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New insight into how children learn maths

Teaching maths using abstract gestures is a good way to help children learn, research suggests. Eight-year-olds gained a deeper understanding of mathematical principles by using their hands as well as their brains, say US psychologists. Children were taught to solve formulae such as: "4 + 2 + 6 = _ + 6" by making a V-point beneath the numbers to be added, then pointing at the blank. The actions helped in generalisation, a report in Psychological Science says. Previous studies have shown that gesture helps learning. More...

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Kids need to offset 'screen time' with 'nature time'

While experts worry about the ills of the internet age and the health problems linked to kids' hours of screen time, Richard Louv says there is an antidote - and it's free. Louv is the author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, and he coined the term "nature deficit disorder." He says spending time in nature has a wide range of benefits for physical and mental health. "The symptoms of attention deficit disorder go down in kids as young as five. In schools, first there's evidence it's connected to cognitive development, the ability to learn, and executive development which is the ability to control ourselves," Louv says. More...

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Vitamin D is most needful for adult or kids??

Vitamin D is extremely important from babies to adults to have healthy bones and teeth. Deficiency in Vitamin D has been linked to serious health issues such as allergies, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer,depression, diabetes and heart disease. Where to get Vitamin D? Frequent sun exposure may help your body to boost your vitamin D level on track. However, if you get sun exposure through a window you won’t be able to get enough, since Vitamin D won’t pass through window glass. If you put sunscreen it also blocks Vitamin D entering into your skin. More...


Pregnancy weight that persists may be harmful to heart

Women who don't lose all their "baby weight" within the first year after giving birth could be setting themselves up for diabetes, heart disease or a stroke later in life, new Canadian research suggests. In a study published Tuesday in the journal Diabetes Care, Toronto researchers found women who maintained excess pounds between three and 12 months postpartum had elevated risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. More...


Acetaminophen use in pregnancy studied for ADHD risk

Taking acetaminophen during pregnancy is linked to a slightly higher risk of children being diagnosed with ADHD and behaviour problems, but it is still the pain reliever of choice when expecting, doctors say. Acetaminophen, found in Tylenol and some cold medications, is the most commonly used medication for pain and fever during pregnancy. While it has no known links to birth defects, studies in humans and animals suggest it could affect hormones that are key to brain development. More...

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Autism diagnoses may drop by a third under new guidelines: study

New guidelines for defining autism spectrum disorders may reduce the number of diagnoses by almost one-third, according to new research from Columbia University. A review of relevant literature and data, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, raises questions about the future of children who have developmental delays, but no longer meet criteria for an autism diagnosis. Kristine M. Kulage, who led the review, said the new guidelines, issued last year by the American Psychiatric Association, may leave thousands of children in the U.S. More...

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What parents need to know about 'off-label' drug prescriptions for kids

If your pediatrician prescribes your child a drug to treat a disease or condition, it’s likely to be an “off-label” use, with no specific instructions given for kids by the drug company who produced it. But that’s not to say the doctor is doing anything wrong – since most drug testing happens on adults, not kids, and most drugs prescribed to children are off-label. A new position statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics on the topic highlights the issues and suggests while there is much to do, great strides have been made in ensuring the safety and efficacy of drugs prescribed to children in the United States. More...

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Asthma: Altering diet may ease symptoms

Fruits, vegetables and whole-grains might be an unlikely treatment for asthma according to animal studies. Tests on mice, published in the journal Nature Medicine, showed that a high-fibre diet could reduce inflammation in the lungs. The extra fibre changed the nutrients being absorbed from the gut, which in turn altered the immune system. The researchers argue the shift to processed foods may explain why more people are developing asthma. The airways are more sensitive to irritation and more likely to become inflamed in people with asthma. It leads to a narrowing of the airways that make it harder to breathe. More...

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Eating nuts during pregnancy 'may curb allergies'

Children are less likely to have a nut allergy if their mother ate nuts while pregnant, a study has concluded. The work, published in JAMA Pediatrics, looked at the health and diets of more than 8,000 children and their mothers. The US researchers believe that early exposure in the womb creates natural tolerance to certain foods. But the findings conflict with other studies that have shown either no effect or a possible risk from nut consumption. Experts say this makes it difficult to offer firm advice to mothers-to-be, with the exception of women who are themselves allergic to nuts and should therefore always avoid eating them. More...


Salt in medicines 'poses a health risk'

Soluble painkillers used by millions of people in Britain could pose a health risk because they are high in salt, UK researchers are warning. Some formulations taken at maximum dose tip users over the recommended daily sodium intake for an adult, with potentially dangerous consequences, the study authors say. Their work in the BMJ looks at the outcomes for 1.2 million UK patients. It found a link between effervescent tablets and heart attacks and stroke. All medicines that contain at least 1mmol (or 23mg) of sodium - a component of salt - in each dose are required to declare on their labelling that the product contains sodium. More...

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Modern life 'turning people off sex'

Money worries and the distractions of social media mean people are having sex less frequently, researchers say. A once-a-decade poll of 15,000 Britons found those aged 16-44 were having sex fewer than five times a month. The figure compared with more than six times a month on the last two occasions when the official National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles was carried out, in 1990-91 and 1999-2001. The study's authors say modern life may be having an impact on libidos. Dr Cath Mercer, from University College London, said: "People are worried about their jobs, worried about money. They are not in the mood for sex. More...

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'Kangaroo care' key for premature babies

Mothers carrying babies skin-to-skin could significantly cut global death and disability rates from premature birth, a leading expert has said. Prof Joy Lawn says "kangaroo care", not expensive intensive care, is the key. The 15 million babies every year born at or before 37 weeks gestation account for about 10% of the global burden of disease, and one million of them die. Of those who survive, just under 3% have moderate or severe impairments and 4.4% have mild impairments. Prof Lawn, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), said: "The perception is you need intensive care for pre-term babies, More...

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