Category: Child Health

Nature vs Nurture: The Paradigm Shift in Early Childhood Development

- We are on the verge of a paradigm shift in matters of children’s education. Scientific research is continuously bringing up more evidence that the human brain is shaped by both our genes and the interactions we have with our environment; and that the early years are really crucial for a child’s development. This critical time sets …
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Neuroscience and Epigenetics Increasingly Support Nurture over Nature

- A big recurrent question in the field of education is to know which has the greater effect on a child’s brain development: nature or nurture? Research in neuroscience and genetics has an increasing inclination to nurture over nature. A growing number of studies underline the importance of quality bonding time of children with other human beings from …
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High School Classes Should Start Later in the Morning for Better Academic Performance

- According to recent biological research, a change in the level of the hormone melatonin in the brain of teenagers results in a shift of their circadian rhythm, pushing them to go to bed later at night and get up later into the morning. For this reason, the later high …
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Spanking? Never a Good Parenting Method!

- A US national survey done in 2012 showed that over 50% of women and 75% of men think that kids occasionally need a “good hard spanking” to behave. Researchers though beg to differ, stating that corporal punishment alters the brain – not only in the way of trauma, but also in …
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34-Week-Old Fetuses Can Recognize Mom’s Voice and Nursery Rhymes

- A baby’s capacity to learn should not be underestimated, even while still in the womb. University of Florida’s College of Nursing researchers have discovered that after only 34 weeks into a pregnancy fetuses can already recognize mom’s voice and nursery rhymes. – A growing number of pregnant women give their unborn …
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Baby Talk Is Good for your… Baby

- Researchers from the University of Washington – using a Magnetoencephalography machine – looked into what happens in the brains of 7 to 12 month-old infants when people are talking to them. Until then, it was believed that only the parts of the brain involved in “listening” to speech would …
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Up to 50% of 5-Years-Old Kids Have Basic Developmental Problems

- Sally Goddard Blythe, director of the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology in Chester and early education expert, states that developmental problems can have a major impact on later academic performance and that there is an obvious connection between poor physical dexterity in primary school and performance in literacy and numeracy tests taken …
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Reading to Babies Contributes to their Brain Development and Later School Achievement

- About half a century ago, research has found that not only is babies’ brain development faster and more pervasive than previously assumed, but also that newborns are highly reactive to the care they get from their parents or caregivers. To many people, it is still amazing to learn that reading to infants during …
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Study: Women Who Give Birth Later Live Longer

- According to a recent study, a woman who has her last child at age 33 has twice the odds of living longer than a woman who has her last child at 29. Women who give birth between the ages of 33 and 37 have an even bigger chance of “exceptional longevity” …
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US Pediatricians Are Invited to Promote Daily Reading – from Birth – to their Patients

- A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians explain to parents – particularly those from low-income families – the high value of books and the benefits of daily reading to their babies, until at least kindergarten age.  – The authors of the report advise doctors to take …
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