New collection of month-specific infant brain atlas captures fine details of the early developing brain

Human brain atlases can be used by medical professionals to track normative trends over time and to pinpoint crucial aspects of early brain development. With these atlases, they are able…

Prenatal pollution exposure may negatively impact neurodevelopment in child’s early life

Toddlers whose moms were exposed to higher levels of air pollution during mid- to late-pregnancy tend to score lower on measures of cognition, motor coordination and language skills, according to…

Early tastings allow infants to eat more food and stop breastfeeding

The earlier infants begin to taste small samples of solid food, the earlier they eat more food and stop breastfeeding. This is shown in a new study from Uppsala University…

Researchers unravel neurobiological mechanisms impacted by early life adversity

Using cutting edge molecular techniques in rodent models, researchers are dissecting the neurobiological mechanisms impacted by early life adversity. The findings were presented at Neuroscience 2022, the annual meeting of…

Study highlights the need for early and timely diagnosis of type 1 diabetes in children and adolescents

If children and young people have already developed metabolic imbalances (diabetic ketoacidosis) at the time of diagnosis of type 1 diabetes (T1D), this can result in complications such as extended…

Children exposed to air pollution in early years more likely to develop food allergies

The modern world is highly industrialized and urbanized. One accompaniment of this change in lifestyle is the rise of food allergies. A new research paper explores associations between food allergies…

Early deprivation may be more closely linked with cognitive and emotional functioning in adolescence

Experiences of early adversity due to poverty, abuse, and neglect are known to interfere with children’s cognitive and emotional development. Recent research in Psychological Science expands on past work by…

Study findings highlight the importance of preventing early traumatic events

Suffering psychological trauma during childhood significantly increases the risk of developing a mental disorder in adulthood. Specifically, as much as three times, according to a recent study led by researchers…

Infants’ innateness for tuning in to musical rhythms is intertwined with early social engagement

Engaging infants with a song provides a readymade means for supporting social development and interaction, according to a study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers…

Brain development determines nap transitions in early childhood

Why do some 4- and 5-year-olds still nap like clockwork every afternoon, while other preschoolers start giving up habitual napping at age 3? It’s a question many parents no doubt…