Babies exposed to higher levels of organochlorine compounds in the womb go on to have worse lung function in childhood, according to new research. These compounds, which include the pesticide DDT, as well as electrical insulators and other industrial products, are now banned in most parts of the world. However, because they degrade very slowly, they are still present in the environment and in foods.
Researchers have found significantly lower birth weights in male infants — an average decrease of 38 grams, or approximately 1.3 ounces — born to women who had been exposed to trauma at some point in their lives and who secreted higher levels of cortisol, a hormone related to stress, in late pregnancy.
The largest study of its kind shows a high prevalence of adverse childhood experiences — or ACEs — across the population, but especially among some vulnerable groups. (Image credit: BFG Images/Getty Images)
Fifty-six percent of parents of teens who have sleep troubles believe the use of electronics is hurting their child’s shut-eye.
Despite improved safety standards over the years, more than 230,000 children under 15 months old were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to infant walkers from 1990 through 2014. (Image credit: Mint Images/Getty Images)
The girls were ages 10 and 11 and lived in Somalia, which has the highest rate of FGM in the world. (Image credit: Ivan Lieman/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
The Food and Drug Administration said teen vaping has reached epidemic proportions, prompting more than 1,300 warning letters to stores selling e-cigarettes to kids and an ultimatum to four companies. (Image credit: Steven Senne/AP)
Monsoon floods won’t stop these kids from going to school in Bangladesh — especially if the school comes to the student! (Image credit: Mahmud Hossain Opu for NPR)
Research on the brains of barn owls suggests that attention problems like ADHD may involve a brain circuit that usually helps us ignore distractions. (Image credit: Meredith Rizzo/NPR)
A new study indicates that adolescents who experience back pain more frequently are also more likely to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, and report problems like anxiety and depression.