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Kids Got The Blues? Maybe They Don’t Have Enough FriendsGoody Blog Daily News Roundup
Friendless kids can become social outcasts who risk spiraling into depression by adolescence, according to new research from Concordia University, Florida Atlantic University and the University of Vermont. Yet for most shy and withdrawn children, as the study reports in the journal Development and Psychopathology, friends can be a form of protection against sadness. (Medical News Today)

Cyber Bullying Suffered By More Than 25 Percent Of Teenagers In The Past Year
Cyber bullying is an emerging phenomenon that is becoming increasingly common among teenagers. Research by the University of Valencia (UV), based on a study carried out in the region, shows that between 25% and 29% of all teenagers have been bullied via their mobile phone or the internet over the past year. (Medical News Today)

A Child’s Healthy Eating Largely Influenced By The Mother’s Diet
As health professionals search for ways to combat the rise in obesity and promote healthy eating, new research reveals a mother’s own eating habits – and whether she views her child as a ‘picky eater’ – has a huge impact on whether her child consumes enough fruits and vegetables.  (Medical News Today)

Mom’s Voice Plays Special Role In Activating Newborn’s Brain
A mother’s voice will preferentially activate the parts of the brain responsible for language learning, say researchers from the University of Montreal and the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Centre. The research team made the discovery after performing electrical recordings on the infants within the 24 hours following their birth. The brain signals also revealed that while the infants did react to other women’s voices, these sounds only activated the voice recognition parts of the brains. “This is exciting research that proves for the first time that the newborn’s brain responds strongly to the mother’s voice and shows, scientifically speaking, that the mother’s voice is special to babies,” said lead researcher Dr. Maryse Lassonde of the University of Montreal’s Department of Psychology and the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Centre. (Medical News Today)

Researchers Develop Mouse Model to Help Find How a Gene Mutation Leads to Autism

Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found that when one copy of the SHANK3 gene in mice is missing, nerve cells do not effectively communicate and do not show cellular properties associated with normal learning. This discovery may explain how mutations affecting SHANK3 may lead to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). (Science Daily)

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