Category Archives: Science Daily


Sep

24

2018
Stepfathers’ ‘Cinderella effect’ challenged by new study

Stepfathers’ ‘Cinderella effect’ challenged by new study

Long-held assumptions that stepfathers are far more likely to be responsible for child deaths than genetic parents have now been challenged. Findings suggest that differences in rates of child homicides by stepfathers and genetic fathers are considerably smaller than previous researchers have claimed, and that the relative ages of fathers implicated in these crimes is more significant than whether they are the biological father of…

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Sep

24

2018
Children whose mothers use marijuana are more likely to try it at younger age

Children whose mothers use marijuana are more likely to try it at younger age

When mothers use marijuana during the first 12 years of their child’s life, their cannabis-using children are more likely to start at an earlier age than children of non-using mothers, according to a new study. This study is the first to establish a relationship between maternal cannabis use during a child’s lifetime and earlier initiation in a nationally-representative, longitudinal cohort.


Sep

20

2018
Fish-rich diets in pregnancy may boost babies’ brain development

Fish-rich diets in pregnancy may boost babies’ brain development

Women could enhance the development of their unborn child’s eyesight and brain function by regularly eating fatty fish during pregnancy. This is the suggestion from a small-scale study. The research supports previous findings that show how important a prospective mother’s diet and lifestyle choices are for the development of her baby.


Sep

19

2018
A little labeling goes a long way

A little labeling goes a long way

New research reveals that infants can use even a few labeled examples to spark the acquisition of object categories. Those labeled examples lead infants to initiate the process of categorization, after which they can integrate all subsequent objects, labeled or unlabeled, into their evolving category representation.


Sep

18

2018
Exposure to organochlorine pesticides in the womb linked to poorer lung function in childhood

Exposure to organochlorine pesticides in the womb linked to poorer lung function in childhood

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.



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