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Low vaccination rates and 'measles parties' fueled 2019 measles outbreak in NYC
An analysis of the 2018-2019 measles outbreak in New York City identifies factors that made the outbreak so severe: delayed vaccination of young children combined with increased contact among this age group, likely through ''measles parties'' designed to purposely infect children. (2020-05-27)
Watch: Babies know when you imitate them -- and like it
Six-month old infants recognize when adults imitate them, and perceive imitators as more friendly, according to a new study from Lund University in Sweden. (2020-05-26)
Study finds newborn opioid withdrawal rates show evidence of stabilizing
Rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) have plateaued after 20 years of increasing frequency across the country, according to a new study published in Health Affairs. (2020-05-12)
Individualized mosaics of microbial strains transfer from the maternal to the infant gut
Researchers have used a microbiome 'fingerprint' method to report that an individualized mosaic of microbial strains is transmitted to the infant gut microbiome from a mother giving birth through vaginal delivery. (2020-05-08)
Sleep difficulties linked to altered brain development in infants who late
New research led by the University of Washington finds that sleep problems in a baby's first 12 months may not only precede an autism diagnosis, but also may be associated with altered growth trajectory in a key part of the brain, the hippocampus. (2020-05-07)
Skin-to-skin 'kangaroo care' shows important benefits for premature babies
A world-first study led by Monash University has demonstrated significant benefits to a premature baby's heart and brain function when held by the parent in skin-to-skin contact. (2020-05-07)
Unplanned extubations in preterm infants leads to poor outcomes, increased care costs
Unplanned extubations in adult and pediatric populations have long been associated with poor clinical outcomes and increased costs to health care systems. (2020-05-06)
New findings on hepatitis C in infants can lead to improved treatments
Only about 5% of the babies born to mothers with hepatitis C are themselves infected by the disease. (2020-04-27)
Potential autism biomarker found in babies, Stanford-led study reports
A biological marker in infants that appears to predict an autism diagnosis has been identified in a small study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. (2020-04-27)
Pulse oximetry monitoring overused in infants with bronchiolitis
Monitoring blood oxygen levels with continuous pulse oximetry is being overused in infants with bronchiolitis who do not require supplemental oxygen, according to a study by researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). (2020-04-21)
Researchers get important glimpse into microbiome development in early life
A team of researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has characterized how the gut microbiome develops in the first hours of infancy, providing a critical baseline for how changes in this environment can impact health and disease later in life. (2020-04-16)
Breastfeeding may lead to fewer human viruses in infants
Even small amounts of breastmilk strongly influences the accumulation of viral populations in the infant gut and provides a protective effect against potentially pathogenic viruses, according to researchers who examined hundreds of babies in a study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. (2020-04-14)
Milk allergy guidelines may cause overdiagnosis in babies and children
Current medical guidelines for diagnosing cow's milk allergy in babies and young children may be linked to overdiagnosis of the condition. (2020-04-13)
Should infants be separated from COVID-19-positive mothers?
In a new commentary, Alison Stuebe, MD, President of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, addresses the risks and benefits of separating infants from COVID-19-positive mothers following birth. (2020-04-10)
Children have very precise expectations about adults' communicative actions
Adults talk to babies differently from how we would speak to other adults. (2020-04-07)
Young children find a parent's hug more calming than a stranger's
For infants as young as four months, a hug from a parent makes all the difference. (2020-04-07)
Babies with brain tumors could benefit from targeted treatment
Brain cancer in infants is biologically distinct from other childhood brain tumors and could be successfully treated with targeted drugs, a new study has shown. (2020-04-01)
Infants prefer individuals who achieve their goals efficiently
From birth, we acquire information and learn through interacting with others; that is why it is so important to be able to identify the most suitable individuals to interact with. (2020-03-31)
Infants introduced early to solid foods show gut bacteria changes that may portend future health risks
Infants who were started on solid foods at or before three months of age showed changes in the levels of gut bacteria and bacterial byproducts, called short-chain fatty acids, measured in their stool samples, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (2020-03-31)
Mother/infant skin-to-skin touch boosts baby's brain development and function
As the world prioritizes social distancing due to COVID-19, research shows that extended use of Kangaroo Care, a skin-to-skin, chest-to-chest method of caring for a baby, can positively benefit full-term infants and their mothers, with important implications for post-partum depression. (2020-03-25)
