FOX Medical Team: Reading, carbs & depression

FOX Medical Team's Dr. Joette Giovinco talks about medical research related to reading and depression.


In 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement recommending parent-child home reading beginning at birth and continuing at least through kindergarten.

Behavioral evidence has shown that children who are read to, especially before school entry, experience stronger parent-child relationships and learn valuable language and literacy skills.

In a new study in the September 2015 Pediatrics, authors studied 3- to 5-year old children for the first time to examine the relationship between shared parent-child reading and brain activity.

Results showed a strong, positive association between a measure of home reading environment (involving access to books, frequency of reading, and variety of books read) and brain activation during story listening.

Children who enter kindergarten with poor emergent literacy skills are at a significant disadvantage and are unlikely to catch up with their peers if not addressed early. 


A diet high in refined carbohydrates may lead to an increased risk for new-onset depression in postmenopausal women, according to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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