Using disinfectant in pregnancy linked to childhood asthma and eczema

Exposure to disinfectants during pregnancy may be a risk factor for asthma and eczema in children, a study in Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests.

Babies treated for hypoglycemia suffer no adverse academic outcomes

Babies born with and treated for low blood sugar are not likely to perform worse academically in mid-childhood, research suggests.

Women exposed to adverse childhood experiences more likely to develop MS

Childhood trauma could be linked to an increased risk of women developing multiple sclerosis (MS) later in life, research suggests.

Family-based treatment of children with severe obesity improves weight loss

Family-based behavioural social facilitation treatment (FBSFT), delivered at an obesity outpatient clinic, improved weight-related outcomes significantly more than treatment as usual (TAU) among children aged six to 18 years with severe obesity, a study has found.

Air pollution linked to heightened risk of autoimmune disease

Long-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to an increased risk of autoimmune disease, including rheumatoid arthritis, research published in RMD Open has found.

Analysis of social media behaviour could help with vaccine hesitancy

A study attempting to understand the public’s interactions with vaccine communications on social media has revealed seven patterns of engagement behaviour towards Covid-19 vaccination.

FGM healthcare costs set to almost double by 2047

The economic burden of female genital mutilation (FGM) to healthcare is projected to increase to $2.1bn/year by 2047 if no action is taken to prevent it.

Psychological distress higher in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors

Adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors are more likely to experience psychological distress than adults with no history of cancer, a study has found.

Women smokers more at risk than men of hospitalisation with heart failure

Women appear to be at more risk of hospitalisation when smoking following high-risk heart attacks, a study in the Journal of Women’s Health has found.

Link between stammering and anxiety found for some children and young people

Children and adolescents who stammer report elevated symptoms of anxiety compared with non-stammering peers, according to a study published in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research.

Lonely teenagers more likely to have poor educational outcomes

A study examining loneliness in adolescence found those affected were more likely to achieve poor educational outcomes.

Urban design could affect weight gain during pregnancy

US study has found an association with the ‘walkability’ of a neighbourhood and expectant mothers’ excessive weight gain during pregnancy.

Daily activities more problematic for older women than men

Women are more likely than men to struggle with regular daily tasks and mobility activities as they age, according to an analysis in The Lancet Health Longevity.

STIs and bacterial infection in teenage girls are the result of gender inequalities

A study assessing the impact of menstrual cups and the role of a vaginal microbiome in mitigating rates of bacterial vaginosis and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), found about 10% of secondary school girls had STIs and 11% bacterial vaginosis.

Disrupted body clock and inflammatory disease linked

Cell rhythms disrupted by an irregular body clock could contribute to chronic inflammatory diseases such as heart disease and arthritis, diabetes and cancer.

School attendance could play crucial role in mental health support

Researchers found that children and young people with a neurodevelopmental disorder (ADHD and autism spectrum disorder), mental disorder, or who self-harm are more likely to miss school than their peers.

Hearing dogs significantly improve people's lives, first-ever trial shows

Research published in Trials shows that assistance dogs for those living with hearing loss have positive and far-reaching impacts.