Kids' Health News

Cortisol levels associated with crash and near-crash rates for teen drivers

Bottom Line: Teenage drivers with a higher response to stress measured by cortisol levels (a neurological marker of stress regulation linked to risky behavior) had lower crash and near-crash rates (CNC).Background: Traffic crashes are a leading cause of death worldwide for people 15 to 29 years of age. The first months after a new driver gets a license are a particularly dangerous time.

Parental obesity and autism risk in the child

Several studies have looked at possible links between maternal obesity during pregnancy and the risk of developmental disorders in the child. However, paternal obesity could be a greater risk factor than maternal obesity, according to a new study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.As the first researcher to study the role of paternal obesity in autism, Dr.