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Heartbeats could hold the key to understanding babies

Heartbeats could hold the key to understanding babies' inner world
Written by Aaron Watson on 2017-08-17


Research published in eLife explains how researchers created a novel new experiment to test how aware babies are of their bodies' internal signals. The ability to consciously sense signals from your body is called interoception, and some people are more aware of these signals than others. These differences between people can influence a wide range of psychological processes, including how strongly...(Read More)

Two Alaskan studies show benefit of hepatitis vaccination programs

Two Alaskan studies show benefit of hepatitis vaccination programs
Written by Aaron Watson on 2017-08-14


Updated research presented at this year's World Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Viral Hepatitis in Anchorage, Alaska, USA (8-9 August) shows that the universal hepatitis B vaccination programme introduced for all newborn Alaskan children in the 1980s has wiped out hepatitis B infection and liver cancer cases associated with the infection. The study is by Dr Brian McMahon, Director of the Alaska...(Read More)

Increasing risk of drug withdrawal in newborns as US opioid epidemic accelerates

Increasing risk of drug withdrawal in newborns as US opioid epidemic accelerates
Written by Aaron Watson on 2017-08-10


In the US, about every 25 minutes an infant is born with signs of drug withdrawal (also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome). These can range from difficulties with feeding and sleeping to irritability, breathing problems and seizures.Drug withdrawal is a well known complication of opioid exposure in the womb (in utero), but other psychotropic medications can also cause signs of withdrawal - and...(Read More)

Study finds links between exposure to violence and obesity in teens

Study finds links between exposure to violence and obesity in teens
Written by Aaron Watson on 2017-08-07


Teens consumed more unhealthy foods and beverages on days they were exposed to violence, and suffered from fatigue due to poor sleep the next day, according to a new study by Duke researchers. Those behaviors, especially increased soda consumption, are important predictors of weight gain.More than 20 percent of U.S. adolescents are classified as obese. Obesity rates are higher among low-income children,...(Read More)

Babies of overweight, obese, or diabetic mothers have an increased risk of lung problems

Babies of overweight, obese, or diabetic mothers have an increased risk of lung problems
Written by Aaron Watson on 2017-08-04


Babies born to women who are overweight, obese or have diabetes during their pregnancy have less mature lungs than babies of normal weight pregnancies. That's according to research done in a sheep model of pregnancy, published in The Journal of Physiology.Previous research has shown that women who are overweight, obese or suffer diabetes during pregnancy have an increased risk of giving birth to...(Read More)

School study proves obesity prevention can work

School study proves obesity prevention can work
Written by Aaron Watson on 2017-08-01


A unique approach to obesity prevention has helped schools in the ACT reduce the number of students who are overweight or obese, and even had a positive effect on mental health.The 'It's Your Move!' program - an initiative of Deakin University and ACT Health - was run in selected ACT schools over a three year period with the aim of preventing obesity among teens.The project used three intervention...(Read More)

Antidepressant use in pregnant women linked to small increase in autism

Antidepressant use in pregnant women linked to small increase in autism
Written by Aaron Watson on 2017-07-29


A new study found that antidepressant medications taken during pregnancy may be linked to the development of autism in children - although the effect appears to be limited.In looking at a cohort of children born between 2001 and 2011 in Stockholm, Sweden, Drexel University's Brian Lee, PhD, and Craig Newschaffer, PhD, and their co-authors (including lead author Dheeraj Rai, PhD, of the University...(Read More)

High-fat diet in pregnancy can cause mental health problems in offspring

High-fat diet in pregnancy can cause mental health problems in offspring
Written by Aaron Watson on 2017-07-26


A high-fat diet not only creates health problems for expectant mothers, but new research in an animal model suggests it alters the development of the brain and endocrine system of their offspring and has a long-term impact on offspring behavior. The new study links an unhealthy diet during pregnancy to mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression in children."Given the high level of dietary...(Read More)

18 months after double hand transplant, child is now able to write, and feed and dress himself independently

18 months after double hand transplant, child is now able to write, and feed and dress himself independently
Written by Aaron Watson on 2017-07-23


The world's first double hand transplant in a child has been successful under carefully considered circumstances. The study, which is published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal, presents the first medical report of the surgery and 18 months of follow-up.The recipient of the transplant was an 8-year-old boy based in the USA, who is now able to write, and feed and dress himself independently...(Read More)





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