From this week’s news:
- More Active Play Equals Better Thinking Skills For Kids
NPR Shots blog: A study published in Pediatrics shows 7- to 9-year-old children who run around and play for at least 70 minutes a day show improved thinking skills, particularly in multitasking, compared to children who aren’t as active.
- Children With Autism Are More Sedentary Than Peers
Science World Report: Recent findings published in the journal Autism Research and Treatment show that children with autism are more likely to be sedentary than their peers. Researchers found that on average, they were likely to spend 50 minutes less a day involved in moderate physical activity and 70 minutes more each day sitting.
- Kids And Screen Time: Cutting Through The Static
NPRed: Social skills require constant maintenance. The good news, according to a recently reported study, is that we can improve those skills in relatively short order, with practice. The bad news is that screen time often comes at the expense of that vital face-to-face time.
- Homeless High Schoolers Face Barriers to Education
US News Education Blog: Young people who experience homelessness were 87 percent more likely to stop going to school, according to the 2014 Don’t Call Them Dropouts report. Schools on Wheels of Massachusetts provides homeless teens with additional support to help them graduate high school and continue their education.
From this week’s news:
- Key Brain Connection Slow To Develop In Kids With ADHD
WBUR: The results, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, point to a reduced ability among children with ADHD to turn on and off the networks inside the brain that are involved in control and attention. The brain connections that normally help children focus simply aren’t as developed.
- How the built environment is contributing to childhood obesity
The Wall Street Journal: Researchers from the University of Missouri and the University of Minnesota have found that by increasing the availability of public lands like nature trails and forests, local governments can take meaningful steps towards reducing childhood obesity.
- Poverty-obesity link more prevalent for women than men, study shows
Science Daily: Adolescent girls living in economically disadvantaged families are more likely than their male counterparts to become overweight or obese, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.
- Early Intervention Prevents Aggressive Children from Becoming Violent Adults
Science World Report: The study showed that aggressive children were less likely to turn into violent criminals or psychiatrically troubled adults, only if they received early intervention.
- Teen drug and alcohol use continues to fall, new federal data show
The Washington Post: Drug and alcohol use among America’s teens continues to trend downward, according to new numbers released today by the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Antibiotics Prescribed for Children Twice as Often as Needed
NPR: Children are taking medication that’s not going to help them and can hurt, because of side effects and the increased risk of antibiotic resistance, both for that person and for the larger community.