Child Development News

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9/7/2012
Super-Shy Preschoolers Might Struggle Academically

Kids who are highly withdrawn may fall behind in math and reading, study suggests

9/6/2012
Kids Develop Sense of Humor by Age 1, Study Finds

At 6 months, babies watched closely as their parents laughed at absurd events, researchers say

9/5/2012
Poor Sleep Among Preschoolers May Be Tied to Special Ed Needs Later

But, study doesn't prove a cause-and-effect link

9/3/2012
Obesity Might Lower Teens' Thinking Skills, Study Suggests

Those with cluster of symptoms did worse on tests, showed brain changes on MRI

9/3/2012
Child's Use of Certain Asthma Drugs Could Shorten Adult Height

But study found impact was slight, a half-inch on average, and steroid meds help control attacks, experts say

8/30/2012
Multiple Abortions May Raise Risk of Preemie Birth Later

First baby born to women who had 3 or more induced abortions more likely to have low birth weight, study says

8/29/2012
Daily Temper Tantrums Not the Norm for Preschoolers: Study

Fewer than 1 in 10 'melt down' that often; finding helps define when parents should be concerned

8/27/2012
Heavy Marijuana Use in Teen Years May Lower IQ Later

Study found those who smoked in adolescence lost roughly 8 points on IQ tests

8/22/2012
Minority Fifth Graders Face Health Obstacles, Study Finds

But with similar schools, family income, disparities declined

8/22/2012
Childhood Music Lessons May Create Better Listeners

Even a few years' training in childhood confers benefits years later, small study suggests

8/21/2012
Unhappy Kids Are More Materialistic, Study Finds

Research with children ages 8 to 10 says TV ads play big part in 'spoiling' those who aren't content

8/21/2012
Popular Characters Can Help Kids Eat Healthy Foods Too

Branding tactics used to sell junk food also may be used to promote better nutrition, research shows

8/21/2012
Antibiotic Use in Infants Tied to Overweight Later: Study

Babies receiving these drugs before 6 months of age were heavier for height at 3 years

8/21/2012
Teens Benefit by Spending More Time With Parents

Encounters with Dad may boost self-worth and social skills the most, research suggests

8/20/2012
Anesthesia Before Age 3 May Raise Risk of Learning Delays: Study

Research found even one exposure is associated with language deficits by age 10

8/16/2012
New Brain Measurements Can Pinpoint Children's Age

Taken together, they might help detect developmental disorders, researchers say

8/16/2012
Kids Who Can Resist Sweets Might Be Slimmer as Adults

Decades-long research shows self-control as tot may mean an obesity-free maturity

8/16/2012
Chemo During Pregnancy Doesn't Seem to Harm Newborn

More research needed on the long-term effects of chemotherapy exposure in the womb, expert says

8/15/2012
High BPA Levels Seen in People With Narrowed Arteries: Study

More of chemical used in plastics showed up in the urine of adults with coronary artery disease

8/15/2012
Drinking in Pregnancy Shows Up in Child's Growth: Study

Research finds reduced height, weight, head size in kids whose mothers drank heavily while expecting

8/15/2012
More Delays in Brain Growth Seen With ADHD

Latest study finds the covering of the cerebral cortex developed more slowly

8/15/2012
Health Tip: Get Baby Moving

Exercise is healthy, even for infants

8/13/2012
Hepatitis C Treatment May Hamper Kids' Growth

Study found weight returned to normal after peginterferon, but not always height

8/10/2012
Pay Attention in Preschool, Graduate From College: Study

Certain social, behavioral skills at young age key to later academic success, researchers found

8/10/2012
Childhood Friendships May Be Key to Adult Happiness

Quality of relationships has more effect than intelligence or academic record, study finds

8/7/2012
Parents Spank, Slap Kids in Public More Often Than Thought

And fathers are more likely than people think to use a gentle approach, study found

8/2/2012
Pregnant Mothers' Gut Changes May Support Fetal Growth

Women's gut microbes become less 'normal' and less diverse as pregnancy progresses, study shows

8/1/2012
Pets May Help Kids With Autism Develop Social Skills

Study found if animal came into home after child was born, communication improved

8/1/2012
Signs of ADHD Evident by Preschool, Expert Says

Early identification improves odds for social, academic success

7/30/2012
Heart Defect at Birth Signals Need to Check for Other Disorders: AHA

Early evaluations can catch related developmental problems, experts say

7/30/2012
Scientists ID New Gene Linked to Vision Loss in Infants

18 genes now associated with Leber congenital amaurosis, a rare inherited retinal disease

7/24/2012
Child Abuse Linked to Higher Odds for Cancer as Adult

Tumor risk rose with the frequency, intensity of childhood trauma, study found

7/24/2012
Neglect May Harm Brain Growth in Children

Moving to a more nurturing environment can partially restore some of the lost white matter, study suggests

7/23/2012
Heavy Drinking in Pregnancy Linked to Host of Problems in Children

Even in kids without fetal alcohol syndrome, study found higher risk for mental abnormalities

7/23/2012
Parents of Severely Disabled Kids Say They Enrich Their Lives

Families dealing with trisomy 13-18 face grim predictions, turn to online support, study found

7/23/2012
'Toe-Walking' More Common in Kids With Mental Woes: Study

Many healthy children also adopt this stance, which can lead to posture problems, experts say

7/23/2012
Mom's HIV Drugs May Pass to Baby in Womb, Breast-Feeding

Hair, blood samples revealed HIV-negative infants were exposed to antiretrovirals, researchers say

7/20/2012
Simple Measures May Curb Excessive Weight Gain in Pregnancy

A walking program and healthy meal plan kept moms-to-be from gaining extra pounds during study

7/19/2012
Dad's Early Engagement With Son May Shape Behavior Later

Study found connection at age 3 months made difference by a baby's first birthday

7/19/2012
1 in 13 Pregnant Women Drinks, CDC Says

Binge drinking also a problem among a small minority of moms-to-be, new study finds

7/17/2012
Plastics Chemical in Dental Fillings Might Affect Children's Behavior: Study

But research could not prove bisphenol-A (BPA) caused the subtle changes

7/16/2012
Preschool TV Habits Linked to 4th-Grade Waist Size, Fitness

Youngsters who watched more TV had bigger bellies, lower muscular fitness levels, study finds

7/13/2012
Obesity Alone May Not Hurt Kids' Classroom Performance

Study suggests that socioeconomic, genetic factors have greater effect

7/12/2012
Babies Born to Obese Mothers May Have Low Iron: Study

Iron deficiency at birth can lead to developmental delays

7/12/2012
Gene Mutation Linked to Facial, Skull Abnormalities

Seems to play a role in brain-cell survival, but more research is needed, scientists say

7/12/2012
Caffeine in Pregnancy Won't Harm Offspring: Study

But too much of the stimulant might still be dangerous, other experts say

7/12/2012
Disabled Kids 4 Times More Likely to Suffer Violence: Study

Children with mental, intellectual disabilities at greatest risk for sexual abuse, analysis shows

7/10/2012
H1N1 Flu Vaccine Safe for Expectant Moms, Offspring: Study

Second study reports slight increase in Guillain-Barre syndrome after vaccination

7/6/2012
Infant Formula Can Be a Major Source of BPA: Experts

Some makers have switched to products free of the preservative, but labeling remains unclear

7/5/2012
Parents Key to Whether Kids Get Enough Exercise, Studies Find

When grownups aren't around, children spend less time being active