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Genetics and Growth - The Inheritance of Stature

Excerpted from The Short Child: A Parents' Guide to the Causes, Consequences, and Treatment of Growth Problems By Paul Kaplowitz, M.D., Ph.D., Jeffrey Baron, M.D. As most people know from their own experience, height has a strong genetic component. Short parents tend to have short children, and tall parents tend to have tall children. Some people wonder if a boy's height is determined primarily by his father's height whereas a girl's height is determined primarily by he

Parental Divorce Affects Children's Education

By Margarita Nahapetyan Couples who are about to get divorced should know that their decision could have a negative impact on their child's long-term academic performance, reports a new study by two Canadian Universities. Researchers from the University of Alberta and the University of Manitoba found that the consequences of parental divorce lead to higher school drop-out rates among children whose parents are getting a divorce, compa

Down Syndrome - Changed by a Child

Excerpted from Changed by a Child By Barbara Gill We brought our baby home and sent out the birth announcements we had already purchased; they read "A star is born!" I remember struggling with whether to say "Amar has Down syndrome" or "Amar is Down syndrome," a puzzle that seems preposterous to me now. Friends and relatives came to visit, bearing gifts, condolences, comfort, and encouragement. We were enrolled almost immediately in an infant-stimulation program, and in

Depression - The Teenage Brain

Excerpted from More Than Moody; Recognizing and Treating Adolescent Depression By Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D. Anna Freud was half right. It would be abnormal-maybe even impossible-for a teenager to breeze through adolescence on an even emotional keel. Being moody and crabby are as much a part of the territory as pimples and proms. To a certain degree, they can't help themselves: it's virtually a biological necessity. Where Freud was wrong was in her assertion that there's

Children Are Victims Of Divorcing Parents

By Margarita Nahapetyan Divorce of parents is a crisis for the entire family. It becomes especially difficult when children are involved. Children deeply suffer when parents they love fall into conflict and break their relationship. And in many cases the pain, hurt and confusion of divorce leave deep scars in kids' hearts. Many children secretly blame themselves, thinking that they might be the reason of a break-up. When parents fight

Family Business: When Money Equals Love

Excerpted from The Love They Lost; Living with the Legacy of Our Parents' Divorce By Stephanie Staal On a hot summer morning, the streets quiet after the early morning commuter rush, I push my way through the double glass doors of the County Circuit Courthouse, where my parents filed for their divorce. The entrance is air-conditioned, cool and cavelike, untouched by the lights farther down the hall. I wait in a line that snakes slowly through the metal detectors, rubbin

Baby Boys Are Weaker Biologically Than Baby Girls

By Margarita Nahapetyan A new study by Tel Aviv University (TAU) School of Medicine, offers scientific evidence that baby boys are born with a bigger package of associated risks than their female counterparts. Based on the data taken from 66,000 women who delivered their children at Israel's Rabin medical Center between 1995 and 2006, Professor Marek Glezerman, obstetrician and gynecologist at the TAU School of Medicine, in collaborat

In the Best Interest of the Child

Excerpted from In the Best Interest of the Child: How to Protect Your Child from the Pain of Your Divorce By Stanton E. Samenow, Ph.D. I've seen parents stop at nothing in their attempts to defeat each other, including using their sons and daughters as pawns. I recall a mother and father referring to the transfer of their daughter from one house to the other as the hostage exchange. I know two other parents who decided one full year after their divorce that the only way

How Safe Are Children's Vaccines?

Excerpted from What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations By Stephanie Cave, M.D., F. A.A.F.P., Deborah Mitchell When it comes to vaccines, the big question is how safe are they? The answer is both simple and complex. While choosing to refuse all vaccinations for your children may expose them to serious health risks, blindly accepting all vaccines without question and according to the proposed schedule may also result in grave consequences. &#

Neural Plasticity: Nature's Double-Edged Sword

Excerpted from Endangered Minds: Why Children Don't Think And What We Can Do About It By Jane M. Healy, Ph.D. The large auditorium is hushed as the lights dim and a statistical chart appears on the screen. I reflect momentarily that I have never heard a large group of educators this quiet. "Now, I'll show you the effects of different environments on our animals' brains." Dr. Marian Diamond wields her laser pointer triumphantly. "We've been worki

Social Lives of Children

Excerpted from Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children By Michael Thompson, Ph.D., Catherine O'Neill Grace, Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D. Some years ago, when my children were twelve and eight years old, our family returned from a two-week vacation-a good and fun trip. We had barely made it through the kitchen door before my son, Will, headed for the phone to call his friend Mitchell and my daughter, Joanna, disappeared into my wife's home off

Abused Children Age Prematurely

By Margarita Nahapetyan Children, who are exposed to multiple instances of early-life violence and abuse, age fast on a cellular level, experiencing wear and tear to their DNA, found a new study by North Carolina's Duke University scientists. The study results indicate that chromosomes of kids who were exposed to domestic violence, bullying or physical abuse by an adult, showed signs of biological aging. The findings may help explain

