Pregnant women who live near active oil and gas wells may be at risk for having low birth weight infants, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed nearly 3 million births to Californians living within six miles of an oil or gas well between 2006 and 2015. It was found that women living within less than…  read on >

Preschoolers may spend more time on smartphones or tablets than their parents realize, and some use apps intended for teens and adults, researchers report. A new study tracked mobile device use among 350 children aged 3 to 5 over nine months and compared their findings with parents’ estimates of their use. Preschoolers with their own…  read on >

A new study suggests the rate of COVID-19 among pregnant women without symptoms is much lower than previously reported. Fewer than 3% of asymptomatic women admitted to three Yale New Haven Health hospitals for labor and delivery during April tested positive for COVID-19 infection. That contrasts with a 13.5% rate reported in a study of…  read on >

More evidence has surfaced that the COVID-19 coronavirus was circulating in the United States as much as a month prior to the first confirmed local case in February, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. Genetic analysis of early cases suggests a single line of coronavirus imported from China began circulating in…  read on >