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Autismribbon-032615.jpg A newly discovered gene could hold the key to a specific form of severe autism found in some girls, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Institute of Genetic Medicine. The gene, called CTNND2, is central in the creation of the protein delta-catenin, which plays a large role in the nervous system.

Breastfeeding for an extended period of time can lead to an increase in intelligence, according to a new study. Published in Lancet, the study interviewed 5,914 new mothers about their plans for breastfeeding and then followed up to see how they did. Researchers said that subjects who had been breastfed for 12 months or longer had a higher IQ (about 3.7 points).

kid-031215.jpg A new study suggests that parents who praise their children too much can turn their children into narcissists. The study, carried out in the Netherlands, tracked 565 children aged 7 to 12 and their parents, tallying the parents for how and when they praised their children and whether children exhibited or expressed feelings of superiority or self-satisfaction.

depression-031115.jpg Young people in rural American areas are at a higher risk of suicide than young people in urban areas. In a new study, researchers found that more than half of youth who committed suicide aged 10 to 24 between 1996 and 2010 did so with a firearm, with gun suicides three times more common in rural areas than in urban ones. The discrepancy has been credited to higher gun ownership in rural homes.

img1-030915.jpg Researchers found that cleaner air leads to improved lung function in younger children. A new study suggests that lung function improved as levels of air pollution in California declined between 1994 and 2011. In the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers evaluated more than 2,100 children, ages 11 to 15, living in five communities near Los Angeles.

The rate of children born via in vitro fertilization, or IVF, is continuing to rise in the U.S., according to a new story from researchers at the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. The society collects data on IVF attempts and births across the U.S. each year and found 2,000 more success births in 2013 than the preceding year.

vaccination-030215.jpg The majority of doctors give in to parents that request delays in child vaccinations, according to a new study from researchers at the Adult and Child Center for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children's Hospital Colorado. For the study the researchers collected data from a group of 815 pediatricians.

Contrary to popular opinion, a new study says babies at risk of developing a peanut allergy should actually be fed peanuts. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that eating peanut products in the first 11 months of life significantly reduces the risk of developing the allergy — by as much as 86 percent in high-risk infants.

milk-022415.jpg The water used to mix baby formula plays the biggest role in whether formula-fed babies are exposed to increased levels of arsenic, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, measured arsenic levels in the tap water of 874 New Hampshire families whose drinking water came from private, unregulated wells.

dish-022415.jpg Children in families where dishes are washed by hand have been linked to a lower risk of developing allergies compared with those who used a machine dishwasher, according to a new study. The new study shows that children ages 7 to 8 were less likely to develop allergic disease with hand dishwashing. Allergic diseases included eczema, asthma, and allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (ARC).

boy-021815.jpg Daytime napping could lead to trouble sleeping at night for some pre-school aged kids, according to a new study from researchers in Australia. For the study the researchers collected data about kids' sleeping habits from their parents. They found that children from a wide range of homes over the age of two had some difficulty sleeping at night if they napped during the day.

Roughly one in five of all sore throats found in all young adults can be attributed to a potentially deadly bacteria known as fusobacterium necrophorum. According to new data from researchers at the University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham, the bacteria is often unbdetected by strep throat tests. If untreated, however, this bacteria can develop into an abscess.

SleepInRuins-011715.jpg Chronic sleepiness in teens may be an indicator of marijuana use, according to a new study from researchers at the Sleep Disorders Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. For the study the researchers examined health records for 383 kids undergoing the multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) for possible narcolepsy.

green-red-foods-021315.jpg Obese children who consume a mostly plant-based diet are less likely to develop heart disease than those who consume other diets, according to a new study from researchers at the Cleveland Clinic. For the study the researchers followed 28 obese kids over the course of four weeks. Each of the children were between the ages of 9 and 18.

Gay-Pride-021315.jpg Teenagers who come out about their sexual identity during their school years are more likely to have better self esteem than those who hide their identity during those years. Researchers at the University of Arizona surveyed 245 LGBT people aged 20-25 about how open they had been about their sexuality in high school.

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