Pay attention to acetaminophen. A new article in JAMA Pediatrics suggests that mother who take acetaminophen (paracetamol) may be at increased risk of having children with more ADHD-like behaviors. LA Times
Other prenatal exposures and ADHD in JDBP:
Boy-girl differences in autism. Explaining the male preponderance of neurodevelopmental disorders has recently been a hot topic among researchers. Recent work, including this article from American Journal of Human Genetics suggests the possibility of a "female protective effect." USA Today
Older fathers matter too. As delaying fatherhood has become more common in recent times, researchers have begun to the study the impacts of advanced paternal age on outcome of offspring. Several articles discuss increased mutation rates in sperm (SFARI, Andrology), and a newly published article in JAMA Psychiatry highlights the potential increase risk of some developmental disabilities. and mental health conditions. The Telegraph
JDBP articles about genetic factors in autism:
National Eating Disorders Week (Feb 24 - Mar 1). An article in Forbes kicks off this week of awareness by discussing the influence that parents can have on their children's eating habits and mental health. Visit the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) website to learn more about what you can do.
Read more about eating disorders, diet, and parental influence in JDBP:
A test for teenage depression? A study by researchers at the University of Cambridge showed that boys with mild depression and increase saliva cortisol levels are at increased risk of later clinical depression. BBC Associated Press Original article (PNAS)
Bullying continues. A study published in Pediatrics shows the long-term negative impact of bullying on children's mental and physical health. HealthDay Reuters
A plastic solution to bullying? The Today show highlights a Dateline NBC report about bullied teens seeking plastic surgery to change their looks. Would you recommend plastic surgery for a child experiencing bullying because of looks?
JDBP articles about bullying and peer victimization:
Premature babies in the NICU need a talking to. A Reuters article highlights a new study published in Pediatrics suggesting that infants exposed to more adult talk in the NICU may be have improved language and cognitive skills as toddlers.
More articles about early language skills from JDBP:
Caffeine exposure in U.S. children shifts. Articles from National Public Radio and the Associated Press highlight a new CDC study published in Pediatrics that analyzes the trends in caffeine exposure in U.S. children and adolescents between 1999 and 2010.
Articles in JDBP about diet and stimulants:
U.S. teens are stressed out! A USA Today article highlights a new study from the American Psychological Association showing that U.S. teens are reporting unhealthy levels of stress, but have less insight regarding it's impact.
Other articles about stress in adolescence from JDBP: