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Published Grocery store carts set to help diagnose common heart rhythm disorder and prevent stroke (via sciencedaily.com) Original source
It could be the shopping trip that saves your life: supermarket trolleys are helping to diagnose atrial fibrillation which can then be treated to prevent disabling or fatal strokes.
Published Dads are key in supporting breastfeeding, safe infant sleep (via sciencedaily.com) Original source
Fathers can make a huge difference in whether an infant is breastfed and placed to sleep safely, according to a recent survey of new fathers.
Published Illusions are in the eye, not the mind (via sciencedaily.com) Original source
Numerous visual illusions are caused by limits in the way our eyes and visual neurones work -- rather than more complex psychological processes, new research shows.
Published High-quality child care contributes to later success in science, math (via sciencedaily.com) Original source
Children who receive high-quality child care as babies, toddlers and preschoolers do better in science, technology, engineering and math through high school, and that link is stronger among children from low-income backgrounds, according to new research.
Published Conflict in marriage less harmful for kids when dad keeps it constructive (via sciencedaily.com) Original source
Conflict is unavoidable in all marriages. When it erupts in families with children, stressed or angry parents may take their pain out on the kids, projecting their anger or withdrawing emotionally or physically. In the worst cases, children's socioemotional development can suffer. But the way parents, especially fathers, deal with marital conflict can make a difference to kids, according to a new study.
Published How caregiver speech shapes infant brain (via sciencedaily.com) Original source
New research shines light on how parents who talk more to their infants improve their children's brain development. Scientists used imaging and audio recordings to link early language skills to caregiver speech, delivering an affirming message that parents can greatly influence their child's linguistic growth in ways that are trackable in brain scans.
Published Male babies 'talk' more in the first year than female babies do (via sciencedaily.com) Original source
Young babies make many squeals, vowel-like sounds, growls, and short word-like sounds such as 'ba' or 'aga.' Those precursors to speech or 'protophones' are later replaced with early words and, eventually, whole phrases and sentences. While some infants are naturally more 'talkative' than others, a new study confirms that there are differences between males and females in the number of those sounds.
Published Amputees feel warmth in their missing hand (via sciencedaily.com) Original source
An unexpected discovery about temperature feedback has led to new bionic technology that allows amputees to sense the temperature of objects ¬-- both hot and cold -- directly in the phantom hand. The technology opens up new avenues for non-invasive prosthetics.
Published Researchers discover brain circuit underlying spontaneous synchronized movement of individuals in groups (via sciencedaily.com) Original source
Individual fish in schools scatter in unison when a predator is in their midst. Such precisely coordinated group movements and immobility during threats have long been observed in insects and mammals. Now, a brain pathway has been discovered that enables individual animals to rapidly coordinate a unified response, with no rehearsal required.
Published Why do Champagne bubbles rise the way they do? Scientists' new discovery is worthy of a toast (via sciencedaily.com) Original source
ere are some scientific findings worthy of a toast: Researchers have explained why bubbles in Champagne fizz up in a straight line while bubbles in other carbonated drinks, like beer or soda, don’t.
Published 'Gluing' soft materials without glue (via sciencedaily.com) Original source
If you're a fan of arts and crafts, you're likely familiar with the messy, sticky, frustration-inducing nature of liquid glues. But researchers now have a brand-new way to weld squishy stuff together without the need for glue at all. They've demonstrated a universal, 'electroadhesion' technique that can adhere soft materials to each other just by running electricity through them.
Published Poor air quality linked to cognitive problems in babies (via sciencedaily.com) Original source
New research shows that poor air quality could be causing cognitive problems in babies and toddlers. A new study reveals an association between poor air quality in India and impaired cognition in infants under two. Without action, the negative impact on children's long-term brain development could have consequences for life.
Published Study finds early RSV infection linked to significantly increased risk of asthma in children (via sciencedaily.com) Original source
A new observational study has found that RSV infection in the first year of life is associated with a significantly increased risk of asthma in children. The study looks at the effects of RSV infections of all different severities on childhood asthma risk at a population level.
Published Cannabinoids give worms the munchies, too (via sciencedaily.com) Original source
Marijuana (cannabis) is well known for giving people the 'munchies.' Not only does it make people want to eat more, but it also makes them crave the tastiest, most high-calorie foods. Now a new study shows that well-studied nematode worms (C. elegans) react to those chemicals known as cannabinoids in precisely the same way.
Published Chitin from consuming insects can help both gut microbiota and global health (via sciencedaily.com) Original source
Increased insect consumption by humans may be better for both gut health and planetary health. Chitin (kai'tin) and healthy fats from insects appear to contribute to healthy gut microbiota and are strong sources of protein and nutrients, according to a recent paper.
Published Research shows why some children may be slower to learn words (via sciencedaily.com) Original source
A new study investigates where toddlers look when they learn new words. It finds that children with larger vocabularies looked quickly towards objects when learning new words. Meanwhile, children who knew fewer words looked back and forth between objects and took more time. The research team say that their findings could help identify children with delays in language development at an earlier stage. Importantly, it means these children could be given earlier support to build their best vocabulary before starting school.
Published Early signs that may help predict ADHD risk (via sciencedaily.com) Original source
Information available at birth may help to identify children with higher likelihood of developing ADHD, according to new research.
Published Harsh discipline increases risk of children developing lasting mental health problems (via sciencedaily.com) Original source
Harsh discipline from parents puts young children at greater risk of developing lasting mental health problems, new research shows. A study with over 7,500 children in Ireland found those exposed to 'hostile' parenting at age three were 1.5 times likelier to have 'high risk' mental health symptoms at age nine. Hostile parenting involves frequent harsh treatment: for example, shouting at children regularly, isolating them as a punishment, or unpredictable treatment depending on the parent's mood. While parenting is only one factor influencing mental health, the study recommends that mental health professionals and teachers should be alert to its potential impact.
Published Beneficial bacteria in the infant gut uses nitrogen from breast milk to support baby's health (via sciencedaily.com) Original source
A nutrition scientist who has spent his career studying breast milk has demonstrated how beneficial microbes in the gut of infants use nitrogen from human milk to support pediatric nutrition and development.
Published Vocal tract size, shape dictate speech sounds (via sciencedaily.com) Original source
Researchers explore how anatomical variations in a speaker's vocal tract affect speech production. Using MRI, the team recorded the shape of the vocal tract for 41 speakers as the subjects produced a series of representative speech sounds. They averaged these shapes to establish a sound-independent model of the vocal tract. Then they used statistical analysis to extract the main variations between speakers. A handful of factors explained nearly 90% of the differences between speakers.