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Cover Story: Why Are Males More at Risk in the Womb?
Subtle changes in the placenta before a child’s birth can affect its predisposition to chronic disease and premature death many years later – and unborn boys are most vulnerable.
Browse: Stuttering Doesn’t Set Kids Back
Preschool stuttering is associated with better language development and non-verbal skills and has no detectable effect on children’s mental health or temperament, according to a study of 1600 children followed from infancy to the age of four. Of these 11% stuttered, double the rate previously reported.
Browse: A Better Test for Childhood TB
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Feature: Why Size Matters at Birth
A large genetic study has determined why small babies are at greater risk of disease as adults.
Browse: Fatter Babies Are Smarter
Parents worrying that early weight gain may be a sign of subsequent obesity might be reassured to know that fast-growing offspring are also more likely to have the brains to take on life’s challenges, poor health included.
Browse: SIDS Linked to Asphyxiation
University of Adelaide researchers have found that telltale signs in the brains of babies that have died of SIDS are remarkably similar to those of children who died of accidental asphyxiation.
Expert Opinion: Antidepressants during Pregnancy Linked to ADHD in Kids
Exposure to antidepressants in the womb may be linked to attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder in the child, but the risks of depressed mothers stopping their medication may be greater.