Mom’s diabetes control in pregnancy may affect kids’ brains

Reuters – Roxanne Nelson “For pregnant women with type 1 diabetes, good control of blood sugar might make a difference in how well their child does in school years later, according to new research from Denmark. Overall, children born to mothers with type 1...

Young or old, learning a foreign language has benefits

China Daily – Tania Sole “At Arrowhead Elementary in Santa Clara, Utah half of the kindergartners, first-graders and second-graders spend half of each day in classes taught entirely in Mandarin Chinese. This model of language education is known as dual...

Why Every American Should Adopt a Second Country

Time – Andrés Martinez “People are constantly extolling the study of foreign languages and cultures because it helps us better understand the rest of the world, and because it turns out that being bilingual is good for the brain (thanks, ma!). But one of...

Can genes predict foreign language learning skills?

The Telegraph – Anne Merritt “Language teachers will explain to students that anyone can learn a foreign language, and that the skill comes from nurture and not nature. But does biology play any role at all? Is there any part of our DNA that can predict...

How to make your child smarter before he or she is even born

The Deseret News – Herb Scribner “Your baby, even when in the womb, has preferences. A new study published in PLOS One found that fetuses move and respond more when their mothers touch their own stomachs than when they talk to the babies from outside the...