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Breastfeeding Associated with Better Brain Development and Neurocognitive Outcomes

A new study, which followed 180 pre-term infants from birth to age seven, found that babies who were fed more breast milk within the first 28 days of life had had larger volumes of certain regions of the brain at term equivalent and had better IQs, academic achievement, working memory, and motor function.

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Acute Kidney Injury Identifiable in Preterm Infants

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Early diagnosis of acute kidney injury in preterm infants is possible through urinary protein markers.

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Urinary Markers May Indicate Kidney Injury in Preterm Infants

• The amounts of protein excreted in the urine of preterm infants with acute kidney injury differ from similar infants without kidney injury.

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Protein in Breast Milk Reduces Infection Risk in Premature Infants

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Full-term babies receive natural protection from their mothers that helps them fight off dangerous infections. However, babies born prematurely lack protective intestinal bacteria and often are unable to be nursed, causing their infection-fighting capabilities to be underdeveloped. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and the MU Sinclair School of Nursing have found that a manufactured form of lactoferrin, a naturally occurring protein in breast milk, can help protect premature infants from a type of staph infection.

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Unlocking the Languages of Autistic Children in Families

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Researchers at the University of Kent are arguing that creativity and intermedial languages can be used as a bridge to communicate with autistic children.

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New Genetic Syndrome Tied to Defects in Protein Transport

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An international team of researchers has discovered the mutation responsible for a rare, newly identified genetic disorder that causes craniofacial abnormalities and developmental delays. The mutation disrupts normal protein transport within cells, shedding light on a fundamental process in cell biology and early human development. The scientists named the disorder ARCN1-related syndrome.

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A UF/IFAS Guide to Eating Healthy Foods at School

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Children have lots of food and beverage choices when they return to school this fall. Parents can take an active role in ensuring their children eat healthy foods at school, says a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher.

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Montefiore Einstein Physician Researcher Awarded $4.2 Million National Institutes of Health Grant to Advance Asthma Care

Dr. Marina Reznik receives grant from NIH to examine impact of asthma guidelines promotion through technology-based intervention and care coordination

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Baylor Sleep Expert Gives Six Tips to Switch Students From Summer to School Schedules

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Students soon will leave behind the lazy summer days and go back to school, leaping — or crawling — out of bed when the alarm clock goes off. Baylor University sleep expert Michael Scullin, Ph.D., offers ways to make the transition.

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ADHD Medication Reduces Risky Behavior in Children, Teens, Princeton Research Finds

New research provides some of the first evidence that medications taken by millions of American children to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) offer long-term benefits.

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New Recommendations for Transitioning Youths with Brain Disorders to Adult Care

MINNEAPOLIS – A new consensus statement provides recommendations for transitioning adolescents and young adults with neurologic disorders to adult care. The statement is endorsed by the American Academy of Neurology and created by the Child Neurology Foundation. The research is published in the July 27, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Takes a Lead Role in Cleveland’s Infant Mortality Initiative

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine will serve as a lead partner for “First Year Cleveland,” a project aimed at reducing infant mortality in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.

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Maternal HIV Status May Disrupt Normal Microbiome Development in Uninfected Infants

A study led by researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) suggests that maternal HIV infection influences the microbiome of their HIV-uninfected infants. Their findings may account for some of the immunological and survival differences seen these children.

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Revolutionary Surgery Helps Children with Severely Restricted Airways Breathe Without a Tracheostomy

Subcranial rotation distraction is enabling children like Hannah Schow to breathe without a tracheostomy for the first time.

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Innovative USC Program Helps Develop Literacy for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children from Bilingual Homes

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USC program combines expertise of education experts, speech language pathologists and audiologists to improve bilingual literacy and writing skills among children who are hard of hearing.

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Childhood Illness Not Linked to Higher Adult Mortality

Childhood illness not linked to higher adult mortality

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Survival, Surgical Interventions for Children with Rare, Genetic Birth Disorder

Among children born with the chromosome disorders trisomy 13 or 18 in Ontario, Canada, early death was the most common outcome, but 10 percent to 13 percent survived for 10 years, according to a study appearing in the July 26 issue of JAMA.

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Late Preterm, Early Term Birth Rates and Link with Clinician-Initiated Obstetric Interventions

Between 2006 and 2014, late preterm and early term birth rates decreased in the United States and an association was observed between early term birth rates and decreasing clinician-initiated obstetric interventions, according to a study appearing in the July 26 issue of JAMA.

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Researchers ID Cancer Gene-Drug Combinations Ripe for Precision Medicine; Many Skin Cancer Patients Still Too Likely to Sunburn; Researchers Block Common Type of Colon Cancer Tumor in Mice, and More in the Cancer News Source

Personalized Medicine Leads to Better Outcomes; Phase 1 Study Results of Selinexor Combination Therapy for Multiple Myeloma Patients; and the Latest from ASCO Sessions in the Cancer News Source

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What's Going on When Babies Twitch in Their Sleep?

University of Iowa researchers suspect that sleep twitches in human infants are linked to sensorimotor development. Read on to learn how new parents can contribute to their study.