Child Development News

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2/1/2012
Child Abuse, Neglect a Major Public Health Problem: CDC

Report found it costs U.S. $124 billion a year; overall price tag similar to diabetes, stroke

1/31/2012
For Kids, Laughter Really May Be the Best Medicine

Scans show that humor activates parts of the brain linked to resilience, well-being in children

1/31/2012
When Mom-to-Be's Overweight and Smokes, Risk for Birth Defects Rises

This combination more than doubled odds of heart damage in newborn, study finds

1/30/2012
Nurturing Moms May Help Their Child's Brain Develop

Study found toddlers with loving mothers had more growth in key brain area

1/30/2012
Study Looks at Possible HIV Drugs-Birth Defect Link

More research needed into unconfirmed association between antiretrovirals and cleft lip/palate

1/26/2012
Brain Activity May Help Predict Autism Before Age 1: Study

Differences in responses to eye contact detected in brains of at-risk infants as early as 6 months

1/26/2012
Testosterone Exposure May Explain Boys' Language Delay

Male hormone levels before birth appear linked to speech differences, study contends

1/25/2012
Less Salt, More Veggies in School Lunches: USDA

New rules call for healthier foods but some say changes don't go far enough

1/25/2012
Kids' Snacks Can Be Healthy and Inexpensive

New study at YMCAs finds food combinations that satisfy budgets, nutrition guidelines

1/25/2012
'Inner Dialogue' Might Aid People With Autism

Learning strategy may help with planning, functioning independently, small study says

1/24/2012
Can Low Birth Weight Raise Autism Risk?

In twins study, smaller size was associated with greater risk

1/24/2012
Common Household Chemicals Might Harm Kids' Immunity

Study found lower response to vaccines in those with higher levels of PFCs in their blood

1/23/2012
Dyslexia's Brain Changes May Occur Before Kids Learn to Read

Study findings might help identify at-risk children at younger age

1/23/2012
Only 1 in 4 Young Teens Uses Sunscreen Regularly, Study Finds

Sunburn in childhood a major risk factor for skin cancer, experts note

1/20/2012
Experts Weigh Changes to Definition of Autism

The goal: to create a clearer diagnosis of what constitutes the disorder; many could be affected

1/17/2012
Drinking Late in First Trimester May Be Most Hazardous

But no alcohol use is safe during pregnancy, study finds

1/17/2012
Health Tip: Stop Your Child's Thumb-Sucking Habit

The practice can be harmful to teeth

1/16/2012
Is Continued Lip-Reading an Early Sign of Autism?

Researchers say that typically developing infants focus on a speaker's eyes after age 1

1/14/2012
Healthy Children, Safe Homes a Winning Combination

From checking for radon to selecting seafood, you can lower chemical exposure

1/12/2012
Children Exposed to HIV Before Birth at Risk for Language Delay

Researchers recommend routine screening for communication problems

1/5/2012
Missed Naps Could Put Toddlers at Risk for Mood Disorders

Study found lack of sleep hampers ability to express feelings

1/5/2012
Health Tip: Is it Time to Potty Train?

Signs your little one is ready

1/4/2012
'Safety-First' Playgrounds Linked to Bored, Inactive Kids: Study

Review of daycares suggests many preschoolers play less now, but safety experts support newer equipment

12/27/2011
More Schooling Might Raise IQ

Intelligence quotient isn't fixed at birth, and can increase with education, study suggests

12/26/2011
Mother-Toddler Bond May Influence Teen Obesity

Prevention strategies should go beyond eating, exercise, study suggests

12/23/2011
Toddlers Don't Seem to Listen to Own Voices to Correct Speech

But study finds 4-year-olds, adults do adjust their pronunciation that way

12/22/2011
Noisy Toys Might Harm Kids' Hearing

If held too close to the ear, these toys might cause permanent damage, researchers say

12/22/2011
Does Your Teen Constantly Challenge You?

The good news is teens' assertiveness may help them resist peer pressure, study finds

12/21/2011
Scientists Probe the Origins of Dyslexia

Differences in how people process sounds might be one cause of this learning disability, study suggests

12/20/2011
Early Food Choices Seem to Influence Taste for Salt Later

Infants fed starchy foods at 6 months of age tended to prefer salty flavor by preschool: study

12/19/2011
Discerning Gift-Givers Look for Toys That Offer More Than Fun

Some of the best choices spur imagination and exercise, experts say

12/19/2011
Choosing a Toy? Think 'Kid-Powered'

These are gifts that offer open-ended chances for children to explore, imagine and play

12/13/2011
Working Moms Happier, Healthier Than Stay-at-Home Peers: Study

Those with part-time jobs better able to balance work, family, researchers find

12/12/2011
Blink Patterns May Be a Window Into Autistic Mind

Watching a video, toddlers with autism reacted to action, not emotional content

12/9/2011
Behavior Problems May Surface in Preemies by Preschool

These kids might benefit from early targeted help, researchers say

12/9/2011
Broadway Strikes an Autism-Friendly Chord

Sold-out performance of 'The Lion King' was adjusted to suit needs of kids with the disorder

12/6/2011
If Parents Drink and Drive, Their Kids May Too: Study

Teens' risk for motoring under the influence rose with parents' bad example, researchers found

12/6/2011
Most Doctors Don't Tell Parents Kids Are Overweight

Or health care providers are speaking up, but message isn't sticking, study finds

12/5/2011
Abuse in Childhood May Alter Teen Brain

Study found reductions in 'gray matter,' with changes differing by gender

12/5/2011
Kids With Epilepsy Should Get Screened for Autism, Developmental Delays

The conditions often occur in the same child, experts say

11/29/2011
'Flat Head' Syndrome in Babies Usually Temporary

Rise in cases tied to 'back to sleep' campaign shouldn't worry parents, pediatricians say

11/29/2011
Girls Feel Sadder Than Boys When Friends Let Them Down

Pre-teen girls may hold friends to a higher standard than boys do, study suggests

11/28/2011
Head Size Tied to Regressive Autism in Boys

Larger head circumference not seen in early onset autism or in girls, study says

11/23/2011
Gene Shortage Might Lead to Shorter Height, Study Says

In two separate groups, shortest people were missing copies of genes

11/23/2011
U.S. Teens Don't Eat Enough Fruits and Veggies: CDC

Vegetable consumption lowest among Hispanic and black high schoolers, report shows

11/21/2011
Health Tip: Help Your Newborn Sleep at Night

Suggestions for weary parents

11/18/2011
Easy-to-Treat Condition Can Disrupt Breast-Feeding

Up to 10 percent of newborns have ankyloglossia or 'tongue-tie'

11/18/2011
Young Chimps Play Much Like Children Do

Finding could shed light on human behavior, scientists say

11/17/2011
Talking About Size, Shape May Aid Math Skills

Preschoolers who heard, used spatial terms did better on tests, study shows

11/17/2011
Mom-to-Be's Mental State May Affect Child's Development

Emotional consistency before and after birth seems best for baby, study suggests