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06 Feb
Budding Altruists? Tots Give Up Food to Help Others, Study Finds

Budding Altruists? Tots Give Up Food to Help Others, Study Finds

Schools may strive to teach kids that sharing is caring, but a new study suggests that altruism begins in infancy and can be influenced by others.

It's been unclear when people start to display altruism, which can include sharing resources such as food with others in...

05 Feb
Beyond Baby Talk: Helping Early Language

Beyond Baby Talk: Helping Early Language

Teaching parents how to talk to their babies could help boost their children's language development, researchers say.

The University of Washington study didn't look at so-called baby talk, which typically consists of silly sounds and nonsense words.

Instead...

30 Jan
Many Moms-to-Be Are Stressed, and it Might Affect Baby's Brain

Many Moms-to-Be Are Stressed, and it Might Affect Baby's Brain

Many mothers-to-be feel overwhelmed by stress, and it might have implications for their babies' brain development in the womb, a new study suggests.

The researchers found that even in a group of highly educated, healthy pregnant women, stress and anxiety were common....

30 Jan
Smoking While Pregnant May Weaken Baby's Bones

Smoking While Pregnant May Weaken Baby's Bones

Mothers who smoke during pregnancy put their infants at increased risk of fractures in their first year of life, researchers warn.

The study looked at more than 1.6 million people who were born in Sweden between 1983 and 2000, and followed for an average of 21 years....

28 Jan
Girls With Autism Diagnosed Later Than Boys

Girls With Autism Diagnosed Later Than Boys

Girls tend to be diagnosed with autism at an older age than boys, perhaps delaying essential treatment, a new study concludes.

That delay in diagnosis is a clinically important finding, said study author Eric Morrow, an associate professor of molecular biology, neuro...

23 Jan
Largest-Ever Study Ties Over 100 Genes to Autism

Largest-Ever Study Ties Over 100 Genes to Autism

More than 100 genes appear to be involved in autism spectrum disorders (ASD), according to the largest genetic study of the condition to date.

The study, involving over 50 centers around the globe, identified 102 genes associated with ASD -- including a few dozen tha...

22 Jan
Are Antibiotics a Recipe for Obesity in Childhood?

Are Antibiotics a Recipe for Obesity in Childhood?

Children who receive multiple antibiotic prescriptions early in life may be vulnerable to obesity, two new studies suggest.

In one study, researchers found that 4-year-olds who'd received more than nine antibiotic prescriptions in their lives were twice as likely to ...

17 Jan
How Mom-to-Be's Worry Over Birth Defects Can Harm Baby

How Mom-to-Be's Worry Over Birth Defects Can Harm Baby

Hearing that your unborn baby has congenital heart disease can be traumatic, but now new research suggests that if you experience stress, anxiety or depression afterward it could affect your baby's brain development.

Congenital heart disease (structural problems with...

14 Jan
Severe Deprivation in Childhood Has Lasting Impact on Brain Size

Severe Deprivation in Childhood Has Lasting Impact on Brain Size

Severe deprivation in childhood can lead to a smaller-than-normal brain, lower IQ and attention deficits in early adulthood, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed MRI brain scans of 67 young adults, ages 23 to 28, who were institutionalized as children in Romani...

14 Jan
1 in 4 Children With Autism Is Undiagnosed: Study

1 in 4 Children With Autism Is Undiagnosed: Study

Far too many U.S. children with autism are waiting too long for a diagnosis, new research shows, and those delays can greatly affect their quality of life.

About one in every four 8-year-olds assessed in the new study was found to have undiagnosed autism and wasn't r...

10 Jan
Zika Damage Showing Up in Babies Deemed 'Normal' at Birth

Zika Damage Showing Up in Babies Deemed 'Normal' at Birth

Some infants who appear healthy at birth after being exposed to the Zika virus in the womb develop neurological problems during their first year of life, a new study finds.

The study included pregnant women in Colombia who were exposed to Zika and had fetal MRIs and ...

10 Jan
Family's Social Standing May Be Key to Happiness for Teens

Family's Social Standing May Be Key to Happiness for Teens

How teens see their family's social status may play a part in their mental health and success at school, a new study suggests.

Social status appears to be more important than what their parents do for a living, how much money they have or how educated they are, the ...

