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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended a few years ago that all young children, including infants, be screened for possible delays in their social and emotional development. Traditionally pediatricians have been concerned primarily with the physical development of children. However, as we became more aware of the importance of kid’s social functioning for later development, [...]

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Can depression during pregnancy impact your child’s intelligence? How about postpartum depression?

Maternal depression has some significant negative consequences on kids. Among them, some studies have shown that maternal depression may impact the cognitive development of the offspring. But it is still unknown how maternal depression impacts the child’s cognitive skills. For example, are there [...]

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This morning I turned on the news and found this headline: “Pediatricians’ group finds fault with ‘SpongeBob‘” published by Reuters. In the article, the Reuters reporter states:

And Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics will take aim at the 12-year-old Nickelodeon show, reporting a study that concludes the fast-paced show, and others [...]

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Introducing solid foods to your baby can be an exciting adventure.  I know that it was for me, the spit out food, screwed up faces, and the eventual gusto with which my son ate. When to introduce solids appears to be very important, according to a recent study in the journal Pediatrics that [...]

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Monday’s Briefs: Quick musings on child related research.

Editor’s note: Due to the yesterday especial editorial on bullying and suicide, Monday’s brief comes to you a date late. Wednesday’s post will be published tomorrow as expected. We will review the latest study on vaccines and autism.

The leading causes of childhood disabilities are prenatal [...]

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A few weeks ago I wrote a study that showed that exposing premature babies to Mozart music may lead to metabolic changes that facilitate weight gain and better medical outcomes. That study is an example of one credible and positive outcome that came out of the “Mozart effect’ craze. Unfortunately, most of the other [...]

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Do you remember the Mozart Effect? In the 1990s a small yet very influential study showed that listening to classical music, and in particular Mozart, improved test performance in college students -thus Mozart must make you smarter! The public reacted and an entire industry was born. Parents rushed to the stores to purchase Mozart CDs so [...]

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Back in June I commented on an article that examined the mechanisms behind the type of cognitive disabilities experienced by very preterm children. That study showed marked impairment among premature kids, which is consistent with a long line of research showing significantly increased risks for cognitive deficits among children born under 30-week gestation. However, [...]

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