Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
J&J to Remove Harsh Chemicals from Baby Products
Johnson & Johnson plans to remove potentially cancer-causing and other dangerous chemicals from nearly all its adult toiletries and cosmetic products worldwide within 3 1/2 years. (via MSNBC)
Early Anesthesia Tied to Language Problems in Kids
Babies and toddlers who went under anesthesia during surgery ended up having slightly worse scores on language and reasoning tests as 10-year-olds, in a new study. (via Reuters)
Chickenpox Down 80 Percent Since 2000
Signaling the retreat of a childhood rite of passage, the incidence of chickenpox in the United States fell by 80 percent from 2000 to 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week. (via New York Times)
As Circumcision Rates Drop, Costs Increase: Study
As gaps in insurance coverage lead to fewer male babies being circumcised in the United States, related health costs could end up increasing by millions of dollars every year, a new study suggests. (via Reuters)
Cramming May Hurt Kids’ Grades, Study Suggests
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High school students who choose to sacrifice their sleep to get extra studying time in may fare worse academically the next day compared with their well-rested peers, new research suggests. (via ABC)
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Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
The next time your child asks why we need tests and quizzes, explain testing is like eating veggies—he may not love it, but it’ll be good for him!
A new research published in this month’s Science magazine explains students not only learn from testing, they also improve their memory. Simply studying without follow-up testing doesn’t help students retain necessary information.
Science magazine’s October issue focuses on a new research that tested undergraduates on their studying, memorizing, and testing abilities. Students were given a list of Swahili words with English translations and asked to think of helpful ways to associate them. The students were then divided into two groups—one group was left alone to study without tests while the other group was told to study and given a series of tests.
At the end of the study, both groups were given a final test—the group that did better was the one given regular practice tests to help sharpen minds and memorization skills. Quizzing students regularly helped them spend more time trying to understand difficult concepts.
Researchers hope this information can provide students with helpful studying tips. So start encouraging kids to love (or at least tolerate) the benefits of studying!
Do you agree or disagree with this research?
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