30 Dec
Banned for Decades, DDT and Dioxins Are Still Harming U.S. Babies

Banned for Decades, DDT and Dioxins Are Still Harming U.S. Babies

Decades-banned pesticides apparently continue to interfere with fetal growth during U.S. pregnancies, a new study reports.

DDT was banned in 1972 in the United States, but low levels of it and other organic chemical pollutants can still be found in the blood of pregnan...

23 Dec
Can Apps Make Your Kids Smarter?

Can Apps Make Your Kids Smarter?

Smartphones, tablets and laptops are everywhere, and young children are fascinated by them. Now, new research suggests that parents might be able to harness that curiosity and use apps on the devices to boost early learning.

The review fo...

12 Dec
Differences Found in Brains of Kids Born to Depressed Parents

Differences Found in Brains of Kids Born to Depressed Parents

The brains of kids who have a high risk of depression because they have parents with depression are structurally different from other kids' brains, a new study finds.

Depression often first appears during adolescence. Having a parent with depression is one of the big...

10 Dec
Bullying's 'Vicious Circle' Harms Mental Health

Bullying's 'Vicious Circle' Harms Mental Health

Bullied teens are more likely to develop mental health problems, and people with mental health problems are also more likely to become bullies, researchers report.

Even though many studies have shown that being bullied can leave mental scars, "no studies to date" hav...

05 Dec
Mom-to-Be's Diabetes May Up Odds of Heart Disease in Her Kids

Mom-to-Be's Diabetes May Up Odds of Heart Disease in Her Kids

Children whose mothers had diabetes before or during pregnancy have an increased risk of developing heart disease by age 40, according to a new study.

The findings "highlight the importance of effective strategies for screening and preventing diabetes in women of chi...

03 Dec
Babies May 'See' Light While in the Womb

Babies May 'See' Light While in the Womb

Though fetuses spend nine months in a dark womb, they may detect light by the second trimester, a new study in mice suggests.

That's when light-sensing cells develop in the retina, and it may set up the day-night rhythms that the infant will follow, the researchers ...

02 Dec
Another Possible Effect of Climate Change: More Preemie Babies

Another Possible Effect of Climate Change: More Preemie Babies

Rising temperatures might help trigger premature birth, a new study finds, suggesting that global warming could deliver more "preemie" babies.

Looking at 20 years of data on heat waves and birth timing across the United States, researchers "estimate that an average o...

25 Nov
Smallest Tots Spending Too Much Time on Screens

Smallest Tots Spending Too Much Time on Screens

Even infants are now watching screens, and as they grow so does the time they spend doing it, two new studies show.

In fact, watching TVs, computers, smartphones, tablets or electronic games occupies about an hour a day of an infant's time and increases to more than ...

25 Nov
Obesity May Change the Teen Brain, MRI Study Shows

Obesity May Change the Teen Brain, MRI Study Shows

Obese teenagers can have certain brain differences from their thinner peers -- changes that might signal damage from inflammation, a new, preliminary study suggests.

Using advanced MRI techniques, researchers found that obese teenagers tended to have signs of decreas...

25 Nov
Opioid Exposure in Womb Alters the Infant Brain

Opioid Exposure in Womb Alters the Infant Brain

Exposure to opioids in the womb may affect an area of the newborn brain that regulates emotions, a new study shows.

Researchers used MRIs to assess brain activity in 16 full-term infants while they slept, specifically focusing on connectivity in a region called the...

22 Nov
An HIV Med Is Tied to Too-Small Heads in Newborns

An HIV Med Is Tied to Too-Small Heads in Newborns

Children born to women who take the HIV drug efavirenz during pregnancy have a higher risk of small head size -- a birth defect known as microcephaly -- compared to babies exposed to other HIV drugs in the womb, new research shows.

Prenatal exposure to the drug was a...

18 Nov
Stereotypes About Girls and Math Don't Add Up, Scans Show

Stereotypes About Girls and Math Don't Add Up, Scans Show

Girls and boys have no differences in brain function or math ability, according to researchers who used imaging to analyze kids' brain development.

The study is the latest to debunk the common myth that women are less suited to work in science, technology, engineerin...

14 Nov
Nature Nurtures Kids

Nature Nurtures Kids

Taking that trek through the woods with your child may do more than build strong muscles.

New research suggests that time spent in nature is also good for their mental and emotional well-being.

"This research shows that children experience profound and dive...

