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3 December 2013
Parental neglect triggers changes in kids' brains
Kids who experience neglect have been found to be more prone to a behavior known as "indiscriminate friendliness," characterized by an inappropriate willingness to approach adults, including strangers. Now, UCLA researchers are reporting that this behavior is rooted in brain adaptations associated with early-life experiences...

20 November 2013
Solid foods while breastfeeding could prevent child allergies
Giving infants solid food with breast milk after the 17th week of birth could reduce food allergies in babies, say UK researchers...

11 November 2013
Brainstem abnormalities found in SIDS babies
Researchers report that infants dying suddenly and unexpectedly - in both safe and unsafe sleep environments - have underlying brainstem abnormalities...

4 November 2013
Eating disorders surprisingly prevalent in boys
Parents think that eating disorders very rarely affect boys, but a new study of more than 5,000 males from across the U.S. directly challenges this belief...

28 October 2013
Swaddling revival prompts orthopedic warning
A resurgence in the popularity of traditional swaddling has prompted pediatricians to warn of a rise in developmental hip problems in babies...

21 October 2013
Could sunshine prevent ADHD?
Scientists don't know what causes attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but a new study has established a relationship between ADHD prevalence and sunlight intensity...

18 October 2013
Irregular bedtimes linked to behavioral problems in kids
Researchers in the UK say that irregular bedtimes can disrupt natural body rhythms and undermine brain maturation and the ability to regulate certain behaviors...

22 August 2013
Breast milk transfers good bacteria from mom
Scientists have discovered that important beneficial bacteria arrive in babies' digestive systems from their mother's gut via breast milk...

19 August 2013
Giving kids a choice increases sharing
Telling kids to share their toys never seems to work, but psychologists say that allowing children to make a choice to sacrifice their own toys in order to share with someone else makes them share more...

15 August 2013
Long-term breastfeeding appears to protect against breast cancer
Breastfeeding for more than six months may safeguard non-smoking mothers against breast cancer, suggests new evidence...

24 July 2013
The surprising link between breastfeeding and ADHD
It's well known that breastfeeding has a positive impact on child health, and now researchers have found that breastfeeding could also help protect against ADHD...

1 July 2013
Antibacterial soaps may be harming newborns
Mom's prolonged use of antibacterial soaps containing the chemical triclocarban could affect her baby's early development, say researchers at the University of Tennessee...

25 June 2013
Infants and language - quality matters more than quantity for word learning
Psychologists say that early vocabulary improvement appears to have more to do with the "quality" of the interactions in which the words are used rather than the sheer quantity of speech directed at young children...

25 June 2013
Breastfed bubs more upwardly mobile
Analyzing decades-old data, scientists found that children who had been breastfed were consistently more likely to have climbed the social ladder than those who had not been breastfed...

20 June 2013
Vitamin D may delay early puberty in girls
Vitamin D supplements may help delay the early onset of puberty in girls, according to a new study that compared levels of vitamin D in girls with early and normal onset of puberty...

20 May 2013
Researchers quantify bed-sharing SIDS risk
Parents who share a bed with their baby face a significant increase in the risk of cot death - even if the parents do not smoke...

12 May 2013
Cyberbullying becoming more pervasive in high schools
One-in-six high school students reports being electronically bullied within the past 12 months...

7 May 2013
Mom's saliva may protect against allergies
Swedish researchers report that parental saliva on a baby's pacifier may provide significant protection against allergy development in the infant...

5 May 2013
Dustless chalk making some kids allergic to school
The widespread use of so-called dustless chalk may trigger allergy and asthma symptoms in students that have a milk allergy...

3 April 2013
Moobs a mental health danger for adolescent boys, say moob surgeons
Breast enlargement negatively impacts mental and emotional health in adolescent males, say plastic surgeons who - unsurprisingly - suggest cosmetic surgery is the answer...

27 March 2013
Arguments in home linked to babiesí brain functioning
Being exposed to arguments between parents is associated with the way babiesí brains process stress...

