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What are these white spots on my face?

In this article, learn about five possible causes of white spots on the face. Why might spots appear and what treatment options are available?

Is gene editing ethical?

Advances in molecular biology are bringing the possibility of editing the human genome ever closer. But do we think this is ethical?

Everything you need to know about nuchal chord

We look at nuchal chord, a birth complication involving the umbilical chord becoming wrapped around the baby’s neck. Learn more about the condition here.

Placenta: A 'superfood' or a dietary fad?

Eating placenta, or placentophagy, is becoming increasingly popular among new moms. But does consuming this temporary organ really offer health benefits?

The 10 best autism blogs

Autism affects everyone differently depending on its severity. We have found the best autism blogs that support individuals, families, and carers.

Could micronutrient supplements combat ADHD?

ADHD is difficult to treat. Over recent years, the impact of nutrition has come to the fore. New research investigates the potential use of micronutrients.

Does skipping breakfast really lead to overeating?

Contrary to previous research, a new study suggests that missing a morning meal does not lead to greater calorie intake later in the day.

Childhood respiratory infections linked with celiac disease

New research concludes that respiratory infections in at-risk children may significantly increase the likelihood of developing celiac disease.

How cesarean deliveries may lead to obesity in offspring

A new study may have identified the mechanism responsible for the weight gain seen in offspring born via cesarean delivery: a lack of healthful bacteria.

Pfeiffer syndrome: What to know

We explore the genetic condition Pfeiffer syndrome including the risk factors and how it is diagnosed. Learn more about the subtypes and outlook, here.

Childhood obesity rates rise 10-fold since the '70s

A new report from the World Health Organization shows that obesity rates in children and adolescents are 10 times higher now than they were in the '70s.

How do your allergies develop?

Find out how harmless substances can cause the characteristic symptoms of hay fever, eczema, asthma, food allergy, and anaphylaxis.

Psoriasis in children: Symptoms, treatments, and causes

We look at psoriasis in children including how adult psoriasis is different, when to see a doctor, and lifestyle remedies for the condition.

Maternal smoking may lead to cerebral palsy in offspring

Researchers have shed light on the mechanisms by which smoking before and during pregnancy could raise a child's risk of cerebral palsy.

Bullying harms children's mental health, but for how long?

A large cohort study on twins aged 11 to 16 confirms that bullying can have severe mental health outcomes, but these may not be as long-lasting as feared.

Tongue tie (ankyloglossia): What you need to know

Tongue tie (ankyloglossia) is when the strip of tissue connecting the tongue to the bottom of the mouth is too short. It may cause problems breast-feeding.

Parents tend to favor their same-sex child

When it comes to spending money, mothers may favor their daughters, while fathers tend to favor their sons. These are the results of four new experiments.

Leafy greens may contribute to a healthy heart

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers examine the link between vitamin K and the structure and good functioning of the heart in teenagers.

Could multivitamin use in pregnancy protect children from autism?

A new study published in The BMJ suggests that children born to mothers who use multivitamins during pregnancy may be at lower risk of autism.

Bilingualism: What happens in the brain?

With the number of bilingual individuals increasing steadily, find out how bilingualism affects the brain and cognitive function.

Psychopathy: Children at risk respond differently to laughter

New research examines whether laughter is as contagious for children at risk of becoming psychopaths in adulthood as it is for risk-free children.

Preterm adults have 'older' brains, finds study

Researchers have found that adults who were born very prematurely demonstrate structural brain changes related to accelerated brain maturation.

Too much manganese may lower children's IQ

A study suggests that excessive air exposure to manganese may have negative neurodevelopmental effects; high levels of the metal correlate with lower IQ.

High fluoride levels in pregnancy may lower offspring IQ

Women who have higher levels of fluoride in their urine during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with lower intelligence, a new study reports.

Teenage concussion linked to later risk of MS

Concussion during adolescence may increase the risk of developing multiple sclerosis in later life, possibly by prompting an abnormal immune response.