The Virtuoso - The Miracle of Saving Children's Lives

Excerpted from Walk on Water; The Miracle of Saving Children's Lives By Michael Ruhlman I'd been hanging out at the Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Diseases at the Cleveland Clinic for two months when the shell-shocked Kasniks arrived. It had been a busy time for the center's staff, filled with all kinds of drama and tragedy, deaths and saves, errors and grace, and mostly a lot of work and stressful nights on call-the routine stuff of intensive-care units, cri

Sinus Infections Can Cause Toxic Shock Syndrome In Children

By Margarita Nahapetyan Sinus infections can put kids at an increased risk of developing toxic shock syndrome, report the scientists from the United States, who state that sinus infections might be responsible for more than 20 per cent of all cases of toxic shock syndrome in children. Toxic shock syndrome, a potentially fatal condition caused by bacterial toxins, is often linked to tampon use (nearly half of all cases), surgical wound

Divorcing Emotions: Riding Alone on the Emotional Roller Coaster of Grief

Excerpted from The Truth About Children and Divorce: Dealing with the Emotions So You and Your Children Can Thrive By Robert Emery, Ph.D. When it comes to driving and shaping a divorce, for better or worse, nothing is as powerful as human emotion. No agreement, no lawyer, no judge, not even your levelheaded best friend is any match for your unrecognized, unmanaged, and unprocessed emotions. The feelings stirred up by divorce can be so intense th

Pregnancy Obesity May Be Linked to Autism In Children

By Margarita Nahapetyan Women, who suffer from excess weight or have Type 2 or gestational diabetes during pregnancy, are at an increased risk of having a child with developmental disorders such as autism, found a new research into the sobering risks of obesity in pregnancy. The new findings provide evidence that obesity and diabetes during pregnancy may pose an increased risk for ASD (autism spectrum disorder) and other neurodevelopm

For Autistic Youth Transition to Adulthood Is Very Rocky

By Margarita Nahapetyan One in three adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) do not have post-secondary education and have no paying job or technical training nearly seven years after high school graduation, says a new research. The experts found that, when it comes to work and education, autistic young people often fare much worse that young adults with other types of developmental disabilities, including those who are mentally disabled.

Change In Vaccine Order Affects Infants' Response To Pain

By Margarita Nahapetyan Canadian doctors say that the certain order in which vaccine injections are being administered to infants, affects their response to pain. According to scientists, infants who receive the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) following the combination vaccine for diphtheria, polio, tetanus, pertussis and Haemophilus influenzae type b (DPTaP-Hib vaccine), appear to experience less pain compared to those who receive immunization in the op

Flu Vaccine Doesn't Work For All Children

By Margarita Nahapetyan Flu vaccine can triple the risk of hospitalization for children, and especially the ones with asthma, when compared with kids who have not received the shot, according to a new study by the U.S. scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The main goal of a new research was to evaluate the effectiveness of the flu vaccine (trivalent inactivated flu vaccine, or TIV) in children, said Dr. Avni Joshi, M

Managing Temperament

Excerpted from The Difficult Child: Expanded and Revised Edition By Stanley Turecki, M.D., Leslie Tonner Rewarding for a Routine: The Star System As already noted, most difficult children do well with routines, especially when large blocks of unplanned time are involved. With some, simply establishing the routine will be enough, but others will need a reward system to help them get started. This method can be applied to

The Boys and Girls Book About Divorce

Excerpted from The Boys and Girls Book About Divorce By Richard A. Gardner, M.D. My name is Dr. Richard Gardner. I am a child psychiatrist. For those of you who don't know what that is, a child psychiatrist is a special kind of doctor who tries to help children who have troubles and worries. Some of the children I see in my office have problems because their parents are divorced. These children often feel better about their worries after they le

The Movement of Imperfection

Excerpted from Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children By Gina Gallagher, Patricia Konjoian They are here. There. And everywhere. You can hear them buzzing at spelling bees. Running at the mouth at track meets. Even trumpeting at concerts. They are the parents of those "perfect" kids. You know them - those people you meet in life who love to tell you how smart, athletic, gifted, and talented (blah, blah, blah) their kids

Children's Past Life Memories

Excerpted from Children's Past Lives: How Past Life Memories Affect Your Child By Carol Bowman Ian Stevenson's rigorous research proved that children's memories are real and natural. The past life therapists convinced me that these memories can heal. But where were the researchers and practitioners working with children? In several years of searching, I hadn't found them. So I decided to do my own research to confirm what I knew was true-children's past life memories ca

How Children Grieve

Excerpted from Guiding Your Child Through Grief By James P. Emswiler, M.A., M.Ed, Mary Ann Emswiler, M.A., M.P.S. Forty-five-year-old Adam had finally found his dream job: selling heavy machinery internationally. He thrived on the challenge and the opportunity to travel in countries he'd only read about. His e-mails to friends glowed with happiness. Family photographs reflected his renewed zest for life. So his wife, Donna, didn't understand when she received a call two

Part-Time Working Mothers Have Healthier Children

By Margarita Nahapetyan Mothers who work part-time are raising much healthier kids when compared to mothers who stay at home or those who have a full-time job, a new Australian study has found. Researchers from the University of New England in New South Wales Tlooked at 4,500 preschool children and discovered that the offspring of mothers who worked part-time consumed less junk food, watched about an hour less television, spent more t
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