Child Development

It’s 25 years since we redefined autism – here’s what we’ve learnt

It’s 25 years since the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV) was published. The manual is the clinical “bible” that defines the...

Kids with heart rhythm problems more likely to have ADHD, anxiety and depression

Children and teens with abnormal heart rhythms are more likely to have depression, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, known as ADHD, according to...

Drinking enough water could improve kids’ cognitive function

Properly hydrated children have faster reaction times and are better able to multitask, a new study co-authored by Northeastern professor Charles Hillman has found. The...

Many adults with autism believe they are ‘bad people’

In a new study, researchers found many over-50s who were diagnosed with autism late in life had grown up believing they were bad people. It...

New brain discovery may improve earlier diagnosis of autism

In a new study, researchers have found differences in the brainwaves of autistic teenagers responsible for their visual perception. This could assist in earlier diagnosis...

Too much screen time may change children’s brain structure

In a new study, researchers found structural differences in the brains of preschool-age children related to screen-based media use. They found that children who have...

Children with autism have higher prevalence of pain

In a new study, researchers found children with autism have an elevated prevalence of pain compared with children without autism. The research was conducted by...

Synesthesia linked to autism, says new study

People with autism often have enhanced sensory sensitivity. They are, for example, much more likely to be affected by bright light and loud noises. They...

Exposure to this stuff in pregnancy linked to high risk of ADHD, autism

In a new study, researchers found Exposure to acetaminophen in the womb may increase a child's risk for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism. The...

People with autism have a more symmetrical brain

In a new study, researchers found fewer differences between the right and left hemispheres in people with autism. They found differences in brain asymmetry between...

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Scientists find the major cause of autism

In a new study, researchers discovered that autism is 80% reliant on inherited genes. That means that environmental causes are only responsible for 20% of...
These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

In a recent study from the University of East Anglia, researchers find that long-term use of anticholinergic antidepressants is linked to a higher risk...

This popular painkiller may harm your blood sugar

In a new study, researchers found popular pain drug opioid tramadol (marketed as ConZip and Ultram) may increase the risk of developing hypoglycemia, or...

Popular high blood pressure drug may increase risk of bowel disease

High blood pressure harms one in ten adults across the globe, and it increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. The most common treatments...
Common painkiller may harm your immune system, damaging heart and kidneys

Common painkiller may harm your immune system, damage heart and kidneys

In a recent study, researchers found that a widely used type of painkiller may increase risks of heart failure and kidney disease. The type of...