Are parents’ attempts to keep their teens sexually safe having unintended consequences?
I came across an article in the December, 2010 issue of the Journal of Family Psychology that looked at adolescent sexual behavior and consequences, and then related these to a variety of parenting factors. What may surprise some is that the talks that [...]Continue Reading →
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FDA updates warning on use of anti-psychotic medications during pregnancy.
Today I came across a news report on Yahoo news regarding a recent FDA update to the pregnancy section of the label on anti-psychotic drugs. Specifically, the FDA indicates that infants born to mothers who take anti-psychotic drugs [...]Continue Reading →
The results of last week’s poll are in and the autism article won by a wide margin. So here are some thoughts on the recent pregnancy timing and autism study.
A team from Columbia University was interested in examining the link between Inter Pregnancy Interval (e.g., time between pregnancies; IPI) and autism. IPI is important [...]Continue Reading →
The last issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders included one of the largest examinations of the association between maternal infection during pregnancy and risk for autism. The study was conducted in the Denmark where researchers examined the maternal infection rates during pregnancy and autism diagnoses for all children born in Denmark [...]Continue Reading →
Do you remember the Mozart Effect? In the 1990s a small yet very influential study showed that listening to classical music, and in particular Mozart, improved test performance in college students -thus Mozart must make you smarter! The public reacted and an entire industry was born. Parents rushed to the stores to purchase Mozart CDs so [...]Continue Reading →
This past week, while supervising the neuropsychology rotation of our doctoral students, I asked a student to clarify on a report whether the birth weight of a patient was “below or at expectation” for his gestational age. I explained that in most cases, it is not whether the baby was born prematurely, but whether his [...]Continue Reading →
Maternal obesity during pregnancy is not one of the usual suspects of risk factors for ADHD. Yet, it seems that there is some preliminary evidence associating maternal obesity and ADHD. The latest study showing this link was published in the last issue of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatrist by Alina Rodriguez from the [...]Continue Reading →
Back in June I commented on an article that examined the mechanisms behind the type of cognitive disabilities experienced by very preterm children. That study showed marked impairment among premature kids, which is consistent with a long line of research showing significantly increased risks for cognitive deficits among children born under 30-week gestation. However, [...]Continue Reading →
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