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Mom-to-Be's Pot Use Linked With Higher Odds for Kids' Mental Woes

Mom-to-Be`s Pot Use Linked With Higher Odds for Kids` Mental WoesWEDNESDAY, Sept. 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Expectant mothers who smoke pot in pregnancy could increase their baby's risk for mental or emotional problems later in childhood, a new study finds. Marijuana use during pregnancy was associated with a host of problems in the preteen years, researchers report. Children exposed to pot in the womb were more likely to experience internalizing disorders such as depression and anxiety, as well as externalizing disorders such as lashing out at others or ADHD, researchers found. These kids also were more likely to have problems socializing with others and sleeping well, and were at greater risk of mental problems like schizophrenia or obsessive-compulsive disorder. These risks held firm even after researchers accounted for other risk factors...

Kids Often Hit Hard by Death of Beloved Pet, Study Finds

23 September 2020
Kids Often Hit Hard by Death of Beloved Pet, Study FindsWEDNESDAY, Sept. 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The loss of a pet may be a child's first encounter with death, and new research suggests no one should underestimate the psychological trauma that the loss can bring. Previous studies have found that kids form deep emotional attachments to their pets and having a furry companion in your youth has been linked to greater empathy, self-esteem and social skills. "The effects of pet loss were unique," said study co-author Erin Dunn, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Center for Genomic Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. To learn more, she and her hospital colleagues looked at a sample of more than 6,000 British children. Almost 9 out of 10 had owned a pet during their youth, and more than half had lost one during...

Teens Aren't Turning to E-Cigarettes to Quit Smoking

22 September 2020
Teens Aren`t Turning to E-Cigarettes to Quit SmokingTUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Most teens who vape aren't looking to quit smoking, a new study of Twitter suggests. This finding belies Juul's claim that its e-cigarette is improving smokers' lives, the researchers said. For the study, researchers analyzed more than 4,000 tweets and found that only 1% of Twitter users mentioned Juul as a way to stop smoking. Scarcely 7% mentioned any health benefit from vaping. "Some people thought that my generation was going to end smoking," said researcher Ryzen Benson, a graduate student at the University of Utah Health Department of Biomedical Informatics. "For a while, we did see a large decline in smoking among teens and younger adults. But then Juul and other electronic nicotine-delivery systems became popular. "This...

Sleep Builds the Brain in the Early Years, Then Maintains It

22 September 2020
Sleep Builds the Brain in the Early Years, Then Maintains ItTUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- For the very young, sleep builds and strengthens the brain, but it quickly switches to maintenance and repair before a child turns 3, new research shows. Before about the age of 2½, the brain grows rapidly. And during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep a baby's brain builds and strengthens synapses, which connect neurons to each other so they can communicate. After that, sleep's main purpose switches to preserving function, and this role continues for the rest of your life, according to the study. "Don't wake babies up during REM sleep -- important work is being done in their brains as they sleep," said study co-senior author Gina Poe. She's a professor of integrative biology and physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles...

Baby's Heart Rate Reflects Mom's Mental Health

22 September 2020
Baby`s Heart Rate Reflects Mom`s Mental HealthTUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Babies of mothers with anxiety or depression can have significantly higher heart rates than normal, a new study finds. And this might put them at risk for long-term problems, researchers say. Mother-infant interaction plays a crucial role in children's healthy development, but moms with depression, anxiety or postnatal depression may be emotionally distant from their infants, the German researchers said in background notes. "We found that if a mother was anxious or depressed, their baby had a more sensitive physiological response to stress during the test than did the babies of healthy mothers," said researcher Fabio Blanco-Dormond, of the University of Heidelberg. In this preliminary study, researchers assessed 50 mothers and their...

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