News Roundup October 13th

Benefits for Babies Exposed to Two Languages A team of investigators and clinician-scientists in Singapore and internationally have found that exposure to dual languages in infancy can have cognitive advantages for children. The generalized cognitive advantages emerge early and are not specific to any particular language. Read more here.

Exposure of Pregnant Women to Certain Phenols May Disrupt Growth of Boys A recent study has indicated that exposure to certain phenols (chemical compounds) during pregnancy, may disrupt growth of boys during fetal growth and the first years of life. This was true for commonly used preservatives called parabens, used in cosmetics and healthcare products, and the antibacterial agent and pesticide triclosan, found in some toothpastes and soaps. Bisphenol A was not included. Read more here.

Economic Disparities Impact Infant Health New research out of the University of Colorado, Denver and published online recently in the American Journal of Human Biology, has shown that higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol can be found during pregnancy in women from poorer economic conditions. These women also give birth to infants with elevated levels of cortisol, which can put the infants at risk for diseases in adulthood. Read story here.

Toddlers Guide Their Behavior to Avoid Angering Adults A study out of the University of Washington found that toddlers as young as 15 months can detect anger when watching other people’s social interactions and then use that emotional information to regulate their own behavior. The study is the first evidence that children this young are capable of using multiple cues to understand the motivations of the people around them. Read about this study here.

This News Roundup was compiled and co-authored by Jean Kurnik, M.A.

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