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Preschoolers' motor skill development connected to school readiness

Preschoolers' fine and gross motor skill development is indicative of later performance on two key measures of kindergarten readiness, according to a study. Preschoolers who performed better on fine and gross motor skill assessmentsShow More Summary

Scientists uncover new facets of Zika-related birth defects to help develop treatment

In a study that could one day help eliminate the tragic birth defects caused by Zika virus, scientists have elucidated how the virus attacks the brains of newborns, information that could accelerate the development of treatments.

Rise in obese pregnant women takes its toll on mother, child both

A medical doctor warns that the obesity epidemic is leading to a rise in high-risk pregnancies. There are no standard guidelines for the management of obesity in pregnancy. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends...Show More Summary

Scientists use 'molecular autopsies' to find clues to sudden death

Sudden death strikes approximately 11,000 people under age 45 in the U.S. every year, leaving living relatives with troubling questions about their own risk. Unfortunately, with many conditions--such as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and sudden cardiac death (SCD)--the cause of death is not always apparent after a traditional clinical autopsy. Show More Summary

Nutritional supplement could prevent thousands of early preterm births

Sophisticated analyses of two clinical trials suggest that thousands of early preterm births could be prevented if pregnant women took daily docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) supplements.

Study gives doctors guidance on 'reproductive coercion'

New research finds that men purposely are breaking their own condoms and pressuring female partners in their teens and 20s to go without birth control in order to get them pregnant. The study provides doctors and nurse practitioners a streamlined set of questions to discuss with their female patients about this troubling issue, known as “reproductive coercion.”

1 Big Teething Myth, Debunked (Sorry, Late Bloomers)

Post by Liz Alterman. When it comes to a teething baby, most parents are counting down the minutes until that little white tooth finally pokes through the gums -- and the screaming stops, of course. Parents who find themselves waiting...Show More Summary

New study finds 'amplifier' helps make connections in the fetal brain

Early neural connections are sparse, weak, and unreliable. Now researchers have discovered that fetal brains use a special amplifier in order to transmit signals.

15 'Rich' Baby Names Inspired by Fictional Millionaires

Post by Liz Alterman. Television shows and movies often have characters who are pretty darn well-to-do. If you're hoping your baby will grow up to be fabulously wealthy, you're going to want to give him or her a name worthy of that coveted strata. Show More Summary

11 Super Awkward Places Moms Have Had to Pump Breast Milk

Post by Wendy Robinson. After I had my daughter, my husband and I knew our family of four was complete. As she got older, we gave away her crib and tiny clothes, which was sometimes bittersweet. What wasn't bittersweet was the blessed day when I gave away my breast pump. Show More Summary

Vaccinating babies without vaccinating babies

Scientists have long understood that mother's milk provides immune protection against some infectious agents through the transfer of antibodies, a process referred to as "passive immunity." A research team now shows that mother's milk also contributes to the development of the baby's own immune system by a process the team calls "maternal educational immunity."

Infants pay more attention to native speakers

Almost from the moment of birth, human beings are able to distinguish between speakers of their native language and speakers of all other languages. We have a hard-wired preference for our own language patterns, so much so that the cries of very young infants reflect the melodies of their native language.

Infants use prefrontal cortex in learning

Researchers have long thought that the region of the brain involved in some of the highest forms of cognition and reasoning -- the prefrontal cortex (PFC) -- was too underdeveloped in young children, especially infants, to participate in complex cognitive tasks. Show More Summary

Same genes affect birth weight and health later in life

Abnormal birth weight is often caused by genetic factors, according to a recent study. The same genetic factors also increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases later in life. This observation may open new avenues for the prevention and treatment of these diseases.

All work and no play with children make moms less happy parents

Researchers have used time diary data to find that mothers are less happy than fathers with their parenting duties. Mothers report more stress and greater fatigue than fathers. This experience gap is attributed to the differing tasks of each parent.

Administering additional antibiotic prior to c-section reduces infection rates by 50 percent

A change of practice in C-section delivery -- administering antibiotics before c-section -- improves the health of mom and baby, new research concludes.

Identifying children and saving lives one thumbprint at a time

Digital scans of a young child's fingerprints can be correctly identified one year later, a first-of-its-kind study demonstrates. A child could be identified by a simple fingerprint scan at each medical visit, allowing them to get proper medical care such as life-saving vaccinations or food supplements, say authors of a new report.

How baby's genes influence birth weight and later life disease

Genetic differences have been found that help to explain why some babies are born bigger or smaller than others. It also reveals how genetic differences provide an important link between an individual's early growth and their chances of developing conditions such as type 2 diabetes or heart disease in later life.

Breastfeeding saves mothers' lives, too, study shows

Breastfeeding is not only good for children, but also for their mothers, providing more health benefits and preventing more maternal diseases than previously known, new research shows.

Depression in pregnancy increases risk of mental health problems in children

Depression in pregnancy increases the risk of behavioral and emotional problems in children, says a new review.

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