brain development http://kplu.org en Wash. Scientists Cheer Docs' Push To Read To Kids Starting At Birth — Or Earlier http://kplu.org/post/wash-scientists-cheer-docs-push-read-kids-starting-birth-or-earlier <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155880212&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The nation’s largest association of pediatricians is <a href="http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/Business,-Medical,-and-Non-Profit-Partners-Launch-New-National-Effort--at-CGI-America-to-Help-Close-the-Word-Gap.aspx" target="_blank">recommending parents read to their children </a>starting at birth. Research by Seattle-area scientists suggests kids can indeed benefit from hearing lots of language right from day one – or even earlier, &nbsp;even though most kids don’t start talking until they’re at least a year old.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:32:21 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17371 at http://kplu.org Wash. Scientists Cheer Docs' Push To Read To Kids Starting At Birth — Or Earlier Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child's Brain http://kplu.org/post/orphans-lonely-beginnings-reveal-how-parents-shape-childs-brain Parents do a lot more than make sure a child has food and shelter, researchers say. They play a critical role in brain development.<p>More than a decade of research on children raised in institutions shows that "neglect is awful for the brain," says <a href="http://dms.hms.harvard.edu/neuroscience/fac/Nelson.php">Charles Nelson</a>, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:05:02 +0000 Jon Hamilton 14017 at http://kplu.org Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child's Brain Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep http://kplu.org/post/brains-sweep-themselves-clean-toxins-during-sleep While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a <a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/342/6156/373">study</a> of mice found.<p>"It's like a dishwasher," says <a href="https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/people/23788299-maiken-nedergaard">Dr. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:59:43 +0000 Jon Hamilton 10532 at http://kplu.org Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep Babies learn language before birth, say Tacoma and Seattle researchers http://kplu.org/post/babies-learn-language-birth-say-tacoma-and-seattle-researchers <p></p><p>A team led by Professor Christine Moon of Pacific Lutheran University, tested newborn babies in Tacoma and Stockholm, Sweden. Moon said they played recordings of a distinctly American English vowel sound and a Swedish one, and tested the babies responses by measuring the one thing a day-old baby is really good at: sucking on a pacifier. Their sucking patterns reveal that babies show a familiarity with the vowel sounds of their mother tongue even at birth, suggesting they’ve been listening carefully in utero.</p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 23:52:30 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7479 at http://kplu.org Babies learn language before birth, say Tacoma and Seattle researchers