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Is your child feeling bogged down by academic pressure or social anxiety? Yoga at school will help

Yoga and mindfulness activities at school can help improve emotional health of children with anxiety, according to a study. Researchers at Tulane University worked with a public school in New Orleans to add mindfulness and yoga to the school’s existing empathy-based programming for students needing supplementary support. Third graders, who were screened for symptoms of anxiety at the beginning of the school year, were randomly assigned to two groups. A control group of 32 students received care as usual, which included counseling and other activities led by a school social…

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How to know if your child is autistic? Age-wise signs to watch for!

Imagine a child who likes to keep to himself. As a toddler, catching a smile on his face was like mining a diamond in the soil. He just had two odd toys he played with, slept with, caressed, went out with and even took bath with. Even after turning a year old, he wouldn’t respond to being called. He likes to play and puddle in water and will not come out of the bathroom till called for at least ten times or scolded. Now that he is three, he still…

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Study: Child abuse, neglect linked to gender inequality

Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified an association between child abuse and neglect and gender inequality. The study, published July 27 in the Journal of Family Violence, was an analysis of data from 57 countries worldwide of incidences of severe physical discipline of children in the form of hitting, slapping or repeated beatings, or child neglect. The study did not include countries in the European Union or countries with large populations like Brazil, India, China, Japan, Indonesia, Russia or the United States. Approximately 44 percent of…

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Does Your Child Stay Up Late for an Early Exam? It Can Affect His Grades

Inadequate sleep seems to be a trend these days. With more and more people travelling long hours for work and working till late, sleep is one thing that begins to take a toll of our highly demanding, haphazard lifestyle. Though experts suggest 7-8 hours of good night’s sleep every day, it seems like a challenging task for most around. Even teenagers and young adults are beginning to give less important to one of the most important aspects of our health – sleep. Sleep plays an important role in maintaining your…

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Keeping Pets Could Be The Best Thing For Child Development

There’s no greater joy than coming home and finding an overly enthusiastic creature waiting to embrace you and show affection. Pets are the epitome of unconditional love. Their presence in the house brings the whole family together and puts an end to the blues. Imagine coming home after a tough day at work and seeing your dog wagging his tail excitedly at the sight of you. That instant you will find your sorrows vanish and the feeling of happiness seep in. No wonder dogs are known as man’s best friend….

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​Does your child really need all the prescribed vaccines?

The biggest association of paediatricians in India is heavily dependent on funding from vaccine manufacturers. The influence allegedly leading to immunisation guidelines being tweaked to include products of the funding companies. Technical committee members deciding the guidelines being on the board of vaccine manufacturers and getting paid by them. Hefty margins on vaccines being given to paediatricians administering the vaccines. These and several others skeletons came tumbling out of the cupboard of the Indian Academy of Paediatricians (IAP) when the convenor of its Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Immunization Practices…

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