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Welcome to ourNews, where we keep up-to-date with research and other news related to infant mental health. These articles can be of interest to both parents and professionals.
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Fragile X syndrome

Geoff Ferguson - October 25th 2018
Fragile X syndrome is a genetic condition that can cause a range of developmental problems. The condition is caused by a mutation in the FMR1 gene, which helps to regulate the production of the protein FMRP. This protein plays an important role in the development of synapses.

Some of the difficulties caused by this syndrome can be helped with therapy, special education and drugs, but the underlying condition cannot currently be cured. However, gene engineering may at some stage provide a way to restore the expression of the mutated gene and so better regulate the production of FMRP.

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Early life deprivation and the ERA study

Geoff Ferguson - February 28th 2017

We know that institutional deprivation at a very early age can lead to disorders in the child’s neurodevelopment and mental health. What is less clear is how these problems might continue into later life. The latest report1 from the English and Romanian Adoptees study follows into young adulthood adoptees who experienced severe early global deprivation.

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Early parental care and brain development

Guest post by Kristi Poppi - June 15th 2016

Hallam Hurt, a neonatologist in Philadelphia and her colleagues conducted a longitudinal study in order to explore early childhood experience and later brain structure. The researchers published the study in 2010 demonstrating that childhood experience shapes the developing brain.
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Childhood Anxiety

Kristi Poppi - May 17th 2016

A recent article by Dr. Boorady describes anxiety in children and highlights the importance of treating anxiety disorders in young children.

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Brain connectivity, preschool poverty and school-age depression

Geoff Ferguson - February 16th 2016 Read more

The prenatal effect of a mother's early trauma

Geoff Ferguson - November 18th 2015 Read more

Questioning four assumptions about childhood abuse

Geoff Ferguson - October 20th 2015 Read more

Do early social skills predict success as an adult?

Geoff Ferguson - August 4th 2015 Read more

The effects of prenatal maternal depression

Geoff Ferguson - March 22nd 2015 Read more

Is too much use of mobile gadgets harmful for young children?

Geoff Ferguson - February 1st 2015 Read more

Welcome to ourNews, where we keep up-to-date with research and other news related to infant mental health. These articles can be of interest to both parents and professionals.
We are keen to know your views and so please do comment on our articles.
Is there a topic that you would like us to write about? Just send us a message via 'Contact us'.

ourAdvice, our other blog, has brief posts with advice for parents.

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