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Preschoolers may know their (trans)gender: study

For transgender children, Barbies for biological boys and trucks for girls is the norm, US research has tentatively found. Academics from the University of Washington compared 36 transgender children aged 3-5 to their cisgender cohorts and siblings. They discovered that ...

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Tots wired, sleeping less after touchscreen use

Giving Ella or Charlie the iPad at bedtime may not be the best idea, two London universities have found. Researchers from Birkbeck, University of London and King’s College London asked 715 parents about their babies’ and toddlers’ touchscreen usage. After ...

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Bush kindy’s therapeutic, Japanese roots

Tree-time with kids may be good for all kinds of development, including physical stamina, gross motor skills and risk-management skills. But it also has lesser-known benefits for toddlers and adults alike. These are captured in what the Japanese call shinrin-yoku, ...

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Potential of dogs as reading aids unleashed

Weighing 113 kilograms and standing over two metres tall, Baron, an English Mastiff, could be Australia’s largest dog. But that’s not his only claim to canine fame: Baron is also a certified therapy dog. At Penrith Valley School in Sydney’s ...

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Study finds breastfed kids less hyper, not smarter

Breast is best, but won’t make your kids cleverer, researchers from University College Dublin have concluded. Drawing their results from 8000 families from the Growing Up in Ireland longitudinal infant cohort, they used standardised tests in conjunction with maternal reports ...

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