Energy Use in Children’s Developing Brains Linked to Obesity Risk

A new study proposes that variation in the energy needs of brain development across kids — in terms of the timing, intensity and duration of energy use — could influence patterns of energy expenditure and weight gain. Weight gain occurs when an individual’s energy intake exceeds their energy expenditure — in other words, when calories… Continue reading Energy Use in Children’s Developing Brains Linked to Obesity Risk

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Motor Control Deficits in Pre-Teens Linked to Prenatal Phthalate Exposure

Scientists with the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health report motor skills problems in children exposed during pregnancy to plasticizer chemicals known as phthalates that are widely used in personal care products like moisturizers and lipstick, as well as plastic containers and children’s toys. Results… Continue reading Motor Control Deficits in Pre-Teens Linked to Prenatal Phthalate Exposure

Primitive Sensory Region of the Brain Involved in Sophisticated Learning: Study

I’m fascinated by brain science. I’m especially fascinated by how brain functions affect and are effected by behaviors, as well as how various parts of the brain are interconnected, independent and interdependent. I’m fascinated and amused by how much we’ve learned about the brain and how little we really know. The study I’m highlighting here… Continue reading Primitive Sensory Region of the Brain Involved in Sophisticated Learning: Study

Why Toys, Not Touchscreens, Are Better Gifts for Kids: Repost

I rarely repost articles written by others, but this one is particularly well-written and particularly appropriate, given the season. The original can be found at: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/why-toys-not-tablets-are-best-for-kids Why Toys, Not Touchscreens, Are Better Gifts for Kids Leah Campbell December 11, 2018 How traditional toys like building blocks, dolls, and action figures help children develop in ways… Continue reading Why Toys, Not Touchscreens, Are Better Gifts for Kids: Repost