Pain medications commonly used in labor present medical and mental challenges for pregnant women recovering from opioid addiction. (Image credit: Adam Grossberg/KQED)
The Food and Drug Administration is set to ban sales of e-cigarettes at gas stations and convenience stores, which is where teens often go to buy them. (Image credit: Martina Paraninfi/Getty Images)
New research highlights the link between childhood trauma and mental illness and addiction in adulthood, leading some researchers to call it an issue as pressing as any infectious disease. (Image credit: fzant/Getty Images)
At a rest stop in Mexico City, adults are treated for respiratory and stomach bugs. Their feet are in bad shape. There’s anxiety and fear among adults and children. But … definitely no smallpox. (Image credit: James Fredrick for NPR)
Few things can delight an adult more easily than the uninhibited, effervescent laughter of a baby. Yet baby laughter, a new study shows, differs from adult laughter in a key way: Babies laugh as they both exhale and inhale, in a manner that is remarkably similar to nonhuman primates.
Hearing has long been suspected as being ‘on’ all the time — even in our sleep. Now scientists are reporting results on what is heard and not heard during sleep and what that might mean for a developing brain. Preliminary results show preschool children seem to have memory traces for sounds heard during nap time.
Summer birth and hours spent playing computer games are linked to a heightened risk of developing short or near sightedness (myopia) in childhood, indicates a twin study.
Here’s another reason you might be exhausted after that preschool birthday party: Your brain had to work to figure out who actually asked for more ice cream. ‘What we found with two-and-a-half-year-olds is that it’s amazingly hard for adults to identify who’s talking,’ said a researcher.
The immune system might play an important role in the development of postpartum depression after a stressful pregnancy, new research suggests.
A new study into postnatal depression (PND) found the odds of developing this condition increased by 79 percent when mothers had baby boys compared to baby girls. Overall the researchers identified that women who give birth to males are 71-79% more likely to develop PND. Furthermore, women whose births had complications were 174% more likely to experience PND compared to those women who had no…