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28 Sep
Diabetes During Pregnancy Could Raise Lifelong Heart Risks for Children

Diabetes During Pregnancy Could Raise Lifelong Heart Risks for Children

The foundation for early heart disease might begin not during childhood or in the years that follow, but in the womb.

Researchers studying nearly 30 years of data from families in Manitoba, Canada, found a strong connection between heart disease risk factors in teens...

28 Sep
For Kids With Hearing Issues, Early Intervention Crucial to School Readiness

For Kids With Hearing Issues, Early Intervention Crucial to School Readiness

When babies with hearing impairments get help very early in life, they are more likely to be "kindergarten-ready" when the time comes, a new study finds.

In the United States, all states have government-funded "early intervention" programs designed to assist parents ...

24 Sep
Parent's Skin-to-Skin Hug Does Ease a Baby's Pain, Brain Study Suggests

Parent's Skin-to-Skin Hug Does Ease a Baby's Pain, Brain Study Suggests

Infants may feel less pain when held by a parent with skin-to-skin contact, a new U.K. study suggests.

"We have found when a baby is held by their parent with skin-on-skin contact, the higher-level brain processing in response to pain is somewhat dampened. The baby's...

23 Sep
Mom-to-Be's Pot Use Linked With Higher Odds for Kids' Mental Woes

Mom-to-Be's Pot Use Linked With Higher Odds for Kids' Mental Woes

Expectant mothers who smoke pot in pregnancy could increase their baby's risk for mental or emotional problems later in childhood, a new study finds.

Marijuana use during pregnancy was associated with a host of problems in the preteen years, researchers report.

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22 Sep
Sleep Builds the Brain in the Early Years, Then Maintains It

Sleep Builds the Brain in the Early Years, Then Maintains It

For the very young, sleep builds and strengthens the brain, but it quickly switches to maintenance and repair before a child turns 3, new research shows.

Before about the age of 2½, the brain grows rapidly. And during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep a baby's brai...

22 Sep
Baby's Heart Rate Reflects Mom's Mental Health

Baby's Heart Rate Reflects Mom's Mental Health

Babies of mothers with anxiety or depression can have significantly higher heart rates than normal, a new study finds.

And this might put them at risk for long-term problems, researchers say.

Mother-infant interaction plays a crucial role in children's heal...

10 Sep
Children Use Both Sides of the Brain to Understand Language

Children Use Both Sides of the Brain to Understand Language

Adults process language on one side of the brain, but kids use both hemispheres, a new study suggests.

The finding might explain why children recover more easily from brain injuries than adults, the study authors added.

"This is very good news for young ch...

02 Sep
Cyberbullying Could Rise During Lockdown, But Parents Can Stop It

Cyberbullying Could Rise During Lockdown, But Parents Can Stop It

Cyberbullying is less common among teens who feel loved and supported by their parents, new research shows.

The findings could be especially relevant during the coronavirus pandemic, say a team from New York University.

"With remote learning replacing class...

31 Aug
Time Spent in Nature Boosts Kids' Well-Being

Time Spent in Nature Boosts Kids' Well-Being

Whether camping, hiking or gardening, connecting with nature has many benefits for children's well-being, a new study suggests.

"There is strong evidence that children are happier, healthier, function better, know more about the environment, and are more likely to t...

27 Aug
Texas Mother Transmitted COVID-19 to Unborn Baby: Study

Texas Mother Transmitted COVID-19 to Unborn Baby: Study

A new case study adds to growing evidence that the new coronavirus can be transmitted from a pregnant woman to her fetus.

"It's very important to bring to the forefront this finding that mothers and infants can be affected by COVID-19, transmission can occur during p...

25 Aug
There's No Safe Amount of Caffeine in Pregnancy: Report

There's No Safe Amount of Caffeine in Pregnancy: Report

Women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant may need to forgo coffee, tea, sodas and other sources of caffeine. A new data analysis finds no safe level of the drug during this time.

"The cumulative scientific evidence supports pregnant women and women contempla...

24 Aug
For Black Kids, Autism Caught Late in the Game

For Black Kids, Autism Caught Late in the Game

It takes close to three years for a Black preschooler with autism to get a definitive diagnosis, a new U.S. study finds.

That delay means that young Black Americans miss out on early intensive treatment that is essential to help children with autism be better able t...

