Daily News Roundup

Breastfeeding Boosts Kids’ Brains
Australian researchers found that babies mainly breastfed for at least six months went on to score significantly higher in academic tests at the age of ten, especially boys. (Medical News Today)

Brain Scans Predict Dyslexia Improvements
cientists using brain scanning technologies say they have been able to predict with 90% accuracy which children with dyslexia will be able to improve reading skills over a period of a few years. Researchers say their findings reveal activity in specific brain regions during reading that could eventually lead to new treatments for people with dyslexia. (Web MD)

Phillip R Greaves II arrested for selling pedophile how-to book – video
Phillip Greaves, who wrote a book on how to molest children, was arrested at his Pueblo, Colorado home today for selling his book to a Florida police officer. (Examiner.com)

Curious George has an iPad learning app for kids
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the venerable Boston publishing house looking to evolve to the digital age, has launched the first in a series of mobile games for children to play on the iPhone and iPad.The mobile games feature such Houghton Mifflin icons as Curious George as well as the cast of characters from the Gossie and Friends series, “all in fun and challenging games that preschool-aged kids can enjoy at home or on the go,” the company said in a press release. “The games are now available on iTunes for both the iPhone and iPad at a cost of $2.99 for the iPhone and $3.99 for the iPad.” (Boston.com)

Report: Some impoverished U.S. counties need foreign aid
Some American children are facing circumstances so dire that they require foreign aid to supplement services such as tutoring and reading programs, said a report by the Children’s Defense Fund released Tuesday. Events such as Hurricane Katrina and the sluggish economy have left some U.S. counties with meager government aid, forcing some, like the children of Mississippi’s Quitman County, to rely on a grant from the Bernard van Leer Foundation of the Netherlands — for tutoring and reading programs, the report said. (CNN)

5 Christmas Stories That Won’t Be Turned Into Children’s Movies
As you may be aware (or not, judging from the box office results), this holiday season saw the release of The Nutcracker in 3D, which updated the classic ballet with CGI effects and Holocaust metaphors. Besides being commercially unsuccessful, the film as of this writing stands at 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, proving that some material (the Holocaust, for example) just can’t be transformed into heartwarming family fare, no matter how much you dress it up in mistletoe and sleigh bells. To further demonstrate that point, here are a few existing Yuletide stories that Hollywood probably won’t be adapting for the kiddie market anytime soon. (Mania.com)

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