OCD: the unwelcome takeover

There is far more to obsessive compulsive disorder than straightening ornaments and checking light switches. Thankfully, awareness is growing. Journalist Georgina Wintersgill reports.

Social media can raise children's unhealthy snack intake

Research from the University of Liverpool has highlighted the negative influence that social media can have on children’s food intake.

Expectation of pain is reality for children

A University of California study, published in Psychosomatic Medicine, saw researchers apply thermal heat to 20 healthy children, 20 with anxiety disorders and 23 adults, asking them to rate the levels of pain.

Use of paracetamol in pregnancy increases risk of ADHD and autism

Pregnant women who take paracetamol are up to 30% more likely to have children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research suggests.

Curious children do better in maths and reading

Curious children are better able to grasp basic maths and reading, a study has suggested.

Scotland: ADHD survey reveals inadequate support for families

37,000 children in Scotland are estimated to have ADHD, but only around 5000 receive any treatment

Children with autism at increased risk of vaccine-preventable disease

Children with autism and their younger siblings are less likely to be fully vaccinated, a study shows. 

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.

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.

Probiotic’s potential to help babies with colic

Researchers have found evidence to support the use of a probiotic in babies with colic or excessive crying.

Smartphone use linked to teenage sleeplessness

Teenagers now sleep fewer hours than older generations, possibly because of time spent on smartphones and tablets, says a new study, led by Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University, and published in Sleep Medicine.

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