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Link between measles and airflow obstruction

Childhood measles can affect post-bronchodilator airflow obstruction in later life

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Young children do not learn from watching videos on smartphones

Study shows that children respond to videos on smartphone screens but do not benefit educationally

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Mothers caring for children with cancer need greater financial support

Study finds women parenting children with cancer have lower incomes than those with children who do not

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Asthma: protein from parasitic worms suppresses allergic reactions

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh who tested the Heligmosomoides polygyrus Alarmin Release Inhibitor (HpARI) on mice hope findings will lead to using the protein as the basis for the treatment of asthma


Epileptic seizures in children halved when using natural compounds found in cannabis –...

Findings follows 36 studies of randomised and non-randomised controlled trials of children and adults who have a rare form of epilepsy

Parents’ mental health impaired when children are seriously ill

Parents whose children need intensive care treatment suffer clinically significant impairment of their mental health, researchers say

Blood plasma test could lead to earlier diagnosis of autism

A pioneering test has revealed a link between autism and damage to proteins in blood plasma that could lead to earlier diagnosis of the condition, scientists say

Learning, memory problems seen in adolescents with OCD

Adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder have learning and memory problems that could affect their self-esteem, researchers say


Failure to put folic acid in flour is a public health 'tragedy', say experts

Experts have said failure to fortify flour with folic acid to prevent neural tube defects (NTDs) in babies is 'more than a missed opportunity; it is a tragedy'.

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Children in NICU benefit from direct parental care

Infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) who receive direct care from their parents have an improved health outcome, a study has found.

Adults born prematurely liable to more psychiatric problems

Adults born very prematurely experience higher rates of psychiatric symptoms than those who are born at full term, say researchers who call for early preventive interventions targeting such individuals

Specialist training can double consent rates for child organ donation

Child organ donation rates are lower than those for adults but the presence of a specialist...

Cash incentives may encourage breastfeeding rates early on

Offering financial incentives may increase breastfeeding rates marginally at six to eight...

Self-harm a sign of emotional pain rather than cry for help

Most people who self-harm do so as a way to deal with emotional distress rather than as a...

Shopping voucher incentive helps increase low rates of breastfeeding

Providing a financial incentive to mothers can significantly improve breastfeeding rates in...

Researchers puzzled by upsurge in scarlet fever to 50-year high

Cases of scarlet fever in England have reached a 50-year high, with more than 19,000...

Obesity during pregnancy could risk child’s brain development

Children’s brain development is at greater risk if their mother was obese before becoming...