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REM sleep critical for young brain development; medication interferes
(Washington State University) Rapid eye movement or REM sleep actively converts waking experiences into lasting memories and abilities in young brains reports a new study from Washington State University Spokane. The finding, published in Science Advances, broadens the understanding of children's sleep needs and calls into question the increasing use of REM-disrupting medications such as stimulants and antidepressants.

ASHG issues position statement on genetic testing in children and adolescents
(American Society of Human Genetics) ASHG has issued a position statement on Points to Consider: Ethical, Legal, and Psychosocial Implications of Genetic Testing in Children and Adolescents. Published today in The American Journal of Human Genetics, the statement aims to guide approaches to genetic testing for children in research and clinical contexts. It also serves as an update to the Society's 1995 statement of the same title, since which time the scope and accuracy of genetic testing have improved.

UH Health leader inducted into National Optometry Hall of Fame
(University of Houston) Longtime College of Optometry faculty member and University of Houston administrator Earl L. Smith III, O.D., is a member of an elite group of optometrists who has been selected for the prestigious National Optometry Hall of Fame. He was inducted June 25 during the American Optometric Association Optometry's Meeting held June 24-28, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington.

Income-tax earnings data give more accurate picture of value of college degree
(University of Kansas) A new study that is the first to use Social Security Administration's personal income tax data tracking the same individuals over 20 years to measure individual lifetime earnings has confirmed significant long-term economic benefits of college education.

Charcoaling manure and greening neighborhoods in the Chesapeake Bay watershed
(Ecological Society of America) Chesapeake Bay bears a heavy pollution burden from the growing metropolitan centers and vibrant agricultural activity in the watershed. When ecologists gather in Baltimore, Md., this August for the 100th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, special attention will fall on the local Chesapeake Bay watershed, with field trips and research presentations exploring its rich wildlife and social history.

Helping students stick with MOOCs
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) At the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, MIT researchers showed that a dropout-prediction model trained on data from one offering of a course can help predict which students will stop out of the next offering.

People with epilepsy can benefit from smartphone apps to manage their condition
(Elsevier) While many people with epilepsy can control their seizures with medication, those unpredictable and involuntary changes in behavior and consciousness can be limiting for others. Neurologists writing in the International Journal of Epilepsy evaluated the application of smartphones in epilepsy care.

70 percent of college students stressed about finances
(Ohio State University) Seven out of 10 college students feel stressed about their personal finances, according to a new national survey.Nearly 60 percent said they worry about having enough money to pay for school, while half are concerned about paying their monthly expenses.

Simple classroom measures may reduce the impact of ADHD
(University of Exeter) A systematic review has concluded that non-drug interventions in schools may be effective in improving outcomes such as performance in standardized tests for children with ADHD. However, the research also found so many different types of strategies, often combined in different ways and so many different ways of measuring whether they worked, that it was that it was impossible to clearly identify what works best.

Extracurricular sports produce disciplined preteens
(University of Montreal) Regular, structured extracurricular sports seem to help kids develop the discipline they need in order to engage effectively in the classroom, according to a new study led by Linda Pagani of the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine children's hospital.

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