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Busy pictures hinder reading ability in children

A new study shows extraneous images draw attention from text, reducing comprehension in beginning readers.

Low level alcohol use during pregnancy can impact child's brain development

A new study finds any alcohol use during pregnancy, even low levels, is associated with subtle, yet significant behavioural and psychological effects in children including anxiety, depression and poor attention.

COVID-19 spurs anxious, upsetting dreams

The anxiety, stress and worry brought on by COVID-19 is not limited to daytime hours. The pandemic is affecting our dreams as well, infusing more anxiety and negative emotions into dreams and spurring dreams about the virus itself, particularly among women, according to new research.

World first study links obesity with reduced brain plasticity

A world-first study has found that severely overweight people are less likely to be able to re-wire their brains and find new neural pathways, a discovery that has significant implications for people recovering from a stroke or brain injury.

How microbes in a mother's intestines affect fetal neurodevelopment

During pregnancy in mice, the billions of bacteria and other microbes that live in a mother's intestines regulate key metabolites, small molecules that are important for healthy fetal brain development, biologists report. Scientists had not known until now whether the maternal gut microbiota influenced brain development during critical prenatal periods.

Prenatal cannabis exposure associated with adverse outcomes during middle childhood

Research shows prenatal cannabis exposure may impact child behavior later in life.

Mental illness treatment varies widely among American adolescents within and across zip codes

After a mental illness episode, less than half of children received any therapy within three months, and 22.5% of children received only drug therapy, according to a new study.

Perfectionists may be more prone to helicopter parenting

The negative effects of over-parenting on children are well documented, but less is known about why certain people become helicopter parents. A new study suggests perfectionism is one driver.

Late childhood peer group status linked to heightened adult circulatory disease risk

Late childhood peer group status may be linked to a heightened risk of developing circulatory system disease --- conditions that affect the normal functioning of the heart and blood vessels -- in later life, indicates new research.

FABP4: Preschool-aged biomarker discovered for autism spectrum disorder

Researchers have discovered a biomarker that can detect autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in preschool-aged children. The new study found that levels of the protein FABP4 were much lower in four- to six-year-old children with ASD than they were in other typically developing children. Experiments in mice that lacked FABP4 revealed changes in neurons that...

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