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Air Pollution Harms Developing Brains

Air Pollution Harms Developing Brains

Fetal exposure to air pollution can thin the outer layer of a developing child’s brain and lead to later cognitive difficulties, say Dutch researchers.

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Hostile Teachers Hamper Learning

Hostile Teachers Hamper Learning

Students’ test scores dropped by as much as 5 percent when taught by teachers that belittled or criticized students or showed favoritism.

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Music Lessons Make Kids Smarter

Music Lessons Make Kids Smarter

Dutch 6-year-olds that sang, listened to music and played an instrument one to two hours a week showed significantly enhanced cognitive abilities and better grades two and a half years later.

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Asthma Less Likely to Afflict Breastfed Kids

Asthma Less Likely to Afflict Breastfed Kids

Dutch children that had been breastfed had a 45 percent lower incidence of asthma later in childhood.

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Spanking Linked to Mental Health Problems

Spanking Linked to Mental Health Problems

Adults that were spanked as children turned out to have a higher risk of depression, suicide attempts, drinking and drug use, according to University of Michigan researchers.

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Acupuncture Alleviates Autism in Children

Acupuncture Alleviates Autism in Children

When used alone or with other therapies, acupuncture lowered autism markers in Korean children.

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Screentime Overdose Means Unhappy Teens

Screentime Overdose Means Unhappy Teens

Teens that spend the most time on digital devices tend to be unhappier, reports a San Diego State University study of a million teens.

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Expecting Moms Can Protect Against Autism

Expecting Moms Can Protect Against Autism

Mothers that took folic acid or multivitamins before pregnancy were 61 percent less likely to have a child diagnosed with autism, and those that took these supplements during pregnancy lowered the risk by 73 percent.

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Air Pollution Affects Teen Menstruation

Air Pollution Affects Teen Menstruation

Teenage girls in polluted areas have a slightly greater likelihood of menstrual irregularity and take longer to achieve regularity in high school and early adulthood.

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Energy Drinks Hurt Youth Health

Energy Drinks Hurt Youth Health

Over half of teenagers that have consumed energy drinks report experiencing nausea, increased heartbeat and other negative health consequences.

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