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Breast milk sugar may protect babies against deadly infection
A type of sugar found naturally in some women's breast milk may protect newborn babies from infection with a potentially life threatening bacterium called Group B streptococcus, according to a new study from Imperial College London. (2016-08-26)

Queen's researchers measure emotional flexibility in mother-daughter dyads
Queen's University researchers Tom Hollenstein and Jessica Lougheed have published new research on the emotional bonds between mothers and adolescent daughters. (2016-08-24)

Study examines families' journeys to accepting transgender children
A tiny hair barrette and an anguished moment marked the turning point for one mother in coming to fully accept that her child, who was born a boy, was a transgender girl. (2016-08-23)

Australia's longest-running women's health study to add children's data
The Mothers and their Children's Health (MatCH) Study will link 20 years of women's health and socio-demographic data to their children's outcomes. Up to 10,000 mothers in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH) will complete surveys on a range of factors related to child health and development. The MatCH sub study will provide a substantial basis for strategies and services to improve outcomes. (2016-08-22)

Umbilical cells shed light on how obesity may pass from mother to child
Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center now have demonstrated that umbilical cells from children of obese or overweight mothers show impaired expression of key genes regulating cell energy and metabolism, compared to similar cells from babies of non-obese mothers. (2016-08-22)

Global allergy epidemic -- new data on vaccines/probiotics and dairy allergy
Why is there a global allergy epidemic? Three of the world's experts in allergy present new data at the International Congress of Immunology including why children who grow up on dairy farms are immune to dairy allergies; how giving probiotics to pregnant women can protect their offspring against allergy and a long-acting vaccine against cats. (2016-08-21)

Is acetaminophen use when pregnant associated with kids' behavioral problems?
Using the common pain-relieving medication acetaminophen during pregnancy was associated with increased risk for multiple behavioral problems in children, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. (2016-08-15)

Study links child obesity at age 9-11 years to gestational diabetes in mother
New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows an increased risk of childhood obesity at age 9-11 years when the mother has had gestational diabetes during pregnancy. The study is by Dr. Gang Hu, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, La., USA, and colleagues. (2016-08-11)

New method opens up the possibility of customizing breast milk for premature children
There is a difference between breast milk from women who give birth prematurely and from women who give birth to full-term babies. However, a new research method has demonstrated that this difference evens out after a few weeks. This may be of importance to premature infants who have other and more specific nutritional needs compared to full-term infants. (2016-08-09)

Mom's high-fat diet may have a lasting impact on baby's gut
A mother's high-fat diet during pregnancy could have a lasting impact on the bacteria living in her baby's gut, according to a study published in the open access journal Genome Medicine. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in the US examined a cohort of 157 women and their newborn babies, and found an association between the mothers' diets and distinct changes in their offspring's microbiome, which could affect energy extraction from food and early immune development. (2016-08-08)

Maternal high-fat diet during pregnancy can affect baby's gut microbes
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine found that babies born to mothers who consumed a high-fat diet during pregnancy had a gut microbiome that was distinctly different from the one in babies of mothers on a non-high-fat diet. This is important because the microbiome can affect the development of babies' immune system and their ability to extract energy from food. The study appears in Genome Medicine. (2016-08-08)

New anti-HIV medication provides protection for women and infants
Each year, 1.5 million women living with HIV become pregnant. Without effective treatment, up to 45 percent of HIV-infected mothers will transmit the virus to their child, usually through breastfeeding. In an effort to prevent HIV transmission to women and their children, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill demonstrated the effectiveness of a new anti-HIV medication, EFdA, in pre-clinical animal models. (2016-08-01)

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. (2016-07-29)

PolyU discovers inadequate calcium, iron and iodine intakes of Hong Kong lactating women
The research team at the Laboratory for Infant & Child of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Food Safety and Technology Research Centre has undertaken a study in breast milk to analyze the calcium, iron and iodine levels of breast milk of Hong Kong lactating women and their daily intakes of the respective micronutrients. (2016-07-28)

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 suggests that maternal HIV infection influences the microbiome of their HIV-uninfected infants. Their findings, reported online in the journal Science Translational Medicine on July 27, may account for some of the immunological and survival differences seen these children. (2016-07-27)

Could microbiome disruptions explain HIV-exposed babies' poor health?
HIV infection in mothers can disrupt the development of the gut microbiome of HIV-exposed but uninfected babies, potentially explaining why these infants are more vulnerable to death and disease, researchers report in a new study. (2016-07-27)

Research shows sharing of cavity-causing bacteria may not be only from mothers to children
New ongoing research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Biology and School of Dentistry is showing more evidence that children may receive oral microbes from other, nonrelative children. (2016-07-25)

Latina mothers, families at the core of $500,000 grant to UH
A $500,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will create the Latina Maternal and Family Health Center, an academic-community partnership joining forces with community agencies to serve children and families in need. (2016-07-20)

In-hospital formula feeding, family history help explain breastfeeding gaps
Demographic characteristics and in-hospital formula feeding explain breastfeeding gaps between black and white mothers, whereas demographic characteristics and family history of breastfeeding help explain higher rates of breastfeeding in Hispanic mothers. (2016-07-19)

HIV therapy for breastfeeding mothers can virtually eliminate transmission to babies
For HIV-infected mothers whose immune system is in good health, taking a three-drug antiretroviral regimen during breastfeeding essentially eliminates HIV transmission by breast milk to their infants, according to results from a large clinical trial conducted in sub-Saharan Africa and India. (2016-07-18)

