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A new report commissioned by the Green Party in the U.K. attempts to put nature at the heart of the general election debate. The report recommends such nature-based measures as an hour a day of outdoor learning for primary school children, tighter restrictions on paving over front gardens and turning 20% of Britain into national parks. The report also advocates for more green spaces in cities through the rewilding of hospital grounds and the creation of pocket parks to ensure no home is more than a half of a mile from a wild green space.read more
A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics indicates there are structural differences in the brains of preschool-age children related to screen-based media use. The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center led the study, assessing screen time in terms of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations. Researchers found that children who have more screen time have lower structural integrity of white matter tracts in parts of the brain that support language and other emergent literacy skills. The children with increased screen time also had lower scores on language and literacy measures.read more