MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 -- Children may suffer delayed language skills if their mothers come in contact with common chemicals called phthalates in early pregnancy, new research suggests.
Phthalates are in countless products from nail polish and hair spray to food packaging and vinyl flooring. As plasticizers, they make things more pliable; as solvents, they enable other substances to dissolve.
MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 -- Naps have been shown to help young children learn, but researchers report they may have the opposite effect on children with Down syndrome.
"In children with Down syndrome, there's something about having a nap right after learning that seemed to keep them from retaining information as well, which is totally different than what happened in typically developing children," said study author Jamie Edgin. She is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Arizona.
THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 -- In what researchers are calling a "breakthrough," two preliminary trials have found that either of two triple-drug regimens could potentially benefit 90 percent of people with cystic fibrosis.
The trials were short-term, finding that the drug combinations improved adult patients' lung function over four weeks. But experts said they were optimistic the results will hold up in the larger, longer-term trials already underway.
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 -- The number of genes known to be associated with autism now stands at 102, researchers report.
They also said that they've made significant progress in distinguishing between genes associated with autism and those associated with intellectual disability and developmental delay, conditions that often overlap with autism.