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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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Maintaining Healthy Relationships: University of Waterloo Studies Identify a Promising Way

Thinking about the future helps overcome relationship conflicts, according to a University of Waterloo study just published online in Social Psychological and Personality Science.

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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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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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Want to Make Sure You Have Strong Swimmers?

Urologist Dr. Jesse Mills believes not enough attention is paid to male infertility. He wants to shine a light on the causes of infertility and the things that can be done to combat the condition.

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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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Even Thinking About Marriage Gets Young People to Straighten Up

You don’t have to get married to settle down and leave behind your wild ways – you just have to expect to get married soon.

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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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Study Suggests 1.6 Million Childbearing Women Could Be at Risk of Zika Virus Infection

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Research by scientists in the US and UK has estimated that up to 1.65 million childbearing women in Central and South America could become infected by the Zika virus by the end of the first wave of the epidemic.

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UNC-Chapel Hill’s Care4Moms Project to Research, Make Recommendations on Needs of Mothers with Medically Fragile Infants

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The study’s results will help improve health outcomes for mothers, their babies and future pregnancies.

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Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital of New York at NYU Langone Leading Important Partnerships with Children, Families & Healthcare Professionals

Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital of New York at NYU Langone experts present novel approaches to family-centered care at international conference.

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Making Parenting a National Priority

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Chestnut Hill, Mass. (7/20/2016) - Ask any mom or dad and they will tell you: parenting is hard work. For those parents and caregivers who struggle with the nature or the demands of child rearing, sometimes help is hard to find.

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So You Think You Know About Vasectomies? UCLA Urologist Debunks 5 Myths

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NIH Awards UAB Three Maternal and Infant Health Grants

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UAB continues to improve maternal and infant health as the only university to be a member of all three NIH perinatal networks.

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Income, Education Influence Breastfeeding, but Policy and Family History Are Factors Too

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The study finds a relationship between family experience with breastfeeding and Hispanic mothers’ success at maternal nursing, and also finds that in-hospital provision of free infant formula is related to black mothers’ breastfeeding outcomes.

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Tiger Moms Are the Same Everywhere

It doesn’t matter if you’re an American “tiger mom,” or a Chinese one, evidence shows that parents’ attempts to control children through psychological means (e.g., shaming children) are associated with academic and emotional distress in children. This is according to a new study by Cecilia Cheung, assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Cheung’s study, “Controlling and Autonomy-Supportive Parenting in the United States and China: Beyond Children’s Reports,” was published in the journal Child Development.

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Children Affected by Parental Substance Use

Children whose caregivers misuse alcohol or use, produce or distribute drugs face an increased risk of medical and behavioral problems. According to a new clinical report by experts at Beth Israel Medical Center (BIDMC) and Boston Children’s Hospital, pediatricians hold the unique position to assess risk and intervene to protect children. The report is available online today and will appear in the August print edition of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Association of Pediatrics.

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New Study of Toddlers Sheds Light on Value of FaceTime Video Chat as Meaningful Interaction

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Working parents and grandparents who FaceTime with their toddlers can take heart from a soon-to-be-published study from Lafayette College that sheds new light that on young children and how they engage in—and learn from—screen-time interactions.

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Social Media Sites Obstruct Children’s Moral Development, Say Parents

The ‘parent poll’ carried out by a team at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues found that only 15% of parents thought that popular social media sites, such as Facebook, provided a positive influence on a young person’s character.