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Parents’ teenage lifestyles may influence their offspring’s health

Parents’ teenage lifestyles may affect the growth and development of their own children, a new study suggests.

Meningitis symptoms hard to spot in babies under three months

Only half of babies under three months old who have bacterial meningitis show signs of a fever, a study has suggested.

Anti-obesity drives help boost pupil performance

A review of anti-obesity initiatives in schools found they helped to improve pupils’ problem-solving and could boost achievement.

Bright light suppresses sleep hormone in youngsters

Exposing children to an hour of bright light before bedtime almost shuts down their production of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, a study shows.

Chatting frequently with children improves their language skills

Making conversation with children can boost the brain’s response to language, according to cognitive scientists at MIT.

Siblings more likely to show empathy and kindness

Children with brothers and sisters who are kind and empathetic are more likely to exhibit those traits themselves, a study has found.

Breastfeeding reduces risk of high blood pressure

Women who breastfeed more children, and for longer, are less likely to suffer from hypertension after the menopause.

Keeping fit as a child lowers risk of lung disease

Children who have good fitness levels during childhood and adolescence have better lung function as adults, scientists have found.

Parental type 1 diabetes link to child ADHD

The children of parents who have type 1 diabetes are at a greater risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says a study.

Video feedback promotes mother-baby bonding

Mothers watching videos of themselves with their babies, alongside health visitors who provide feedback, can promote early bonding, new research shows.