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Vocabulary at 2 May Help Predict Kindergarten Success

Posted: 08/26/15 19:24

Children with a larger speaking vocabulary at age 2 are better prepared for kindergarten, a new study shows. And prior research has shown that kids who function better in kindergarten have greater social and educational opportunities as they grow up, according to background notes in the study. The analysis of data from more than 8,600 children in the United States showed that 2-year-olds with larger speaking vocabularies did better academically and had...

Missing Piece Surfaces in the Puzzle of Autism

Posted: 08/19/15 18:17

A new gene that plays a crucial role during early development in humans and whose under-expression may induce certain autistic traits has been uncovered by scientists. Understanding the mechanisms that underlie autism spectrum disorders (ASD), which affect 7.6 million people is a major challenge. Characterized by heterogeneous symptoms and a multifactorial origin, this complex condition evolves during brain development. The scientists thus chose to study adult olfactory stem cells as...

Head Injury Tied to Long-Term Attention Issues in Kids

Posted: 08/12/15 20:09

Children who suffer even mild brain injuries may experience momentary lapses in attention long after their accident, new research finds. The study of 6- to 13-year-olds found these attention lapses led to lower behavior and intelligence ratings by their parents and teachers. "Parents, teachers and doctors should be aware that attention impairment after traumatic brain injury can manifest as very short lapses in focus, causing children to be...

Could Antibiotics Raise a Child's Risk for Juvenile Arthritis?

Posted: 07/29/15 18:49

Here's yet another reason not to overuse antibiotics: Children treated with the antibacterial drugs may face a greater risk for developing juvenile arthritis, new research suggests. The study found that children and teens prescribed antibiotics had about twice the risk of developing juvenile arthritis compared to children the same age who were not prescribed the drugs. "This risk was greatest within a year of receiving antibiotics and increased...

Early Intervention Shows Promise in Treating Schizophrenia

Posted: 07/22/15 19:50

Interventions that include resiliency training, education and job support may boost the mental health of patients in the early stages of schizophrenia, new research reveals. The finding, reported in the July issue of Psychiatric Services, followed an assessment of several specialty care programs, including some funded through a U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) initiative known as RAISE (Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia...

Best Friends May Help Poor Kids Succeed

Posted: 07/13/15 19:51

 Children who grow up in poor neighborhoods face more obstacles in life, but new research suggests that having a best friend can help these kids succeed. "Research into promoting resilience in young people has concentrated on support from the family, but friendships are important, too," study leader Rebecca Graber, a psychologist at the University of Sussex in England, said in a news release from the British Psychological...

Parents, Stop Hovering: 'Risky' Play May Have Benefits for Kids

Posted: 07/06/15 19:32

Children may benefit, physically and socially, from being allowed to play with less monitoring from mom and dad, a new research review finds. There was a time when parents sent their kids outside to play, with the instruction to '"just be home by dinner." Times have changed, however, and worries over children's safety -- whether it's being injured, or harmed by a stranger -- have led to kids having more structured activities, and less "free...

Stronger Working Memory, Reduced Sexual Risk-Taking in Adolescents

Posted: 07/01/15 19:44

Teenagers vary substantially in their ability to control impulses and regulate their behavior. Adolescents who have difficulty with impulse control may be more prone to risky sexual behavior, with serious consequences such as sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancies. A new study has found that individual differences in working memory can predict both early sexual activity and unprotected sexual involvement during adolescence. Working memory -- the system...

Which Artificial Pancreas System is the Best for Children with Type 1 Diabetes?

Posted: 06/22/15 19:53

A Montréal research team, co-supervised by Dr. Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret from the IRCM and Dr. Laurent Legault from the Montreal Children's Hospital, undertook the first paediatric outpatient study to compare three alternative treatments for type 1 diabetes. The results, published this week in the scientific journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, shows the dual-hormone artificial pancreas provides the most benefits by reducing the time spent in nocturnal...

Survey Finds Most With Special Needs 'Striving To Work'

Posted: 06/17/15 19:23

A new, national survey finds that the majority of people with disabilities want to be employed, but they often encounter barriers to work. Overall, nearly 43 percent of individuals surveyed said they were currently working. Another 25 percent said they'd been previously employed and a handful of people said they hadn't worked but were looking for a job. Collectively, those behind the research said the figures show that nearly 69...

'Fracking' Linked to Low Birth Weight Babies

Posted: 06/08/15 20:17

Living close to a high number of "fracked" natural gas wells may be linked to an increased risk of having a lower birth weight baby, according to a new study of Pennsylvania birth rates. High-volume hydraulic fracturing -- also known as "fracking" -- allows access to large amounts of natural gas trapped in shale deposits. Natural gas wells using this method are increasingly common in the United States. For example, the number of these types of wells...

Soy Supplements Won't Ease Asthma, Study Finds

Posted: 06/03/15 19:21

Despite hints from prior research that soy supplements might help asthma patients breathe easier, a major new study finds the nutrient has no beneficial effect on lung function. "This study highlights why it is so important to perform well-designed, placebo-controlled studies when associations are reported between specific nutrients and disease outcomes," study lead author Dr. Lewis Smith, professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of...

Feds Call For Greater Inclusion In Preschools

Posted: 05/27/15 19:37

The Obama administration wants to see more kids with disabilities - no matter how significant - participating in classrooms alongside their typically-developing peers. The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services are jointly seeking public comment this week on a draft policy statement encouraging greater inclusion for young children with disabilities. While the majority of preschoolers with disabilities attended general early childhood programs as of 2013, more than half of...

Nearly 40 Percent Of Students With Disabilities Don't Graduate

Posted: 05/20/15 19:26

A new report is sounding alarm bells about lagging...

Preemies May Be Wired For Developmental Disorders

Posted: 05/13/15 19:09

Differences in brain wiring could help explain why children born premature are at greater risk for autism and other developmental disorders, researchers say. Preterm birth appears to change the level of activity in key areas of the brain, according to findings <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal;...

Milder Autism Typically Diagnosed Later in Girls

Posted: 05/06/15 19:04

Girls on the milder end of the autism spectrum tend to be diagnosed at a later age than boys, possibly because their symptoms are less severe, a new study has found. Doctors diagnosed girls with Asperger's syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder months later than boys who had the same disorders, according to the study. This appears to be because mild autism in girls takes the form of social awkwardness, and is less readily apparent than the...

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