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August 16, 2004 | Kelly Young, Times Staff Writer
Growing pains -- recurring leg aches with no discernible cause -- are surprisingly common in young children, affecting one in three 4- to 6-year-olds. "It's been reported for years that growing pains typically affect young children the most, but they've typically been studied the least," said Angela Evans, a post-doctoral student at the School of Health Science at the University of South Australia and lead author of a new study on growing pains.
July 24, 2004 | Robert Lee Hotz, Times Staff Writer
By peering into an infant's knowing eyes, researchers think they have resolved one of the oldest debates in science and philosophy: Which comes first, an idea or the language to express it? "How do we think about the world before we are corrupted by culture and the world?" asked Yale University psychologist Paul Bloom. "One way to learn is to look at babies."
July 19, 2004 | Kelly Young, Times Staff Writer
When freezing rain fell on Quebec in January 1998, about 1.5 million people lost electricity, businesses closed for weeks and people in the Canadian province fell into various stages of anxiety and despair. Six years later, Canadian researchers found some unlikely victims of the region's worst ice storm in decades -- children who weren't yet born.
July 16, 2004 | Gabrielle Banks, Times Staff Writer
State auditors criticized officials in five counties Thursday for failing to properly spend more than $909 million intended for early childhood development programs. Auditors found that the counties, including Los Angeles County, left unspent as much as 85% of the money they had received since 1998, when voters agreed to a statewide tax on tobacco products for the programs.
July 16, 2004 | From Associated Press
Children who watch more than two hours of television a night seem to be at higher risk of becoming smokers or being fat, being out of shape or having high cholesterol as adults, according to a new study. Watching TV in childhood and adolescence has long been linked to adverse health indicators, including obesity, poor fitness and high cholesterol, but the study published today in the Lancet was the first to track a group from birth to adulthood.
May 24, 2004 | Jane E. Allen, Times Staff Writer
Perhaps there's an explanation after all for why some teenagers are so notoriously difficult: Their minds cannot yet fully reason. Government researchers found in a recent study that the last areas of the brain to mature in humans appear to be those responsible for reasoning, problem-solving and other sophisticated functions. This doesn't happen until sometime between the ages of 18 and 21. The findings come from researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Md.
April 6, 2004 | From Associated Press
Researchers have found that every hour preschoolers watch television each day boosts their chances -- by about 10% -- of developing attention deficit problems later in life. The findings back up previous research showing that television can shorten attention spans and support American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations that youngsters under age 2 not watch television. "The truth is there are lots of reasons for children not to watch television.
March 29, 2004 | Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
The more parents nurture their offspring, the more likely the children are to remain emotionally and physically healthy through old age. That's the conclusion reached by a team of researchers from the University of Albany and the University of Michigan who analyzed a survey of 3,000 adults.
March 26, 2004
Re "A Plot to Zap the Nap," editorial, March 21: Childhood naps are more than "neat." They are developmentally necessary for young children. Tired 4-year-olds whine because they're not getting what their bodies and brains need. Andre Hornsby, a Maryland county school chief, and his pals are more than "airheads." They are dangerously ignorant of child development. Unfortunately, they are among a growing number of school administrators, principals and teachers who either know nothing about child development or blatantly disregard it for any number of frightening reasons.
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