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Child Development Children's Health Parenting
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Poverty negatively impacts structural wiring in children's brains, study indicates      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A study reveals that household and community poverty may influence brain health in children. Childhood obesity and lower cognitive function may explain, at least partially, poverty's influence on the brain.

Children's Health Infant's Health
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RSV is a serious heath threat, but the public knows little about it      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new survey finds that the American public is ill-informed about RSV, unfamiliar with its most common symptoms, and more hesitant to recommend a vaccine against it to pregnant people than to older adults.

Breastfeeding Child Development Children's Health Infant and Preschool Learning Infant's Health Parenting
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Dads are key in supporting breastfeeding, safe infant sleep      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Fathers can make a huge difference in whether an infant is breastfed and placed to sleep safely, according to a recent survey of new fathers.

Children's Health Diabetes Today's Healthcare
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Machine-learning method used for self-driving cars could improve lives of type-1 diabetes patients      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

The same type of machine learning methods used to pilot self-driving cars and beat top chess players could help type-1 diabetes sufferers keep their blood glucose levels in a safe range.

Fertility Gynecology
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Elimination of type of bacteria suggests treatment for endometriosis      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A research group has discovered that using an antibiotic to target Fusobacterium, a common bacterium that causes inflammation, improved the symptoms of endometriosis. Their findings suggest an alternative treatment for the disease.

Children's Health Psychology Research
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Mouse models of adolescent binge drinking reveal key long-lasting brain changes      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Heavy alcohol consumption may cause permanent dysregulation of neurons, or brain cells, in adolescents, according to a new study in mice. The findings suggest that exposure to binge-levels of alcohol during adolescence, when the brain is still developing, lead to long-lasting changes in the brain's ability to signal and communicate -- potentially setting the stage for long-term behavioral changes and hinting towards the mechanisms of alcohol-induced cognitive changes in humans.

Children's Health Pregnancy and Childbirth
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Exposure to 'forever chemicals' during pregnancy linked to increased risk of obesity in kids      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) during pregnancy was linked to slightly higher body mass indices and an increased risk of obesity in children, according to a new study.

Birth Defects Children's Health Today's Healthcare
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Open-analysis platform for pediatric brain tumors provides robust data resource for childhood cancer research      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have partnered to create a first-of-its-kind open-source, reproducible analysis platform for pediatric brain tumors. With the help of thousands of genomically sequenced samples, researchers have used this platform to identify initial findings about genetic variants associated with poorer outcomes that could help guide future diagnostic and therapeutic advances.

Children's Health
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Humans are unique but not exceptional species of mammal      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Humans appear to resemble mammals that live in monogamous partnerships and to some extent, those classified as cooperative breeders, where breeding individuals have to rely on the help of others to raise their offspring.

Children's Health
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Skin patch shows promise for toddlers with peanut allergy      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A global phase 3 clinical trial found that a year-long immunotherapy through a skin patch safely desensitized toddlers with peanut allergy, lowering the risk of a severe allergic reaction from accidental exposure.

Birth Defects Children's Health Healthy Aging Psychology Research
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Understanding the speed of brain communication      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Called the human connectome, this structural system of neural pathways develops as people age. A new study shows transmission speed among brain regions increases into early adulthood. Learning more about neuron transmission may improve the understanding of psychological disorders.

Children's Health Nutrition
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Elevated levels of toxic metals in some mixed-fruit juices and soft drinks      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new study that analyzed 60 commonly available beverages found mixed-fruit juices and plant-based milks such as oat and almond were most likely to contain levels of toxic metals above federal drinking water standards.

Birth Defects Child Development Children's Health Chronic Illness Depression Mental Health Research Psychology Research
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Problems with 'pruning' brain connections linked to adolescent mental health disorders      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Problems with the brain's ability to 'prune' itself of unnecessary connections may underlie a wide range of mental health disorders that begin during adolescence, according to research published today. The findings may help explain why people are often affected by more than one mental health disorder, and may in future help identify those at greatest risk.

Children's Health Chronic Illness
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Study shows most children recover from Lyme disease within six months of treatment      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A majority of parents of children diagnosed with Lyme disease reported that their kids recovered within six months of completing antibiotic treatment, according to a new study. The findings, based on Lyme disease treatment outcome data from 102 children in the United States, also revealed that a notably small percentage of children took longer than six months to recover and experienced a significant impact on their daily functioning.

Birth Defects Child Development Children's Health Chronic Illness Infant and Preschool Learning Infant's Health Mental Health Research Parenting Pregnancy and Childbirth
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Early signs that may help predict ADHD risk      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Information available at birth may help to identify children with higher likelihood of developing ADHD, according to new research.

Children's Health Nutrition Staying Healthy Vegetarian
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How to get your children to eat more fruits and vegetables      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Children will eat more fruits and vegetables if families take more time to eat meals.

Children's Health
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Scientists narrow down pool of potential height genes      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

When it comes to height, our fate is sealed along with our growth plates -- cartilage near the ends of bones that hardens as a child develops. New research shows that cells in these plates determine the length and shape of our bones and can hint at our stature. The study identified potential 'height genes' and found that genetic changes affecting cartilage cell maturation may strongly influence adult height.

Children's Health Pregnancy and Childbirth
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Assisted reproduction kids grow up just fine -- but it may be better to tell them early about biological origins, twenty-year study suggests      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Landmark study finds no difference in psychological wellbeing or quality of family relationships between children born by assisted reproduction (egg or sperm donation or surrogacy) and those born naturally at age 20. However, findings suggest that telling children about their biological origins early -- before they start school -- can be advantageous for family relationships and healthy adjustment.

Birth Defects Children's Health Infant's Health Pregnancy and Childbirth
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Father's alcohol consumption before conception linked to brain and facial defects in offspring      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Research investigating fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) exclusively examines maternal alcohol exposure. However, because men drink more and are more likely to binge drink than women, scientists set out to challenge the existing dogma, using a mouse model to examine what happens when the mother, father and both parents consume alcohol.