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Emigration of children to urban areas can protect parents against depression

Emigration of children to urban areas can protect parents against depression

ScienceDaily (Dec. 3, 2012) — Parents whose children move far away from home are less likely to become depressed than parents with children living nearby, according to a new study of rural districts in Thailand. The study, led by scientists at King’s College London, suggests that children who migrate to urban areas are more likely to financially support their parents, which may be a factor for lower levels of depression. Continue reading

Baby’s health is tied to mother’s value for family

Baby’s health is tied to mother’s value for family

ScienceDaily (Dec. 3, 2012) — The value that an expectant mother places on family — regardless of the reality of her own family situation — predicts the birthweight of her baby and whether the child will develop asthma symptoms three years later, according to new research from USC. The findings suggest that one’s culture is a resource that can provide tangible physical health benefits. Continue reading

Genes linked to low birth weight, adult shortness and later diabetes risk

Genes linked to low birth weight, adult shortness and later diabetes risk

ScienceDaily (Dec. 2, 2012) — An international team of genetics researchers has discovered four new gene regions that contribute to low birth weight. Continue reading

Scientists find ‘bully’ genes in common childhood tumor

Scientists find ‘bully’ genes in common childhood tumor

ScienceDaily (Dec. 2, 2012) — In a genome sequencing study of 74 neuroblastoma tumors in children, scientists at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) found that patients with changes in two genes, ARID1A and ARID1B, survive only a quarter as long as patients without the changes. The discovery could eventually lead to early identification of patients with aggressive neuroblastomas who may need additional treatments. Continue reading

Food retailers: The solution to childhood obesity?

Food retailers: The solution to childhood obesity?

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Autism severity may stem from fear

Autism severity may stem from fear

ScienceDaily (Nov. 29, 2012) — Most people know when to be afraid and when it’s okay to calm down. But new research on autism shows that children with the diagnosis struggle to let go of old, outdated fears Continue reading

How infidelity helps nieces and nephews: Men may share more genes with sisters’ kids than cheating wife’s kids

How infidelity helps nieces and nephews: Men may share more genes with sisters’ kids than cheating wife’s kids

ScienceDaily (Nov. 27, 2012) — A University of Utah study produced new mathematical support for a theory that explains why men in some cultures often feed and care for their sisters’ children: where extramarital sex is common and accepted, a man’s genes are more likely to be passed on by their sister’s kids than by their wife’s kids. The theory previously was believed valid only if a man was likely to be the biological father of less than one in four of his wife’s children — a number that anthropologists found improbably low Continue reading

Vitamin D linked to lower rates of tooth decay

Vitamin D linked to lower rates of tooth decay

ScienceDaily (Nov. 27, 2012) — A new review of existing studies points toward a potential role for vitamin D in helping to prevent dental caries, or tooth decay. The review, published in the December issue of Nutrition Reviews , encompassed 24 controlled clinical trials, spanning the 1920s to the 1980s, on approximately 3,000 children in several countries Continue reading