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New data show heightened risk of birth defects with antidepressants prescribed during pregnancy

Antidepressants prescribed to pregnant women could increase the chance of having a baby with birth defects, new research indicates.

Childbirth: Delayed clamping prevents anemia, study suggests

When clamping of the umbilical cord is delayed, iron deficiency up to six months of age can be prevented, according to a new study.

Maternal blood pressure before pregnancy may be related to babies' sex

A new article suggests that a woman's blood pressure before pregnancy is related to her likelihood of giving birth to a boy or girl.

Bloodstream infections: Most common type of health care-associated infections in children

A new study establishes the prevalence and type of health care-associated infections (HAIs) in children in Europe and describes risk factors for infection in this population.

Health equity study compares segregation, low birth weight in Chicago, Toronto

Low birth weight is strongly associated with racial and ethnic segregation in Chicago neighborhoods, new research shows. In Toronto, however, communities with high proportions of racial and ethnic minorities did not have greater rates of low birth weight. Researchers believe the findings can inform future research on the root causes of health inequities.

Beautiful Photos Capture Final Days of 'Miracle' Twin's Life

Post by Liz Alterman. Losing a child is one of the most devastating things that can happen to any parent. An Ohio couple, prepared to welcome boy-girl twins, learned early on that due to a heart complication, their son would most likely be stillborn. Show More Summary

Nothing fishy about better nutrition for moms and babies

Researchers have found a way to provide mothers and young children in Cambodia with better nutrition through an unlikely source -- fish sauce.

The science of baby's first sight

Scientists have found more clues about the evolving brains of baby mammals as eyesight comes online. Using an imaging system to get neuron-level resolution, they showed how one specific brain circuit -- the 'ventral stream' -- in mice...Show More Summary

Parents’ presence when TV viewing with child affects learning ability

A study shows an increased physiological change in children when parents view programs with them as opposed to being in a separate room.

Maternal depression across the first years of life impacts children’s neural basis of empathy

Exposure to early and chronic maternal depression markedly increases a child’s susceptibility to psychopathology and social-emotional problems, including social withdrawal, poor emotion regulation, and reduced empathy to others. Since...Show More Summary

Babies exposed to stimulation get brain boost

Many new parents still think that babies should develop at their own pace, and that they shouldn’t be challenged to do things that they’re not yet ready for. Infants should learn to roll around under their own power, without any “helpful” nudges, and they shouldn’t support their weight before they can stand or walk on their own. Show More Summary

I'm So Thankful My Wife Required Me to Be a Hands-On Dad

Post by Nevin Martell. I don't remember the first three months of my son's life. I do remember his birth, when he slipped into this world, his tiny body wet and wrinkled, his eyes scrunching open and shut, as he cried out in a voiceShow More Summary

Sirt1 regulates proliferation, regeneration of glial progenitor cells after injury

Developing brains in newborns have a sizable pool of a certain type of immature progenitor cell that can be expanded and induced to replace cells lost to brain injury. In a pre-clinical model of premature brain injury, the sirtuin protein...Show More Summary

White matter structure in brain predicts cognitive function at ages one and two

Patterns of white matter microstructure present at birth and that develop after birth predict the cognitive function of children at ages 1 and 2, new research has found.

Additional brain scan could provide more certainty in diagnosing fetal brain abnormalities

An additional MRI scan during pregnancy could help to more accurately detect fetal abnormalities and give more certainty for parents whose 20-week ultrasound scan showed a potential problem, according to new research.

Infants show apparent awareness of ethnic differences

New research findings help advance our understanding of social cognition and social development. Researchers studied 40 Hispanic infants and 37 non-Hispanic white infants, all 11 months old. The researchers showed them the faces of 18 young women they did not know on a computer screen. Show More Summary

Anesthetic cream best for relieving vaccination pain in infants

For babies under age one year, lidocaine cream, combined with a small amount of sugar given by mouth and infant soothing, can help relieve pain from routine vaccinations, according to a study.

Arts programming may help lower stress in economically disadvantaged preschoolers

Participating in arts programs during preschool may help reduce the chronically high stress levels that children in poverty are more likely to experience, research indicates.

Researchers link dental problems in cleft lip and palate to abnormal salivary glands

Dental problems commonly associated with cleft lip and palate may be caused by abnormalities in salivary glands and an imbalance of immune compounds in the mouth, report investigators.

Children's early math knowledge related to later achievement

Low-income children's math knowledge in preschool was related to their later achievement -- but not all types of math knowledge were related equally, a new longitudinal study conducted in Tennessee has found.

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