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More Stress for New Moms Hikes Secondhand Smoke Risk for Babies

March 1st, 2015
New moms who experience high levels of social stress (economic problems or feeling less in control over their own housing situation) are 2.5 times more likely to have no restriction or only a partial restriction on smoking in their homes, which may ...

Things Not to Try for Autism

February 27th, 2015
When a child has communication challenges related to an autism spectrum disorder, parents and educators will often try a variety of remedies -- many of which lack scientific evidence. Often, the interventions or “therapies” may actually do more harm than good. It ...

Excess Work Hours + Family Demands = Higher BMI

February 25th, 2015
A new study discovers working long hours while raising a family can take a toll on the body mass index of individuals in dual-earner families. Dr. Amit Kramer, a University of Illinois labor and employment relations professor also found that an increase in ...

Nearly 3 in 5 Pregnant Teens Have Used Drugs or Alcohol

February 24th, 2015
Many teenagers, especially younger teens, may not be getting the message about the risks of using alcohol and other drugs during pregnancy, according to a new study by the University of Texas at Austin. In fact, nearly three in five pregnant teens reported ...

Telephone Support Can Help Ease Postnatal Depression

February 24th, 2015
Emerging research discovers telephone-based peer support helps to reduce postnatal or postpartum depression in new mothers. The new study, published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, also found that social support from peers may be effective for maternal depression up to two years ...

Preteens Who Experiment May Have Different Brain Processes

February 22nd, 2015
Preteens who experiment or explore new things may have brain processes that work differently, according to a new study. "The beginning of adolescence is associated with seeking new experiences and increasing exploratory behaviors, but little research has been done to measure that increase ...

Teens From Single-Parent Families May Get Less Schooling

February 22nd, 2015
A new study finds that people who lived in single-parent families as teens received fewer years of schooling and are less likely to attain a bachelor's degree than those from two-parent families. The study, from researchers at New York University, the University of ...

Higher Risk of Birth Defects in Babies of Teen Dads

February 19th, 2015
The babies of teen fathers have surprisingly high levels of DNA mutations, which may help explain why the children of adolescent dads have a higher risk for disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and spina bifida, according to a new study by the ...

Strong Parental Bond Helps Protect Shy Babies from Future Anxiety

February 18th, 2015
Having a strong infant/parent bond is vital in preventing shy babies, and particularly males, from turning into anxious teenagers, according to a new study at the University of Waterloo. Researchers have long been aware that toddlers who react with behavioral inhibition or shyness ...

Study Finds Saliva Differences in Autistic Kids

February 17th, 2015
New research suggests a spit test may help to diagnose autism in the future. Researchers at Clarkson University and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh have published the first study showing that children with autism spectrum disorder have differences in protein ...

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