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…

Not Enough Evidence to Recommend Probiotics for Colicky Babies

A paper on JAMA Pediatrics has some bad news for colicky babies; there isn’t sufficient evidence to recommend the use of probiotics for colic. http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1748356 Probiotics to Prevent or Treat Excessive Infant Crying Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Importance  Excessive infant crying is common, distressing, but without proven effective prevention or management options. Probiotics may be a…

Effects of Childhood Bullying in Adults

The effects of childhood bullying have adverse long-term consequences. Victims were at higher risk of panic and anxiety disorders; adults who were both victims and bullies had higher odd ratios for depression, panic disorder, agoraphobia in females and suicide in males. Child bullies had higher rates of antisocial personality disorder as adults; all 3 groups show…

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…