Smoking during pregnancy has well-documented negative effects on birth weight in infants and is linked to several childhood health problems. Now, researchers have found that prenatal marijuana use also can have consequences on infants' weight and can influence behavior problems, especially when combined with tobacco use.
High-dose vitamin D supplements improve weight gain and help with the development of language and motor skills in severely malnourished children, our latest study has found.
Recently, it has been claimed that the “one-size-fits-all” approach to folic acid in pregnancy may be wrong and that some women may benefit more from alternative supplements. Specifically, it has been found that forms of a certain gene that vary among people, may affect how the body utilises folic acid.
Questioning Answers looks at a study investigating the role of maternal diet during pregnancy in symptoms of hyperactivity-inattention and conduct problems, in children aged 3 to 8.
Today, in Western societies, delicious foods are abundant and people are consuming more energy than ever, leading to an obesity epidemic. Our taste system’s drive to eat more energy-dense foods than we need is part of the problem.
If anything makes us human it's our minds, thoughts and emotions. And yet a controversial new concept is emerging that claims gut bacteria are an invisible hand altering our brains. Science is piecing together how the trillions of microbes that live on and in all of us - our microbiome - affect our physical health.
Micronutrient supplementation started in pregnancy can correct important maternal nutrient deficiencies, but it is not sufficient to improve child health, according to research in The Lancet.
While omega 3-rich fish oils continue to make headlines for their many health benefits, a new study suggests a specific protein found in certain fish might also be a boon for the prevention of Parkinson's.
A new Parents' Jury survey wants to hear your views on how far advertising and promotions of unhealthy foods are influencing children's food preferences, and what you would like to see companies and the government do about junk food marketing.
Significant iron deficiency and low blood levels of vitamin B12 in boys around age 8 are associated with behavior problems when they get to middle school, according to new research.
Research shows there might be health benefits to eating certain types of dark chocolate. Findings from two new studies show dark chocolate consumption reduces stress and inflammation, while improving memory, immunity and mood.
Study shows for first time that binge drinking during pregnancy and lactation may make offspring more vulnerable to mood disturbances and alcohol abuse as adolescents.
Food and drink companies are changing their products to include low and zero-calorie sweeteners instead of sugar. However, there is growing evidence that sweeteners may have health consequences of their own.
The link between higher consumption of fish and better long-term health for the brain has been long established. Now, new research from Chalmers shows that the protein parvalbumin may be a contributing factor.
Increased awareness of the health consequences of eating too much sugar has fueled a dramatic uptick in the consumption of zero-calorie artificial sweeteners in recent decades. However, new research suggests that switching from regular to diet soda may be a case of 'out of the frying pan, into the fire.'
Consumption of omega-3 rich fatty fish and camelina oil could help drive beneficial changes in cholesterol, say researchers from Finland.
Consuming more fruits and less sugar and avoiding diet soda during pregnancy could have a beneficial effect on child cognitive functioning, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
It's been a while coming but the paper by Jim Adams and colleagues detailing the effects of a "comprehensive nutritional and dietary intervention for autism spectrum disorder" has finally seen the peer-reviewed light of day.
A child's health can be compromised not only by a mother who smokes or drinks during pregnancy, but by the obesity and poor diet of both parents well before the child is conceived, researchers say.