Three new eczema genes discovered25 December 2011Researchers from Children of the 90s at the University of Bristol, in collaboration with 22 other studies from across the world, have discovered three new genetic variants associated with the skin condition eczema, a chronic inflammatory disease that afflicts millions of patients around the world.
Babies born 32-36 weeks fare less well at school8 December 2011Only 71 per cent of babies born between 32 and 36 weeks are successful in key stage 1 (KS1) tests (defined as achieving at least level 2 in reading, writing and maths), compared to 79 per cent of babies born at full term (37-41 weeks), according to new research from Children of the 90s.
Smoking in films encourages teenagers to take a drag20 September 2011New research from Children of the 90s shows that 15-year-olds who saw the most films depicting smoking were 73 per cent more likely to have tried a cigarette than those exposed to the least. They were also almost 50 per cent more likely to be a current smoker (i.e. to have smoked during the last week) than those least exposed.
Children of depressed mothers more likely to develop problems28 July 2011Mothers who suffer from depression and anxiety, both during and after pregnancy, are more likely to have children who develop difficulties later in life because the earlier in life a child encounters depression, the more likely they are to be affected by it. The effects on children of depressive illnesses in the mother, have, to date, received little attention.
Better monitoring of blood pressure in pregnancy needed27 July 2011Pre-eclampsia, which can lead to stillbirths, premature births, low-birth-weight babies and, in extreme cases, the death of the mother, is generally considered to be a unique condition in pregnancy. According to new research from Children of the 90s, by defining pre-eclampsia instead as the extreme end of blood-pressure (BP) risk in pregnancy, more women who are at risk could be identified.
All TV and no talking makes Jack a dull boy30 June 2011Children whose parents encourage early communication are better at talking by the age of two and fare better when they start school. By encouraging reading, talking and playing, providing a range of books and toys, visiting a library, keeping TV time to a minimum and taking their child to preschool, parents can dramatically improve their child’s language skills and readiness for school.
Children of the 90s: 20 years old today!1 April 2011Children of the 90s has been awarded £6m to continue its vital research into the health and well-being of thousands of young people and their parents in and around Bristol.