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

08

2019
How A Prenatal 'Bootcamp' For New Dads Helps The Whole Family

How A Prenatal 'Bootcamp' For New Dads Helps The Whole Family

Enlarge this image Joe Bay (center), coach of a New York City “Bootcamp for New Dads,” instructs Adewale Oshodi (left) and George Pasco in how to cradle an infant for best soothing. Jason LeCras for NPR hide caption toggle caption Jason LeCras for NPR “Before I became a dad, the thought of struggling to soothe my crying baby terrified me,” says Yaka Oyo, 37, a…

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Sep

06

2019
How Should Scientists' Access To Health Databanks Be Managed?

How Should Scientists' Access To Health Databanks Be Managed?

Enlarge this image UK Biobank has granted 10,000 qualified scientists access to its large database of genetic sequences and other medical data, but other organizations with databases have been far more restrictive in giving access. KTSDESIGN/Getty Images/Science Photo Library hide caption toggle caption KTSDESIGN/Getty Images/Science Photo Library More than a million Americans have donated genetic information and medical data for research projects. But how that…

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Sep

05

2019
Vitamin E Suspected In Serious Lung Problems Among People Who Vaped Cannabis

Vitamin E Suspected In Serious Lung Problems Among People Who Vaped Cannabis

Enlarge this image The New York State Department of Health said Thursday that it is looking at vitamin E acetate as a potential cause of severe pulmonary illness cases in the state that have been associated with vaping. Daniel Becerril/Reuters hide caption toggle caption Daniel Becerril/Reuters It’s still a mystery — what’s causing the cluster of severe respiratory illnesses among people who’ve used e-cigarettes? The…

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Sep

05

2019
Why The Measles Surge Could Open The Door To A Host Of Other Diseases

Why The Measles Surge Could Open The Door To A Host Of Other Diseases

Enlarge this image A child is immunized against measles, mumps and rubella in Lyon, France. BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty hide caption toggle caption BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty With measles making a comeback in many upper-income countries including the United States and still rampant in some poorer nations such as Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar, a leading measles expert is warning of a…

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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
Ban On Heavy School Backpacks Weighs On An Indian Mom — And Her Portable Scale

Ban On Heavy School Backpacks Weighs On An Indian Mom — And Her Portable Scale

Enlarge this image A child leaves for school in a village in India. Punit Paranjpe /AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Punit Paranjpe /AFP/Getty Images Imagine this — you’re going to school, and you hear that the government has banned homework. Wouldn’t that be the best day ever? Well, it actually happened in India. The government said there would be no homework for students in…

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