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Long Hours in Day Care Won’t Cause Behavioral Problems, Study Finds

Researchers find little evidence that spending extensive time in day care causes behavioral issues from biting to bullying.

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Girl Toddlers Have Bigger Vocabularies, and Researchers Now Know Why

Young girls tend to babble their way to bigger vocabularies earlier than boys, and researchers now think they might know why.

It has nothing to do with gender, and everything to do with parental interaction, researchers assert.

Parents tend to talk more to young children who have started talking and can respond to them, regardless of gender, according to data derived from more than ...

Exposure to Zika Virus in Womb Might Alter Kids' Development

Children exposed to the Zika virus may need more support as they start school, even if they were not diagnosed with Zika-related birth defects and congenital Zika syndrome (CZS), a new study suggests.

Children may still have differences in brain development, including those in thinking skills, mood and mobility, though researchers said some identified in the study may have been a measure ...

As Kids' Obesity Rises, Brain Health Declines: Study

Kids who are overweight or obese often struggle with school work, and now new research provides clues on how excess weight may harm the developing brain.

“The main takeaway is to raise awareness about brain health consequences of obesity besides physical health consequences, especially since obesity rates are very high and continue to rise,” said study author

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  • November 29, 2022
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  • Even a Little Drinking in Pregnancy Can Reshape Fetal Brain

    Exposure to even low levels of alcohol while in the womb can change the structure of the fetus' brain, according to Austrian researchers.

    The study results suggest that pregnant women should strictly avoid alcohol, one author said.

    “Unfortunately, many pregnant women are unaware of the influenc...

    Time Spent in Day Care Won't Harm Child's Development

    Millions of parents drop their toddlers off at day care centers so they can go to work, but some are racked with guilt about it.

    One of their main concerns? Time spent in group day care could encourage their toddler to start acting out.

    Now, a large, new study suggests that parents can breathe a sigh of relief: Kids who spend long hours in day care centers aren't any more likel...

    Brain Imaging Shows How Young Kids Learn Quicker Than Grownups

    Ever wonder why kids seem to pick up new knowledge and skills faster than adults?

    A new study attributes the kids' mental prowess to differences in a brain messenger called GABA.

    "Our results show that children of elementary school age can learn more items within a given period of time than adults, making learning more efficient in children," said

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 17, 2022
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  • Growing Up With Lead in Drinking Water May Dull Brain in Old Age

    Lead is known to damage young children's brains, and a new study suggests the effects may still be apparent in old age.

    Researchers found that among nearly 1,100 older U.S. adults, those who grew up in cities with lead-contaminated drinking water generally scored worse on tests of memory and thinking skills.

    The findings, experts said, suggest that older adults who were exposed to l...

    No Sign That Anesthesia in Pregnancy Affects Child's Later Development

    Moms who have had emergency surgery during pregnancy can rest assured that exposure to anesthesia is not linked to developmental issues in their children, a new study reveals.

    While surgery and anesthesia are typically avoided during pregnancy, up to 1% of pregnant women may require it for unexpected health

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 28, 2022
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  • 400-Year-Old Mummy Reveals a Nobleman's Child, Kept From the Sun

    A “virtual autopsy” of a mummified 17th century Austrian infant has shed new light on Renaissance childhood — as well as the importance of vitamin D to health.

    The researchers used CT scans to examine the remains, which had been found in an aristocratic Austrian family crypt containing the perfect ...

    Toddlers Nap a Lot - and Then They Don't. New Research Uncovers Why

    Why do some preschoolers refuse naps while others have a meltdown without an afternoon snooze? Researchers suspect it may have a lot to do with a specific memory-related part of the brain.

    While young children all need a lot of sleep, they do vary widely in when they stop napping during the day: Some leave naps behind by the time they are 3, while many others happily take an afternoon nap...

    Video Games May Bring Cognitive Benefits to Kids: Study

    School-age kids who spend hours a day playing video games may outperform their peers on certain tests of mental agility, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that compared with children who never played video games, those who regularly spent hours gaming had higher scores on two standard cognitive tests: one measuring short-term memory and another gauging impulse control.

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    Children & the Truth: A 'Complicated' Relationship

    While kids are told not to lie, they also get mixed messages about being honest in different situations.

