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Placenta Boosts Baby's Brain Development

The human placenta plays an active role in synthesizing serotonin. Credit: Getty Images
There's nothing really pretty about the placenta, but don't downplay it's role in your baby's intelligence.
A recent study finds the human...
Researchers found placenta plays a critical role in the baby's brain development

Brain Research Shows Kids Get More Introspective Over Time

Kids are naturally egocentric. Credit: Getty Images Are your kids totally self-centered? Relax, they won't always be that way. That's what scientists at Georgetown University Medical Center found while studying the five...Research finds that young children and tweens are more egocentric than introspective based on how their brains function.

Lying May Be Good for Kids, Study Suggests

Will your lying kid be a successful adult? Credit: Corbis
A moldy proverb tells us only children and fools tell the truth. Whoever said that, of course, was a fool who never had children. The little so-and-sos rank with politicians as the...

Choline for Early Development?

Choline is a nutrient similar to Vitamin B that has been found to have a positive effect on early development. The human body produces some choline and it is also found in breast milk, many common foods and is available as a dietary supplement. ...

Spanking Lowers IQ, According to Study

Spanking lowers IQ points, a study found. Credit: cogdogblog, Flickr
Spanking children can cost them IQ points, according to a recent study by Murray A. Straus, a sociology professor at the University of New Hampshire. Straus found that children...

Study Finds Television Noise Delays Development

Study connects delayed brain development to television. Image: sxc.hu
In the past, studies have shown that infants exposed to television tend to have delayed vocalization and attentional problems. While various theories were offered up to explain...

Boost baby's brain power with omega-3 fatty acids

New research on the prenatal effects of omega-3 fatty acids shows that moms who consume enough in the third trimester might give their babies a boost in brain development. The study looked at just over 100 Inuit infants, measured the levels of...

Teaching little kids good eating habits really does pay off

At six years old, Ellie already knows about good fat, bad fat, protein, empty calories, etc. She's a rather picky eater, so we have lots of conversations about what is good for you and what is not. My hope is that these lessons will help her make...

Study shows fish oil makes kids smarter

Take four overweight children, cut down on their consumption of unhealthy snacks and supplement their diet with fish oil and what do you get? According to Professor Basant Puri of Imperial College in London, you get smarter kids. His recent study...

Horror movies might cause emotional damage?

I have to admit: I love a good horror movie. I'm not inclined to choose stalker hockey mask rampage movies, but I like thrillers, especially those with a otherworldly ramifications. Stigmata scared the pants off of me for days, and I loved it. Why I...

Brain changes and teenage behavior

My son became a teenager this summer. There haven't been any particular changes in his behavior, but I know the teenage years have started. He is apt to change as the hormones kick in, but an article on MedlinePlus reported that the brain also...

Brain size and shape are indication of fast language learners

From New Scientist.com:  There's a new study that indicates that people who learn language quickly generally have more white matter and less symmetrical brains.  Narly Golestani from University College London, United Kingdom, says of the...

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