Category Archives: Science

You snooze you lose

TV may take biggest toll on school readiness for poor kids

Kevin Lachaise, 8, watches a recorded TV show through the screen of a computer at the living room of his home in downtown Havana February 10, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

By Lisa Rapaport

(Reuters Health) – – Doctors often tell parents of young children to limit television time because it can interfere with learning and language development. Now, a U.S. study suggests TV’s impact on school readiness might be worse for poor kids than for more affluent children.

Researchers examined test results for 807 kids between 5 and 6 years old assessed at the start of kindergarten for basic skills like counting, letter recognition and sorting blocks by pattern and shape. They also looked at parent surveys about how much time each day kids spent watching traditional television sets or other screens. Read more »

It Doesn’t Matter When You Eat

Stephanie Lee

There are so many myths and strangely specific rules about when to eat to lose weight, but alone they do nothing to help. Eat a hearty breakfast and light all day.Eat small meals every few hours. Rules around when you eat are less important than you think, and even when they do help, they’re not for the reasons you think. Read more »

Allergy Experts Now Recommend Introducing Peanut Products to Babies

Working moms have more successful daughters and more caring sons

By: Gabriel Fisher

The guilt many working mothers confess to may be real, but it’s looking less and less warranted.

According to a working paper (pdf) published June 19 by the Harvard Business School, daughters of working mothers are more likely to be employed, hold supervisory positions, and earn more money than the daughters of women who don’t work outside the home. The researchers also found a statistically significant effect on the sons of working women, who are likely to spend more time caring for family members and doing household chores than are the sons of stay-at-home mothers. Read more »