Photo: Illustration of the experiment designed to assess initiation of joint attention in infancy; Copyright: Pär Nyström

Infants later diagnosed with autism seldom initiate joint attention


In typical development, both infants and their parents flexibly use verbal and non-verbal behaviors to establish frequent episodes of joint attention. A new study published in Biological Psychiatry shows that infants who are later diagnosed with autism react adequately when others initiate joint attention, but seldom actively seek to establish such episodes themselves.
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Teens with ADHD get more traffic violations for risky driving


Teen drivers diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are significantly more likely to crash, be issued traffic and moving violations, and engage in risky driving behaviors than their peers without ADHD, according to a Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) study published in the journal Pediatrics.
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New tool to predict epileptic seizures in pregnancy could save lives


A new risk calculator for pregnant women with epilepsy, developed by researchers from Queen Mary University of London, has been found to accurately predict the risk of seizures during pregnancy and up to six weeks after delivery, and could save the lives of mothers and babies.
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Sensor-based technologies are promising to support independent living for older women


A study conducted at the University of Colorado College of Nursing on older women's perception of technology found that more active older adult women prefer wearable sensors for themselves and smart home sensors for their older parents.
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Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes are at risk of giving birth prematurely


Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes are at increased risk of delivering their baby prematurely. The risk increases as blood sugar levels rise, however women who maintain the recommended levels also risk giving birth prematurely. These are the findings from researchers at Karolinska Institutet and the Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden.
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Inhalers: Critical errors common in children with asthma


In the first study to evaluate inhaler technique in children hospitalized for asthma – the group at highest risk for complications and death from asthma – researchers found that nearly half of participants demonstrated improper inhaler use, which means they routinely were not taking in the full dose of medication.
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Powerlifting empowers female officials ahead of Eger World Cup


Achieving gender equity is priority number one for World Para Powerlifting as it continued its mission to empower women in the sport by staging the first women’s technical official course 'She Can Lift'. Participants from Czech Republic, Russia and hosts Hungary took part in the three-day course from 21-23 April ahead of the second World Cup of the year in Eger.
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Autism: Need for sex-sensitive screening and diagnostic tools


Boys are four times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), yet a growing body of research shows that the condition is more common in girls than previously thought, strongly suggesting that new methods are required to diagnose the disorder at younger ages.
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