20 Aug
Anorexia Often Stunts Girls' Growth, Study Finds

Anorexia Often Stunts Girls' Growth, Study Finds

Girls with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa may have stunted growth, new research suggests.

People with anorexia nervosa believe they weigh too much, even if they're underweight. They may lose a dangerous amount of weight by dieting, exercising excessively, or b...

17 Aug
When Parents, Grandparents Don't Agree on Childrearing Choices

When Parents, Grandparents Don't Agree on Childrearing Choices

Disagreements between parents and grandparents over parenting choices like discipline, meals and TV time can strain family relationships, a new poll finds.

When kids stay with grandparents, relaxed rules can cause friction with the child's parents, child health expe...

11 Aug
Pot Use While Pregnant Tied to Higher Odds for Autism in Kids

Pot Use While Pregnant Tied to Higher Odds for Autism in Kids

Research has shown that pot use during pregnancy may increase the risk of stillborn birth, preterm birth and low birth weight.

Now, a new study adds another danger: children whose mothers used pot while pregnant could be at greater risk for autism.

And the ...

04 Aug
U.S. Grandparents Are Raising Millions of Kids, and It's Tough

U.S. Grandparents Are Raising Millions of Kids, and It's Tough

Nearly 3 million children in the United States are being raised by grandparents, and life has placed these kids on a rocky road toward adulthood, a new study reports.

These children are much more likely to have experienced traumatic events that will influence their d...

29 Jul
Mastering the Violin Won't Help Your Child Master Math: Study

Mastering the Violin Won't Help Your Child Master Math: Study

All the parents who force their children to play an instrument because it has been touted as a way to boost overall intelligence, take note.

New research now suggests that it may not help develop memory, math, reading and writing skills after all.

Earlier s...

17 Jul
Lupus Drug Prevents Low Heartbeat in High-Risk Newborns: Study

Lupus Drug Prevents Low Heartbeat in High-Risk Newborns: Study

A drug used to treat lupus and malaria -- hydroxychloroquine -- reduced by half the risk of a potentially fatal heart condition in newborns who were at high risk for it.

The condition -- known as congenital heart block (CHB) -- results in a dangerously low heart rate...

17 Jul
Placenta May Help Shield Fetus From COVID-19

Placenta May Help Shield Fetus From COVID-19

Some key molecules used by the new coronavirus to cause infection aren't found in the placenta, which may explain why the virus is rarely detected in fetuses or newborns of women with COVID-19.

U.S. government researchers found that placental membranes lack the messe...

14 Jul
Obesity in Childhood Quickly Harms Heart Health

Obesity in Childhood Quickly Harms Heart Health

In a finding that suggests the seeds for heart disease are sown early in life, researchers report they found evidence of stiff, thickened arteries in children who had been obese as toddlers.

"Public health efforts are needed in the very early years to prevent proble...

13 Jul
Pot Use in Pregnancy Could Mean Sleepless Kids

Pot Use in Pregnancy Could Mean Sleepless Kids

Kids whose moms used pot while pregnant may end up with sleep problems years later, a new study suggests.

Looking at thousands of 9- and 10-year-olds, University of Colorado researchers found that children were more likely to have trouble falling asleep or staying a...

07 Jul
Zika May Have Damaged More Infants' Brains Than Expected

Zika May Have Damaged More Infants' Brains Than Expected

It's a virus some might not even remember, but babies born to mothers infected with Zika who appeared normal at birth still experienced neurological or developmental problems, new research suggests.

A hallmark of infection with the mosquito-borne Zika virus in pregna...

01 Jul
Seizures After Vaccination Don't Affect Kids' Development: Study

Seizures After Vaccination Don't Affect Kids' Development: Study

Kids who have a fever-related seizure after getting a vaccine won't have developmental and behavioral problems as a result, according to a new study.

These so-called febrile seizures do not affect children's development whether they occur after a vaccination or not,...

19 Jun
Asthma More Likely in Kids With Disabilities, Delays

Asthma More Likely in Kids With Disabilities, Delays

Children with developmental disabilities or delays have an increased risk of asthma, a new study finds.

"This research has shown that it's not just clinicians or pediatricians that should be aware that children with disabilities and delays may also have other health ...

17 Jun
Mom's Depression Can Lead to Behavior Problems in Kids

Mom's Depression Can Lead to Behavior Problems in Kids

Children of mothers with long-term depression have an increased risk of behavioral problems and poor development, researchers say.

