Child Development News

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1/10/2017
New Guidelines Reaffirm Prenatal Folic Acid to Curb Birth Defects

Women of childbearing age should take 400 to 800 micrograms daily, task force recommends

1/10/2017
Poverty's Impact on a Child's Mental Health

Poor kids more likely to grow up feeling powerless and behaving aggressively, study shows

1/3/2017
Can Parents' Weight Hinder Toddlers' Development?

Study links -- but doesn't prove -- Moms', Dads' obesity tied to delayed social and problem-solving skills

12/29/2016
Fish Oil During Pregnancy May Cut Kids' Asthma Risk

High doses linked to 30 percent drop in children's odds of developing the airway disease, study finds

12/23/2016
'Uncombable' Hair? Maybe Genes Are to Blame

Condition is rare, tends to ease with age and causes no harm, researchers say

12/23/2016
Managing Holiday Stress

Focus on one thing at a time and try to give back when you can, experts advise

12/22/2016
Smoking in Pregnancy Tied to Kidney Damage in Kids

Raised risk of reduced organ function seen in 3-year-olds whose moms smoked while pregnant

12/21/2016
Delay in Clamping Umbilical Cord Benefits Babies, Doctors Say

New guideline follows research showing that waiting 30 to 60 seconds boosts iron levels throughout 1st year

12/19/2016
Some Kids' Genes Might Make Food Ads More Tempting

Brain scans showed they had more reaction in 'reward center' when viewing fast-food commercials

12/19/2016
The Impact of Child Abuse Can Last a Lifetime

Victims often struggle emotionally, financially as adults, study finds

12/15/2016
12/14/2016
FDA Issues Anesthesia Warning for Pregnant Women, Kids Under 3

A long time under or repeated episodes of sedation may pose risk to developing brains, agency says

12/13/2016
Fewer Babies in Poor Families Are Overweight: CDC

Researchers credit improvements in federal food assistance program, awareness of childhood obesity

12/12/2016
Rural Hospitals See Surge in Opioid-Dependent Babies

Cases have skyrocketed because of widespread maternal drug abuse, study says

12/12/2016
'Kangaroo Mother Care' May Improve Preemies' Lives Into Adulthood

Skin-to-skin nurturing linked to increased survival, better social and behavioral outcomes, study finds

12/5/2016
Scientists Discover More Clues to Stuttering

MRI shows involvement of brain areas controlling speech, attention and emotion

12/2/2016
2 Out of 3 Depressed Teens Gain Lasting Benefits From Therapy

Early treatment of depression may lower risk of future episodes of mood disorder, study finds

12/1/2016
Could Low Vitamin D Levels at Birth Mean Higher MS Risk?

Perhaps, but researchers aren't ready to recommend routine supplementation during pregnancy

11/24/2016
Are Your Kids Thankful?

These tips from a child development expert will help you foster an everyday attitude of gratitude in your children

11/23/2016
U.S. Kids Are Eating Healthier Now, But . . .

Their salt intake has risen and veggies are still shunned, study finds

11/23/2016
'Enthusiastic' Dads May Mean Less Troubled Kids: Study

A man's enjoyment, confidence in his role as father seemed even more important than time spent

11/21/2016
TV Snack Ads Make Preschoolers Snack More: Study

This happened even with kids who weren't hungry, researchers found

11/16/2016
Moms' Rheumatoid Arthritis May Be Linked to Epilepsy Risk in Kids

Researcher stressed that most children born to women with the autoimmune condition not at risk for seizures

11/15/2016
Guidelines May Have Helped Curb ADHD Diagnoses in Preschoolers

Still, too few with disorder receive behavior therapy, child psychologist says

11/14/2016
Depression on the Rise Among U.S. Teens, Especially Girls

Report authors point to cyberbullying, social media use as possible causes, but say that hasn't been proven

11/14/2016
Fewer American Parents Are Spanking Their Kids

More are relying on timeouts to discipline children, study shows

11/11/2016
PTSD May Affect Boys, Girls Differently, Brain Scans Show

Changes in brain regions seemed to differ by gender, researchers say

11/3/2016
Too Many Kids Still Eating Too Much Salt

9 out of 10 exceed daily recommendations, CDC researchers find

10/27/2016
Kids With Gay or Lesbian Parents Do Just Fine: Study

Study finds no differences between children of gay, lesbian or heterosexual couples

10/26/2016
Parent-Led Autism Therapy Shows Lasting Benefits

Early intervention reduced symptom severity years later, study finds

10/25/2016
Childhood PTSD May Leave Imprint on Brain

MRI detects variations in neural connections of earthquake survivors, Chinese researchers say

10/18/2016
Cost Keeps Many Kids From School Sports, Other Activities

Poor children missing out on valuable pursuits, survey finds

10/17/2016
Foster Kids Face Higher Risk of Health Problems: Study

They were even more vulnerable than children in low-income, single-parent families

10/13/2016
How to Prepare Your Child for a New Brother or Sister

Children's reactions to family changes depend on their age, pediatric experts advise

10/7/2016
Most Low-Income Dads Stay Involved With Their Kids: Study

Working hours may limit parent-child time, but these men aren't 'deadbeat dads,' research finds

10/4/2016
Pre-K Program Helps Low-Income Kids Succeed in School

Family-centered intervention counters stresses of poverty, researchers say

9/27/2016
How Much Video Gaming Is Too Much for Kids?

Benefits seen with 1 hour a day, but behavioral problems rose after 9 hours a week

9/26/2016
9 of 10 U.S. Teens Don't Get Enough Exercise

And bad habits continue after high school for most, study shows

9/25/2016
Healthy Diet as Teen, Less Weight Gain as Adult

Study suggests food choices made at 15 may establish long-term eating habits

9/23/2016
Gardening May Give Kids' Diets a Boost

Those who gardened ate more fruits, veggies by the time they were in college, study shows

9/20/2016
Close Bond Between Kids, Parents Has Long-Term Health Benefits

Childhood mistreatment offsets the advantages of growing up in a well-off home, research shows

9/16/2016
Tourette Threat Surges for Babies When Mom Smokes in Pregnancy

Researchers probe increased risk of chronic tics and other disorders due to prenatal nicotine exposure

9/13/2016
Makeup of Germs in Newborn's Gut May Triple Allergy, Asthma Risk

Study finds abnormality present in 10 percent of kids seems to undermine immune function

9/12/2016
Does Losing a Father in War Shorten a Child's Life?

Study examines effects of early life adversities on children of World War I veterans

9/9/2016
CDC's Frieden: We're Nearly Out of Money to Fight Zika

He urges Congress to allocate more funding to combat the virus that causes severe birth defects

9/7/2016
Congress Can't Agree on Additional Funding to Fight Zika

Health officials say the money is needed as more infections are reported in Florida

9/6/2016
U.N. Tightens Safe Sex Guidelines for Visitors to Zika Zones

Male and female travelers, with or without symptoms, should practice safe sex or abstinence for 6 months after return

9/2/2016
CDC Awards $2.4M to 5 Locales to Fight Zika

The goal: To assist in monitoring and dealing with Zika-related birth defects

9/1/2016
3 Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes Found in Florida

A first for continental U.S.; 95 other tested mosquitoes Zika-free, officials say

9/1/2016
Strong Link Emerges Between Zika, Spikes in Temporary Paralysis Cases

Multi-country analysis documents increases in Guillain-Barre syndrome when virus is spreading