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Brain inflammation linked to uncommon type of 'early-onset' dementia

18 March 2020

'Inflammation in the brain ‘linked to several forms of dementia' ITV News reports

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Letting babies "cry it out" does not affect behaviour in later life, reports study

17 March 2020

A new study suggests that leaving babies to "cry it out" occasionally does not have much impact on future crying, and does not affect a baby's attachment to its mother, or future behaviour.

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Young people who vape may be more likely to start smoking

12 March 2020

Read more about how vaping in young people affects their risk of smoking in later life.

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Babies' sleep problems may raise chances of anxiety later in childhood

11 March 2020

A new Australian study has looked at nearly 1,500 mother-child pairs to see whether babies with persistent and severe sleep problems were more likely to show signs of mental health problems in later childhood.

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Being tall and lean as a child linked to increased risk of endometriosis

10 March 2020

'Girls who are tall and lean in childhood are more at risk of later developing endometriosis, research has found' The Guardian reports

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