The new study included nearly 900 Australian mothers and 978 of their children. Levels of depression were examined in the mothers before...

16 Jun
Adult Life Tougher for Teens Who Had Controlling Parents: Study

Adult Life Tougher for Teens Who Had Controlling Parents: Study

Back off, Mom and Dad: Teens who feel their parents are overly controlling may have more difficulty with romantic relationships as adults, a new study suggests.

The study, which followed 184 teens, found that those with domineering parents had a future that was diffe...

01 Jun
Stay-at-Home Orders Could Mean More Obese Kids: Study

Stay-at-Home Orders Could Mean More Obese Kids: Study

As if the childhood obesity epidemic isn't bad enough, new research warns that over one million more American boys and girls stand to become obese if coronavirus-related school closures continue through the end of the year.

The culprit: a steep rise in sedentary beha...

28 May
Pandemic Can Overwhelm Those With Autism

Pandemic Can Overwhelm Those With Autism

The coronavirus pandemic can be especially difficult for children and adults with autism and their families, experts say.

Self-isolation and disruption of routine are tough for anyone, but may emotionally upend someone with an autism spectrum disorder, said Dr. Adrie...

27 May
Uncles, Aunts May Influence a Child's Odds for Autism

Uncles, Aunts May Influence a Child's Odds for Autism

A child with an uncle or aunt with autism appears to have a more than doubled risk of being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder themselves, a new U.S. government-funded study reports.

Roughly 3% to 5% of children with an aunt or uncle with autism can a...

19 May
Could Umbilical Cord Blood Help Ease Autism?

Could Umbilical Cord Blood Help Ease Autism?

A study testing umbilical cord blood as an autism treatment has found hints of potential benefits for some kids -- but the researchers say much more work is needed to get firmer answers.

The study, of 180 children, found that a single infusion of cord blood did not i...

12 May
Pandemic Lockdown Increases Child Abuse Risk

Pandemic Lockdown Increases Child Abuse Risk

Hunkering down during the coronavirus pandemic has stressed families and raised the risk for child abuse, Penn State researchers report.

"We're very worried about children becoming more seriously injured over longer periods of time before they can get treatment," sa...

11 May
Zika Virus Tied to Profound Developmental Delays

Zika Virus Tied to Profound Developmental Delays

Toddlers with congenital Zika syndrome have severe developmental delays, researchers report.

In a study that covered a five-year period, researchers found that children in Brazil with congenital Zika syndrome who had microcephaly at birth suffered severe mental dela...

11 May
Baby's Sleep Issues Could Sometimes Signal Autism: Study

Baby's Sleep Issues Could Sometimes Signal Autism: Study

Babies who have disrupted sleep, as many with autism do, may experience delayed brain development, a new study suggests.

Sleep problems in baby's first year may affect growth of the hippocampus and may also precede an autism diagnosis, researchers say.

In...

06 May
Tough Childhoods Are Tough on Adult Hearts: Study

Tough Childhoods Are Tough on Adult Hearts: Study

Adults who had rough childhoods have higher odds for heart disease.

That's the conclusion from a look at more than 3,600 people who were followed from the mid-1980s through 2018. Researchers found that those who experienced the most trauma, abuse, neglect and family...

01 May
Early High School Start Times May Hurt Attendance

Early High School Start Times May Hurt Attendance

High school students who have early start times are more likely to show up late or cut school entirely, a new study finds.

As schools across the United States think about reopening, they might want to bear this in mind.

"The American Academy of Pediatrics ...

20 Apr
Breast Milk May Help Shield Infants From Dangerous Viruses

Breast Milk May Help Shield Infants From Dangerous Viruses

New mothers have long been told that breast milk is best for their baby, and now there's more evidence that breastfeeding helps protect babies against potentially harmful viruses.

With the coronavirus pandemic on everyone's mind, the new research is especially timely...

20 Apr
Screen Time for Tiniest Tots Linked to Autism-Like Symptoms

Screen Time for Tiniest Tots Linked to Autism-Like Symptoms

Letting a baby watch a smartphone, tablet or TV at 12 months increases the odds the child will develop autism-like symptoms during the next year, new research suggests.

On the other hand, if parents spent active play time with their child every day, the odds of au...

17 Apr
All That Social Media Hasn't Hurt Kids' Social Skills, Study Finds

All That Social Media Hasn't Hurt Kids' Social Skills, Study Finds

Today's youngsters are as socially skilled as previous generations, despite concerns about their heavy use of technology, like smartphones and social media, new research shows.