08 Nov
Abnormal Gut Microbiome May Stunt Preemies' Growth

Abnormal Gut Microbiome May Stunt Preemies' Growth

The gut microbiome of premature infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) may hinder their future growth, new research shows.

The study included 78 infants who weighed less than 3 pounds at birth. Their stool samples were tested weekly for their first six week...

05 Nov
Tough Childhoods Can Leave a Lifetime of Harm, Experts Say

Tough Childhoods Can Leave a Lifetime of Harm, Experts Say

Traumatic experiences in childhood can do lifelong harm to physical and mental health, education and work, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.

Preventing traumatic childhood experiences -- such as abuse, seeing violence or substance abuse ...

05 Nov
Too Much Screen Time May Be Stunting Toddlers' Brains

Too Much Screen Time May Be Stunting Toddlers' Brains

Toddlers who spend loads of time looking at tablets, smartphones or TVs may be changing their brains, and not for the better.

A new study using brain scans showed that the white matter in the brains of children who spent hours in front of screens wasn't developing ...

30 Oct
Acetaminophen in Pregnancy Might Raise Children's Odds of ADHD, Autism

Acetaminophen in Pregnancy Might Raise Children's Odds of ADHD, Autism

Two-thirds of American women take acetaminophen for the aches and pains of pregnancy, but the medication might not be as benign as thought.

New research shows that women who took acetaminophen, best known as Tylenol, at the end of their pregnancies were much more li...

28 Oct
Pain Twice as Common for Kids With Autism: Study

Pain Twice as Common for Kids With Autism: Study

Children with an autism spectrum disorder may be twice as likely to experience pain as kids without autism, a new study suggests.

"Pain is a common but under-recognized experience for children with autism," said researcher Danielle Shapiro. She is an assistant prof...

25 Oct
One-Third of U.S. Kids Too Sleepy to Succeed in School

One-Third of U.S. Kids Too Sleepy to Succeed in School

Here's a finding that should prompt parents to crack down on their kids' screen time at night: New research shows that close to one-third of American children don't get sufficient sleep.

That lack of sleep makes it harder for kids to learn and to behave well when ...

25 Oct
How Young Is Too Young to Leave Kids Home Alone?

How Young Is Too Young to Leave Kids Home Alone?

Children should be at least 12 years old before they're left home alone for four hours or more, a majority of U.S. social workers surveyed say.

Also, social workers are more likely to consider it neglect if a child is injured while home alone.

The email sur...

22 Oct
1 in 4 Parents Say No to Play Date Invites

1 in 4 Parents Say No to Play Date Invites

Many U.S. parents are selective about their children's play dates, with nearly one-quarter refusing invitations because they're not comfortable leaving their child in the other parent's care, a new survey finds.

Their main concerns about play dates include children b...

21 Oct
Can More Exercise Improve Thinking Skills in Cancer Survivors?

Can More Exercise Improve Thinking Skills in Cancer Survivors?

Boosting exercise capacity may protect the mental functioning of childhood leukemia survivors, according to a new study.

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common childhood cancer. Due to their disease and treatment, childhood ALL survivors are at increas...

15 Oct
Childhood Risk Factors Can Predict Adult Obesity

Childhood Risk Factors Can Predict Adult Obesity

Certain risk factors in childhood can identify those who are more likely to suffer severe obesity in adulthood, a new study finds.

The research included more than 12,000 participants from different countries who were followed from childhood in the 1970s and 1980s int...

04 Oct
Trying to Conceive? Both Dad and Mom Should Give Up Drinking in Months Before

Trying to Conceive? Both Dad and Mom Should Give Up Drinking in Months Before

Women have long been told to cut out drinking if they are pregnant or think they might become pregnant.

But a new study suggests that men hoping to become fathers should also stay away from alcohol for at least six months before trying to conceive.

If would...

30 Sep
Paper Books Beat Tablets for Parent-Child Interactions, Study Finds

Paper Books Beat Tablets for Parent-Child Interactions, Study Finds

Parents seeking quality reading time with their toddlers would do well to choose an old-fashioned book over a newfangled e-reader, a new study argues.

Parents and kids appear to have a better shared experience when they're reading a book together than when they read ...

30 Sep
Pediatric Group Issues Updated ADHD Guidelines

Pediatric Group Issues Updated ADHD Guidelines

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is in the news a lot, and now newer research has prompted a leading pediatricians' group to update its guidelines for diagnosing and treating the disorder for the first time since 2011.

