Top Articles 9/22 – 9/28

Had a busy week? Well, here for your reading pleasure are the top articles for this past week. Catch up on all your health and medical community news!

Anxiety

The Drama of the Anxious Child (Time)
Childhood anxiety is on the rise at every level, from fear of monsters under the bed to severe anxiety disorders.

Autism

No link between celiac disease and autism, study shows (Medical News Today)
Though previous case reports have suggested a link between autism and celiac disease, larger studies have shown contradictory results. And now, one of the largest studies of the two conditions found no association between them.

Brain

Imagination- how and where does it occur in the brain? (Medical News Today)
Have you wondered where imagination comes from, what makes us creative, why we think scientifically or create art, and invent tools? Philosophers have argued for thousands of years about the essence of imagination. Scientists believe their study brings us closer to the answer.

Child Development

A child’s spatial and math thinking likely improved by playing with blocks (Medical News Today)
Playing with blocks may help preschoolers develop the kinds of skills that support later learning in science, technology, engineering, and math, according to a new study by researchers. And for low-income preschoolers, who lag in spatial skills, such play may be especially important.

Dealing WIth a Child’s Cough (MedicineNet)
Parents may become fearful at the first signs of a child’s cough. But experts say a cough is the body’s way of protecting itself against respiratory damage.

Memory development continues deep into childhood (Medical News Today)
Young children may have trouble when it comes to their memories overlapping. A new study provides evidence towards the reason behind this being that memory development continues even after the age of 7.

Midday naps boost learning in preschoolers (Medical News Today)
A new study finds that midday naps boost learning in preschools, suggesting if policymakers eliminate classroom naps for young children to allow more time for educational activity, it could backfire.

Conjunctivitis

Tips for Preventing & Coping With Pinkeye (MedicineNet)
This common medical condition is around all year. Since it can spread so easily it’s more common when school is back is session and kids are in close contact and touching similar surfaces. Here’s what to do when it makes its way into your home.

Exercise & Fitness

Exercising Despite Allergies and Asthma (MedicineNet)
Exercise usually is a good idea, even for people with allergies or asthma, and as long as the doctor approves.

Identifying good fat, scientists find out how (Medical News Today)
Good fat is the brown type, while the fat nobody likes is the white type. Brown fat keeps us warm by burning energy, white fat on the other hand, stores energy and widens waists and thighs and enlarges our bottoms.

Influenza

More Children Than Ever are Getting Flu Shots (Time)
New numbers released this morning from the CDC show that more children than ever before received their flu vaccine during the 2012-2013 flu season, and similar upticks were seen in adult populations. The researchers say the increase is encouraging for this year’s numbers as well.

Universal flu vaccine closer after natural immunity study (Medical News Today)
UK scientists believe they have taken a significant step closer to a universal flu vaccine that would protect against all strains of seasonal flu and curb future pandemics.

Medical Devices & Technology

Artificial kidney could help those with renal failure (Medical News Today)
It may not look like one, but the Implantable Artificial Kidney device has been designed to function in the same way as a human kidney. By extracting waste and keeping nutrients needed by the body, it could one day help those with chronic renal failure.

The First Mind-Controlled Bionic Leg Steps Into Reality (Time)
A team of scientists are getting closer to the holy grail of brain-powered prosthetics by developing the first advanced-movement prosthetic leg that communicates with the wearer’s mind.

Nutrition

Breast health linked to eating peanut butter and nuts (Medical News Today)
By eating more peanut butter during their high school years, girls could be improving their breast health in adulthood, according to a US study published recently in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.

Eating the Color Purple (NY Times)
Sure, we’re told to always eat our greens, but what about our purples? This article gives great eggplant recipes, healthy dishes that will please any palate and fill any tummy.

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