Prenatal smoking shows up in little kids’ blood

This was the finding of a study led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD, and published in the journal Environmental Research. Previous research has already established that the DNA of cord blood from newborns is altered if the mother smokes during pregnancy. The difference is not in the genetic code itself but in the presence of "epigenetic" marks left on the DNA at 26 locations of the genome. Epigenetic markers are molecules that attach to genes and influence the...
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Smart Bed for kids with a “monster detector.”

Smart bed for kids monitors their snoozing cycles and determines if diet, stress and other daily activities are impacting the quality of their sleep. The bed, which is equipped with tiny hidden sensors, uses digital-signal capture within the mattress and processing techniques to pick up on motion and pressure. It tracks a child's breathing and heart-rate throughout the night too, and blends that data with other factors to determine a SleepIQ score in the morning. The higher the number (based fro...
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‘Osmo Numbers’ Takes the Fear Out Of Figures

iPad Game System Osmo wants to make learning math fun. Osmo, the clever educational gadget for iPads, got a new game. Numbers teaches math with special tiles. Aiming to make math fun and engaging, Osmo Numbers offers multiple ways to solve each puzzle and real time feedback. Numbers is an under-the-sea themed game where players have to come up with equations that equal a given integer using physical tiles. If they are successful, a trapped fish is freed from a bubble. As numbers appear ...
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