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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.

Two in three 13-year-old girls afraid of gaining weight

17 December 2013

Six 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 thought

14 November 2013

Boys 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 school

17 October 2013

New 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 Day

15 October 2013

A 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 unfounded

1 October 2013

New 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.