Two in three 13-year-old girls afraid of gaining weight17 December 2013Six in ten 13-year-old girls, compared to four in 10 boys the same age, are afraid of gaining weight or getting fat according to new research on eating disorders that uses data on over 7,000 participants in Children of the 90s.
Autistic traits may be more common in girls than previously thought14 November 2013Boys are more likely than girls to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) but new research suggests that more girls may have the condition than previously thought but may have not been diagnosed because they are better than boys at covering up some of the signs.
One in three premature babies fare less well at school17 October 2013New research from Children of the 90s shows that almost one in three children born prematurely (before 37 weeks) have lower Key Stage 1 (KS1) test results than children who are born at full term (37-42 weeks) and more than a third have special educational needs (SEN).
Professor Jean Golding OBE honoured in book to mark Ada Lovelace Day15 October 2013A Passion for Science, published today to mark Ada Lovelace Day, celebrates many great women scientists, including Children of the 90s founder, Professor Jean Golding OBE, who overcame much adversity in childhood, including TB and polio, and went on to study maths at Oxford University at a time when men outnumbered women 10 to one.
Concerns over mercury levels in fish may be unfounded1 October 2013New research from Children of the 90s suggests that fish accounts for only seven per cent of mercury levels in the human body. In an analysis of 103 food and drink items consumed by 4,484 women during pregnancy, researchers found that the 103 items together accounted for less than 17 per cent of total mercury levels in the body.
Stay healthy during pregnancy to keep lead levels low6 September 2013New research from Children of the 90s shows that mothers who drank alcohol and coffee, smoked and had a coal fire in their home during pregnancy were likely to have higher levels of lead in their blood than women who didn’t. Dietary calcium and iron seemed to have a protective effect.
Behaviour problems at age three can affect GCSE grades22 August 2013Children who display hyperactivity, inattention and conduct problems at the age of three are at risk of worse academic outcomes at age 16, according to new research that uses data from Children of the 90s and which is published today in the British Journal of Psychiatry.
Children as young as seven affected by parents smoking24 July 2013A new study out today from Children of the 90s shows that children as young as seven had elevated levels of cotinine (a by-product of nicotine) in their blood if their mother smoked, particularly children whose mothers smoked 10 cigarettes a day or more.
Lack of fish in diet linked to anxiety in pregnancy13 July 2013Children of the 90s researchers and colleagues in Brazil, have found a link between the types of diet eaten, particularly whether this includes fish, and anxiety in pregnancy. They suggest that eating fish during pregnancy could help reduce stress levels.
Sixteen new genetic regions for allergies discovered30 June 2013In two of the largest genetic studies ever conducted on common allergies, including pollen, dust-mite and cat allergies, 16 new genetic regions related to the condition have been discovered. Together they are responsible for at least 25 per cent of allergy in the population.
Hope for migraine sufferers?23 June 2013In the largest study of migraine ever undertaken, researchers from the UK, the USA, Australia and Europe have found five new genetic regions that, for the first time, have been linked to the onset of migraine.
Father absence in early childhood linked to depression in adolescent girls15 May 2013New research from Children of the 90s shows that girls whose fathers were absent during the first five years of life were more likely to develop depressive symptoms in adolescence than girls whose fathers left when they were aged five to ten years or than boys in both age groups (0-5 and 5-10).
Most babies slow to grow catch up by early teens25 February 2013New research from Children of the 90s shows that most babies who are slow to put on weight in the first nine months of life have caught up to within the normal range by the age of 13, but remain lighter and shorter than many of their peers. There are significant differences in the pattern of ‘catchup’, depending on the infant’s age when the slow weight gain occurs.
Deodorants: do we really need them?17 January 2013New research from Children of the 90s shows that more than 75 per cent of people with a particular version of a gene don’t produce under-arm odour but use deodorant anyway.