Newspaper article The Canadian Press


Newspaper article The Canadian Press


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Research published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics suggests reading a printed book to a child, rather than an e-book or tablet, can have long-lasting positive effects on their relationship in the future.

A study by the University of Michigan looked at 37 pairs of toddlers and parents as they read the same book on tablet and in print in a simulated living room environment.

Researchers found when reading a printed book, the parent and child were much more engaged with one another, while when the same pair read from a tablet, they turned away from each other, didn't share the device, and pushed each other's hands away. (ABC)



A study of 13 randomized trials involving more than 120-thousand adults over five years has found those who took daily omega-3 fish oil supplements had a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

The research published by the American Heart Association those who took the supplements had an eight per cent reduced risk for heart attack and coronary heart disease death over those taking placebos.

Scientists found taking more that 840 mg per day of may provide even greater reductions in the risk of cardiovascular disease. (ABC)



A study of the most widely used screening tool for autism spectrum disorder has found it may be less accurate than previously thought.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends screening toddlers for autism using a two-stage parental survey called the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers with Follow-Up (M-CHAT/F).

Investigators studied the health records of approximately 26-thousand children who were screened using the M-CHAT/F in primary care settings, and found the survey only detected 40 per cent of children who went on to be diagnosed with autism. …

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