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When it Comes to Classroom Performance, Praising Kids Works Best

When it Comes to Classroom Performance, Praising Kids Works BestWEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Students have better focus in class if teachers praise them for being good rather than scolding them for being bad, according to a new study. Researchers spent three years observing more than 2,500 students in 19 elementary schools across Missouri, Tennessee and Utah. The children came from 151 classes from kindergarten through grade 6. The students exhibited 20%-30% greater focus on tasks when teachers gave out more praise than reprimands, according to the study. It was published Jan. 29 in the journal Educational Psychology. "Unfortunately, previous research has shown that teachers often tend to reprimand students for problem behavior as much or more than they praise pupils for appropriate behavior, which can often have a negative effect...

Girls With Autism Diagnosed Later Than Boys

28 January 2020
Girls With Autism Diagnosed Later Than BoysTUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Girls tend to be diagnosed with autism at an older age than boys, perhaps delaying essential treatment, a new study concludes. That delay in diagnosis is a clinically important finding, said study author Eric Morrow, an associate professor of molecular biology, neuroscience and psychiatry at Brown University. "The major treatment that has some efficacy in autism is early diagnosis and getting the children into intensive services, including behavioral therapy," Morrow said in a university news release. "So if we're identifying girls later, that may delay their treatments." Language delays are often the first sign of autism noticed by parents and doctors, but girls in the study had more advanced language abilities than boys, the researchers...

Health Tip: Managing Swearing by Your Child

27 January 2020
(HealthDay News) -- Swearing is a common behavior for adolescents, says the American Academy of Pediatrics. Children and teens often use profanity to impress friends and shock parents. To help manage swearing your child's swearing, the academy suggests: Establish a rule that there is no swearing allowed in the house. Do not respond to a child's profanity with profanity of your own. Do not wash a child's mouth out with soap. It is extreme and ineffective. Reward your child for expressing frustration appropriately.

Low-Dose Aspirin Might Help Prevent Preterm Births

24 January 2020
Low-Dose Aspirin Might Help Prevent Preterm BirthsFRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A daily baby aspirin helped first-time mothers lower their chances of delivering too soon in a new clinical trial, though it's not clear the practice should become routine everywhere. The trial, which was run in six lower-income countries, found that giving first-time mothers a daily low-dose aspirin reduced their risk of preterm birth by 11%. Their chances of a very early delivery -- before the 34th week of pregnancy -- were cut by one-quarter. "This is a very important finding," said Dr. Rahul Gupta, chief medical and health officer for the nonprofit March of Dimes. Low-dose aspirin is readily available, cheap and safe, noted Gupta, who was not involved in the trial. That means it could have a real impact in low-income countries, where...

Allow Dead Men to Be Sperm Donors, Medical Ethicists Say

22 January 2020
Allow Dead Men to Be Sperm Donors, Medical Ethicists SayWEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Should a dying man be allowed to let doctors harvest his sperm for possible use by strangers after death? Yes, say two medical ethicists in the United Kingdom. Writing in an article published Jan. 20 in the Journal of Medical Ethics, Drs. Nathan Hodson and Joshua Parker said that such donations would be akin to the organ donor process. "If it is morally acceptable that individuals can donate their tissues to relieve the suffering of others in 'life-enhancing transplants' for diseases, we see no reason this cannot be extended to other forms of suffering like infertility, which may or may not also be considered a disease," the team wrote. Hodson is an ethicist at the University of Leicester, while Parker is at the Wythenshawe Hospital in...

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