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Montefiore Ramps Up Education on the Value of Breastfeeding, Including Potential Perks for New Moms

Breastfeeding can have many benefits for babies like helping strengthen their immune system, but getting comfortable with breastfeeding can take practice and persistence for new moms and their newborns. To help educate patients, the community and employees about breastfeeding best practices, Montefiore Health System will launch a week-long program in recognition of World Breastfeeding Week 2015, which will begin on Monday, August 3.

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Genetic Tug of War in the Brain Influences Behavior

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Researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine report that a nuanced, targeted version of parental control over gene expression, is the method of choice over classic genomic imprinting. Published in Cell Reports, so-called noncanonical imprinting is particularly prevalent in the brain, and skews the genetic message in subpopulations of cells so that mom, or dad, has a stronger say. The mechanism can influence offspring behavior, and because it is observed more frequently than classic imprinting, appears to be preferred.

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Children of Same-Sex Parents Face Challenges, but Will Be OK

A little more than a month after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the right to same-sex marriage nationwide, psychologists will present research into such families at the American Psychological Association’s 123rd Annual Convention.

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Pharmacy Expenditures for Children With Serious Chronic Illness

In an analysis of expenditures for outpatient pharmacy products used by publicly insured children with serious chronic illness in California, treating hemophilia accounted for about 40 percent of expenditures but included just 0.4 percent of the group studied, suggesting a need to improve pricing for this and other effective yet high-cost medications, according to a study in the July 28 issue of JAMA.

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Report Documents Unmet Need for Expanded Family Planning Services at CHCs

As part of a unique survey of nearly 2,000 women of childbearing age who receive health care at the nation’s community health centers, 90 percent reported that they were not actively seeking to become pregnant in the next 12 months. Yet more than 3 out of 10 were not using contraceptives at the time of the survey.

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Simple Procedure Using a Nasal Balloon Can Help Treat Hearing Loss in Children

For children with a common middle-ear problem, a simple procedure with a nasal balloon can reduce the impact of hearing loss and avoid unnecessary and ineffective use of antibiotics, according to a new study led by researchers from the University of Southampton.

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Six Hand Washing Tips to Help Protect Your Family

As the beginning of the school year approaches, parents need to remind their children about the importance of hand washing. Every day people touch several surfaces including books, desks, door knobs, sink handles, and other people and many of them harbor germs like bacteria and viruses that can cause illnesses.

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Six Reasons for Headaches in School-Age Children and How Parents Can Help Relieve the Pain

As the school year approaches and begins, many parents may start to hear their children complain about headaches.

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Mum’s the Word: Maternal Language Has Strong Effect on Children’s Social Skills

Psychologists at the University of York have revealed new evidence showing how specific language used by parents to talk to their babies can help their child to understand the thoughts of others when they get older.