Child Development News

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9/5/2008
Think You Are Lead-Free? Check Your Soil

Yards, parks in older U.S. cities retain high amounts of the toxin, research shows

9/4/2008
Research Unveils Earliest Cell Changes in Down Syndrome

Mouse study shows disturbance of regulating gene starts domino effect altering development

9/3/2008
Kids of Stressed, Low-Income Moms Prone to Weight Problems

Anxiety may prompt the children to eat unhealthy foods, study suggests

9/2/2008
Children of Older Fathers at Risk for Bipolar Disorder

Offspring of men 55 and older were 1.37 times more likely to be diagnosed, study finds

8/29/2008
Alcohol in Early Pregnancy May Prompt Fetal Cell Death

Even a few glasses of wine enough to disrupt normal development, mouse study finds

8/29/2008
Mom's Smoking During Pregnancy Ups Preemie's SIDS Risk

Fetal exposure to cigarette smoke appears to lower breathing recovery, study finds

8/27/2008
Study Links Spanking to Physical Abuse

Those who paddled were 3 times likelier to use harsher punishments

8/21/2008
Health Tip: Monitor the Mercury in Your Food

Pregnant women and young children should be especially cautious

8/18/2008
Poor Sleep Linked to High Blood Pressure in Teens

Similar results have been found in studies of adults

8/12/2008
Health Tip: Read to Your Toddler

Encourage reading when your child is young

8/8/2008
Breast-Feeding: The Stress Buster That Lasts for Years

Researchers say mothers milk makes for even-keeled kids

8/6/2008
Autistic Children Make Limited Eye Contact

Finding could offer doctors a chance to treat the disorder earlier

8/5/2008
Many Women Struggle With Challenge of a Newborn

They feel isolated and stressed, as well as physically and emotionally drained, report finds

8/5/2008
Nurturing Parents Can Cut Risk of Aggression in Girls

Teens who mature early without positive feedback more likely to choose bullying behavior

8/4/2008
Researchers Push Aggressive Cholesterol Control in Kids

Rather than drugs, they urge early lifestyle, dietary changes

8/4/2008
Many Kids Under 15 Watch Violent Movies

In some cases, parents encourage the habit, U.S. survey shows

7/23/2008
Family Meals Can Help Teen Girls Avoid Drugs, Alcohol

But the study didn't find a similar effect on boys

7/19/2008
Access Is Key to Kids' Decision to Smoke

Smoking friends or stores selling cigarettes make the habit more likely, study finds

7/18/2008
Suckling Infant Triggers 'Trust' Hormone in Moms

Breast-feeding releases oxytocin, involved in bonding, release of milk in humans, animals

7/18/2008
Breast-Fed Babies Have Fewer GI Infections

But they're more likely to be iron-deficient, study finds

7/18/2008
Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Endangers Neurotrophin Levels

These peptides are critical for normal development of the brain, study says

7/18/2008
All Newborns Should Have Ears Screened, Task Force Says

Up to 3 of every 1,000 U.S. babies born with hearing loss, experts note

7/17/2008
Genetics, Social Factors Tied to Male Delinquency

Family, friends, school impact expression of certain molecular variants, study says

7/17/2008
Low-Fat Milk OK for Some Toddlers

Pediatricians look to help those at risk of obesity or with high cholesterol

7/16/2008
Premature Birth Linked to Some Unexpected Later Problems

Education, even income levels, appear to be affected by early birth, study finds

7/16/2008
Empathy Is 'Hard-Wired' in Children's Brains

Scans show young naturally prone to relate to pain in others, study says

7/15/2008
Background TV Distracts Kids From Play

It may interfere with the development of attention skills, study suggests

7/10/2008
Uterus Size May Predict Risk for Premature Twins After IVF

Evaluation may help select women who are at lower risk for complications, study suggests

7/10/2008
Common Mechanisms May Contribute to Autism's Mutations

Inherited gene deletions affect developing brain's ability to make neural connections

7/10/2008
A Young Life Lost to Prescription Drug Abuse

Harrison Neal, 17, is one of a growing list of victims from this addiction, experts say

7/9/2008
Do Underweight Newborns Make for Shy Adults?

New research suggests a potential connection

7/8/2008
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth

Syrup containing sugar substitute xylitol actually helps prevent cavities, researchers say

7/7/2008
Child Care May Lead to Unwanted Weight Gain in Infants

Lack of breast-feeding and early introduction of solid foods may be to blame, study says

7/7/2008
Pediatricians Recommend Cholesterol Drugs for Some Kids

Children as young as 2 should be tested for high cholesterol, group says

7/7/2008
ADHD Might Raise Kids' Obesity Risk

Parents should be aware of small risk for those not on meds, expert says

7/7/2008
'Sideline' Rage Triggers Mirror Those of Angry Drivers

Parents who rant at kids' sporting events let ego get in the way, study says

7/3/2008
New Tests Assess Kids' Sense of Smell, Taste

Previous measures aimed at adults, but Australian team says these 3 gauges work better

7/1/2008
Newborns in Intensive Care Often Exposed to Pain

May change pain processing in brain, affect development, researcher says

6/30/2008
Fatty Liver Disease Ups Heart Risks for Obese Kids

As many as 6 million U.S. youngsters have the condition, researchers warn

6/2/2008
Kids Living With Relatives Have Fewer Problems Than Those in Foster Homes

Study says kinship care deserves more funding for estimated 2.5 million displaced children

5/28/2008
Brain May Ignore Bladder Signals, Causing Bedwetting

Study suggests overactive bladder may desensitize brain

5/28/2008
Lead Exposure in Childhood Linked to Criminal Behavior Later

30-year study finds higher blood lead levels raised risk of arrest in adulthood

5/12/2008
Problem Gambling Common Among Young Adults

U.S. survey estimates 750,000, mostly males, are hooked

5/12/2008
Health Tip: Baby's Transition From Liquid Diet

Some signs it's time for solid foods

5/7/2008
Some Weight-Loss Drugs Might Disrupt Brain Growth in Kids

Cannabinoid receptor blockers appear to impact rewiring needed for neural development, mouse study shows.

5/6/2008
Many Ob-Gyn Textbooks Lack Good Info on Breast-Feeding

That could mean the wrong advice getting passed on to new moms, experts say

5/6/2008
Many Teen Drivers Don't Think They're Inexperienced

But a lack of experience can be deadly, say authors of a new survey

5/5/2008
Low-Income Moms Rarely Speak to Infants During TV/Video Time

What they're watching impacts frequency of verbal interactions, study finds

5/5/2008
Breast-Feeding May Boost IQ

Study finds children who were nursed exclusively had higher test scores

5/5/2008
Adopted Children at Slightly Higher Mental Health Risk

But the vast majority of adoptees are 'doing fine,' researcher says