Bad News for Aunts and Uncles

This is interesting. The common view is that extended parental help would increase the survival of offspring. This study based on 18th and 19th century Finnish data puts that into question If you don’t want to read the whole thing, here is the important bits Overall, we show that contrary to predictions, the presence of…

Chinese Mind-Body Exercise Improves Self-Control In Autistic Children

In this study children trained in a traditional Chinese mind-body exercise showed greater improvements in self-control than the control group using PMR. Open access from PLOS ONE http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0068184 A Chinese Mind-Body Exercise Improves Self-Control of Children with Autism: A Randomized Controlled Trial Self-control problems commonly manifest as temper outbursts and repetitive/rigid/impulsive behaviors, in children with…

Physically Active Children Deal Better with Stress

Sedentary children more likely to experience surges in cortisol levels while physically active children showed minimal changes in cortisol. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism March 7, 2013 jc.2012-3745 http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/early/2013/03/07/jc.2012-3745.abstract Higher Levels of Physical Activity Are Associated With Lower Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenocortical Axis Reactivity to Psychosocial Stress in Children Context: Children who undertake more physical activity (PA)…

Children and Concussions

This study seems to show that following a concussion   alterations to brain white matter integrity persists even when cognitive tests indicate recovery. This means that children who have suffered head injuries may be returning to their activities even though their brain hasn’t fully healed. This could put them in greater danger should a second injury occur.…