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Men who started smoking before age 11 had fatter sons

2 April 2014

Men who started smoking regularly before the age of 11 had sons who, on average, had 5-10kg more body fat than their peers by the time they were in their teens, according to new research from Children of the 90s.

Frequent childhood nightmares may indicate an increased risk of psychotic traits

28 February 2014

Children who suffer from frequent nightmares or bouts of night terrors may be at an increased risk of psychotic experiences in adolescence, according to new research on Children of the 90s data from the University of Warwick.

Two in three 13-year-old girls afraid of gaining weight

17 December 2013

Six in ten 13-year-old girls, compared to four in 10 boys the same age, are afraid of gaining weight or getting fat according to new research on eating disorders that uses data on over 7,000 participants in Children of the 90s.

Autistic traits may be more common in girls than previously thought

14 November 2013

Boys are more likely than girls to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) but new research suggests that more girls may have the condition than previously thought but may have not been diagnosed because they are better than boys at covering up some of the signs.

One in three premature babies fare less well at school

17 October 2013

New research from Children of the 90s shows that almost one in three children born prematurely (before 37 weeks) have lower Key Stage 1 (KS1) test results than children who are born at full term (37-42 weeks) and more than a third have special educational needs (SEN).

Professor Jean Golding OBE honoured in book to mark Ada Lovelace Day

15 October 2013

A Passion for Science, published today to mark Ada Lovelace Day, celebrates many great women scientists, including Children of the 90s founder, Professor Jean Golding OBE, who overcame much adversity in childhood, including TB and polio, and went on to study maths at Oxford University at a time when men outnumbered women 10 to one.

Concerns over mercury levels in fish may be unfounded

1 October 2013

New research from Children of the 90s suggests that fish accounts for only seven per cent of mercury levels in the human body. In an analysis of 103 food and drink items consumed by 4,484 women during pregnancy, researchers found that the 103 items together accounted for less than 17 per cent of total mercury levels in the body.

Children with autism have poorer sleep quality than their peers

30 September 2013

Children with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) have poorer sleep quality than their peers right up to their teens according to new research from Children of the 90s, published online today in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Stay healthy during pregnancy to keep lead levels low

6 September 2013

New research from Children of the 90s shows that mothers who drank alcohol and coffee, smoked and had a coal fire in their home during pregnancy were likely to have higher levels of lead in their blood than women who didn’t. Dietary calcium and iron seemed to have a protective effect.

Children with behavioural problems more at risk of ill health

5 September 2013

Children with behavioural problems may be at risk of many chronic diseases in adulthood including heart disease and diabetes, illnesses that result in part from chronic inflammation.