Playing music to premature babies helps them sleep and improves their breathing, claim doctors


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Why playing music to premature babies 'helps them sleep and improves their breathing'New study claims music can puts newborns into a quietly attentive stateAlso improves sucking behaviours which are important to help them feedSound of instrument or a parent singing is better than nursery rhymesResearch by Beth Israel Hospital in New York across 11 American hospitals By Daniel Bates PUBLISHED: 16:47 GMT, 15 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:11 GMT, 15 April 2013 Soothing: The sound of music can make a newborn sleep better and puts them in a quietly attentive state Playing live music to a prematurely born baby can slow its heartbeat and make the child breathe more easily, according to a new study.

Using illegal drugs "is like eating junk food or gambling": Row as charity calls for a softer line on cannabis


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Using illegal drugs 'is like eating junk food or gambling': Row as charity calls for a softer line on cannabis Taking cannabis classed as another 'risky' behaviour like a poor diet, finds the UK Drug Policy CommissionIndependent advisory body say growing cannabis for personal use should not be a criminal offence | UPDATED: 07:11 GMT, 15 October 2012 Taking drugs is just like eating junk food, a controversial report claims today.

Men with divorced parents are THREE TIMES more likely to suffer a stroke, but women are unaffected


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Men with divorced parents are THREE TIMES more likely to suffer a stroke, but women are unaffected Adult men who experienced parental divorce before turning 18 are three times more likely to have a strokeWomen from divorced families do not have higher risk | UPDATED: 15:19 GMT, 14 September 2012 Men with divorced parents are significantly more likely to suffer a stroke than men from families which stay together, scientists claim.

Antioxidant supplement "reduces irritability and repetitive behaviour in autistic children"


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Antioxidant supplement 'reduces irritability and repetitive behaviour in autistic children' Scientists believe N-Acetylcysteine, or NAC, could be an effective therapy for autistic children | UPDATED: 16:11 GMT, 30 May 2012 An antioxidant supplement may be an effective therapy for autism, according to scientists.

Autistic children should be encouraged to find their "inner voice" to help them cope


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Autistic children encouraged to find their 'inner voice' may cope better with daily life, finds study Autistic children find it difficult to develop inner speech skills which could explain why they display some repetitive behaviours Difficulty: Poor communication skills are a core feature of autism spectrum disorder (model) Teaching children with autism to 'talk things through' in their heads may help them solve tricky day-to-day tasks and could increase the chances of them living independent lives when they grow up, say scientists.