Prenatal parental stress linked to behaviour problems in toddlers

Expectant parents’ emotional struggles predict emotional and behavioural problems in 2-year-olds, new research shows. The same study reveals, for the first time, that couple conflict helps explain emotional problems in very young children.

Cambridge University News | Aug. 6, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

Tags: children parents spotlight-on-neuroscience

High levels of oestrogen in the womb linked to autism

Scientist have identified a link between exposure to high levels of oestrogen sex hormones in the womb and the likelihood of developing autism. The findings are published today in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

Cambridge University News | July 29, 2019 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience children autism hormone

Bereaved children missing out on vital support in UK schools, study finds

Support for bereaved children in schools is patchy and inadequate, and teachers feel they lack the skills to help, according to a report from the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News | June 18, 2019 | cambridge
~7 mins   

Tags: education schools school-of-the-humanities-and-social-sciences death spotlight-on-children

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds and certain ethnic minorities do less vigorous physical activity

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds and certain ethnic minority backgrounds, including from Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds, have lower levels of vigorous physical activity, according to researchers at the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News | May 28, 2019 | cambridge
~5 mins   

Tags: spotlight-on-public-health spotlight-on-children exercise obesity

Research at the chalk face: connecting academia and schools

Researchers in Cambridge’s Faculty of Education are working with teachers to improve the experience of learning in the East of England – and boost pupils’ life chances.

Cambridge University News | March 25, 2019 | cambridge
~8 mins   

Tags: spotlight-on-east-of-england education east-anglia school language spotlight-on-language-sciences mental-health spotlight-on-children children

Levels of autism in China similar to the West, joint Chinese-UK study shows

The first large-scale study of autism in China has revealed that around one in a hundred people in China has an autism spectrum condition – the same figure as found in the West.

Cambridge University News | March 21, 2019 | cambridge
~5 mins   

Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience spotlight-on-public-health spotlight-on-children autism china

Premature babies could benefit from changes to drugs administered to at-risk mothers

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have suggested that subtle changes to the drugs administered to mothers threatened with preterm birth or to premature babies could further improve clinical treatment and help increase their safety.

Cambridge University News | March 20, 2019 | cambridge
~5 mins   

Tags: spotlight-on-children baby

Report examines origins and nature of ‘maths anxiety’

A report out today examines the factors that influence ‘maths anxiety’ among primary and secondary school students, showing that teachers and parents may inadvertently play a role in a child’s development of the condition, and that girls tend to be more affected than boys.

Cambridge University News | March 14, 2019 | cambridge
~7 mins   

Tags: spotlight-on-children spotlight-on-neuroscience mathematics education

Young people at risk of addiction show differences in key brain region

Young adults at risk of developing problems with addiction show key differences in an important region of the brain, according to an international team led by researchers at the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News | March 4, 2019 | cambridge
~5 mins   

Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience spotlight-on-children addiction

Stronger political leadership needed to close global gender divide in education – report

The poorest girls in many Commonwealth countries spend no more than five years in school, with the global target of 12 years of quality universal education remaining “a distant reality” for many, according to a new report charting global inequality in girls’ education.

Cambridge University News | Jan. 21, 2019 | cambridge
~8 mins   

Tags: education development spotlight-on-children spotlight-on-africa

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