Intensive care babies have greater risk of mental health problems

Children who spend time in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at birth have a higher risk of mental health issues later, regardless of birthweight.

Heavy screen use may make pre-school children less physically active

Two- and three-year-olds who spend more than three hours a day on screens are less physically active at age five than those who watch for less than an hour.

Mental health of secondary school children is getting worse

Secondary school children have worsening mental health, the latest Health behaviour in school-aged children England national report has shown.

One in four primary school children lack movement skills

A quarter of primary school children in Ireland cannot run properly and lack basic movement skills, according to a new study of more than 2000 five- to 12-year-olds.

Poverty associated with suicide risk in children and teens

Suicide rates in under-20s are higher in US counties where there is more poverty, researchers have found.

Breastfeeding and frequency of pregnancy may reduce risk of early menopause

Women who breastfed their infants for seven to 12 months may have a significantly lower risk of early menopause than those who breastfed for less than a month. 

Premature babies at higher risk of diabetes

Babies born before 37 weeks are at an increased risk of developing type 1 and type 2 diabetes, a study says.

Pregnant smokers are more likely to develop diabetes

Pregnant women who smoke increase their risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus, research shows.

Living near a busy road can stunt children’s lung growth

If you live within 50 metres of a major road, your risk of developing lung cancer may increase by up to 10%.

Are C-section babies really more likely to grow up obese?

Women who have caesarean sections are no more likely to have children who develop obesity than women who give birth naturally, a large study has found.

TV habit linked to obesity in children

Watching television had the strongest association with being overweight and obese, say researchers.

Young mothers have greater risk of children with autism

Age at first birth is ‘strongly associated’ with a greater chance of having a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research.

BMI and university degree predict adolescent obesity

The BMI of mother and child and the mother’s education are the three simple predictors of a child being overweight or obese by the time they are a teenager.

Eating fish reduces risk of child eczema and asthma

Children should be introduced to fish or cod liver oil from about a year old, research suggests, after showing that those who ate fish early had a significantly reduced risk of eczema, wheezing and asthma.

Anorexia on the rise in pre-teens

Anorexia diagnoses among pre-teen children in the UK and Ireland have risen markedly, a study suggests.

Measles wipes children’s immune system

A new study has shown that measles damages the immune system, leaving children who recover more vulnerable to other infections.

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