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Adults who were born as pre-term babies often have lower incomes and fewer sexual encounters, according to a new study from researchers at McMaster University in Ontario. For the study the researchers reviewed data collected on 189 adults born between 1977 and 1982. They found that by their mid-20's those born pre-term were making on-average $20,000 less per year than the term babies.

Those parents who chose to let their children "cry it out" during a meltdown are likely not hurting their kids, according to a new study from researchers at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. The method, referred to as "gradual extinction," proved no more harmful than other relatively gentler methods.

The drug pregabalin, commonly used to treat pain, epilepsy, anxiety and other brain health disorders, may be associated with an increased risk of major birth defects, according to a new study. The study, published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, featured information collected in seven countries from 164 women who took pregabalin during a pregnancy.

texting-while-driving-050416.jpg The increasing use of smartphones among teenagers may be the cause of struggle in some family homes, according to a news study from researchers at the Common Sense Media Group. For the study, overseen by Northwestern University, the researchers polled 1,240 parents about teen phone use. The researchers found that about half of the teens' parents described them as addicted to their phones.

playground-050416.jpg Incidents of children sustaining brain injuries while on playgrounds in the U.S. has risen significantly in recent years, according to a new study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In their research, the CDC found that about 10 percent of all kids that experience a playground injury end up having a brain injury.

kids-042816.jpg Children from lower income families suffering from allergies may suffer worse from their symptoms than those from higher income families, according to a new study from researchers at the Program for Maternal and Child Health at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. For the study the researchers reviewed data collected from 1,200 parents of food allergies.

child-042816.jpg Obesity amongst children in the U.S. has continued to rise in recent years despite various efforts to curb the trend, according to researchers from the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, North Carolina. For the study the researchers reviewed data collected from kids between 1999 and 2014 and found that one-third are overweight while one quarter are obese.

zikavirus-041416.jpg Federal health officials confirmed Wednesday that the Zika virus causes microcephaly and other birth defects when the mother is infected during pregnancy. Microcephaly is a rare condition in which an infant has an abnormally small brain and head.

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