Parenting News

Preteens Who Experiment May Have Different Brain Processes

February 22nd, 2015
Preteens who experiment or explore new things may have brain processes that work differently, according to a new study. "The beginning of adolescence is associated with seeking new experiences and increasing exploratory behaviors, but little research has been done to measure that increase ...

Teens From Single-Parent Families May Get Less Schooling

February 22nd, 2015
A new study finds that people who lived in single-parent families as teens received fewer years of schooling and are less likely to attain a bachelor's degree than those from two-parent families. The study, from researchers at New York University, the University of ...

Higher Risk of Birth Defects in Babies of Teen Dads

February 19th, 2015
The babies of teen fathers have surprisingly high levels of DNA mutations, which may help explain why the children of adolescent dads have a higher risk for disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and spina bifida, according to a new study by the ...

Strong Parental Bond Helps Protect Shy Babies from Future Anxiety

February 18th, 2015
Having a strong infant/parent bond is vital in preventing shy babies, and particularly males, from turning into anxious teenagers, according to a new study at the University of Waterloo. Researchers have long been aware that toddlers who react with behavioral inhibition or shyness ...

Study Finds Saliva Differences in Autistic Kids

February 17th, 2015
New research suggests a spit test may help to diagnose autism in the future. Researchers at Clarkson University and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh have published the first study showing that children with autism spectrum disorder have differences in protein ...

Half of Parents of Child Stroke Victims Have PTSD Symptoms

February 16th, 2015
Over half of all parents whose children have suffered from a stroke show symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2015. Researchers also found that about one-fourth of children who have experienced ...

Dramatic Brain Changes May Help Explain Teen Risk-Taking

February 15th, 2015
Teenage exploration and risk taking could be explained by dramatic changes in the brain that allow elaborate planning, according to new research. A neuroscientist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine also found that teenage brains are driven by the need for ...

Positive Youth-Parent Bonds Can Reduce Teen Suicide Attempts

February 12th, 2015
A new study of the connection between adolescents and their parents discovers a caring relationship can be key to preventing suicide attempts. Sadly, suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-to-24-year-olds in the U.S., after accidental injuries and homicide. In the ...

Energy Drinks Can Hike Hyperactivity, Inattention in Preteens

February 10th, 2015
Preteens who consume heavily sweetened energy drinks are 66 percent more likely to be at risk for hyperactivity and inattention symptoms, according to a new study by the Yale School of Public Health. Experts suggest that children limit their intake of sweetened beverages ...

No Link Found Between Autism and Oxytocin-Induced Labor

February 8th, 2015
Early findings reveal good news in the largest-ever study of whether inducing or augmenting labor increases a child’s risk for developing autism -- researchers have found no increased risk associated with the practice, which involves a dose of synthetic oxytocin (Pitocin). The findings of ...