British researchers say children whose mothers took antidepressants had a slight, but insignificant delay in gross and fine motor skills compared to their peers. Another study found that untreated prenatal depression was linked to behavior problems in children that were not seen among those whose mothers took antidepressants. Experts say it’s important to consider the benefits and risks of any medication during pregnancy.
Young children without access to an outdoor play space could face weight problems later in life. Researchers followed more than six-thousand three to five year olds living in England. They found kids living in lower income neighborhoods without yards or parks were 38 percent more likely to be overweight or obese by the age of seven than their peers.
A new government report shows more than one-third of American kids and teens eat fast food on a given day. The latest data from 2012 also reveals children got about 12 percent of their daily calories from fast food restaurants. There was no gender difference in calorie intake from fast food, but the percentage was higher in adolescents.
September is National Sickle Cell Awareness month, and this year it’s about a lot more than just awareness and fundraising. Stefan Holt introduces us to a suburban boy who is paying close attention to a rapidly advancing cure for sickle cell.