News in 2014

  • Vitamin D link to short-sightedness ruled out 19 December 2014 New findings from Children of the 90s suggest that children with low levels of vitamin D in their blood are not at increased risk of developing myopia (short-sightedness).
  • Binge drinking in pregnancy can affect child’s mental health and school results 11 September 2014 Binge drinking during pregnancy can increase the risk of mental health problems (particularly hyperactivity and inattention) in children aged 11 and can have a negative effect on their school examination results, according to new research on more than 4,000 participants in the Children of the 90s study at the University.
  • Mind and body: immune system link to mental illness identified 13 August 2014 Children with high everyday levels of a protein released into the blood in response to infection are at greater risk of developing depression and psychosis in adulthood, according to new research which suggests a role for the immune system in mental illness.
  • Two Children of the 90s scientists named among 'the world’s leading scientific minds’ 7 August 2014 Two Children of the 90s scientists - Professor George Davey Smith and Dr Wendy McArdle - have been named by Thomson Reuters as among 'the world’s leading scientific minds’.
  • Higher BMI increases the risk of asthma in children 1 July 2014 The increase in asthma risk in children could be partially explained by the rise in body mass index (BMI), according to new research from Children of the 90s and published today in PLOS Medicine. The study led by Dr Raquel Granell and colleagues, used genetic data to show that higher BMI increases the risk of childhood asthma.
  • High lead levels in blood could lead to premature births 14 May 2014 New research from Children of the 90s shows that pregnant women with higher-than-average levels of lead in their blood during pregnancy may be more likely to give birth prematurely.
  • Men who started smoking before age 11 had fatter sons 2 April 2014 Men who started smoking regularly before the age of 11 had sons who, on average, had 5-10kg more body fat than their peers by the time they were in their teens, according to new research from Children of the 90s.
  • Frequent childhood nightmares may indicate an increased risk of psychotic traits 28 February 2014 Children who suffer from frequent nightmares or bouts of night terrors may be at an increased risk of psychotic experiences in adolescence, according to new research on Children of the 90s data from the University of Warwick.
  • ALSPAC secures almost £8m in funding 7 January 2014 The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) has been awarded almost £8 million in core funding from the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust for the period April 2014 to March 2019. ALSPAC also receives financial support from the University of Bristol.
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