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October 25, 2016

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October 25, 2016

More Time on Digital Devices Means Kids Less Likely to Finish Homework

Oct. 21, 2016 — In findings that will not surprise the parents of any school-aged child, new research finds that the more time children spend using digital devices, the less likely they are to finish their ... read more

Oct. 18, 2016 — These days, due to the spread of computers, tablets and smart phones, almost everybody types. But most modern-day typists are self-taught and have adopted "nonstandard" styles that are much ... read more

Folinic Acid Could Help Children With Autism Communicate Better

Oct. 18, 2016 — Prescription doses of folinic acid, which is a reduced form of a B vitamin known as folate, could help improve the language and communication skills of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ... read more

Insight Into Sleep's Role in Schizophrenia Offers Potential Treatment Path

Oct. 18, 2016 — A sleep abnormality likely plays an important role in schizophrenia, according to sleep experts. In a review of the growing body of evidence linking a reduction in sleep spindle activity to ... read more

Foster Care Children at Much Greater Risk of Physical, Mental Health Problems

Oct. 17, 2016 — Children who have been in the U.S. foster care system are at a significantly higher risk of mental and physical health problems – ranging from learning disabilities, developmental delays and ... read more

Low Socio-Economic Status, Fear of Abandonment Early in Life Can Lead to Poor Adult Health

Oct. 13, 2016 — Low socio-economic status and fear of abandonment early in life can lead to poor health in adulthood, regardless of adult socio-economic status, according to a new ... read more

Oct. 13, 2016 — Preschoolers' fine and gross motor skill development is indicative of later performance on two key measures of kindergarten readiness, according to a study. Preschoolers who performed better on ... read more

Sleep-Deprived Preschoolers Eat More

Oct. 13, 2016 — Sleep-deprived preschoolers consumed about 20 percent more calories than usual, 25 percent more sugar and 26 percent more carbohydrates, say researchers. The following day, the kids were allowed to ... read more

Fact or Fiction: Dispelling the Myths and Misconceptions of ADHD

Oct. 13, 2016 — Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a very common condition diagnosed mainly in children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 6.4 million children ... read more

Oct. 12, 2016 — A new approach to image functional activity in the brains of individual fetuses has now been pioneered by researchers, allowing a better look at how functional networks within the brain develop. The ... read more

Plugged-in Parenting: How Parental Smartphone Use May Affect Kids

Oct. 12, 2016 — Parents’ use of mobile technology around young children may be causing internal tension, conflicts and negative interactions with their kids, suggests a small qualitative ... read more

Teachers Could Be Making Students’ Anxiety Worse

Oct. 12, 2016 — The anxiety that comes with feeling like an outsider in the classroom can hinder students’ learning and, ironically, teachers could be making it worse, according to a new study by a Michigan State ... read more

People With Bipolar Disorder More Than Twice as Likely to Have Suffered Childhood Adversity

Oct. 12, 2016 — People with bipolar disorder are more than twice as likely to have suffered childhood adversity. Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme depressive and manic states which impair quality of life ... read more

Oct. 12, 2016 — By comparing your index and ring fingers, a neuroscientist can tell if you are likely to be anxious, or if you are likely to be a good ... read more

Televiewing Predicts Social Impairment During Adolescence

Oct. 11, 2016 — Young children who watch too much television are at risk of victimization and social isolation, and adopting violent and antisocial behavior toward other students at age 13, new research ... read more

Oct. 11, 2016 — Children with ASD often have trouble understanding non­verbal behavior in social interactions and struggle to communicate. Many avoid eye contact and miss visual cues, making it difficult to ... read more

Childhood Family Environment Linked With Relationship Quality 60 Years Later

Oct. 11, 2016 — Growing up in a warm family environment in childhood is associated with feeling more secure in romantic relationships in one's 80s, according to new research. The findings show that men who grew ... read more

Study Finds Differences in Obesity Rates Between Children/teens With and Without Autism

Oct. 11, 2016 — Children and teens with autism spectrum disorder may be more likely to be obese and stay obese during adolescence than their peers without autism spectrum disorder, research ... read more

Family Stressors and Traumatic Childhood Experiences Linked to ADHD Diagnoses in Children

Oct. 11, 2016 — Children who experience family and environmental stressors, and traumatic experiences, such as poverty, mental illness and exposure to violence, are more likely to be diagnosed with Attention ... read more

New Study Finds 'Amplifier' Helps Make Connections in the Fetal Brain

Oct. 11, 2016 — Early neural connections are sparse, weak, and unreliable. Now researchers have discovered that fetal brains use a special amplifier in order to transmit ... read more

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