Category Archives: Science Daily


Sep

12

2019
'Time-outs' at home not associated with long-term negative effects in children

'Time-outs' at home not associated with long-term negative effects in children

Now, a new study suggests that despite sometimes getting a bad rap in the news, the common disciplinary strategy isn’t linked to harmful effects in children. Researchers compared emotional and behavioral health between kids whose parents reported using time-outs and those who didn’t over a roughly eight-year period. The result: no difference. “Some reports in the media and by select organizations have suggested that time-out…

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Sep

11

2019
Opioid treatment for teens? Medications can help

Opioid treatment for teens? Medications can help

Teens who misuse prescription or illicit opioids might benefit from opioid treatment medications, according to a new study led by a Yale researcher. An estimated 900 adolescents started to misuse opioid painkillers every day in 2017, and some of them turned to cheaper and more potent illegal opioids like heroin. Yet little is known about the effectiveness of opioid medications — the recommended treatment for…

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Sep

09

2019
Paid family leave improves vaccination rates in infants

Paid family leave improves vaccination rates in infants

Parents who take paid family leave after the birth of a newborn are more likely to have their child vaccinated on time compared to those who do not, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. The effect is stronger on families living below the poverty line. “Currently, many people do not vaccinate their child within the recommended schedule and are…

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Sep

09

2019
Negative impacts of food insecurity on children's health

Negative impacts of food insecurity on children's health

Food insecurity — uncertainty about or a lack of consistent access to food that meets the needs of household members — is a persistent social problem in the United States that affected roughly 14.3 million households in 2018 and nearly 14% of households with children, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A new paper by researchers at the Boston University School of Social Work…

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Sep

09

2019
Children of anxious mothers twice as likely to have hyperactivity in adolescence

Children of anxious mothers twice as likely to have hyperactivity in adolescence

A large study has shown that children of mothers who are anxious during pregnancy and in the first few years of the child’s life have twice the risk of having hyperactivity symptoms at age 16. This work is being presented for the first time at the ECNP Congress in Copenhagen. Scientists know that foetal and early life conditions can have long-term effect on subsequent health….

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Sep

05

2019
Fix and prevent health disparities in children by supporting mom, and dad

Fix and prevent health disparities in children by supporting mom, and dad

According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the well-being of a child’s primary caregiver is one of the most important factors associated with fixing and preventing health disparities among children. Children from low-income or ethnic minority homes are more likely to have poorer physical health, suffer from behavioral and/or mental health problems and have substance abuse disorders. But decades of work by…

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Sep

05

2019
Having an elder brother is associated with slower language development

Having an elder brother is associated with slower language development

Intuitively, it is tempting to think that a child who has an elder brother or sister will grow up in a stimulating linguistic environment and will develop their language skills faster than the family’s firstborn. However, several studies have shown the contrary: the acquisition of language in a child with an elder sibling is reported to be slower than a child who has none. What…

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Sep

04

2019
Young adults exposed to incarceration as children prone to depression

Young adults exposed to incarceration as children prone to depression

Young adults with childhood history of both parental incarceration and juvenile justice involvement were nearly three times more likely to have depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compared to peers without any experience with the criminal justice system, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. They also were nearly twice as likely to have anxiety compared to young adults without childhood exposure to…

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Sep

03

2019
Unhappy mothers talk more to their baby boys, study finds

Unhappy mothers talk more to their baby boys, study finds

Mothers who are dissatisfied with their male partners spend more time talking to their infants — but only if the child is a boy, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Cambridge. It is well known that having a child can put a strain on the parents’ relationship, but whether this then has an impact on the child’s own development in…

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Sep

02

2019
Early life environment may lead to high blood pressure in children

Early life environment may lead to high blood pressure in children

Where a mother lives and the temperature outside while she is pregnant, among other environmental factors, can impact whether her child is prehypertensive or hypertensive during childhood, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Exposure to negative lifestyle factors in pregnancy, such as obesity, physical inactivity, poor diet, and alcohol and tobacco consumption have long been established…

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