Midday nap improves IQ and academic performance in children

Children who nap are happier, excel academically, and have fewer behavioral problems – a Penn study of nearly 3,000 fourth, fifth, and sixth graders in China revealed strong connections between 30 to 60 minutes of shuteye at least three days a week and positive outcomes in a handful of areas. Ask just about any parent … Read more

Good grades in high school lead to better health

Good grades in high school lead to better health, study finds – The “A” grades that high schoolers earn aren’t just good for making the honor roll – they also make them healthier as adults, too.

Mixed handed children more likely to have mental health problems

Mixed-handed children more likely to have mental health, language and scholastic problems – Children who are mixed-handed, or ambidextrous, are more likely to have mental health, language and scholastic problems in childhood than right- or left-handed children, according to a new study published today in the journal Pediatrics.

Childhood lead exposure causes permanent brain damage

Childhood lead exposure causes permanent brain damage – A study using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to evaluate brain function revealed that adults who were exposed to lead as children incur permanent brain injury. The results were presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Students with depression likely to drop out of college

Students with depression twice as likely to drop out of college, revealed in a study from University of Michigan, US. – College students with depression are twice as likely as their classmates to drop out of school, and lower grade point averages depended upon a student’s type of depression.

Obesity linked to reduced sleep, technology use, caffeine

Adolescent obesity linked to reduced sleep caused by technology use and caffeine – According to a research presented at SLEEP 2009, the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, adolescent obesity is associated with having less sleep.

Better sleep = better academic performance, math scores

Better sleep is associated with improved academic success – According to a research presented at SLEEP 2009, the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, getting more high-quality sleep is associated with better academic performance.

Children of anxious parents need help too

Hopkins study: When adult patients have anxiety disorder, their children need help too – A family-based program reduced symptoms and the risk of developing an anxiety disorder among children of anxious parents, revealed by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in a new study.

Good looks get high school students good grades

University of Miami study shows that physical attractiveness, personality, and grooming are good predictors of grades in high school and may indicate future success in college and labor markets – Do personal traits predict success in school? If so, which dimension of one’s outward appearance can tell the most about academic achievement? The answers to these questions are found in a new study by researchers from the University of Miami Health Economics Research Group.

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