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Mothers who have been exposed to physical or emotional stresses during pregnancy may have babies with brains that cannot develop normally, a new report concludes.

To ward off unhealthy brain development, which often leads to learning disabilities and neurological problems, the report, written by the National Health/Education Consortium, recommends that all mothers and their children receive comprehensive and preventive health care.

It also recommends that infants and children receive early screening, diagnosis, and treatment for learning disabilities.

The consortium, a joint project of the National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality and the Institute for Educational Leadership, is composed of nearly 50 health and education organizations. It will release reports on related health topics this year.

Although one out of every six high-school athletes will be injured this year, many will not receive the medical attention they need from school, a new study suggests.

The study, which was published in the January issue of the Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, found that most school personnel in Georgia who are responsible for the care of athletes did not have adequate knowledge about anatomy and the care and treatment of injuries, as measured by their responses to a questionnaire.

The study, which was completed by researchers from the University of Louisville, recommends that schools employ certified athletic trainers in order to avoid injuries and legal liability.

Left to their own devices, even the most finicky child will get enough to eat, a new study concludes.

The study, which appeared in the Jan. 24 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, found that children consume about the same amount of calories every day, even if they eat a lot at one meal and very little at the next.

Although this erratic eating behavior may be annoying to parents, the researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who completed the study concluded that such behavior is normal.

The National Association of School Psychologists has developed a tip sheet for teachers to help their students who are stressed and concerned over the war in the Persian Gulf.

Copies of "Helping Kids Deal With the Stress of War" can be obtained free of charge by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope with 52 cents postage to nasp, Dept. PLT, 8455 Colesville Rd., Suite 1000, Silver Spring, Md. 20910.--ef

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