Two articles about attachment theory- one critical, one more appreciative

The New York Magazine published “Can Attachment Theory Explain All Our Relationships?” on 7-5-16.  This long and very well-researched article was written by a young mother who was anxious about how her own insecurities might affect her child.  She has a long history of therapy.  The article reviews classic attachment theory, emerging awareness of problems with it, and emerging research that finds the most parents actually are “good enough” parents and their children are likely to turn out well – even if the parent has some problems.

Childhood obesity may be traced to weight of mother AND father- before birth.

The New York Times published “To Stem Obesity, Start Before Birth” on 7-11-16. This article follows up on “The Urgency in Fighting Childhood Obesity,” published on 7-5-16, and reports on recent studies that have found that children of obese mothers, and fathers, tend to more weight than children with non-obese parents at a certain stage of development.

Study: psychological benefits of increasing intake of fruit and veggies, results are heartening to patients

The American Journal of Public Health will publish “Evolution of Well-Being and Happiness After Increases in Consumption of Fruit and Vegetables” in the Aug. issue. This remarkable study followed over 12,000 Australian adults for 6 years.  The authors concluded, “Increased fruit and vegetable consumption was predictive of increased happiness, life satisfaction, and well-being.”  The study controlled for many important confounding variables, including income and personal characteristics.

LD kids: study finds “brain training” apps and games to be fun, but to not have real academic benefits

JAMA published “Brain Training Does Not Improve Academic Outcomes in Kids” on 6-28-16. This brief article reviews claims that some popular “brain training” apps and programs improve academic performance in children with learning disabilities.  The authors studied over 450 children.  The results found that the treatment group had better results in one area measured at 6 and 12 months, the results were not sustained. Most importantly, there were no improvements found in the reading, spelling or math scores of the study group, and no improvement in the rating of attention, social functioning and quality of life measures as reported by