High-quality childcare can yield long-term benefits

Little ones whose childcare providers emphasize activities that build language skills, reading ability and cooperation in games may reap the benefits through their teen years, according to new research published today in the journal Child Development. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine tracked more than 1,000 children …

Timing is critical for stroke victims

When it comes to successfully minimizing physical — and subsequent mental and emotional — damage caused by stroke, timing is of the essence. Yet, according to new research published this week in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association too often patients suffering a stroke or their loved ones may wait too long to call 911 …

An early step toward a cure for hearing loss?

A new development with mouse embryonic stem cells could pave the way for future research into human hearing — and even a cure for some types of hearing loss. A study published in the May 14 issue of the journal Cell details how a team of researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine found a way to grow hair-like cells — …

When tots need shots, a dose of sugar to dull the pain

When given a small amount of sugar beforehand, babies are less likely to cry when receiving injections, according to new research published in the May 12 issue of the Archives of Disease in Childhood. A team of researchers from Canada, Australia and Brazil reviewed 14 studies examining how a boost of sugar affected pain experienced by …

Are elite athletes equipped with “sports genes”?

An article in this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated examining the latest science on genetic influence over athletic ability suggests that the world’s elite athletes aren’t necessary equipped higher proportions of superpowered genes. In fact, David Epstein writes that when it comes to genes that research has linked to athletic …

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