20 February 2013
Fear? Anger? Pain? Scientists decode babies' crying styles
Spanish researchers have identified how eye movements and the dynamic of a baby's cry play a key role for parents trying to decode their baby's complaints...

24 January 2013
Coolness and bullying a vicious circle
Bullying boosts the social status and popularity of middle school students, according to a new UCLA study that has implications for programs aimed at combating school bullying...

8 January 2013
Medico delves into breastfeeding folklore
More than one hundred lactation specialists were surveyed to see how often they recommend various folklore remedies to breastfeeding mothers...

2 January 2013
Let babies cry themselves back to sleep, suggests new study
New research supports the idea that the majority of infants are best left to self-soothe and fall back to sleep on their own...

6 December 2012
New warning on autism treatment
The autism treatment known as chelation, which attempts to eliminate metals such as mercury from the body, is not only ineffective, but may be harmful, say medicos...

4 December 2012
Iron deficiency implicated in infant cognitive problems
Studying infant brain development using neonatal piglets, researchers have found that piglets experiencing iron deficiency during their first year suffered irreversible developmental problems...

19 November 2012
Is daycare creating fat kids?
Canadian researchers have found that young children who attend daycare are 50 percent more likely to be overweight than those kids who stayed at home...

7 November 2012
"Striking" brain changes from early autism therapy
When given pivotal response treatment at an early age, children with autism showed significant improvements in behavior, communication, and most strikingly, brain function...

30 October 2012
Smoking and ADHD share common gene variation
A variation of a particular gene appears to be shared between ADHD and smoking, making ADHD sufferers much more likely to be smokers...

22 October 2012
Boys hitting puberty earlier
The American Academy of Pediatrics says that boys in the U.S. are experiencing the onset of puberty up to two years earlier than reported in previous research...

26 September 2012
New prevention measures needed for STD epidemic among black teens
Health experts say new measures are needed to assist black urban teenagers who face STD infection rates up to 10 times higher than their white counterparts...

19 September 2012
Boys emotionally stunted from pacifiers?
Psychologists say pacifiers may stunt the emotional development of baby boys by robbing them of the opportunity to try on facial expressions during infancy...

18 September 2012
Only-children more likely to be obese
Children who grow up without siblings have a more than 50 percent higher risk of being overweight or obese than children with siblings, notes a new research paper...

11 September 2012
Dad's influence with infants underrated
Children whose fathers are more positively engaged with them at age three months have fewer behavioral problems...

21 August 2012
Couch-potatoism cited as biggest child health concern
U.S. adults say not getting enough exercise is their top children's health concern in 2012, narrowly beating out obesity and smoking...

24 July 2012
Neglect cripples infant brain growth
Psychological and physical neglect produces measurable changes in children's brains, say US researchers...

16 July 2012
Kids' waist size correlates directly with TV watching
Every hour of television watched by a 2-4 year olds contributes to the child's waist circumference and his or her ability to perform in sports...

3 July 2012
Sexting shock: 30% of teens do it
Teenagers are sending nude pictures of themselves via cell phone at much higher rates than previously believed, say the authors of a new investigation into the sexting phenomenon...

30 May 2012
Antioxidant may be treatment for autism
A small pilot study has found that an antioxidant supplement may be an effective therapy for some features of autism...

21 May 2012
Oxytocin shows promise for treating autism
The first results from an ongoing study show that oxytocin increased responsiveness in brain regions that are known to process social information in children and adolescents...

30 April 2012
Formula-feeding impacting infant immune systems
Compared to breast-fed babies, researchers have found significant differences in the gut flora of formula-fed babies, leading to changes in the infant's expression of genes involved in the immune system...

18 April 2012
Male risk-taking unconstrained around babies
New research has found that unlike women, men donít curb certain risk-taking behaviors when a baby is present...

11 April 2012
DIY web-based autism diagnosis available
Harvard Medical School researchers have put together a highly accurate DIY autism diagnosis website that could significantly reduce the complexity and time of the diagnostic process...

