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Child Development News
December 7, 2019

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New research reveals how a week in the dark rewires brain cell networks and changes hearing sensitivity in adult mice long ... read more
How did the almost 6,000 languages of the world come into being? Researchers have tried to simulate the process of developing a new communication system in an experiment -- ... read more
Children's average daily time spent watching television or using a computer or mobile device increased from 53 minutes at age 12 months to more than 150 minutes at 3 years, ... read more

New Study Dispels Myths About What Makes Youth Sports Fun for Kids

A new study looks at what makes organized sports fun for kids, and some of the findings might surprise you. The new study dispels the popular myth that what makes sports the most fun for girls are ... read more
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Concussion Alters How Information Is Transmitted Within the Brain

Damage from concussion alters the way information is transmitted between the 2 halves of the brain, according to a new ... read more

Family Support Reduces Chance of School and Workplace Bullying

Having a supportive family environment makes school-age LGB children in the UK significantly less likely to be victims of bullying, according to new ... read more

Dogs Promote Page Turning for Young Readers

Reading in the presence of a pooch may be the page-turning motivation young children need, suggests a researcher. A new study examines the behavior of 17 children from Grades 1 to 3 while reading ... read more

Evidence in Mice That Childhood Asthma Is Influenced by the Neurotransmitter Dopamine

Neurons that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine communicate with T cells to enhance allergic inflammation in the lungs of young mice but not older mice, researchers report. The findings ... read more

Catatonia in Down Syndrome

Down syndrome, due to an extra chromosome 21, occurs in 250,000 children and adults in the United States, making it the country's most common chromosomal disorder. Inherited heart defects, ... read more

Helicopter Parents and 'Hothouse Children' -- Exploring the High Stakes of Family Dynamics

The phenomenon of helicopter parenting most often occurs in middle- to upper-class families where stakes are high for parents to be able to show off their children's success. Her research, which ... read more

HIV Drug Exposure in Womb May Increase Child Risk of Microcephaly, Developmental Delays

Children born to women on HIV therapy containing the drug efavirenz were 2 to 2.5 times more likely to have microcephaly, or small head size, compared to children born to women on regimens of other ... read more

Schools Less Important Than Parents in Determining Higher Education Aspirations

A new study shows that the elementary school a child attends has almost no influence on their desire to progress to higher education -- as factors including parental aspirations, academic support ... read more

Zika Virus Can Cause Immune and Brain Abnormalities in Asymptomatic Pig Offspring

Zika virus infection in the womb produces altered immune responses and sex-specific brain abnormalities in apparently healthy pig offspring, according to a new ... read more

New Research Quantifies How Much Speakers' First Language Affects Learning a New Language

Linguistic research suggests that accents are strongly shaped by the speaker's first language they learned growing up. New research sheds light on just how strong these effects can be. This work ... read more

People Who Cannot Read May Be Three Times as Likely to Develop Dementia

New research has found that people who are illiterate, meaning they never learned to read or write, may have nearly three times greater risk of developing dementia than people who can read and ... read more

Lithium Can Reverse Radiation Damage After Brain Tumor Treatment

Children who have received radiotherapy for a brain tumor can develop cognitive problems later in life. In their studies on mice, researchers have now shown that the drug lithium can help to reverse ... read more

Puberty May Offer Window to Reset Effects of Early Deprived Care on Stress-Response System

The ability to recalibrate how children respond to stress could offer a way to promote ... read more

Cholesterol, Fat Profiles at Birth Linked to Psychological Health at Age 5

Babies born with high levels of bad cholesterol and a certain type of fat may face a heightened risk for social and psychological problems in childhood, according to new scientific ... read more

Study Finds Links Between Early Screen Exposure, Sleep Disruption and EBD in Kids

A new study has found that first exposure earlier than 18 months of age to screen devices -- such as smartphones, tablets, videogame consoles, television etc -- and the presence of multiple screen ... read more

Why Only Some Post-Stroke Survivors Can 'Copy What I Say'

Researchers report that the left lateral temporal cortex must be intact in stroke patients with aphasia if they are to have their speech entrained. In speech entrainment, stroke survivors practice ... read more

Complementary and Alternative Therapies to Treat Colic in Babies

A review of the evidence on the use of complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies to treat babies with colic has shown some that some treatments -- including probiotics, fennel extract and spinal ... read more

Trauma and Kids: The Role of the Early Childhood Teacher

New research has explored the growing uncertainty faced by children aged 0-8 years in disaster zones, such as bushfires, finding that early childhood teachers hold a vital role in supporting children ... read more

Preterm Children Have Similar Temperament to Children Who Were Institutionally Deprived

A child's temperament appears to be affected by the early stages of their life. Researchers have found children who were born very preterm (under 32 weeks gestation) or very low birthweight ... read more

Mothers' Pregnancy-Related Anxiety May Alter How Infants' Brains Respond to Sad Speech

A study shows a correlation between mothers' self-reported pregnancy-related anxiety, and babies' blood flow to brain areas responsible for emotional responses when listening to sad ... read more

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