Prenatal singing may reduce infant crying, study says
Babies born to women who sang lullabies during pregnancy and after birth generally cried for 18.5% of the time, compared with 28.2% of infants whose mothers did not sing to them, a study found. Researchers wrote in the journal Women and Birth that singing lullabies also was helpful for infants with colic and for mother-baby bonding.
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Pet Medications Pose Poisoning Risks To Kids Five And Under, Study Finds
Reuters (2/6, Rapaport) reports, “Children five and under account for 88 percent of calls to poison control centers for exposure to veterinary medicines,” researchers found. “In almost all of these cases, kids consumed drugs intended for the family pet,” the study revealed. The findings were published online in Pediatrics.
CNN (2/23, Vonberg) reports that a new study published by the International Journal of Epidemiology suggests that “eating 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day could significantly reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer and early death.” Specifically, consuming about 800 grams of fruit and vegetables daily, twice the World Health Organization’s current recommendation, “was associated with a 24% reduced risk of heart disease, a 33% reduced risk of stroke, a 28% reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, a 13% reduced risk of total cancer, and a 31% reduction in dying prematurely,” compared to not eating fruits and vegetables at all.
TIME (2/23, Sifferlin) reports that the researchers “didn’t show why higher portions of fruits and vegetables can led to fewer deaths, but some of the basic nutrients in the produce can improve health.”
A study in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics found that children who watched TV for more than two hours daily had lower thinking, social-emotional, memory, math and literacy skills, by the time they entered school, compared with those who watched less TV. The findings, based on data involving more than 800 kindergarten students, also showed that low-income youths were significantly more likely to be harmed by excess TV exposure than children from wealthier families.
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