Category Archives: Science Daily


Feb

02

2017
Researchers outline new policies for earlier detection of autism in children

Researchers outline new policies for earlier detection of autism in children

The earlier that autism is diagnosed and treated in children, the better outcomes they will experience for future relationships and careers. However, most children aren’t detected and diagnosed with ASD until around age four, with children from economically disadvantaged or minority backgrounds detected and diagnosed up to two years later, on average. Researchers recommend that children be universally screened for ASD at 18 months and…

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Feb

02

2017
How parenting styles influence our attitudes to marriage

How parenting styles influence our attitudes to marriage

Research from Japan has revealed how different parenting styles can affect marriage rates and desired number of children. This research was led by Project Professor NISHIMURA Kazuo (Kobe University) and Professor YAGI Tadashi (Doshisha University). It was carried out as part of the RIETI project “Fundamental Research for Sustainable Economic Growth in Japan,” using data from an online survey of 10,000 people carried out in…

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Feb

01

2017
Parents of children with serious heart defects may be at risk of PTSD

Parents of children with serious heart defects may be at risk of PTSD

Parents of children with “critical” congenital heart defects — which require at least one cardiac surgery — are at high risk for mental health problems, particularly post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression, according to research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Health professionals know that mental health issues in parents can lead…

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Feb

01

2017
Early signs of anxiety, depression may be evident in the brains of newborns

Early signs of anxiety, depression may be evident in the brains of newborns

Early predictors of anxiety and depression may be evident in the brain even at birth, suggests a study published in the February 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP). Analyzing brain scans of newborns, the researchers found that the strength and pattern of connections between the amygdala and certain brain regions predicted the likelihood of the babies…

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Feb

01

2017
Experts recommend a shift in national priorities to prevent mental disorders among youth

Experts recommend a shift in national priorities to prevent mental disorders among youth

Growing up is hard enough, but when there is ongoing conflict or chaos in the home it can feel almost impossible. As a result of such pressures, thousands of today’s children suffer psychological and psychiatric difficulties ranging from depression to substance abuse. There are a variety of tried and true intervention programs that could help these children thrive in their environment, they just need to…

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Jan

31

2017
Children exposed to complications at birth at risk of autism, study finds

Children exposed to complications at birth at risk of autism, study finds

Children who were exposed to complications shortly before or during birth, including birth asphyxia and preeclampsia, were more likely to develop autism spectrum disorder, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the American Journal of Perinatology. For this retrospective study, researchers examined the electronic health records of 594,638 children born in Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California between 1991 and 2009. During this time,…

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Jan

29

2017
Pets are a child’s best friend, not their siblings

Pets are a child’s best friend, not their siblings

Children get more satisfaction from relationships with their pets than with their brothers or sisters, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. Children also appear to get on even better with their animal companions than with siblings. The research adds to increasing evidence that household pets may have a major influence on child development, and could have a positive impact on children’s social…

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Jan

26

2017
Premature babies don’t use sensory-prediction brain process that may be key to development

Premature babies don’t use sensory-prediction brain process that may be key to development

Babies born prematurely don’t use their expectations about the world to shape their brains as babies born at full term do, important evidence that this neural process is important to development. The findings offer clues to the mystery of why otherwise healthy babies born prematurely face higher risk of developmental delays as they grow, according to researchers at Princeton University, the University of Rochester Medical…

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Jan

25

2017
Genetic study identifies fourteen new developmental disorders in children

Genetic study identifies fourteen new developmental disorders in children

The largest ever genetic study of children with previously undiagnosed rare developmental disorders has discovered 14 new developmental disorders. The research also provided diagnoses of rare conditions for over a thousand children and their families. These diagnoses allow families with the same genetic conditions to connect and access support, and help inform better clinical management.



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