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February 14, 2016

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February 14, 2016

Feb. 8, 2016 — Despite strong preferences for ethical chocolate in focus groups, only 14 percent of millennials in individual choice studies selected candy with ethical or social factors labeling, according to a ... read more

Faces of Black Children as Young as 5 Evoke Negative Biases

Feb. 8, 2016 — People are more likely to misidentify a toy as a weapon after seeing a black face than a white face, even when the face in question is that of a five-year-old child, new research ... read more

Public Back Ban on Children's Junk Food Advertising

Feb. 7, 2016 — Three quarters of the UK public back a ban on junk food advertising before the 9pm TV watershed, according to a new survey. And one in two support a tax on sugary drinks, which could help tackle the ... read more

Parental Preference for Boys Damages Girls’ Self-Esteem and Happiness

Feb. 5, 2016 — While most studies of parental sex discrimination explore the devastating social and demographic effects of a cultural preference for boys, a new study examines its psychological effects on the girls ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Children with Down syndrome who have motor speech deficits have been inadequately diagnosed, which could have a major impact on the interventions used by speech pathologists when treating patients, a ... read more

Children on Autism Spectrum More Likely to Wander, Disappear, Study Suggests

Feb. 4, 2016 — A new study suggests that more than one-quarter million school-age children with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disorders wander away from adult supervision each ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — In a new study, researchers show that a particular protein found in the brains of both male and female mice is present at higher levels in females, which offers them stronger protection against one ... read more

Gambling Is Associated With 'Risk-Taking Behavior' in Young Teens, Study Finds

Feb. 4, 2016 — Gambling among young teens may be associated with increased use of alcohol, cigarettes, or marijuana, according to a study that surveyed sixth- to eighth-graders in Italian ... read more

Incarceration of a Parent During Childhood May Later Add to Men's Heart Attack Risk

Feb. 4, 2016 — Men who as children experienced a family member’s incarceration are approximately twice as likely to have a heart attack in later adulthood in comparison with men who were not exposed to such a ... read more

Association Among Childhood ADHD, Sex and Obesity

Feb. 4, 2016 — The incidence of childhood and adult obesity has increased significantly over the past three decades. New research shows that there is an association between obesity development during adulthood and ... read more

High-Tech Toys Could Stagnate Babies' Communication Skills

Feb. 3, 2016 — When babies and toddlers play with a tablet or other noisy device, they often play alone, which can be detrimental to their development, according to an assistant professor and extension early child ... read more

Addressing Trauma in Juvenile Offenders Should Be Larger Focus of Rehabilitation, Study Finds

Feb. 3, 2016 — Treating trauma in juvenile offenders can aid social relationships that help them stay out of trouble, according to a new study. Between 65 and 75 percent of juveniles in the criminal justice system ... read more

'How Much Does It Hurt?' For Preschoolers, Cognitive Development Can Limit Ability to Rate Pain

Feb. 3, 2016 — 'Rate your pain on a scale of zero to ten' -- for most adults and older children, it's a simple concept. But preschool-aged children generally lack the cognitive skills needed to make ... read more

Parental Depression Associated With Worse School Performance by Children

Feb. 3, 2016 — Having parents diagnosed with depression during a child's life was associated with worse school performance at age 16 a new study of children born in Sweden ... read more

Practice Makes Perfect: Switching Between Languages Pays Off

Feb. 3, 2016 — Bilingual children are better than monolinguals at a certain type of mental control, research shows. Additionally, those children with more practice switching between languages have even greater ... read more

Practice Makes Perfect: Switching Between Languages Pays Off

Feb. 3, 2016 — Bilingual children are better than monolinguals at a certain type of mental control, and that those children with more practice switching between languages have even greater ... read more

Investigating Potential Fetal Exposure to Antidepressants

Feb. 3, 2016 — Depression is a serious issue for expecting mothers. Left untreated, depression could have implications for a fetus's health. But treating the disease during pregnancy may carry health risks for ... read more

Difficult Grammar Affects Music Experience

Feb. 3, 2016 — Reading and listening to music at the same time affects how you hear the ... read more

Emergency Visits by Youth for Mental Health, Addiction Rise by 32 Percent Over 6 Years

Feb. 2, 2016 — Demand for child and youth mental health care has been steadily rising throughout the health care system in Ontario, Canada. The biggest growth is occurring in emergency departments, driven by youth ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — Abnormalities in embryonic brain development in mice, including transient embryonic brain enlargement during neuron formation, are responsible for abnormal adult brain structures and behavioral ... read more

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