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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Kids, Allergies And A Possible Downside To Squeaky Clean Dishes

NPR – Rob Stein

“Could using a dishwashing machine increase the chances your child will develop allergies? That’s what some provocative new research suggests — but don’t tear out your machine just yet. The study involved 1,029 Swedish children (ages 7 or 8) and found that those whose parents said they mostly wash the family’s dishes by hand were significantly less likely to develop eczema, and somewhat less likely to develop allergic asthma and hay fever…The findings are the latest to support the “hygiene hypothesis,” a still-evolving proposition that’s been gaining momentum in recent years. The hypothesis basically suggests that people in developed countries are growing up way too clean because of a variety of trends, including the use of hand sanitizers and detergents, and spending too little time around animals. As a result, children don’t tend to be exposed to as many bacteria and other microorganisms, and maybe that deprives their immune system of the chance to be trained to recognize microbial friend from foe. That may make the immune system more likely to misfire and overreact in a way that leads to allergies, eczema and asthma…”(more)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Q&A: Blocks, Play, Screen Time And The Infant Mind

NPR – Eric Westervelt

“Dr. Dimitri Christakis has done extensive research on blocks and play, and has lectured on media and children. He is the director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute…We talked about the way young children learn and how their minds develop. He’s not against digital education tools, but he says they have to be the right kind and age-appropriate. He is raising alarms that Americans are over-charging their infant’s developing brains…the typical preschool child in the United States watches about 4 1/2 hours of television a day, and they’re only awake for about 12 hours a day. So somewhere between 20 and 30 percent of their time is spent in front of a screen, [raising] the question of what are they not doing that they would otherwise be doing? What activities are being displaced? And much of those activities are traditional means of interacting with the environment and with adults.”(more)

Friday, December 26, 2014

An Update On Screen Time

NPR – ELISSA NADWORNY

“This year we took a new look at screen time — and the argument over whether it’s good or bad for kids. We explored what the research revealed about screen time, how schools are using devices in the classroom and its social implications. We’ve seen many ways that media can have a positive impact on kids and learning. Mr. Rogers used his TV show to instill values and teach lessons in our country’s youngest audience. And through Daniel Tiger, Fred Rogers’ focus on social and emotional learning continues to reach a whole new generation…The long-standing recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics has been that kids’ entertainment screen time be limited “to less than one or two hours per day.” And for kids under 2: none at all. But those restrictions may also be evolving.”(more)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Bilinguals More Efficient at Higher-Level Brain Functions, Study Says

Latin Post – Nicole Akoukou Thompson

“Bilingual people are more efficient at higher-level brain functions. New research suggests that those who speak two languages likely have the “bilingualism advantage,” meaning that they’re more efficient at language processing and other tasks. The “bilingualism advantage” has long been assumed to enhance an ability to differentiate between important information and non-important material, stemming from how bilingual individuals process and practice language. And those assumptions have been proven to be true…”(more)

Three Irish Kids are Changing How We View Scientific Breakthroughs

Good – Mark Hay

“…last month, media outlets around the world lit up over the victory of three 16-year-old Irish girls, Sophie Healy-Thow, Émer Hickey, and Clara Judge of the small town of Kinsale, at the 2014 Google Science Fair…the Irish trio’s experiment, slowly grown over three years out of a love of gardening, natural curiosity, and methodical tests on more than 13,000 seeds, is a prime example of the rigor and dedication apparent in successful young scientists…The girls appear to be part of something much greater as well…At this year’s Google fair, a host of other entrants from around the globe presented other interesting projects with real world potential…these young students are actually making contributions on par with many veteran researchers, challenging perceptions of what scientific achievement looks like. “(more)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Study: Higher Birth Weight Correlates to Better School Performance

Education Week – Christina Samuels

“An analysis of matched birth and school records of 1.6 million children in Florida born between 1992 and 2002 shows that the higher the children’s weight at birth, the better that child’s later performance on reading and math tests…The researchers conducted further analyses of the schools that the children attended, noting that the effect of birthweight does not appear to be overcome by attending a higher-quality school…In a press release announcing the findings, Jeffrey Roth, a research professor of pediatrics in the University of Florida College of Medicine and a co-author of the study, said…”We tend to think that good schools are places where struggling kids get special attention and motivated teachers can correct any problems with learning,” he said. “This research indicates that is not always the case. Good schools are good for everyone, but even the best schools don’t seem to differentially help kids with early health disadvantage.””(more)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Brain Science in the Classroom

Education Week – Benedict Carey

“The most valuable course a student could take is not currently a part of any standard curriculum. It’s Learning 101—specifically, how the brain picks up knowledge and skills most efficiently…The science of learning offers…small techniques that can be deployed right away—today; now—and have outsized effects.” (more)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Obese in Adolescence, Colon Cancer in Later Life?

MSN – Staff Writer

“Obesity and inflammation in late adolescence are associated with increased risk for colon and rectal cancer in adulthood, a new study of Swedish males suggests.” (more)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mother’s thyroid level ‘may predict child’s poor maths’

BBC News – Staff Writer

“Children born to mothers who have low levels of thyroid hormones during pregnancy tend to do worse in maths in early primary school, a study says.” (more)

Friday, August 29, 2014

When it comes to a growing child, the brain comes first

Philly.com – Robert Preidt

“Young children grow much more slowly than other mammals because their developing brains require so much energy to prepare for the challenges of later life, a new study contends.” (more)