28 February 2012
Stress alters genes, causes psychiatric illness
Researchers have discovered that a genetic alteration caused by stress during childhood can change a person's biological risk for psychiatric disorders in later life...

16 February 2012
Breastfeeding reduces risk of infant obesity
Children exposed to diabetes or obesity during gestation are at higher risk for childhood obesity and metabolic diseases, but these risks can be offset with breastfeeding...

14 February 2012
Six-month old infants comprehend many words, suggests study
A previously held consensus that infants under the age of one did not comprehend words for many common objects appears to have been unseated...

31 January 2012
No 2 cause for bedwetting
Bedwetting isn't always due to bladder problems, say researchers who believe that constipation is often the culprit...

3 January 2012
Mom's diabetes linked to ADHD in kids
Exposure to maternal diabetes mellitus in the womb and low family socioeconomic status appear to increase the risk of childhood ADHD...

7 December 2011
Babies can identify flakey adults
Babies can tell the difference between credible and un-credible sources; according to behavioral scientists who say that most babies wonít follow along if they have been previously tricked by an adult...

22 November 2011
CBT effective for adolescents with juvenile fibromyalgia
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) reduces functional disability and depressive symptoms in adolescents with juvenile fibromyalgia, according to the findings from a new clinical trial...

3 November 2011
Striking findings from maternal separation stress tests
The common practice of placing a newborn baby in a bassinet or moving it to a nursery has been found to place "profound" physiologic stressors on the infant...

4 October 2011
Learning disabilities associated with general anesthesia
Mayo clinic researchers have found a link among children requiring general anesthesia before age two and learning disabilities later in childhood...

15 July 2011
Researchers pooh-pooh hypoallergenic formula claims
New research found there was no benefit in using hypoallergenic formula to prevent allergies in high-risk infants, compared to a conventional cow's milk based formula...

12 July 2011
Anti-depressant exposure in pregnancy linked to autism?
Exposure to SSRI anti-depressants in early pregnancy may "modestly increase" the risk of autism spectrum disorders, according to a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry...

6 May 2011
Prolonged bottle feeding can lead to later obesity
Limiting prolonged bottle use in children may be an effective way to help prevent obesity...

21 April 2011
Music lessons deliver lifelong boost in brain functioning
Childhood music lessons can deliver brain-boosting dividends decades later, even for those who no longer actively play an instrument...

15 March 2011
School musical instruments a health risk
School musical instruments have been found to be heavily contaminated with a variety of bacteria and fungi that can cause serious infectious and allergic diseases...

24 February 2011
Mental illness in babies overlooked
Infants can suffer serious mental health disorders, yet they are unlikely to receive treatment and may develop lasting developmental problems, say experts...

14 January 2011
Is breastfeeding only for the first six months best?
Prolonged exclusive breast feeding may reduce the window for introducing new tastes, particularly bitter taste which may be important in the later acceptance of green leafy vegetables...

11 January 2011
Children's potentials crushed by poverty
Growing up poor can suppress a child's genetic potential to excel cognitively even before the age of two, say psychologists...

23 November 2010
Mother's high-fat diet passes obesity to kids
A new study shows that what your mother ate when she was pregnant may make you obese or overweight by altering the function of genes that regulate your body clock...

21 September 2010
Absent dads trigger earlier puberty in daughters
Girls in homes without a biological father are more likely to hit puberty at an earlier age, say Californian researchers...

7 September 2010
What you need to know about breastfeeding and diabetes
Mothers who did not breastfeed their children have significantly higher rates of type 2 diabetes later in life than those who breastfed...

27 July 2010
Meds: the hidden side of child abuse
A soon to be published child abuse study investigates the malicious use of pharmaceuticals by parents and attempts to shed light on this under-recognized problem...

8 June 2010
Asthma and wheezing worse with burgers
Consuming three burgers a week appears to increase a child's risk of asthma and wheeze, reveals a large international study...

23 February 2010
Naps integral to infant learning
Babies with healthier napping habits are more likely to exhibit an advanced level of learning known as "abstraction..."

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