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The Hop on Pop Revolution

Reading to a toddler-aged child does more than just get them to sit still for a few minutes. Led by James Law, Professor of Speech and Language Sciences in Newcastle University’s School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, researchers found something interesting. According to a new study, when parents and other caregivers routinely read with small children, the result is a language advantage of eight months. The researchers carefully reviewed sixteen reading intervention studies from the past 40 years, conducted in the USA, South Africa, Canada, Israel, and China. Some children were read to by a parent; some were read to by another caregiver. Some were read to from books; some

Food Allergies: Nothing to Sneeze At

Do you have a food allergy? If you’re an adult in the U.S., there’s about a 10 percent chance that you do—and, according to a new study, a 19% chance that you think you do. This piece of research was led by Dr. Ruchi Gupta, from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University. In a survey of 40,000 adults, chosen to form a representative sample of America, roughly one in ten reported experiencing allergic symptoms brought on by a food. The most common culprits were shellfish, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fin fish, egg, wheat, soy, and sesame. However, nearly another one in ten claimed a food allergy but with self-described symptoms that did not match up with the