Garlic aroma found in breast milk
Food chemists at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg have found that garlic aroma is evident in the breast milk of women who have consumed garlic. This is caused by allyl methyl sulfide -- a metabolite which is first formed in a strong concentration during breastfeeding. Whether the aroma has an impact on which food preferences children develop and whether they like garlic in later life needs to be clarified by further research. (2016-07-15)

Dads play key role in child development
Fathers play a surprisingly large role in their children's development, from language and cognitive growth in toddlerhood to social skills in fifth grade, according to new findings from Michigan State University scholars. (2016-07-14)

Hungry parents may feed their kids more, UF study finds
The hungrier parents are at mealtimes, a new study shows, the more they may feed their young children, which could have implications for childhood obesity. (2016-07-13)

Millennials and marrying young: Like mother, like child
Daughters and sons of mothers who tied the knot young are more likely to want to marry early too, but only if Mom stayed married, new research has found. And millennials whose moms divorced tend to want to move more slowly, perhaps in the interest of avoiding the mistakes of their parents. (2016-07-13)

Lack of paternal information on birth certificate may increase a child's obesity risk
A new study by a Massachusetts General Hospital-led research team finds an association between the lack of paternal information on infants' birth certificates and increases in several risk factors for childhood obesity. (2016-07-13)

Breastfeeding gaps between white, black, and Hispanic mothers in the US
Chapman University has published research on how breastfeeding rates differ among white, black and Hispanic mothers. The study looked to see if ethnic and racial disparities in breastfeeding could be explained by differences in the use of formula in hospitals, family history of breastfeeding, mother's belief that 'breast is best'; and demographic measures including poverty, education and relationship status. (2016-07-12)

Boy babies at greater risk of pregnancy complications
New research led by the University of Adelaide has confirmed that boy babies are much more likely to experience potentially life-threatening outcomes at birth than girls. (2016-07-11)

Home-based intervention aims to curb childhood tooth decay and obesity in the Bronx
More than one-third of Bronx residents are born outside of the United States. Often separated from family, challenged by language barriers, unfamiliar with health resources, and burdened by poverty, they are at high risk for health problems. And these risks extend to their young children. (2016-07-11)

No identity: 1 in 5 Aboriginal births unregistered in western Australia
Nearly one in five Aboriginal children aged less than 16 years old in Western Australia had unregistered births according to new research that means thousands of Aboriginal children are likely to have no official identity. (2016-07-03)

Children growing up in solo mother families are well adjusted and developing well
The number of children born to single women is increasing, partly as a result of social and legislative changes (in most jurisdictions) in the rights to parenthood. While technology has been readily able to meet this rising demand through donor insemination and even IVF, little is known about how children think, feel and fare growing up in the families formed by single women. (2016-07-03)

Prenatal exposure to paracetamol may increase autism spectrum symptoms
A new study has found that paracetamol (acetaminophen), which is used extensively during pregnancy, has a strong association with autism spectrum symptoms in boys and for both genders in relation to attention-related and hyperactivity symptoms. (2016-07-01)

Fish oil during pregnancy offers no protection for children against obesity
In Europe almost one in three schoolchildren under 10 is overweight. In the search for the cause of this phenomenon, fetal programming was put under scrutiny. That the mother's diet might have some influence could not be confirmed in a long-term study: administering a special diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids to pregnant women neither resulted in children being slimmer nor fatter than their counterparts from the control group whose mothers ate a normal diet. (2016-06-28)

Helicopter parents: Hovering may have effect as kids transition to adulthood
Parental involvement is crucial to a child's development into an adult, but Florida State University researchers are finding that crossing the line between supportive and too involved could indirectly lead to issues such as depression and anxiety for young adults. (2016-06-28)

Study shows women lack confidence in maternity care providers
Every woman who has ever had a baby shower has had to sit through the gruesome war stories about labor and childbirth. (2016-06-27)

Stopping Zika: Saint Louis University to launch human vaccine trial
Saint Louis University's vaccine center has been tapped by the National Institutes of Health to conduct a human clinical trial of a vaccine to prevent the Zika virus, which can cause devastating birth defects in babies. (2016-06-23)

Fighting experience makes beetles better mothers, study shows
Female beetles that are seasoned fighters put more effort into raising their offspring than mothers with no conflict experience, a study suggests. (2016-06-21)

Twin birth defect risk may be higher among moms not on fertility treatment
The risk of birth defects among twins may be higher among mums who haven't used fertility treatment -- which is known to increase the chances of a twin birth -- than among those who have used it, finds US research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. (2016-06-20)

Women from the Caribbean and Africa at highest risk of ICU admission during childbirth
Women born in the Caribbean or Africa are two times more likely to be admitted to an intensive care unit at the time of their delivery than Canadian-born women, a new study has found. (2016-06-17)

Mothers with diabetes more likely to also have anti-fetal brain autoantibodies
Mothers of children with autism and were diagnosed with metabolic conditions during pregnancy, particularly gestational and type 2 diabetes, were more likely to have anti-fetal brain autoantibodies in their blood compared to healthy women of children with autism. The presence of these anti-fetal brain autoantibodies has been previously found to be specific to some mothers of children with autism and rare among mothers of children without autism, researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute have found. (2016-06-17)

Mother mongooses may risk death to protect unborn children
Mothers will do anything to protect their children, but mongooses go a step further. Mongooses risk their own survival to protect their unborn children through a remarkable ability to adapt their own bodies, says new research published in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. (2016-06-17)

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