A roundup of news and advice:

The more educated the mom, the less likely her young child is to die, according to research from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. Even an additional year of schooling can reduce the death rate of children under 5 years old in all countries, the study said. (Scientific American)

Scientists conflict when deciding if violent video games negatively affects kids. One reporter explains why different conclusions are drawn from the same research, and how varying definitions of “harm” are critical to the debate. (NPR)

Children who read to dogs may improve their reading skills, says a study by the San Francisco SPCA. Kids who read to specially trained dogs for more than 10 weeks improved by an average of 31.3 words per minute in oral fluency; those who practiced reading without using a dog improved by nine words per minute. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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