Kids’ brains reorganize when learning math skills

20 August 2014
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Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math. The take-home advice: Drilling your kids on simple addition and multiplication may pay off. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Experience really does matter,” said Dr. Kathy Mann Koepke of the National Institutes of Health, which funded the research. Healthy children start making that switch between counting to what’s called fact retrieval when they’re 8 years...

Kids’ brains reorganize when learning math skills

19 August 2014
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Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math. The take-home advice: Drilling your kids on simple addition and multiplication may pay off. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Experience really does matter,” said Dr. Kathy Mann Koepke of the National Institutes of Health, which funded the research. Healthy children start making that switch between counting to what’s called fact retrieval when they’re 8 years...

Kids’ brains reorganize when learning math skills

18 August 2014
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Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math. The take-home advice: Drilling your kids on simple addition and multiplication may pay off. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Experience really does matter,” said Dr. Kathy Mann Koepke of the National Institutes of Health, which funded the research. Healthy children start making that switch between counting to what’s called fact retrieval when they’re 8 years...

Parent-reported cases of disability in children rise

18 August 2014
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Matthew Eaton, 13, of West Memphis, Ark., dribbles during an indoor soccer game at Camp Bold in Olive Branch, Miss. The three-week camp is for youths with developmental disabilities. A new study finds that the percentage of children with disabilities rose 16% between 2001 and 2011.(Photo: Stan Carroll, AP) More parents — especially upper-income ones — are reporting that their children have a physical, developmental or mental health disability, a study finds. The number of non-institutionalized children age 17 and younger with disabilities rose 16% between 2001 and 2011, with nearly 6 million...

Maternal singing calms preemies and lowers anxiety

16 August 2014
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For preemies, the combination of hearing mother’s voice softly singing while being held against her skin can have a number of health benefits – and it helps moms, too, a new study suggests. When mothers in a neonatal intensive care unit sang while holding their preterm infants in a skin-to-skin “kangaroo care” position, the babies’ heart rate improved compared to when they were held without singing. Mothers’ anxiety levels dropped as well. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “We noticed that many mothers want to speak or sing during kangaroo care as a natural feeling of love and care...

A new key to understanding depression

16 August 2014
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New research looks at the possible link between inflammation and depression Scientists are studying alternative explanations for complicated conditions like depression, and researchers from the University of Cambridge are looking into a preliminary but interesting theory that a protein released into our blood when our bodies are responding to infections—referred to as an inflammatory marker—may have a role in mental health. The researchers hypothesize that there similar mechanisms that underlie chronic diseases, from heart disease and diabetes to mental illness and even skin diseases. In their...

Vitamin D tied to Alzheimer’s risk

16 August 2014
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A good IT person needs to be half technologist, half psychologist

13 August 2014
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i i Your doctor and your lawyer may know a lot about you. But in a time when we are using computers to socialize, keep track of finances, do work and store family photos, your IT person probably knows more. So when computers go down, it can cause intense feelings. There’s an entire meme of online videos of frustrated people destroying their computers. Some psychologists have even coined the term “computer rage” to describe these outbursts. When you’re feeling that way, you can pick up a hammer or you can call an IT guy at a firm like Mann Consulting in downtown San Francisco....

Tactic in Alzheimer’s fight may be safe

13 August 2014
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Counselors say men are more willing to try couples therapy when it focuses on results

13 August 2014
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Couples therapists say overcoming the reluctance of one partner—and often it is the husband—is an important first step in opening the lines of communication. Mark Brewer There’s a complaint I hear all the time from readers: “My marriage is on the rocks, but my husband refuses to try couples therapy.” There are variations on the theme. Sometimes, the marriage is over, and the wife thinks if the couple had gone to therapy it might have been saved. Once in a while a man writes to say he regrets refusing to try it until it was too late. Some marriage therapists are starting to...

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