Infants integrate firsthand and social experiences to decide when and how to try

They might not yet speak in complete sentences, but 18-month-olds are savvy when it comes to deciding when and how to try. According to a study from Arizona State University, the University of Washington and University of Toronto that has implications for how people learn, infants do not try things at random or simply mimic … Read more Infants integrate firsthand and social experiences to decide when and how to try

Findings on education, malnutrition ‘deeply disturbing’ with United Nations’ goals 10 years away

Despite progress toward global education targets, a new study reveals that 1 in 10 women ages 20-24 in low- and middle-income countries had zero years of schooling in 2017, and 1 in 6 had not completed primary school. For the first time, researchers have mapped years of education and child malnutrition across all low- and … Read more Findings on education, malnutrition ‘deeply disturbing’ with United Nations’ goals 10 years away

Calls to curb infant formula’s carbon footprint

Urgent action is needed to protect breastfeeding and reduce formula’s carbon footprint – especially for “unnecessary” toddler milks, according to an expert at The Australian National University (ANU). Dr Julie Smith, who has studied the economics of infant feeding for over 20 years, has published a paper in the International Breastfeeding Journal on the global … Read more Calls to curb infant formula’s carbon footprint

Root of childhood kidney cancer discovered

A fundamental change in our understanding of the childhood kidney cancer Wilms’ tumour is on the horizon, after the discovery of its earliest genetic root by scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and their collaborators. By comparing genome sequences from normal kidney tissue and tumours, the team identified patches of normal-looking kidney tissue that in … Read more Root of childhood kidney cancer discovered

Shaking head to get rid of water in ears could cause brain damage

Trapped water in the ear canal can cause infection and even damage, but it turns out that one of the most common methods people use to get rid of water in their ears can also cause complications. Researchers at Cornell University and Virginia Tech show shaking the head to free trapped water can cause brain … Read more Shaking head to get rid of water in ears could cause brain damage

Newborn baby hiccups could be key to brain development

Each time a newborn baby hiccups, it triggers a large wave of brain signals which could help the baby learn how to regulate their breathing, finds a new UCL-led study. The study, published in Clinical Neurophysiology, was based on brain scans of newborn infants. “The reasons for why we hiccup are not entirely clear, but there … Read more Newborn baby hiccups could be key to brain development

Emphasizing social play in kindergarten improves academics, reduces teacher burnout

The study, published today in the journal PLoS One, found this approach to kindergarten curriculum also enhanced children’s joy in learning and teachers’ enjoyment of teaching, and reduced bullying, peer ostracism, and teacher burnout. “Before children have the ability to sit for long periods absorbing information the way it is traditionally presented in school through lectures, … Read more Emphasizing social play in kindergarten improves academics, reduces teacher burnout

3 in 5 parents say their teen has been in a car with a distracted teen driver

It’s a highly anticipated rite of passage for many high schoolers – finally getting to drive your friends around. But having teens who carpool with peers can be a nerve-wracking experience for many parents, with more than half in a new national poll saying their child has probably been in an unsafe situation as a … Read more 3 in 5 parents say their teen has been in a car with a distracted teen driver

Cracking the code of a brain cancer that keeps coming back

One of the most common brain cancers in children, Sonic Hedgehog (SHH) medulloblastoma, also is one of the more survivable for most kids. Unfortunately, for a subset of patients the cancer resists treatment and relapses with a vengeance to then turn deadly. Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center used a powerful new computer-assisted technology called single-cell … Read more Cracking the code of a brain cancer that keeps coming back

Blood test detects concussion and subconcussive injuries in children and adults

In one of the largest studies of its kind, researchers at Orlando Health are making new progress in finding ways to detect a traumatic yet sinister brain injury – and getting closer to preventing further damage. Subconcussive injuries often show no symptoms or immediate effects, but can cause wear and tear on the brain over time with … Read more Blood test detects concussion and subconcussive injuries in children and adults