For the first time, researchers are using proteomics to examine proteins and peptides in saliva in order to accurately detect exposure to Zika virus. With 70 countries and territories reporting evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission, there is an increased need for a rapid and effective test for the virus. Show More Summary
The Zika virus suppresses a pregnant woman's immune system, enabling the virus to spread and increasing the chances an unborn baby will be harmed, study finds. The study is the first to report that the Zika virus targets specific white blood cells, handicapping a pregnant woman's immune system in a way that almost resembles HIV. Show More Summary
It is still common for infants to be placed in unsafe sleeping positions by their caregivers, report researchers. Fewer than half of infants are always placed on their backs for sleep, the recommended safe sleep position.
A special mixture of good bacteria in the body reduced the incidence of sepsis in infants in India by 40 percent at a cost of only $1 per infant, new research has found.
Premature birth, which affects one in 10 US babies, is associated with altered metabolite profiles in the infants' cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls coordination and balance, a team of researchers reports.
A novel new experiment to test how aware babies are of their bodies’ internal signals has been developed by researchers. The ability to consciously sense signals from your body is called interoception, and some people are more aware of these signals than others. Show More Summary
Using three-dimensional magnetic resonance imaging, a research team characterized the shape, volume, morphometry and texture of placentas during pregnancy and, using a novel framework, predicted with high accuracy which pregnancies would be complicated by fetal growth restriction.
Exposure to air pollution during the equivalent of the first or second trimester in humans was linked to more negative birth outcomes than exposure later in pregnancy, a new mice study has found.
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.
A new study examines the role of racial identity and acculturation on the birth weight of black infants.
Mutations have been found that worsen respiratory infections among children. A new study explains the mechanism involved.
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.
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 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.
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
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...
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.
Doctors now have better insight into the biology of premature birth. New findings may have implications for treating premature babies.
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
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