Dr. Mark Wolraich, lead author o...

30 Sep
Depressed Moms, More Anxious, Troubled Kids?

Depressed Moms, More Anxious, Troubled Kids?

If a mother is depressed, her young children might be at risk for hyperactivity, aggressiveness and anxiety, a new study suggests.

Interestingly, a father's depression only affected kids if mom was also depressed, the researchers found.

"Depression among pa...

26 Sep
More U.S. Kids Being Diagnosed With Autism, ADHD

More U.S. Kids Being Diagnosed With Autism, ADHD

More U.S. children today have developmental disabilities like autism and ADHD than a decade ago, though improved recognition may be a major reason, according to a government study.

Researchers found that between 2009 and 2017, the percentage of U.S. children and tee...

23 Sep
Youngest in Classroom Diagnosed More Often With ADHD, Other Problems

Youngest in Classroom Diagnosed More Often With ADHD, Other Problems

If a child can't sit still or blurts out random thoughts in kindergarten or first grade, does the child have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Or is the youngster just not mature enough to sit still yet?

Both are possibilities, and whichever might be t...

23 Sep
Making the Most of Your Baby's First 3 Years

Making the Most of Your Baby's First 3 Years

Experts agree that the first three years of a baby's life are a unique time of fast development.

Even though a newborn seems helpless, he or she is learning every minute, absorbing information through all five senses. That's why babies will try to put everything poss...

20 Sep
Make Learning Fun, and Kids Learn More

Make Learning Fun, and Kids Learn More

Make it fun, and they will learn.

That's the conclusion of a new Canadian study that analyzed a kindergarten teaching program that favors playful activities and socializing over sit-down lectures. In the end, the innovative program appeared to give kids a leg up on r...

20 Sep
Anemia During Pregnancy Tied to Higher Odds for Autism, ADHD in Kids

Anemia During Pregnancy Tied to Higher Odds for Autism, ADHD in Kids

Women who suffer from anemia early in pregnancy are at risk for having a child with autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and intellectual disabilities, a study by Swedish researchers suggests.

The study couldn't prove cause and effect, but "a diagn...

17 Sep
A Good Night's Sleep Is Key to School Success

A Good Night's Sleep Is Key to School Success

Now that children are back in school, it's important to make sure they get enough shut-eye, sleep experts say.

"No matter the age, children report improved alertness, energy, mood and physical well-being when enjoying healthy, consistent sleep," said Dr. Ilene Rosen,...

16 Sep
Later Bedtimes Could Mean Wider Waistlines for Teen Girls

Later Bedtimes Could Mean Wider Waistlines for Teen Girls

Teenaged girls who stay up late every night could pay a price in added pounds, new research shows.

There could even be greater ramifications for girls' health, with risks for "cardiometabolic" issues -- such as heart disease and diabetes -- rising with later bedt...

11 Sep
Toes Become Fingers in the Brains of 'Foot Painters'

Toes Become Fingers in the Brains of 'Foot Painters'

If you use your feet like hands from birth, the brain will create a different "map" of the toes that's more like the one it has for the fingers, new research reveals.

That's the case with Tom Yendell and Peter Longstaff, two foot artists in the United Kingdom who we...

09 Sep
Nurturing Childhood Boosts Odds of a Happy Adult Life: Study

Nurturing Childhood Boosts Odds of a Happy Adult Life: Study

Kids who grow up confident that their parents, friends and community have their back are far less likely to struggle with depression or other serious mental health issues as adults, new research indicates.

The survey of nearly 6,200 adults also found that bad experie...

28 Aug
Transgender 'Conversion Therapy' Common, Potentially Harmful

Transgender 'Conversion Therapy' Common, Potentially Harmful

More than one in 10 transgender people say they've been pressured by a professional counselor to accept their birth sex.

So finds the largest survey to date on the issue.

Nearly 14% of transgender people say that some sort of professional -- a psycholo...

13 Aug
Scientists Uncover More Autism Genes

Scientists Uncover More Autism Genes

In a finding that underscores the major role genetics plays in autism risk, researchers report they have identified 16 new genes linked to the developmental disorder.

The investigators conducted genetic analyses of 2,300 people from nearly 500 families with at least ...