Picky eaters eating enough but falling short on their five a day 1 December 2016New research on over 7,000 participants in Children of the 90s has found that children described by their parents as picky eaters are getting enough to eat overall but tend to eat less fruit and veg and to consume more sugary foods and drinks than non-picky eaters. They also consume less carotene, iron and zinc that kids who aren’t fussy about food.
Suicidal people need better online support10 November 2016Improve clinicians’ understanding of the online world, review web-based support services for vulnerable people and safeguard the public against pro-suicide content. Those are some of the recommendations being put to the internet industry, health providers and suicide-prevention services after researchers mapped how people with suicidal feelings use the internet.
How baby’s genes influence birth weight and later life disease28 September 2016Genetic differences could help explain why some babies are born bigger or smaller than others, according to new research from the Early Growth Genetics (EGG) Consortium, an international collaboration of researchers including experts from Children of the 90s and the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol.
Children of the 90s welcomes 2,000th visitor to Focus@24+27 September 2016Children of the 90s recently welcomed Jack from Swindon (pictured right) through its doors to attend its latest Focus clinic – a day-long series of tests and scans, from blood pressure, liver and heart checks to a 3D body scan using the latest cutting-edge technology.
Prenatal stress can affect child’s mental health21 June 2016Expectant mothers who experience stressful life events during pregnancy are more likely to have children who develop depression in adolescence, according to new research on Children of the 90s.
Cycle training for children has benefits in adolescence9 June 2016In a large-scale UK study of cycling and related safety behaviours, researchers from Children of the 90s (University of Bristol) have found that children who did a National Cycle Proficiency Scheme (NCPS, now Bikeability) course in primary school were more likely than children who didn’t do a course to:
£1.75M to explore gene’s role in dementia risk7 June 2016The Medical Research Council (MRC) has awarded scientists at Cardiff, Bristol and Oxford a £1.75 million grant to work with Children of the 90s to study how a specific genetic variant known to increase risk for dementia affects the brain.
Four in 10 premature babies score low at KS418 May 2016New research funded by the Southmead Hospital Charity Research Fund shows that almost four in 10 children (39.4%) born prematurely (before 37 weeks) had lower Key Stage 4 (KS4) test results than children who were born at full term (37-42 weeks) and almost a quarter (24.3%) preterm children had special educational needs (SEN).
Placenta size and child bone development linked12 May 2016A larger placenta during pregnancy could result in children having larger bones, according to a new study by the universities of Southampton and Bristol that used data from over 500 participants in Children of the 90s.
Born Talking seminar, Monday 11 July3 May 2016The Born Talking seminar series is a series of events that focus on using birth cohort data* to address questions about typical and atypical speech, language and communication. The fifth event in the series will take place in collaboration with ALSPAC and Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit on Monday 11 July 2016 at Canynge Hall, University of Bristol, 39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS.
Stress leads to longer, later bedwetting 12 April 2016In the largest study of its kind to date, researchers have confirmed that high levels of family stress in early life can cause children to wet the bed for prolonged and persistent periods of time.
Why it’s good to eat your greens1 March 2016Pre-school children whose parents considered them to be ‘very choosy’ about food (‘picky eaters’) ate less dietary fibre and were 30 per cent more likely to be constipated than those who were ‘never choosy’ (‘non-picky eaters’).
Doctors say 40,000 deaths a year linked to air pollution 23 February 2016Today a new landmark report from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) starkly sets out the dangerous impact air pollution is currently having on our nation’s health – with around 40,000 deaths a year linked to air pollution.
The educational – and economic – benefits of breastfeeding18 February 2016Researchers have found that children who were breastfed for six months or longer were more likely to achieve five good GCSEs, even after a comprehensive range of socio-economic factors were taken into account. They estimate (based on current UK income statistics) that the lifetime gross income for those children would be almost £8,800 higher than those who were never breastfed.
What is the relationship between violent video games and aggression in children?28 January 2016Worries about the negative effects of playing video games often appear in the news, and there are concerns that children playing such games may develop aggressive or violent tendencies later on. However, the research behind these claims is often conflicting, and the actual effects of playing video games are not well understood.
1 in 50 16-year-olds affected by chronic fatigue syndrome25 January 2016In what is believed to be the biggest study of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) – also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) – in children to date, researchers at the University of Bristol, have found that almost 2 per cent of 16-year-olds have CFS lasting more than six months and nearly 3 per cent have CFS lasting more than three months (the UK definition). Those with CFS missed, on average, more than half a day of school every week.