Child Development News

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11/22/2010
Deaths From Congenital Heart Defects on the Decline

CDC study finds fatalities linked to these conditions dropped by nearly a quarter over 10 years

11/19/2010
Past Abuse Puts Homeless Youth at Risk for Early Sex: Study

They may view sex as a way to get people to like them, researchers suggest

11/19/2010
Fossil Teeth of Neanderthals Reveal Fast Track to Maturity

Modern humans benefit from slower growth, longer lives, researchers say

11/18/2010
Poor Children Get Biggest Literacy Boost From Preschool

But benefits accrue to kids from more affluent families, researchers note

11/17/2010
Still Too Many Preterm Births in U.S., Report Finds

March of Dimes hands out a 'D' in its annual state-by-state report card

11/17/2010
Gestational Period Depends on Structure of Placenta: Research

Human pregnancy is longer compared with some other mammals due to limited tissue connections

11/15/2010
For Teens With Autism, Handwriting Problems May Persist

Deficits in reasoning skills more than motor skills likely to blame, researchers say

11/15/2010
Video Games Not Harmful to Most Teens: Study

But a minority of 'problem gamers' may embrace unhealthy ways, research suggests

11/15/2010
Study Urges Teens to Cut Down on Salt

Doing so could reduce risk of high blood pressure, heart disease later in life

11/15/2010
Brain Organizes Itself for Introspection as Children Age: Study

Scans show how activity in disparate neurological regions coalesces as kids mature

11/13/2010
Early Intro to Math Seems to Improve Kids' Skills Later

Preschoolers benefit from talking with parents about numbers, study finds

11/11/2010
Painkillers in Pregnancy May Harm Son's Fertility, Study Suggests

European research links analgesic use to undescended testicles, but U.S. expert says findings are 'weak'

11/11/2010
Many Kids Skipping Meals, Snacking Instead

U.S. survey finds they typically miss breakfast or dinner but get lunch at school

11/10/2010
Childhood Abuse Linked to Diabetes Risk in Adult Women

Stress of physical, sexual abuse may lead to weight gain, insulin resistance, study author suggests

11/9/2010
Obese Teens Likely to Be Obese Adults, Study Finds

Excess weight sets kids up for serious health problems, researchers say

11/5/2010
Older Brothers More Likely to Bully

Older sisters more protective of younger siblings, Italian study finds

11/4/2010
Overheating in Infants Can Lead to SIDS, Experts Warn

Multiple blankets, heavy clothing for sleep on cold nights increases the risk, officials say

11/4/2010
Brain May Be More Developed at Birth Than Thought

Scientists found networks linked to daydreaming were fully formed in newborns

11/3/2010
Gene Associated With Autism May Alter How Brain Functions

Scans show a 'disconnect' in brain areas linked to language in people with the disorder, researchers say

11/1/2010
Half of Teens Treated for Depression Will Relapse: Study

Girls more prone than boys to illness' return within 5 years of therapy, researchers find

11/1/2010
Eating Peanuts While Pregnant May Raise Child's Allergy Risks

Link found between moms-to-be who consumed them and nut sensitivity in infants

10/28/2010
U.S. Preschoolers Getting Too Much Screen Time: Study

Combined hours between home and day care often exceed recommended 2-hour daily limit

10/25/2010
Most Babies Start Sleeping Through Night at 2 to 4 Months

But doing so on family's schedule may take a while longer, researchers say

10/21/2010
Mom's Suicide May Raise Child's Odds for Later Suicide Attempt

Swedish study found a near-doubling of risk, but no such effect if father had killed himself

10/19/2010
Binge Drinking, Pot Could Put Teens' Intellect at Risk: Study

Test scores fell as substance abuse levels went up, researchers say

10/19/2010
Fish Oil Pills Don't Affect Postpartum Depression: Study

Also no link to improvements in children's development, Australian study found

10/19/2010
Pediatricians Issue New Iron Guidelines

Up to 15% of children under age 3 don't get enough, AAP says

10/18/2010
Hurricanes Linked to Raised 'Fetal Distress' Risk

Rates spiked after Andrew battered South Florida, researchers say

10/15/2010
Even a Little Weight Loss Helps Lower Blood Pressure in Obese Kids

Hypertension in youth can lead to heart disease later on, study authors note

10/13/2010
Siblings of Autistic Children May Also Have Subtle Traits

Around 20 percent of siblings affected by language delays and other problems, study finds

10/11/2010
Could Excess Computer, TV Time Harm Kids Psychologically?

Study suggests a link, but cause-and-effect relationship unclear, experts say

10/11/2010
Danish Study Suggests Jaundice-Autism Link

But other experts say finding is very preliminary and call for additional research

10/8/2010
For Many Gay Youth, Bullying Exacts a Deadly Toll

Recent reports of teens taking their own lives 'the tip of the iceberg,' one expert says

10/6/2010
Breast-Feeding Less Common for Black Moms

Many prefer using formula or aren't aware of nursing's benefits, study found

10/1/2010
Absent Father Might Mean Earlier Puberty for Higher-Income Girls

Findings add to previous research, but experts still can't explain link

9/28/2010
Breast-Feeding for 6 Months May Prevent Infant Infections

The longer a baby is exclusively breast-fed, the lower the risk, research shows

9/26/2010
U.S. Kids Drink Too Little Water: Study

And sugary beverages account for much of their fluid intake

9/17/2010
Same-Sex Couples May Feel Pressure to Raise Heterosexual Kids

Expert urges society to support families in allowing children to be themselves

9/17/2010
Aggressive Kids With ADHD May Not Need Antipsychotic Meds

Study suggests judicious tweaking of stimulant drugs, plus psychotherapy, may be enough

9/16/2010
Teacher Interaction Key to Pre-K Success: Study

Kids spending most time in free-choice play make fewer gains, researchers find

9/15/2010
Training Seems to Close Gender Gap in Spatial Ability

Small Israeli study eliminates divide through special program for first graders

9/15/2010
Autistic Children Don't Seem to Yawn 'Contagiously'

Study suggests this behavior may signal a lack of recognition of others' feelings

9/15/2010
Good Preschools May Prevent Problem Behaviors Later

Low-income tots who had high-quality child care were less aggressive at ages 7 to 11, study found

9/13/2010
More Evidence That Vaccines Don't Cause Autism

Children exposed to high, low levels of thimerosal had similar odds for the disorder, study found

9/9/2010
Brain Scans Could Spot Developmental Problems in Kids

Researcher suggests tests may give warning if child's brain growth is behind schedule

9/7/2010
Autistic Toddlers Prefer to Gaze at Geometric Patterns: Study

Finding could help spot the disorder early, when treatments are most effective, researchers say

8/31/2010
U.S. Pediatricians Decry Media's Portrayal of Sex

They urge more responsible programming, and ask doctors and parents to play a more involved role

8/26/2010
Health Tip: Training a Toddler to Use the Toilet

Suggestions for easier potty training

8/23/2010
Parents Who Clash More Likely to Spank Kids

Corporal punishment of 3-years-old twice as likely in these homes, study says

8/20/2010
Health Tip: When Baby Throws a Tantrum

Here are possible triggers