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Children and adolescents

High excess mortality among kids with sleep apnoea

A study of 3,000 children with obstructive sleep apnoea reveals that these kids are 6.5 times more likely to die prematurely than other children.

Early puberty under scrutiny

Today’s children reach puberty one year earlier on average than only 15 years ago. Researchers are now sending questionnaires to 11-year-olds in search of a cause.

Diet soda and no fish can harm mother and baby

Artificial sweeteners and a diet poor in fish may harm the pregnant woman and her baby.

Danish youths shun political debate on Facebook

Young people ’like’ politicians on Facebook to gain information and to be part of a political platform. But they don’t want to appear too engaged.

Exclusive breastfeeding may cause B12 deficiency in babies

New study indicates that babies who are only fed breast milk do not get enough of the essential vitamin B12. This is contrary to WHO recommendations that babies should only receive breast milk in the first six months.

We should only work 25 hours a week, argues professor

We should keep working until we’re 80. But we should only work 25 hours a week, argues the head of the new Danish Max Planck research centre.

Computer games can improve teaching in schools

Computer games add challenges and a competitive element to school teaching and that can improve the learning experience for the pupils, provided that the teachers join in the fun.

Mother’s antibiotics can give baby asthma

Taking antibiotics during pregnancy increases the risk of the baby developing asthma. Disrupted bacterial composition appears to be the culprit.

Kids prefer boring food

When we dine out with our kids, they usually insist on pasta and French fries rather than the fancy and exciting dishes on the menu. New study looks into children’s willingness to try out unfamiliar food.

Children who walk to school concentrate better

Children who walk or cycle to school rather than being driven by their parents have an increased power of concentration, and the effect of this ‘exercise’ lasts all morning.