    In a new study, researchers looked at how adults reacted to kids' levels of honesty in various situations, from telling bold truths to telling subtle lies.

    Among the key findings: Kid...

    Measuring Up: Scientists Spot Genes Linked to Height

    The answer to how tall a child will be is typically an estimate based on an average of the parents' heights.

    But an Australian study that included more than 5 million people has found that more than 12,000 genetic variants influence height.

    “Eighty percent of height differences between people are dete...

    Pandemic Lockdowns May Have Slowed Babies' Communication Skills

    When social interaction came to a halt during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, newborn babies missed out on vital communication milestones, researchers say.

    A new Irish study found about 25% of these new babies spent a year without ever meeting a child their own age. Incidental interactions with strangers and community members at grocery stores or play groups didn't happen. They...

    When Stroke Harms One Side of a Newborn's Brain, Other Side Takes Over

    Many language skills are "left brain," but a new study shows that when a newborn suffers a stroke in that region, the brain is able to shift those language duties to the right.

    The researchers said the findings highlight the striking malleabil...

    Another Sports Bonus for Kids: Healthier Eyes

    Sometimes allergies can lead to pink, irritated eyes. But allergic conjunctivitis, or "pink eye" may have a simple fix: physical fitness.

    That's the conclusion of researchers in Taiwan who tracked health data of more than 1.2 million children. The kids were examined at age ...

    Not All Kids With Autism Will Benefit From Therapy Dogs

    For many kids with autism, Rhett, a black Labrador retriever, has been a calming and comforting influence in his seven years as a therapy dog.

    But parents shouldn't assume that a service pooch is the solution for every child on the autism spectrum, a new study...

    COVID Infection Raises a Child's Odds for Type 1 Diabetes by 72%

    Children who fall ill with COVID-19 may have a slightly increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that of more than 285,000 children with COVID, 0.04% were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes over the next six months. While that's a small percentage, it was 72% higher than the rate in a comparison group of kids with no history of COVID.

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    First Good Evidence That Babies React to Taste, Smell in Womb

    At the kitchen table, babies trying different foods might look eager or offended, depending on the flavor of what they are asked to eat.

    It turns out infants may develop those taste differences while still in the womb, according to a new study that delivered the first direct evidence that infants can smell and taste while in utero.

    In the study, researchers fed 100 pregnant women a...

    Walking, Sitting: What Works Best to Help Baby Stop Crying?

    A new study hands parents what seems like a miraculous gift: A simple, free technique that takes just 13 minutes to put wailing infants to sleep.

    Researchers in Japan found that walking around while carrying infants for five minutes calmed the newborns, while another eight minutes of sitt...

    Getting Kids Walking, Biking to School Can Lead to Long-Term Fitness

    Kids who walk, skateboard or ride their bikes to school when they are young are more likely to keep it up as they get older, reaping the health benefits, recent research suggests.

    “The walk to school is a wonderful moment in the day that provides children a glimpse of living an active lifestyle,” said study...

    One Form of Fertility Treatment May Raise Long-Term Cancer Risk in Offspring

    Children born as a result of a common fertility procedure involving frozen embryos may have higher risk of cancer, Swedish researchers report.

    In frozen-thawed embryo transfer, an embryo is created in a laboratory from an egg and sperm, frozen and later thawed before implant...

    Half of Moms of Children With Autism Have Depression

    While half of mothers of children with autism suffer symptoms of depression, a new study has discovered that did not raise the risk of behavioral problems for their kids.

    It was both a surprising and heartenin...

    Tight Blood Sugar Control Boosts Brain Power of Teens With Type 1 Diabetes: Study

    When teenagers with type 1 diabetes get better control of their blood sugar, their brains may benefit, a new clinical trial shows.

    Researchers found that when teenagers started treatment with a newer technology — often dubbed "artificial pancreas" systems ...

    Leading U.S. Pediatricians' Group Issues Guidelines to Prevent Patient Abuse

    Recent years have seen several high-profile cases of doctors sexually abusing young patients. Now the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is issuing new recommendations aimed at prevention.

    Medical visits are usually a safe place for children and teenagers, but when abuse does happen, it is an egregious violation.

    One reason, the AAP says, is because parents and kids trust that hea...

