Mar

21

2017
Older mothers are better mothers

Older mothers are better mothers

The result should be seen in conjunction with the widespread recommendation not to have children too late. This recommendation is based on knowledge about e.g. declining fertility and the health risks during pregnancy and while giving birth which are associated with advanced maternal age. “However, when estimating the consequences of the rising maternal age it’s important to consider both the physical and psychosocial pros and…

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Mar

21

2017
Exercising While Pregnant Is Almost Always A Good Idea

Exercising While Pregnant Is Almost Always A Good Idea

Enlarge this image Women worry that bad things will happen if they exercise while pregnant, but doctors say in almost all cases it’s not just safe, but can improve health. Alija/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption Alija/Getty Images/iStockphoto Being pregnant can sometimes feel like traversing a minefield of advice: You want to do the right thing for your baby and yourself, but conflicting input from…

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Mar

21

2017
Clinical interviews effective in predicting postpartum depression

Clinical interviews effective in predicting postpartum depression

For non-depressed, pregnant women with histories of major depressive disorder, preventive treatment with antidepressants may not necessarily protect against postpartum depression, according to new research. In addition, asking questions about daily activities — especially work — appears to be an effective screening tool for helping doctors identify women at risk of depression after they have their babies.


Mar

21

2017
Researchers gain insight into day-to-day lives of parents raising children with autism

Researchers gain insight into day-to-day lives of parents raising children with autism

Like all parents, couples who have a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) share the ups and downs of parenting. A new study by Waisman Center researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison looks at the daily experiences of these parents to provide a more detailed picture of the strengths and vulnerabilities of couples raising a child with ASD. “I think we can use these findings…

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Mar

21

2017
Food insecurity in early childhood linked to young children’s skills in kindergarten

Food insecurity in early childhood linked to young children’s skills in kindergarten

In the United States, estimates show that a substantial number of children under age 5 live in households that are food insecure. That means that they do not have food, or they lack sufficient quantity or quality of food to fuel a healthy and active lifestyle. A new study has found that children who experience food insecurity in early childhood are more likely to start…

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Mar

21

2017
Infections during pregnancy may interfere with genes linked to prenatal brain development

Infections during pregnancy may interfere with genes linked to prenatal brain development

If a mother picks up an infection during pregnancy, her immune system will kick into action to clear the infection — but this self-defence mechanism may also have a small influence how her child’s brain develops in the womb, in ways that are similar to how the brain develops in autism spectrum disorders. Now, an international team of researchers has shown why this may be…

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Mar

20

2017

Even Penguins Have Children Who Won’t Leave the Nest

By NICHOLAS BAKALAR March 20, 2017 Galápagos penguin chicks have it good. Even when they are old enough to hunt on their own, they beg their parents for food — and the parents give in. Recently researchers in the Galápagos watched as fully fledged birds squeaked and pleaded until their parents turned to them and regurgitated a meal into their mouths. One big young bird, recorded on…

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Mar

20

2017

More Grandparents Than Ever

Since 2001 the number of grandparents has grown by 24 percent, partly as a result of the aging of the baby boom generation.


Mar

20

2017
Studies Suggest Cautious Optimism About Declines in Teen Opioid Use

Studies Suggest Cautious Optimism About Declines in Teen Opioid Use

Enlarge this image A pair of studies show declines in opioid use by young people, including prescription use, intentional misuse and accidental poisonings. Gabe Souza/Portland Press Herald/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Gabe Souza/Portland Press Herald/Getty Images In the midst of an opioid epidemic that continues to devastate families, a sliver of hope has arrived. Two long-term studies published Monday show that opioid use among…

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Mar

20

2017
Poison centers receive 32 calls a day about kids exposed to prescription opioids

Poison centers receive 32 calls a day about kids exposed to prescription opioids

A new study published online by Pediatrics and conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that there were more than 188,000 calls to US Poison Control Centers for pediatric exposure to opioids from January 2000 through December 2015, averaging 32 calls a day or one every 45 minutes. The good news is…

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