Genetic variations in a fourth gene linked to elevated leukemia risk in Hispanic children

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have identified genetic variations in a fourth gene that are associated with an increased risk of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in Hispanic children. The research appears today in the journal Blood. The gene is ERG, a transcription factor that is also mutated in the leukemic cells of some ALL patients. In this study, researchers […]

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New study proves the success of support for parents who have children taken into care

A scheme supporting parents who have had children taken into care has been praised by Cardiff University academics in charge of its first independent evaluation. Dr. Louise Roberts, from the Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE), led the assessment of one of the first Reflect schemes, which has been run by Barnado’s Cymru in Gwent since 2016. Reflect […]

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Researchers factoring in how children learn mathematics

What is 72 multiplied by 12? While fourth-graders will focus on arriving at the correct answer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln researcher Carrie Clark wants to know what happens in the brain as they learn to solve the problem. Clark, assistant professor of educational psychology, is using functional MRI technology to capture brain activity while children learn mathematics. Housed at the Nebraska […]

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How do children draw themselves? It depends who’s looking

It’s the archetypal child’s drawing—family, pet, maybe a house and garden, and the child themselves. Yet how do children represent themselves in their drawings, and does this representation alter according to who will look at the picture? A research team led by academics from the University of Chichester has examined this issue and found that children’s expressive drawings of themselves […]

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Rob Delaney Has an Important Message for Bereaved Parents & Children

In January, actor-comedian Rob Delaney and his wife suffered the devastating loss of their two-year-old son, Henry. Little Henry passed away from cancer after a surgery to have a brain tumor removed. “Henry was a joy,” Delaney wrote in a February Facebook post. “He was smart, funny, and mischievous and we had so many wonderful adventures together, particularly after he’d […]

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Researchers identify widespread brain alterations in children with callousness

Children with elevated levels of callous traits—such as a lack of remorse and disregard for other people’s feelings—show widespread differences in brain structure compared with children with lower levels of the traits, according to a new study published in Biological Psychiatry. The differences, which included large- and small-scale structural alterations, support the idea of callous traits as a neurodevelopmental condition. […]

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