INdiana Systemic Thinking

December 21, 2007

New Research Reported at MSNBC

There are some good articles over on the MSNBC site concerning some research on children and parenting.

The first appears to show no difference between parenting styles of divorced and intact parents.

“It does parents a disservice to automatically assume that they will have problems after divorce,” Strohschein said. “That education and to a lesser extent income predict parenting behavior says much more about what makes a difference to parenting behavior.”

The second is about promising mice research in the treatment of autism.

“We believe that drugs which block mGluR5 have enormous potential for the treatment of fragile X and related developmental disorders, including many cases of autism,” said Katie Clapp, president and executive director of FRAXA.

The third found formal sex education delayed the loss of virginity in teens.

The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of Adolescent Health, did not determine if the type of program matters — that is, abstinence-only versus more-comprehensive programs.

However, the findings do suggest that having some form of sex education helps delay teen sex, according to the researchers, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The fourth, conducted in Romania, found I.Q.’s were lower for children in orphanages, than children who were raised in foster care.

“The longer they stay in the institution, the worse their IQ,” said Dr. Charles Nelson III of Harvard Medical School, who led the study being published Friday in the journal Science.

“What we’re really talking about is the importance of getting kids out of bad environments and put into good environments,” Nelson said.

Fifth, there appears to be a resurgence of Syphilis in the U.S. and Europe.

In 2000, syphilis infection rates were so low that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention embarked on a plan to eliminate the disease. But about 9,800 cases were reported in 2006.

Finally, researchers think children with tantrums may be at higher risk for depression.

“If it gets to the point where the parent is uncomfortable leaving the house because they are so fearful their child will have tantrum, that should be a sign to the parent (to seek help)” he said.

(Blogmeister note on that last one…  Ya Think?)

December 8, 2007

Cleaning out the RSS Feed Barrel

 Most days, the Blogmeister doesn’t get to all the news stories he wants to.  Here are all the stories and posts the Blogmeister either didn’t get to, or were deemed interesting, but not worthy of the Blog, over the past week.

Foster mother of 45 gets help in time of need  
Read This Story: What The Guv’s Tax Plan May Mean For Marion County 
The Fallen Mighty: Allen County GOP Short On Cash After Election  
Kenley Has Devoted Years To Tax Reform, Proposals 
County executive concept develops  :Commissioners back idea; plan may go to legislature.  
Harper’s findings 

Report Ready on Trimming Government
Late filings cost Burton’s PAC $4,450 
Supreme Court will decide Indianapolis case 
Daniels appeals FEMA aid decision 
Suicidal molester sentenced 

Gloomy Hoosiers Opinion 
Senators urging welfare overhaul 
Children dying for lack of child-sized drugs   
Always aroused: A good thing gone awry
Indiana lawmakers consider bill to eliminate township assessors office               
Senate skeptical about appointed assessors IndyStar.com        
Republican lawmaker’s support for Daniels’ tax plan is wavering?       
Local Concern: Kenley Cautious In Light Of New Circuit Breaker Data       
Now What? Tully Asks Readers To Chime In With Ways To Fix Phoenix       
Property tax plan to get another look     
Teacher’s post on blog leads to arrest, debate    
Dobson criticizes tax plan:  Commissioner says St. Joseph wouldn’t be able to function under Daniels’ proposal
Working ’10 til 2′ aids at-home professionals 
Lawmaker calls for balance on taxes  
Coming to terms with conflict at the office
Losing virginity early or late tied to health risks 
How depressed is your state?    
Child abuse death isn’t the fault of system 
Brain glitch behind distortion of self-image 
Smaller babies grow up to be sadder adults 
Anorexia risk may start before birth 
Fever can unlock autism’s grip     

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