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Friday, December 4, 2015

Children's Health: Higher cigarette taxes linked to fewer infant deaths ♦ We change after we start dating, ♦ on’t want to raise a psychopath?

Higher cigarette taxes linked to fewer infant deaths Higher taxes and prices for cigarettes are strongly associated with lower infant mortality rates in the United State. The association was stronger for African American infants than for non-Hispanic white infants, which has implications for trying to reduce disparities in infant mortality between the two groups
We change after we start dating, Researchers put to test the hypothesis that adolescents become less similar to their friends and more similar to romantic partners after they start a new romantic relationship. This first study to use longitudinal data is a stark reminder how the peer social world changes during adolescence, and same-sex friends become less important and romantic affiliations become more important.
Interventions may temporarily raise kids' IQs, but there is fadeout over time A meta-analysis shows that the beneficial effects of interventions to raise intelligence in young children fade over time
Don’t want to raise a psychopath? Be sensitive to a child’s distress How do you stop a child, especially one who has experienced significant adversity, from growing up to be a psychopath? Responsive, empathetic care giving -- especially when children are in distress -- helps prevent boys from becoming callous, unemotional adolescents.

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