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Child Development
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Hearing relaxing words in your sleep slows your heart down      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have investigated whether the body is truly disconnected from the external world during sleep. To do so, they focused on how heartbeat changes when we hear different words during sleep. They found that relaxing words slowed down cardiac activity as a reflection of deeper sleep and in comparison to neutral words that did not have such a slowing effect. This discovery sheds new light on brain-heart interactions during sleep.

Child Development
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Time watching videos may stunt toddler language development, but it depends on why they're watching      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new study reveals that passive video use among toddlers can negatively affect language development, but their caregiver's motivations for exposing them to digital media could also lessen the impact.

Fitness
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More intense exercise reduces post-concussion anxiety in teens      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Returning to moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) after a concussion may play a vital role in helping teens feel less anxious while recovering from the injury, according to a new study.

Birth Defects Child Development Children's Health Depression Infant's Health Mental Health Research Parenting Pregnancy and Childbirth Psychology Research Today's Healthcare
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Stress during pregnancy can lead to early maturation of first-born daughters      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have found a correlation between early signs of adrenal puberty in first-born daughters and their mothers' having experienced high levels of prenatal stress. They did not find the same result in boys or daughters who were not first-born.

Fitness
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Women get the same exercise benefits as men, but with less effort      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new study shows there is a gender gap between women and men when it comes to exercise. The findings show that women can exercise less often than men, yet receive greater cardiovascular gains.

Child Development Parenting
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To boost a preschooler's language skills, consider reminiscing      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Book sharing is a popular way parents engage young children in conversation. However, not all parents are comfortable with book sharing and not all children like having books read to them. Research provides an alternative. To boost the quality of a preschooler's language experience and skills, consider reminiscing with them. Findings show reminiscing is very good at eliciting high quality speech from parents, and in many ways, is just as good as book sharing (wordless picture books).

Fitness
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New study analyzes link between digit ratio and oxygen consumption in footballers      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

The efficiency of oxygen supply to tissues is a factor in the severity of important diseases such as Covid-19 and heart conditions. Scientists already know that the relationship between the length of a person's index and ring fingers, known as the 2D:4D ratio is correlated with performance in distance running, age at heart attack and severity of Covid-19.

Child Development Infant and Preschool Learning Parenting
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How parents can help prevent the development of ADHD symptoms      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Parents of young children with an excitable or exuberant temperament could adapt their parenting style to help moderate their child's potential development of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to a new study.

Children's Health Fitness
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School uniform policies linked to students getting less exercise, study finds      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

School uniforms could be restricting young people from being active, particularly primary school-aged girls, according to a new study. The study used data about the physical activity of more than a million five-to-17-year-olds in 135 countries. In countries where a majority of schools require students to wear uniforms, fewer young people are meeting the World Health Organization's recommendations for physical activity (60 minutes per day). Fewer girls are meeting the guidelines than boys -- with a standard gap of 7.6 percentage points between boys and girls.

Child Development Living Well
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Great apes playfully tease each other      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Babies playfully tease others as young as eight months of age. Since language is not required for this behavior, similar kinds of playful teasing might be present in non-human animals. Now cognitive biologists and primatologists have documented playful teasing in four species of great apes. Like joking behavior in humans, ape teasing is provocative, persistent, and includes elements of surprise and play. Because all four great ape species used playful teasing, it is likely that the prerequisites for humor evolved in the human lineage at least 13 million years ago.

Child Development Psychology Research
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Are you depressed? Scents might help      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Smelling a familiar scent can help depressed individuals recall specific autobiographical memories and potentially assist in their recovery.

Child Development
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Children's positive attitude towards mathematics fades during the early school years      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Children's interest in, and competence perceptions of, mathematics are generally quite positive as they begin school, but turn less positive during the first three years. This is shown by a recent study exploring the development of children's motivation for mathematics during the early school years, and how that development is associated with their mathematics competence. The researchers followed nearly three hundred children for three years.

Child Development
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Language barriers could contribute to higher aggression in people with dementia      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Immigrants living with dementia were more likely to present with agitation and aggression compared with their non-immigrant counterparts, a new study has found.

Child Development Psychology Research
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How emotions affect word retrieval in people with aphasia      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

People with aphasia have more trouble coming up with words they want to use when they're prompted by images and words that carry negative emotional meaning, new research suggests.

Birth Defects Child Development Infant's Health Parenting Psychology Research
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Patterns of brain connectivity differ between pre-term and term babies      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new scanning study of 390 babies has shown distinct patterns between term and pre-term babies in the moment-to-moment activity and connectivity of brain networks.

Depression Fitness Mental Health Research
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Benefits of resistance exercise training in treatment of anxiety and depression      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new study has demonstrated the impact resistance exercise training can have in the treatment of anxiety and depressive symptoms.

Child Development Infant and Preschool Learning Parenting
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Early drawing and building skills linked to enhanced education and behavior in children      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Fine motor skills in young children are linked to better GCSE scores and fewer behavioral problems in childhood and adolescence, according to a new study.

Child Development Children's Health Psychology Research
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World's largest childhood trauma study uncovers brain rewiring      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

The world's largest brain study of childhood trauma has revealed how it affects development and rewires vital pathways. The study uncovered a disruption in neural networks involved in self-focus and problem-solving. This means under-18s who experienced abuse may struggle with emotions, empathy and understanding their bodies.

Diet and Weight Loss Dieting and Weight Control Fitness
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Understanding rapid weight loss in older women: Message from the heart      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Unexplained rapid weight loss in older people could be a sign of underlying disease and can be linked with increased risk of falls and fractures, as well as a poorer long-term prognosis.

Child Development
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Study discovers neurons in the human brain that can predict what we are going to say before we say it      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

By using advanced brain recording techniques, a new study demonstrates how neurons in the human brain work together to allow people to think about what words they want to say and then produce them aloud through speech.