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Understanding genetic synergy in cleft palate

Like mechanics fixing a faulty engine, an expert says researchers will not be able to remedy problems related to IRF6, a gene implicated in cleft palate, until they better understand how the gene works.

Low birth weights in blacks tied to racial identity, mom's age

A new study examines the role of racial identity and acculturation on the birth weight of black infants.

A gene increases the severity of common colds

Mutations have been found that worsen respiratory infections among children. A new study explains the mechanism involved.

In baby's dirty diapers, the clues to baby's brain development

Can the kinds of microbes colonizing the gut at age 1 predict later cognitive development? New findings shed light on the surprising role of bacteria in how our brains develop during the first years of life.

How exposure to a foreign language ignites infants' learning

A new study is among the first to investigate how babies can learn a second language outside of the home. The researchers sought to answer a fundamental question: Can babies be taught a second language if they don't get foreign language exposure at home, and if so, what kind of foreign language exposure, and how much, is needed to spark that learning?

Babies with hearing loss form better vocabulary with early intervention

Babies with hearing loss who are diagnosed by three months and receive interventions by six months have broader vocabularies than those treated later, a new study found. It also found that nearly half don't meet early intervention guidelines.

Vaccines protect fetuses from Zika infection, mouse study shows

Zika virus can cause severe brain damage in people infected before birth. A new study in mice shows that females vaccinated before pregnancy and infected with Zika virus while pregnant bear pups who show no trace of the virus. The findings...Show More Summary

Babies born big more likely to become obese as children, study finds

Infants born with a high birthweight are more likely to become obese as children, a new study suggests. By identifying at-risk infants early, doctors could work with parents to prevent weight gain and the health problems obesity bri...

Genetic factors that cause muscle weakness, wasting disorder found

For years, the underlying process that causes a debilitating muscle disorder in infants and young children has been largely unknown. Now, a group of genetics researchers has identified the fundamental mechanism that causes congenital myotonic dystrophy.

Study of premature babies has implications for future treatment

Doctors now have better insight into the biology of premature birth. New findings may have implications for treating premature babies.

Preeclampsia: New study documents its enormous economic and health burden

Rates of preeclampsia are rising rapidly, yet surprisingly there are few national estimates of the health and economic impact of preeclampsia on mothers and their infants. A new study provides sobering data on this topic by examining the short-term costs associated with the condition. Show More Summary

Photographer Sends Babies on Epic Adventures in 19 Adorable Photos

Post by Jeanne Sager. When Angela Forker started taking photos of babies, she tried to fit a "newborn photographer mold": Neutral colors. Minimal props. Traditional poses. It was fun, but the New Haven, Indiana photographer said it just wasn’t her. Show More Summary

Fidget Spinners for Your Nipples Are the Breastfeeding Tool No One Asked For

Post by Jacqueline Burt Cote. Here are some things most breastfeeding moms like: Naps. Hydrating beverages. More naps. Here are some things most breastfeeding moms do not like: Spinning gadgets affixed to their already overworked nipples. Show More Summary

Does baby-led approach to complementary feeding reduce overweight risk?

Does allowing infants to control their food intake by feeding themselves solid foods, instead of traditional spoon-feeding, reduce the risk of overweight or impact other secondary outcomes up to age 2? This was the focus of recent research, explain authors of a new report.

Drinking alcohol while pregnant could have transgenerational effects

Soon-to-be mothers have heard the warning - don't drink while pregnant. Experts have issued numerous statements about the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, as it can lead to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Now...Show More Summary

Mothers often distracted during breast and bottle feeding

As innovation expands the accessibility of technology, the potential for distraction increases as well. A new study assesses the level and type of distractions that affect mothers during infant feeding and discusses the potential impact on mothers and babies. Show More Summary

Mothers with history of herpes can protect their offspring from neurological infection

Pregnant women with a previous history of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) infection maintain active antibodies against the virus, and researchers have found that this protection can pass to the nervous systems of their offspring...

Do blind people express their emotions in the same way as people who can see?

Facial expressions play a powerful role in social interactions from birth to adulthood. Fear, joy, anger — all our emotions are articulated and understood thanks to universal codes. Common sense sees this enterprise as an act of imitation: children imitate their parents by reproducing the facial expression linked to each emotion. Show More Summary

Blood of SIDS infants contains high levels of serotonin

Blood samples from infants who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) had high levels of serotonin, a chemical that carries signals along and between nerves, according to a study. The finding raises the possibility that a test could be developed to distinguish SIDS cases from other causes of sleep-related, unexpected infant death.

Delivery rates in IVF are affected by the age of the male partner

A few studies have found that the chance of natural conception can be affected by the age of the male partner, particularly in the genetic health of sperm cells, but the celebrity examples of Charlie Chaplin or Luciano Pavarotti have kept alive the notion that male fertility goes on forever. Show More Summary

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