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Growing Up Surrounded by Books Could Have Powerful, Lasting Effect on the Mind A new study suggests that exposure to large home libraries may have a long-term impact on proficiency in three key areas


 Healthy Kids With Chronically Ill Siblings May Suppress Their Own Needs, Meta-Analysis Indicates.


Reuters (7/26) reports, “Healthy kids with chronically ill siblings may suppress their own needs as they adapt to shifting family dynamics that are focused on caring for the child who is sick,” research indicated. The findings of the 12-study meta-analysis were published online in Pediatrics.

Prescription Stimulants For AD/HD May Impair Brain Function In Healthy Students Taking The Medications For An Intelligence Boost, Study Suggests.


HealthDay (7/26) reports that “many college students turn to” medications for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), “treating the prescription stimulants as ‘smart drugs’ that will enhance their academic performance.” Now, however, research indicates that such medicines “do not improve, and can actually impair, brain function in healthy students who take the drug hoping for an intelligence boost.” The findings of the 13-student study were published online in the journal Pharmacy.


Learning To Play Piano May Help Children Build Up Language Skills, Study Indicates.  ... from AAP

TIME (7/1) reported research indicates learning to play the piano may help children “build up their language skills.” As youngsters’ “ears become trained to distinguish between different pitches and tones at the piano...they also seem to get better at parsing subtle differences between spoken words, a key element of language acquisition,” the study revealed. The findings were published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Young Pitchers Should Heed Pitch Count Guidelines To Keep Their Elbows Healthy, Study Indicates... from AAP

HealthDay (7/8) reported, “Young pitchers should heed pitch count guidelines if they want their elbows to stay healthy,” researchers concluded in a study involving “149 pitchers, aged 7 to 11, with no prior elbow pain who were assessed at the start and end of a baseball season.” The study revealed that “throwing more than 50 pitches a day, more 200 pitches a week, and playing more than 70 games a year (the baselines established by the Japanese Society of Clinical Sports Medicine) were risk factors for elbow pain.” The findings were scheduled for presentation at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s annual meeting

Safety Expert Discusses Hot Weather Safety Precautions With Kids In The Car...AAP

HealthDay (7/7) reported, “Every nine days, a child dies in a hot car in the United States, expert” Susan Katz, coordinator of the pediatric injury prevention program at Stony Brook (NY) Children’s Hospital, “says such tragedies can easily be prevented.” Katz said, “Three letters can help drivers remember to take proper safety precautions with children when traveling in the car: A, C, T.” A stands for “avoid heat-related injury and death,” C means “create reminders” that a child is in the car, and T indicates “take action.”