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High-quality early childhood development programs can help prevent onset of adult chronic disease

High-quality early childhood development programs can help prevent onset of adult chronic disease

High-quality early childhood development programs with health care and nutritional components can help prevent or delay the onset of adult chronic disease, according to a new study by Nobel laureate economist James Heckman and researchers at the University of Chicago, University College London and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina. [More]

Toxicologists reveal new methods for estimating infants' exposure to POPs

Toxicologists are revealing new methods and models for estimating infants' exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs) today at the Society of Toxicology (SOT) 53rd Annual Meeting and ToxExpo in Phoenix, Ariz. [More]
New insights into how human brain responds to chronic pain

New insights into how human brain responds to chronic pain

University of Adelaide researchers say new insights into how the human brain responds to chronic pain could eventually lead to improved treatments for patients. [More]

Study: Girls who play with Barbie dolls see fewer career options than boys

In one of the first experiments to explore the influence of fashion dolls, an Oregon State University researcher has found that girls who play with Barbie dolls see fewer career options for themselves than for boys. [More]
Research highlights need to integrate global strategies to tackle development within first 1000 days of childhood

Research highlights need to integrate global strategies to tackle development within first 1000 days of childhood

Safeguarding the healthy development of the next generation is vital for the long term success of the United Nation’s Millennium Development goals. New research in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences highlights the need to integrate global strategies aimed at tackling nutrition and cognitive development within the first thousand days of childhood. [More]
Research highlights global strategies aimed at tackling nutrition, cognitive development within first 1000 days of childhood

Research highlights global strategies aimed at tackling nutrition, cognitive development within first 1000 days of childhood

​Safeguarding the healthy development of the next generation is vital for the long term success of the United Nation's Millennium Development goals. New research in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences highlights the need to integrate global strategies aimed at tackling nutrition and cognitive development within the first thousand days of childhood. [More]
Human visual system can retain plasticity even after extended blindness

Human visual system can retain plasticity even after extended blindness

Deprivation of vision during critical periods of childhood development has long been thought to result in irreversible vision loss. [More]
Peds21 symposium discusses role of parents, caregivers and early childhood experiences in shaping future health

Peds21 symposium discusses role of parents, caregivers and early childhood experiences in shaping future health

​Recent research has found that a dramatic dance between genes and experience shape the architecture of the developing brain, most profoundly during the first 1,000 days of life. [More]

Some children genetically prone to behavioral problems in child care, preschool settings

A new study suggests that some children may be genetically predisposed to developing behavioral problems in child care and preschool settings. [More]

Representatives from Asia-Pacific countries to discuss children’s development and rights in New Delhi

A high-level inter-governmental meeting of representatives of countries from Asia and the Pacific will begin in New Delhi, India tomorrow. At the meeting, hosted by the Government of India and supported by UNICEF, participants will discuss cooperation for the realization of children’s rights and share knowledge and information about early childhood development, children in urban environments and opportunities and issues concerning adolescents. [More]
Babies born to teen mothers have underdeveloped speaking skills, says study

Babies born to teen mothers have underdeveloped speaking skills, says study

Babies born to teen mothers have less developed speaking skills at age five than children of older mothers, a new study has found. [More]

Discovery of neural firing-rate set point opens door to possible treatment for devastating disorders

As we learn and develop, our neurons change. They make new pathways and connections as our brain processes new information. In order to do this, individual neurons use an internal gauge to maintain a delicate balance that keeps our brains from becoming too excitable. [More]
Children with irregular bedtimes more likely to have behavioural difficulties

Children with irregular bedtimes more likely to have behavioural difficulties

Researchers from UCL have found that children with irregular bedtimes are more likely to have behavioural difficulties. [More]

Short-term hearing loss during childhood may lead to persistent hearing deficits

Short-term hearing loss during childhood may lead to persistent hearing deficits, long after basic auditory sensitivity has returned to normal. The processing of sound in the brain is shaped by early experience. [More]
Parent sleep education improves daytime behavior of children with ASD

Parent sleep education improves daytime behavior of children with ASD

Parent sleep education is beneficial in improving sleep and aspects of daytime behavior and family functioning in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), according to a Vanderbilt study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. [More]

Neurobiologists reveal new approach to correcting visual disorders in children

By discovering the role of key neurons that mediate an important part of vision development, UC Irvine and UCLA neurobiologists have revealed a new approach to correcting visual disorders in children who suffer from early cataracts or amblyopia, also known as lazy eye. [More]

Research: No association between pre-natal mercury exposure and autism-like behaviors

The potential impact of exposure to low levels of mercury on the developing brain - specifically by women consuming fish during pregnancy - has long been the source of concern and some have argued that the chemical may be responsible for behavioral disorders such as autism. [More]
Viewpoints: Expanding abortion restrictions; Lift the ban on gay blood donors; Medicare's price schedules

Viewpoints: Expanding abortion restrictions; Lift the ban on gay blood donors; Medicare's price schedules

What's going on in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa ought to be a wake-up call to Minnesotans who prefer that physicians, not politicians, guide an individual's medical care. Minnesota's neighbors have moved with alarming alacrity to cripple women's access to a safe and legal medical procedure -; abortion (7/18). [More]
Children exposed to AEDs in womb at risk of early development issues: Study

Children exposed to AEDs in womb at risk of early development issues: Study

Children whose mothers took antiepileptic drugs while pregnant are at increased risk of early development issues, according to a new study published in Epilepsia, a journal published by Wiley on behalf of the International League Against Epilepsy. [More]

Study examines parental beliefs, attitudes on child media exposure

Differences in parental beliefs and attitudes regarding the effects of media on early childhood development may help explain increasing racial/ethnic disparities in child media viewing/habits, according to a study by Wanjiku F. M. Njoroge, M.D., of Seattle Children's Hospital and the University of Washington, Seattle, and colleagues. [More]