scientists from the University of Granada have studied 54 individuals -- half Spanish and half Moroccan -- to determine how IQ tests work. New research suggests that a universal test of intelligence quotient does not exist.  Results in this type of test are determined to a strong degree by cultural differences. Their objective was to study and explain cultural differences in IQ test performance. To do this, scientists from CIMCYC --...


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