Children who experience delayed clamping of the umbilical cord at birth may be more likely to enjoy better motor skills later in life, according to researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden. For the study the researchers followed the development of 382 healthy babies that had their umbilical cords clamped within three minutes after birth or within ten seconds of birth.
Researchers are testing whether MDMA, the active ingredient in the drug Ecstasy, may be a useful treatment for social anxiety in adults with autism. The drug has previously been thought to boost confidence and heighten understanding of social cues, according to researchers from Stanford University and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute.
Habitual marijuana use may cause early puberty and stunt growth amongst teenage boys, according to a new study from researchers at the Agriculture University Rawalpindi in Pakistan. For the study the researchers collected health data from 220 non-smoking and 217 cannabis-addicted boys. They found elevated levels of puberty hormones like testosterone and luteinising hormone among the smokers.
Pregnant women should limit the use of paracetamol, as long-term use of the painkiller could affect the reproductive health of their sons, a new study suggests. For the study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, scientists engineered a system to mimic the conditions of human pregnancy as closely as possible.
Should you let your kids drink apple juice and eat applesauce on a regular basis? Kids love it, but often parents worry the sugar will lead to problems with obesity and overall nutrition.
A new study has collected data on the possible reasons why boys are diagnosed with autism more frequently than girls. In the study, the researchers from UC Davis suggest that girls with autism have a far different brain anatomy than girls without the condition and this variation is much wider than in boys on either side of the spectrum.
Some 17.1 million children in the United States have a diagnosable mental illness — and the vast majority are not getting treatment, according to a new report released by the Child Mind Institute. The report shows that as many as 80 percent of children with diagnosable anxiety disorders are not getting any treatment at all.
In recent years, unsupervised home births, meaning births at home without a midwife or doctor present, are on the rise, according to a new study. The study, set to be presented at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' annual meeting, shows that, from 2007 to 2012, more than 24 million births occurred in the United States, of which approximately 141,000 were home births.
Children who suffer from night terrors at an early age may suffer from sleepwalking as they age, according to a new study. The study, conducted by Montreal's Center for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine and published in JAMA Pediatrics, studied nearly 2,000 children in Quebec over a 12-year period and found that 47.4 percent of children with one sleepwalking parent took nighttime strolls.
Sharing breast milk could pose risks, according to a new study which shows few ask about health of donor or discuss option with doctor. The study, published in Breastfeeding Medicine, surveyed 500 new mothers in central Ohio about their knowledge of breast milk sharing and if they had used donated milk, or donated milk themselves. A subset of women who took the survey was also interviewed.
Just one hour of television watching a day could drastically increase the risk of obesity for some kids, according to a new study from researchers at the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at the University of Virginia. For the study the researchers collected data on roughly 11,000 kids who took part in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study between 2011 and 2012.
Bullying at a young age could have more dire consequences than parental child abuse, according to a new study from researchers at the U.K.'s University of Warwick. For the study the researchers collected data from roughly 5,400 children in the U.S. and U.K. aged 7 to 13. They asked kids whether they had been the victim of child abuse, sexual abuse and/or bullying.
Areas with higher air pollution rates may be more likely to produce children with lower birth rates, according to a new study from researchers at The University of Rochester Medical Center. For the study the researchers reviewed health records for children born in Beijing, China over the last decade.
Asthma could be cured in as few as five years, according to a new study from researchers at Wales' University of Cardiff. For the study the researchers looked specifically at the cells that cause the airway to constrict during the course of an asthma attack. "Our findings are incredibly exciting," said Daniela Riccardi, a professor from Cardiff University School of Biosciences.
There is no clear link between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism, according to a new study from researchers at The Lewin Group, a health care consulting firm in Falls Church, Virginia. For the study the researchers examined health records for about 96,000 kids, all of whom have older siblings.