    Breastfeeding Can Protect Hearts of Mom, Baby Long Term

    Breastfeeding can deliver long-term heart benefits to both mother and child, a new statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) says.

    The immune systems of newborns and infants can be strengthened by breast milk, which has long been a...

    Tips to Food-Fueling Your Active Vegan Child

    Kids can take part in sports while on vegetarian and vegan diets, but parents and caregivers must help them select foods that will fuel them and meet their nutrition needs.

    Vegan athletes can become deficient in vitamin B12, vitamin D, long-chain omega-3 fats, riboflavin and calcium, so it's important to find good substitutes, said Roberta Anding, a registered dietitian at Baylor College ...

    Kids Born Premature Lag in Elementary School, But Most Catch Up Later

    While babies born prematurely may lag behind their elementary school peers, they eventually catch up, British researchers report.

    By the end of high school, only the kids born before 32 weeks of gestation were continuing to struggle, according to a new study published online Aug. 17 in the journal

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  • August 18, 2022
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  • The More Words Your Preschooler Knows, the Better They Do in Class

    Kids who enter preschool with good vocabulary and attention skills have a head start on academic success.

    That's the takeaway from a new study of nearly 900 4-year-olds and their ability to engage with teachers and peers, as well as their involvement in classroom tasks.

    “The levels of ...

    Lead Poisoning Plus Systemic Racism Are Harming Black Kids' Test Scores

    It's well known that exposure to lead can harm young children's brain development. Now a new study suggests that racial segregation may be compounding the detrimental effects of lead on Black children.

    The study, of close to 26,000 schoolchildren, found that Black children with elevated blood lead levels had wo...

    Premature Birth Tied to Higher Risk for ADHD

    Children born a little early -- before 39 weeks of pregnancy -- are more likely to have symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research suggests.

    While birth before 37 weeks' gestation has known links to hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention, this study inve...

    If a Child's Grades Falter, Consider Hearing Loss

    While some may think of hearing loss as something that happens with age, it can also happen to kids.

    Parents and teachers should consider hearing loss if a child's academic performance declines or he or she develops behavioral issues, lack of focus and depression, the American Academy of Audiology advises.

    “Because children often don't realize they are missing information and may ...

    Too Little Sleep May Harm Young Kids' Brains

    For peak performance, school-age children need more than a healthy diet and exercise. They also need plenty of sleep.

    A new study finds that elementary school kids who get less than nine hours of sleep each night show significant differences in some brain regions responsible for memory, intelligence and well-being compared to those who get the advised nine to 12 hours' sleep.

    “We ...

    Tough to Get Your Kid to Take Medicine? An Expert Offers Tips

    Sometimes it's difficult for parents to get their child to take necessary medication.

    One expert who spends part of her workday guiding parents through this challenge offers some suggestions to make the ordeal easier.

    Emily Glarum, a child life specialist at the Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, offers these tips: Be honest, practice it, provide choices, set a sch...

    Neighborhood Factors Could Raise Your Child's Odds for Asthma

    Inner-city kids are known to be at greater risk for uncontrolled asthma. Now, new research suggests that violent crime and poor school achievement may be two reasons why.

    “Experiencing violent crime can result in toxic stress, and decreased educational attainment is associated with lower health literacy,” said study author Dr. Jordan Tyris, a hospitalist at Children's National Hospita...

    Lonely Childhoods Make Adult Drinking Problems More Likely

    Having friends in childhood may help keep you clean and sober as a young adult, new research suggests.

    Researchers from Arizona State University (ASU) interviewed more than 300 college students who participated in assessments that focused on childhood loneliness, stress levels and drinking behaviors. The results determined there was a link between feelings of loneliness in their pre-adole...

    Snuggling With Dad: Fathers' Contact Can Help Preemies Thrive

    Decades of research have shown the power of skin-to-skin contact between preemies and their moms, but would the same technique, dubbed "kangaroo care," work with fathers?

    Yes, claims a new Australian study that found when dads held their premature babies close to their bare chest, they reported feeling a "s...

    Breastfeeding May Be Key to Letting Preemie Babies Thrive

    Preterm infants who are breastfed do better in school and are less likely to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says a new study.

