Experiences such as poverty, residential instability, or parental divorce or substance abuse, can affect executive function and lead to changes in a child’s brain chemistry, muting the effects of stress hormones, according to a new study.
Physicians often harbor unconscious bias against kids and teens with obesity. It affects how they talk with their patients and can make kids’ health worse. Some doctors are trying a new approach. (Image credit: Andrea D’Aquino for NPR)
A congressional committee has upheld a prohibition against the Food and Drug Administration considering research into gene-edited embryos that could be used to establish pregnancies. (Image credit: Mark Schiefelbein/AP)
By participating in organized physical activity from the age of 6, children will have less risk of emotional difficulties by the time they’re 12, a new study finds.
Dr. Omar Ibrahim spoke to NPR via Skype from the only working hospital in south Idlib province. The staff, he says, has “just moved into the basement [because of] the attacks.” (Image credit: Courtesy of Omar Ibrahim)
Analysis of DNA from more than 400,000 people in the UK suggests a genetic modification that protects against HIV may actually increase the overall risk of premature death. (Image credit: Bloomberg/Getty Images)
Teenagers who don’t get enough sleep may be at an increased risk of engaging in unsafe sexual behaviors, such as not using condoms or having sex under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to new research.
Children who nap 30 to 60 minutes midday at least three times a week are happier, have more self-control and grit, and showcase fewer behavioral problems, according to new research. These children also have higher IQs and excel academically.
Child deaths have fallen in Brazil following complete smoking bans in public places, according to a new study.
That was the fear last fall when Merck ended an agreement to supply its rotavirus vaccine at reduced price to West Africa. After NPR broke that story, the situation changed — for the good. (Image credit: HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)