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Reading with Toddlers Reduces Harsh Parenting, Enhances Child Behavior

People who regularly read with their toddlers are less likely to engage in harsh parenting and the children are less likely to be hyperactive or disruptive, a Rutgers-led study finds.

by Staff Reporter

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Nearly 1 in 5 Parents say their Child Never Wears a Helmet While Riding a Bike

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Despite evidence that helmets are critical to preventing head injuries, not all children wear them while biking, skateboarding, and riding scooters, a new national poll finds.

by Staff Reporter

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How a Member of a Family of Light-Sensitive Proteins Adjusts Skin Color

PROVIDENCE, R.I.[Brown University] -- A team of Brown University researchers found that opsin 3 -- a protein closely related to rhodopsin, the protein that enables low-light vision -- has a role in adjusting the amount of pigment produced in human skin, a determinant of skin color.

by Staff Reporter

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More than a Half-million Parents with Opioid use Disorder Live with Children

An estimated 623,000 parents with opioid use disorder in the United States are living with children under the age of 18, and fewer than one-third of the parents have received substance use treatment.

by Staff Reporter

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Modern conflict: Screen time vs. nature

Even rural kids today spend more time in front of screens and less time outdoors, according to a new study of middle-school students in South Carolina.

by Ernest Hamilton


Chatterbox Parents May Boost Tots' Intelligence

Researchers have found that young children who are exposed to large amounts of adult speech tend to have better cognitive skills.

by Staff Reporter

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Regenstrief, IU Health Study Helps Chaplains Provide Proactive Care to Families in Crises

INDIANAPOLIS -- A new model developed and implemented by the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University Health provides chaplains with a framework to deliver better care to families and surrogate decision makers during health emergencies.

by Staff Reporter

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Parental behaviour affects the involvement of children in cyberbullying

Andalusian researchers demand the involvement of families and training in prevention programmes

by Staff Reporter

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Screen time -- even before bed -- has little impact on teen well-being

Data from more than 17,000 teenagers show little evidence of a relationship between screen time and well-being in adolescents. The study, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, casts doubt on the widely accepted notion that spending time online, gaming, or watching TV, especially before bedtime, can damage young people's mental health.

by Staff Reporter

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Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may play opposite roles in childhood asthma

Dietary intake of two fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6, may have opposite effects on the severity of asthma in children and may also play opposite roles in modifying their response to indoor air pollution, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

by Staff Reporter

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How To Teach Your Teens About Healthy Relationships

Relationships are an important part of life. Unfortunately, too many young people are forced to try to grapple with them on their own. If you are a parent of a teenager, it's vital that you start teaching your teen how to have healthy relationships.

by Staff Reporter

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Does story time with an e-book change how parents and toddlers interact?

Study suggests that parents and children talk and interact less with electronic books compared to print books

by Staff Reporter

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Breastfeeding can erase effects of prenatal violence for newborns

How infants adjust in their first months of life depends on many factors, including what their mothers experienced while they are in utero.

by Staff Reporter

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Simple directions from parents can guide children's discovery

Whether it's probing a child's understanding of a topic through questions or engaging in hands-on activities alongside them, parents can guide their children to learn in new ways through simple directions, according to a study by psychology researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

by Staff Reporter

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Vitamin D may protect against pollution-associated asthma symptoms in obese children

A new study finds vitamin D may be protective among asthmatic obese children living in urban environments with high indoor air pollution. The study out of John Hopkins University School of Medicine, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health, was published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice.

by Staff Reporter

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Keep calm and don't carry on when parenting teens

Researchers look at how mothers and fathers control themselves (and their rising anger) in difficult interactions with their teenagers

by Staff Reporter

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Teens need to text, talk with parents often to maintain youth resiliency after a divorce

Texting, FaceTime and other popular communication methods among teens may help build supportive parent-youth relationships after a divorce, according to a Kansas State University family studies researcher.

by Staff Reporter

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Parents: Keep medical marijuana dispensaries away from children

About 3/4 of parents say dispensaries should not be near schools; 1/2 concerned about the risks of people driving while impaired near children's areas

by Staff Reporter

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'Old' sperm produces healthier offspring

Sperm that lives for longer before fertilizing an egg produces healthier offspring - according to new research from the University of East Anglia and Uppsala University in Sweden.

by Staff Reporter

Child hurt

Book offers hope to parents of children who self-torture

Parents who discover their children intentionally hurt themselves - by cutting, carving, scratching or burning their skin - often feel guilty and ashamed, assuming they somehow caused their children's emotional distress. A new book by experts in self-injury offers parents hope: assurance that they didn't cause their child's self-injuring, and guidance on how they can become key allies in helping their child heal.

by Staff Reporter

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Time parents spend with children key to academic success

The time parents spend with their children has a powerful effect on their educational achievement, according to a large study with a novel approach.

by Staff Reporter

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Keeping the peace when mom and grandma disagree on feeding the kids

Many mothers have to navigate a sea of advice from family and experts when it comes to feeding their babies. Nonetheless, nutrition educators typically focus only on the mother, even in Latino communities where grandmothers and other older female relatives often play major roles in caring for children.

by Staff Reporter

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