Infections still responsible for 1 in 5 childhood deaths in England and Wales
Infections are still responsible for one in five childhood deaths in England and Wales, with respiratory infections topping the league table of known causes, reveals an analysis of the most up to date figures, published online in Archives of Disease in Childhood. (2020-03-24)
Where you live may influence your baby's behavior
Infants from rural families tend to display negative emotions such as anger and frustration more frequently than their urban counterparts, according to a recent study in the Journal of Community Psychology. (2020-03-18)
Breast milk may help prevent sepsis in preemies
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., have found -- in newborn mice -- that a component of breast milk may help protect premature babies from developing life-threatening sepsis. (2020-03-16)
University of Miami researchers find an early behavioral marker for autism
Many babies cry or show other signs of distress when a parent departs and they are left behind with a stranger. (2020-03-13)
Preterm babies are more likely to be diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder
Premature birth, low birth weight, and neonatal intensive care are associated with the risk of being diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder (RAD). (2020-03-12)
At 8 months, babies already know their grammar
Even before uttering their first words, babies master the grammar basics of their mother tongue. (2020-03-12)
Validating a better way to stratify BPD risk in vulnerable newborns
Factoring in the total number of days that extremely preterm infants require supplemental oxygen and tracking this metric for weeks longer than usual improves clinicians' ability to predict respiratory outcomes according to bronchopulmonary dysplasia severity, finds research led by Children's National Hospital. (2020-03-11)
New research finds infant cereal consumption is associated with improved nutrient intake
An investigation of infant feeding patterns found infants and toddlers consuming baby cereal, such as rice cereal, had higher intakes of key nutrients of concern, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and vitamin E. (2020-03-10)
Leaving your baby to 'cry it out' has no adverse effects on child development
Leaving an infant to 'cry it out' from birth up to 18 months does not adversely affect their behaviour development or attachment, researchers from the University of Warwick have found, they also discovered that those left to cry cried less and for a shorter duration at 18 months of age. (2020-03-10)
Baboon mothers carry their dead infant up to 10 days
Baboon mothers living in the wild carry dead infants for up to 10 days, according to a new study led by UCL and Université de Montpellier. (2020-03-10)
Poor sleep in infancy linked to behavioral and emotional problems in toddlers
Disrupted and poor quality sleep in the earliest months of a child's life can be an indicator of depression, anxiety and behavioral problems among toddlers, according to a new study. (2020-03-10)
Babies born prematurely can catch up their immune systems, study finds
Researchers from King's College London & Homerton University Hospital have found babies born before 32 weeks' gestation can rapidly acquire some adult immune functions after birth, equivalent to that achieved by infants born at term. (2020-03-09)
FSU researchers help discover new genetic variants that cause heart disease in infants
Florida State University researchers working in an international collaboration have identified new genetic variants that cause heart disease in infants, and their research has led to novel insights into the role of a protein that affects how the heart pumps blood. (2020-03-06)
AI may help spot newborns at risk for most severe form of blinding disease
An artificial intelligence (AI) device that has been fast-tracked for approval by the Food and Drug Administration may help identify newborns at risk for aggressive posterior retinopathy of prematurity (AP-ROP). (2020-03-04)
NIH-funded research team updates online tool for extremely preterm infant outcomes
A research team funded by the National Institutes of Health has updated an online tool to provide information for clinicians and parents on outcomes for extremely preterm infants. (2020-03-02)
Earliest look at newborns' visual cortex reveals the minds babies start with
Within hours of birth, a baby's gaze is drawn to faces. (2020-03-02)
Babies from bilingual homes switch attention faster
Babies born into bilingual homes change the focus of their attention more quickly and more frequently than babies in homes where only one language is spoken, according to new research published in the journal Royal Society Open Science. (2020-02-25)
NIH-funded study links natural sugars in breastmilk to early childhood height and weight
Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) found in breastmilk may influence a child's growth from infancy through early childhood, according to a study supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). (2020-02-18)
Scientists may have a way to let preemies breath easier
The continuing epidemic of pre-term births includes this stark reality: tiny, fragile babies are born with underdeveloped lungs and prone to lifelong respiratory infections and related chronic illnesses. (2020-02-18)
Exposure to cleaning products in first 3 months of life increases risk of childhood asthma
The study was published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2020-02-18)
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