• Top of the Morning: Naps May Be Ruining Your Toddler's Sleep, Says Study

    Why afternoon naps may not be advisable after age two, plus, new hope for male infertility
  • 1. Naps after age two may be ruining your child’s sleep

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    A new report suggests that napping after age two can spoil kid’s sleep, in that daytime sleep may cause shorter or disrupted night's sleep, say researchers. The report is published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. (today.com)


    2. New Dr. Seuss story will be published in July
    Based on the manuscript and sketches of the much-loved children’s author, a new book will be released 24 years after Dr. Seuss’ death. According to Random House Children’s Books, there will be at least two more books after What Pet Should I Get is published in July. Cathy Goldsmith, the author’s former art director, is overseeing the production of the book. (gmanetwork.com)  


    3. New Barbie doll can make conversation
    The new Barbie will be a lot more vocal —- yes, one of the new Barbie dolls hitting the shelves is called “Hello, Barbie,” which promotes conversational play. The talking Barbie doll, when connected to a cloud-based app, can improve conversational skills, too. Toy maker Mattel is also going to roll out African-American, Asian, and, mixed-race Barbie dolls to add diversity in their line. (fortune.com)


    4. New urology procedure provides hope to male infertility
    A revolutionary treatment for men whose semen contains little to no sperm has been performed for the first time at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. The procedure involves the surgical harvesting of sperm cells from a patient whose other choices would have been using a donor sperm or adopting children. The microsurgery, called microdissection testicular sperm extraction, gives hope to about one percent of the male population to have kids of their own. (yahoo.com)


    5. Spit test to determine autism?
    Researchers at the Clarkson University and the State University of New York at Plattsburg suggest that a spit test may help to diagnose autism in the future. According to a new study published in the journal Autism Research, protein levels in the saliva of kids with autism differ from those of typically-developing children. (psychcentral.com)


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