Happy stories synch brain activity more than sad stories

Happy stories synch brain activity more than sad stories

Successful storytelling can synchronize brain activity between the speaker and listener, but not all stories are created equal. Sharing happy stories increases feelings of closeness and brain synchrony more than sad stories, according to new research published in eNeuro. Researchers from East China Normal University compared how emotional stories impact interpersonal connection and communication. In…

Can talking to young children during TV time buffer screen time effects on development?

Can talking to young children during TV time buffer screen time effects on development?

Increased television time for young children has been linked with poorer progress in some areas of development. One possible way to counter those negative effects—talking while watching the screen. The more parents engaged in conversation with preschoolers during shared TV time, the more likely those children were to have higher curiosity levels when they reached…

Trial compares two devices used for percutaneous left atrial appendage closure

Trial compares two devices used for percutaneous left atrial appendage closure

SWISS-APERO is the first randomized clinical trial comparing Amulet with the new generation Watchman FLX device in terms of residual left atrial appendage (LAA) patency after percutaneous LAA closure (LAAC) as evaluated by 45-day cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA). The study showed that the two devices achieve a similar rate of LAA occlusion at 45…

Ask the pediatrician: How can parents help babies learn to calm themselves?

Ask the pediatrician: How can parents help babies learn to calm themselves?

Q: My baby cries a lot and I want to help her calm herself. How do I do this? A: In discussions about helping babies learn to fall asleep on their own, you may hear “self-soothing” mentioned a lot. The term can sometimes be interpreted as a parent making a baby “cry it out” or…