Children whose mothers had a sibling on the autism spectrum were three times as likely to be diagnosed with ASD than those whose mothers had no siblings with autism. Fathers with one or more siblings diagnosed with ASD were twice as likely to have a child diagnosed as autistic.
Women who were obese prior to pregnancy were almost twice as likely to report their child had ADHD or other behavioral problems compared to women who were normal weight before pregnancy.
A new paper may help answer some questions as to why some infants die suddenly. Looking at blood samples from infants who had died of SIDS, researchers discover 31% of the children had elevated levels of serotonin. The researchers concluded that abnormal serotonin metabolism could indicate an underlying vulnerability that increases SIDS risk.
According to researchers, a population of cells that help protect the brain from disease are not immune cells, but endothelial cells.
According to a new study, children of obese parents may face neurodevelopmental delays.