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Death of British boy has worried junior doctors all over the world - with good reason

It was Bawa-Garba's first day in an acute setting since her return to work. The computers were down, meaning that vital blood results were not …

Owlet, The Smart Baby Sock, Is Already Saving Lives

Owlet, a Hardware Battlefield darling, announced that they are going out of beta this weekend and will be available to new parents who want to make sure their wee ones are breathing at night. The announcement comes in conjunction with actual testimonials from parents who feel that Owlet saved their …

Barber Goes Above and Beyond to Make Boy with Autism Comfortable During Haircut

When Jamie Lewis and Denine Davies' son Mason was diagnosed with autism, they learned that ordinary activities like getting a haircut can be difficult for those coping with this disorder. Since young Mason deals with sensory overload, it's not easy for him to sit down and feel comfortable when …

Autism

We're Thinking About ADHD All Wrong, Says A Top Pediatrician

Diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are up around 30 percent compared with 20 years ago. These days, if a 2-year-old won't sit still for circle time in preschool, she's liable to be referred for evaluation, which can put her on track for early intervention and potentially a …

Pediatrics

Video Games May Be Just What the Doctor Ordered For ADHD

Medications may take a backseat to video games, if one freshly funded company has something to say about it.<p>Akili Interactive has raised $30.5 …

Minecraft helps kids with autism build richer lives

All kids love building new worlds in Minecraft. But for those living with an autism spectrum disorder, it's also providing them with ways to engage in school and build healthy social lives.<p>Two hours north of Sydney, the kids of 3-6 Rainbow, a class in Aspect Hunter school combining grades 3-6, are …

Autism

See the amazing moment disabled children play video games for the first time

Never has scoring a goal on Fifa felt so good.<p>A small Oxford-based charity is transforming the lives of physically disabled children and adults by …

A Mother's Heartache Of A Baby With Dairy Allergies

Author's own image<p>Both the ankle biters have milk allergies. Archie is lactose intolerant and had mostly outgrown this at 15 months old. The only …

Texting, Tweeting, and Talking: E-communicating with adolescents in primary care

With rapidly increasing access to mobile devices and the Internet, adolescents spend increasingly less time communicating in person and more time …

Mouth-on with Food Practice Shooter, a game about eating vegetables

Tucked away at an unlabeled booth at TGS 2013 is a peculiar game that blends education, light gun shooting and the consumption of real-life vegetables. It is called, appropriately, <i>Food Practice Shooter</i>.<p><i>Food Practice Shooter</i>, which was created by Dr. Takayuki Kosaka, whose prior work includes a …

Random Bedtimes Breed Bad Behavior In Kids

Parents learn the hard way that late bedtimes make for cranky kids the next day. But inconsistent bedtimes may have a greater effect on children's behavior, a study says.<p>Kids who didn't go to bed on a regular schedule had more behavior problems at home and at school. When those children were put to …

New Parenting Site MommyCoach Lets Parents Video Chat With Experts Online

When you become a parent, you suddenly realize everyone has an opinion on how that job should be done, from well-meaning in-laws to strangers who walk up to you in the mall and lecture you about the health benefits of breastfeeding. (True story.) It can be a bit overwhelming. A new startup called …

Why parents are raising their kids on Minecraft

Back in June of 2011, David Pakman’s son and daughter, at the time age eight and 10, asked him for a copy of Minecraft. “I didn’t know what that was, so I checked it out, thought it was kinda like digital Legos, and agreed to get it,” says Pakman, a tech entrepreneur and investor. Pretty soon …

This Company Wants To Use Games To Reimagine How Your Child Learns

In the mid-20th century, Linus Pauling was one of the world’s most celebrated scientists. His discovery of the structure of hemoglobin and other biological molecules created an entirely new field of science and, when he focused his ample talents on deciphering the structure of DNA, no one doubted …

Akili Wants to Make the First FDA-Approved Game For ADHD

There are many reasons to love video games: They’re wonderful resources for fantasy, fun, social engagement (mostly) and an overall great way to let loose. But video games can do more than just provide hours of entertainment.<p>Akili, a California-based startup, is hoping to create the first …

FDA

How TV Can Make Kids Better Readers

Is technology the best thing that ever happened to education? Or a silent killer of children's attention spans and love of learning?<p><i>Tap, Click, Read</i> is a new book out this week that attempts to offer a third alternative. It tells the stories of educators and parents who are trying to develop media, …

Education Technology

Smartphones and tablets need 'bedtime mode' to improve children's sleep

Phones, tablets and e-readers currently cause sleep disruptions, and need to shift to 'bed' mode at night, says children's sleep medicine expert<p>More devices like the iPhone, iPad and Kindle emit a blue light that causes our sleep to be restless and disrupted, according to a new study.<p>Led by Dr Paul …

Research

A guy asked kids to draw their craziest inventions – and then he turned them into real products

<b>Instead of putting kids’ drawings on the fridge door and forgetting about them, one British designer had another idea. What if you took the power of</b> …

Hikaru Imamura's Toys Make Hospitals a Little Less Scary

A lot has been done in an effort to make hospitals less of a scary and bewildering place for young children. Remember Jeff Koons' Balloon Dog …

Putting Doctors and Patients on the Same Page

By Martha Hostetter<p><b>When doctors share their clinical notes with patients, it can lead both parties to change their behavior</b><p>Five years ago, Harvard …

Kano's Got The Computer Any Kid Can Build, Anywhere

They set out with a mission to enable any kid to build their own computer from a lego-like kit, now for Kano the next step is to make sure children across Asia have that access – an interesting endeavor considering the impact the concept could have – especially on an enormous Indian youth …

Kids

Frog Creates The Most Charming Anti-iPad Game Ever

To ween kids off screens, FrogLabs developed a series of wooden toys that are the only way to play the game.<p>A polar bear is sweating on a floating ice cap. The bear needs help, but tapping the screen–like a child might for any other iPad game–does nothing. So instead, she looks to her series of …

Google launches Project Bloks, a new open hardware platform for teaching kids to code

Google today announced Project Bloks, a new open hardware platform that allows developers, designers and educators to build physical programming experiences that can help kids (5+) learn to code.<p>While Google worked together with design firm IDEO to build a reference kit, the idea here is to provide …

No grades, no timetable: Berlin school turns teaching upside down

Pupils choose their own subjects and motivate themselves, an approach some say should be rolled out across Germany<p>Anton Oberländer is a persuasive speaker. Last year, when he and a group of friends were short of cash for a camping trip to Cornwall, he managed to talk Germany’s national rail …

Education

Want Kids To Eat More Veggies? Market Them With Cartoons

Be it SpongeBob SquarePants or Tony the Tiger, food companies have long used cartoon characters to market their products to children. But that tactic can also sway younger kids to eat fresh vegetables, according to a new study.<p>Sammy Spinach, Oliver Onion, Colby Carrot, Suzy Sweet Pea and a slew of …

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