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Infants smell threats by mother's odor: Study

The sense of smell seems to be behind a mother's ability to pass specific fears to her infant in the first days of life. Scientists believe fear can be passed between generations, with mother to child the primary route.

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Preterm children's brains can catch up years later

There's some good news for parents of preterm babies - latest research from the University of Adelaide shows that by the time they become teenagers, the brains of many preterm children can perform almost as well as those born at term.


First Grade Reading Suffers in Segregated Schools

A groundbreaking study from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute has found that African-American students in first grade experience smaller gains in reading when they attend segregated schools-but the students' backgrounds likely are not the cause of the differences.

More U.S. breast cancer deaths in blacks than whites

Lifestyle affects risks of developing metabolic syndrome in childhood cancer survivors: Study

Leading a healthy lifestyle may lower childhood cancer survivors' risk of developing the metabolic syndrome, says a study.

ToddlerPreschoolers With Special Needs Benefit From Peers’ Strong Language Skills


The guiding philosophy for educating children with disabilities has been to integrate them as much as possible into a normal classroom environment, with the hope that peers' skills will help bring them up to speed. A new study provides empirical evidence that peers really can have an impact on a child's language abilities, for better or worse.

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HealthPeople who work shifts at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes


People who work shifts may be at higher risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. The risk is highest among men and those who work rotating shift patterns.

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HealthPeople who work shifts at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes


People who work shifts may be at higher risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. The risk is highest among men and those who work rotating shift patterns.

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HealthPhysicists create tool to foresee language destruction impact and thus prevent it


There have been numerous cases of cultural changes throughout history. Either by imposition or assimilation, cultural traits are transmitted between neighbouring regions and often one replaces the original cultural traits of the other. Physicists Joaquim Fort, from the University of Girona (UdG), and Neus Isern, from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), are experts in modelling these phenomena by adequately representing a reality, as they have demonstrated with their previous projects.

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HealthWhy do men prefer nice women?: Responsiveness and desire


People's emotional reactions and desires in initial romantic encounters determine the fate of a potential relationship. Responsiveness may be one of those initial "sparks" necessary to fuel sexual desire and land a second date. However, it may not be a desirable trait for both men and women on a first date. Does responsiveness increase sexual desire in the other person? Do men perceive responsive women as more attractive, and does the same hold true for women's perceptions of men? A study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin seeks to answer those questions.

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ToddlerParent's death in childhood may increase risk of early death: Study

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People who experienced the death of a parent while they were children appear to be more likely to die prematurely themselves, according to new research.

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NewsNew Research: When it hurts to think we were made for each other.


Aristotle said, "Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies." Poetic as it is, thinking that you and your partner were made in heaven for each other can hurt your relationship, says a new study.

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ToddlerBackground TV can be bad for kids


University of Iowa study shows link between TV programming and children's learning and development

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HealthMany overweight children think they are thinner


Most children and teens who are overweight perceive themselves to be much thinner than they actually are, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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HealthLarge twin study suggests that language delay due more to nature than nurture

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Language traits analyzed in the study -- vocabulary, combining words and grammar -- were significantly heritable

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HealthMissing sleep may hurt your memory

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Lack of sleep, already considered a public health epidemic, can also lead to errors in memory, finds a new study by researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine.

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HealthScripps Florida Scientists Identify Gene that Plays a Surprising Role in Combating Aging

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It is something of an eternal question: Can we slow or even reverse the aging process? Even though genetic manipulations can, in fact, alter some cellular dynamics, little is known about the mechanisms of the aging process in living organisms.

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HealthNo evidence that California cellphone ban decreased accidents, says Colorado University Boulder researcher


In a recent study, a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder found no evidence that a California ban on using hand-held cellphones while driving decreased the number of traffic accidents in the state in the first six months following the ban.

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HealthNew study finds one-third of Alzheimer's cases are preventable


Scientists have linked a new protein to Alzheimer's disease, different from the amyloid and tau that make up the sticky brain plaques and tangles long known to be its hallmarks.

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InfantMeasuring nurture: Study shows how 'good mothering' hardwires infant brain

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First telemetric readings in infant rat brain recorded as mother nests, nurses, and grooms pups

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Incidence of stroke in the elderly has dropped by 40 percent over the last 20 years

Loneliness increases risk for premature death in elderly

Good news for an aging population: Rates declined for ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke and mortality in both men and women 65 years and older, reports The American Journal of Medicine

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Want a higher GPA in college? Join a gym

For those students looking to bump up their grade point averages during college, the answer may not be spending more time in a library or study hall, but in a gym.


Being extremely obese cuts a person's lifespan more than cigarettes

It's already common knowledge that obesity can cut life short by causing strokes, but a new study quantifies the toll: the most extreme cases cut a person's lifespan more than cigarettes.

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Adults with Special Needs See Gains, Challenges with Long Term Oral Care

A retrospective study conducted by researchers at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and colleagues reports that among adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the likelihood of having cavities decreased as the number of years receiving dental care increased. The findings, published in the July/August issue of Special Care in Dentistry, may help improve interventions designed to address the oral health of individuals in this population.


Most prescription labels fail to meet guidelines, risking dosage errors

Most prescription labels fail to meet guidelines, risking dosage errors.


Sibling composition impacts childhood obesity risk

Having obese brothers and sisters is more revealing indicator of child obesity than having obese parents, according to new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine

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