    Preemies have a higher risk of doing poorly in math, reading and other academic skills, previous studies have shown. They're also at greater risk for ADHD.

    But starting them off with lots of breast milk appears to blunt this risk an...

    Can Anxiety Disorders Pass From Parent to Child?

    From the ongoing pandemic and the monkeypox outbreak to the charged political landscape, New York City mom and entrepreneur Lyss Stern has been increasingly anxious.

    Stern worries that she will pass all of this fretting down to her 8-year-old daughter, and a new study suggests she just might.

    "Children may be more likely to learn anxious behavior if it is being displayed by their s...

    Long, Regular Sleep Key to Kindergarten Success

    Long, restful and - most importantly - regular sleep is key to helping kindergarteners adjust to school, and a new study urges parents to start forming good sleep habits a full year ahead of time.

    Researchers found that kids who regularly got 10 hours of sleep or more b...

    How Childhood Abuse Can Haunt the Senior Years

    Poor mental and physical health among older adults may trace back to childhood abuse, a Canadian study suggests.

    The study, published online July 7 in the journal Aging and Health Research, found that people who were physically abused during childhood were twice as likely ...

    About 1 in 7 U.S. Kindergarten Kids Now Obese

    Despite reports that rates of childhood obesity are decreasing, kids seem to be packing on pounds at younger ages.

    In 1998, just under 73% of children entering kindergarten in 1998 had a normal body mass index (BMI), while 15.1% were overweight, and 12% were obese.

    However, fast forward 12 years and just 69% of kids started kindergarten at a normal BMI, a new study finds.

    An...

    Teens Have Triple the Odds of Misusing Marijuana Compared to Adults

    In yet another report that illustrates the dangers pot poses to the young, developing brain, a new British study finds teenagers are much more likely than adults to develop an addiction to marijuana.

    "We found that teenagers are three and a half times more likely to have severe cannabis use disorder, whi...

    Most U.S. Kids Score Low on Heart Health

    Most U.S. children and adults have poor scores for heart health, according to a new assessment tool called "Life's Essential 8."

    Fewer than 30% of 2- to 19-year-olds had high scores for cardiovascular health on the new American Heart Association scoring tool. And their scores got lower with age. Just 14% of 12- to 19-year-olds had high scores, compared to 33% of 6- to 11-year-olds and 56%...

    Study Spots Key Factor in Kids' Friendships

    While kids in a classroom are likely to be familiar with all their classmates after a short time, the children they are assigned to sit near are likely to become their closer friends, a new study suggests.

    Researchers from Florida Atlantic University found that after seat assignments changed, students were more likely to become friends with newly near-seated classmates, than with those w...

    Kids Happier, Healthier Away From All Those Screens: Study

    New research confirms the dangers of too much screen time for kids and teens: Those who play sports, take music lessons, or socialize with friends after school are happier and healthier than children who are glued to a screen during these hours.

    "Scr...

    Why Getting Along in Preschool Is So Important

    The expression "plays well with others" is often tossed around to describe people who are less likely to ruffle feathers, and new research shows these sandbox skills really matter.

    It turns out that kids who play well with others in preschool are less likely to experience mental health issues ...

    Neurodevelopmental Issues Double in Babies Exposed to COVID in Womb: Study

    The babies of women infected with COVID-19 during pregnancy may have developmental difficulties during their first year, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that pregnant women with COVID-19 were more likely to have preterm births and infants with developmental problems. The greatest risk was in the third trimester,

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  • June 10, 2022
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  • Another Study Finds Kids of Same-Sex Parents Do Just Fine

    Children raised by same-sex parents are just as well-adjusted as kids raised by different-sex parents, researchers say.

    In the new study, the researchers compared 62 Dutch children (aged 6 to 16 years) whose parents were the same sex with 72 kids whose parents were different sexes. The investigators considered prosocial behavior, hyperactivity, peer problems, emotional adjustment and gene...

    A Child's Pet Dog May Shield Them From Crohn's Disease

    Add a lower risk of Crohn's disease to the many benefits of having a dog during childhood, a new study suggests.

    Sorry, cat lovers, researchers didn't find a similar benefit for you.

    "We did not see the same results with cats, though we are still trying to determine why," said senior author Williams Turpin, a research associate with Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and the University...

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