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Moms’ pre-pregnancy weight tied to kids’ IQ, study says

Moms’ pre-pregnancy weight tied to kids’ IQ, study says

Children whose mothers went into pregnancy overweight may have slightly lower scores on certain tests of verbal and numbers skills, a new study says.
The findings, reported online Dec. 10 in the journal Pediatrics, do not prove that their mothers’ extra pounds are the reason for these decreased scores, and experts not involved in the study said it’s too soon to suggest mothers-to-be lose weight for the sake of their kids’ mental prowess.
But the results do add to studies showing that, for whatever reason, kids born to heavy mothers tend to have a somewhat lower IQ than their peers.
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For Kids: Facts About Elephants!

For Kids: Facts About Elephants!

Learn facts about elephants, including what they eat, how they live, how big they are, how they talk and more!

Elephants are wonderful animals! They are the largest mammals in the world that live on land. There are two kinds of elephants; African and Asian. Asian elephants have smaller ears and shorter tusks than African elephants. The African elephant is bigger and taller than the Asian elephant.

Do elephants live together?

Elephants live in families. Several families live together in a «herd.» The leader of the herd is usually the oldest female elephant. She is called the «matriarch...

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The weirdest baby names of 2012 — read them and weep!

The weirdest baby names of 2012 — read them and weep!

THE most unusual baby names of 2012 have been compiled by parenting website The Baby Centre.

The data comes from more than 500,000 parents of new babies who shared their names with the site, which releases the gruesome list annually.

The Baby Centre claims that each of the names was given to at least two children this year «so it’s not a fluke».

Remember, these are real babies who will go on to live their whole lives with these names — unless they change them by deed poll — so please be sensitive in your comments.

Most unusual girls names of...

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Device Helps Children with Disabilities Access Tablets

Device Helps Children with Disabilities Access Tablets

Imagine not being able to touch a touch-screen device. Tablets and smartphones—with all their educational, entertaining and social benefits—would be useless.

Researchers at Georgia Tech are trying to open the world of tablets to children whose limited mobility makes it difficult for them to perform the common pinch and swipe gestures required to control the devices.

Ayanna Howard, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and graduate student Hae Won Park have created Access4Kids, a wireless input device that uses a sensor system to translate physical movements into fine-motor gest...

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