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Cognitive Impact of Lead Exposure
Lead exposure during early childhood is associated with cognitive and behavioral impairments. . . . keep reading
Student Health and School Performance
Health promotion research is in the early stages of identifying links between children's health-related behaviors, weight status, and academic performance. This study examined select health behaviors, perceived weight status, and school grades reported by fifth graders in one Colorado school district. . . . keep reading
Effects of Early Education on Younger Siblings
Educational interventions in preschool years have been shown to lead to improved cognitive functioning and school achievement. These early interventions even lead to better behavior. . . . keep reading
English Language Skills and Health Care (2005)
A survey of parents in neighborhoods with high proportions of Latino families was conducted to examine whether parents' limited English proficiency (LEP) or whether the primary language spoken in the home had significant impact on children's health status, access to health care, and/or utilization of health care services. . . . keep reading
The Bigger They Get (2009)
Families of children with profound cognitive disabilities are faced with their child's increasing size and how this complicates the family's ability to provide independent care. Parents find it difficult to keep a large child at home, involved in family activities, and with an optimal quality of life. . . . keep reading
How Poverty Changes Our Brains (2009)
Family income is a strong and consistent predictor of children's standardized test scores, grades in school, and educational attainment. This income--achievement gap is already present by kindergarten and accelerates over time. However, research on the income--achievement gap is silent on underlying biological explanations. . . . keep reading
Low Health Literacy Threatens Americans' Health (2005)
Health literacy includes skills and abilities to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate decisions. It is the means by which people can access, comprehend and act on information. . . . keep reading
Literacy and Child Health (2009)
One third of U.S. adults have limited health literacy skills, which is the "limited capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions." Basic health tasks such as using an immunization schedule, interpreting a growth chart, or following written instructions to take medication on an empty stomach are examples of problems they experience. . . . keep reading
Learning Disabilities: How Prevalent Are They? (2007)
Learning disabilities (LDs) are a constellation of disorders manifested by many sorts of different difficulties, such as difficulty with listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, etc. LDs are managed, never cured. The intent of this study was to inform the epidemiology of LD and its associated sociodemographic characteristics. . . . keep reading
Language Impairment: When is it Likely to Persist? (2007)
Children with a specific language impairment are at considerable risk for later social, emotional, and behavioral problems as well as for delayed literacy skills, such as reading and spelling. Approximately 50% to 60% of children with specific expressive language delay spontaneously remit or outgrow the problem. . . . keep reading
International Adoptees and School Performance (2009)
Compared to non-adopted children, there is a high frequency of psychiatric problem behaviors among adopted children. International adoptees appear to demonstrate relatively high rates of severe mental health problems, suicide, suicide attempts, and psychiatric hospital care. . . . keep reading
Health Education for Limited-English Speaking Students (2005)
Since 1991, the number of K-12 students with limited English language skills- English Language Learners (ELL) -in US public schools has risen over 95%. Students represent diverse cultural and socioeconomic groups and many have had limited educational opportunity in their country of origin. . . . keep reading
Grade-Retained Students and Special Ed (2009)
By the time students reach age 16 to 19 years, 10% have repeated a grade. From a . . . keep reading
Ethnic/Racial Differences in ADHD and Learning Disability  (2005)
The 1997-2001 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) was used to examine racial/ethnic differences among children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and/or Learning Disability (LD) and those who used any prescription medication for a chronic condition. . . . keep reading
Cognitive Function in Cystic Fibrosis (2005)
It is commonly assumed that cognitive development is not altered in children with cystic fibrosis (CF). Most patients with CF, however, are at high risk for malnutrition, particularly in the pre-diagnosis, symptomatic phase of the disease. . . . keep reading
ADHD and College-Bound (2005)
This article reviews several important areas of preparation for an adolescent with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) before he/she transitions from high school to college. . . . keep reading
Add "School" to List of Asthma Triggers (2005)
Since early autumn coincides with both the beginning of school and more symptoms of asthma, the question arises: can the start of a new school year cause asthma to worsen? . . . keep reading
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