The researchers compared teacher and parent evaluations of more than 19,000 U.S. children ...

14 Apr
Do C-Section Babies Become Heavier Adults?

Do C-Section Babies Become Heavier Adults?

Girls born by cesarean delivery may be more prone to obesity and type 2 diabetes as adults, a new study suggests.

Of more than 33,000 women born between 1946 and 1964, nearly 1,100 were delivered by C-section. Of those women, 37% were obese and 6% had been ...

24 Mar
Let Your Baby Cry It Out

Let Your Baby Cry It Out

Could letting your baby cry it out mean less crying later?

A new British study suggests that's the case.

Researchers from the University of Warwick investigated the issue: They followed 178 infants and their moms over 18 months, assessing how soon and how o...

23 Mar
Too Much 'Screen Time' Could Slow Your Toddler's Language Skills: Study

Too Much 'Screen Time' Could Slow Your Toddler's Language Skills: Study

Everyone is glued to some sort of media these days, but for young kids, that screen time could delay or limit their language skills, a new research review suggests.

"Our findings are really consistent with the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics [AAP]...

20 Mar
Eating Fish in Moderation During Pregnancy Benefits Fetus: Study

Eating Fish in Moderation During Pregnancy Benefits Fetus: Study

Advice on eating fish while pregnant has flip-flopped over the years. Now, a new study suggests that the benefit of eating fish in moderation during pregnancy outweighs the risk.

Fish is a major source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for a developing fe...

13 Mar
Suicidal Thoughts Among Young Kids Higher Than Believed

Suicidal Thoughts Among Young Kids Higher Than Believed

Suicidal thoughts have haunted nearly one of every 10 pre-teens in the United States, a new study reveals.

About 8.4% of children aged 9 or 10 said they'd temporarily or regularly harbored thoughts of suicide, researchers report.

Importantly, only aroun...

12 Mar
12 Weeks of Paid Maternity Leave Benefits Everyone: Study

12 Weeks of Paid Maternity Leave Benefits Everyone: Study

The argument against paid maternity leave in the United States often focuses on the cost, but a new study suggests that more paid leave would not only be beneficial for families, but also for society.

In the study, researchers found that new parents with paid medical...

11 Mar
Preemies' Impaired Immune Systems Quickly Catch Up: Study

Preemies' Impaired Immune Systems Quickly Catch Up: Study

Premature infants' immune systems develop at a rate similar to full-term infants, a new study finds.

British researchers tracked immune system development in babies born before 32 weeks, including identifying different immune cell populations and the types of bacteri...

10 Mar
Could Dad-to-Be's Health Affect His Newborn's Health?

Could Dad-to-Be's Health Affect His Newborn's Health?

The health of both mom and dad are key to a healthy pregnancy and birth, new research finds.

In the study of nearly 786,000 births, researchers found that dads who weren't in the best of health were more likely to have preterm and low birth weight infants who ...

10 Mar
Endometriosis Risk Can Be Predicted in Young Girls: Study

Endometriosis Risk Can Be Predicted in Young Girls: Study

Taller and thinner girls are more likely to develop the often painful condition known as endometriosis, according to the results of a six-decade study.

The findings could lead to earlier detection and treatment of the common gynecological disease, the researchers sa...

25 Feb
Getting Quality Autism Therapy From Thousands of Miles Away

Getting Quality Autism Therapy From Thousands of Miles Away

By the time he was 7 months old, John Michael Crawford had been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called tuberous sclerosis, associated with a high risk of developmental delays, including autism.

Early intervention programs are believ...

20 Feb
How 'Stranger Things' Widened Awareness of a Rare Disorder

How 'Stranger Things' Widened Awareness of a Rare Disorder

Teenage actor Gaten Matarazzo III was born with a rare genetic disorder that affects bone development. And ever since his Netflix series "Stranger Things" became a hit, public interest in the condition has shot up, a new study finds.

The disorder, called cleidocrania...

19 Feb
Common Plastics Chemicals Linked to Autism Traits in Young Boys

Common Plastics Chemicals Linked to Autism Traits in Young Boys

Young boys whose mothers were exposed to chemicals known as phthalates while pregnant may face an increased risk for developing behaviors associated with autism, a new study warns.

Phthalates are chemicals found in many household products, including cosmetics and pla...