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Nutrition, Nutrition & Children, Vitamin, Vitamin Deficiency, Child Health

Nothing Fishy About Better Nutrition for Mums and Babies

Researchers from the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and the University of Adelaide have found a way to provide mothers and young children in Cambodia with better nutrition through an unlikely source – fish sauce.

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Miscarrage, recurrent pregnancy loss, Progesterone, Women's Health, Obstetric Care

Pre-Pregnancy Progesterone Helps Women with Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Women who have had two or more unexplained miscarriages can benefit from natural progesterone treatment before pregnancy, a new a study from the University of Illinois at Chicago shows. The researchers found that natural progesterone, administered vaginally, led to a higher birth rate. Over two-thirds of pregnancies were successful in women who received progesterone, compared to barely half in women who did not receive the hormone.

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Children Are More Apt to Confess Misdeeds if They Think Parents Will React Positively

Even if they believe they could be punished, older kids are more likely than younger children to view confessing to a misdeed as the right thing to do.

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Cell Biology and Physiology, Neuroscience, Vision, Neurons

The Science of Baby’s First Sight

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UNC scientists found more clues about the evolving brains of baby mammals as eyesight comes online. Using an imaging system to get neuron-level resolution, they showed how one specific brain circuit in mice came online immediately after birth, but another needed visual stimuli in order to mature.

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Smoking, second-hand smoke, Cigarette Smoke, Tobacco Smoke, Pregnancy

Animal Study Shows Harmful Effects of Secondhand Smoke Even Before Pregnancy

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Exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke -- even before conception -- appears to have a lingering impact that can later impair the brain development of a fetus, researchers at Duke Health report.

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Nutrition & Children, Parenting, Nutrition and behavior, processed foods, Prepackaged foods

Parents Purchase Frozen Dinners for More Than Convenience

Processed foods are higher in calories, sugar, sodium, and saturated fat than natural foods, but prepackaged, processed meals remain a popular choice for many consumers because they reduce the energy, time, and cooking skills needed to prepare food. Having items like boxed entrees and frozen dinners available at home can contribute to a poor diet, which led researchers from the University of Minnesota and Duke University to examine reasons why parents purchase prepackaged, processed foods.

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Death & Dying, End Of Life Decisions, Funeral homes, Burial, Cremation, Funeral services

Final Arrangements

A new study from the University of Iowa analyzes funeral homes’ terminology and pricing, which can help relatives planning final arrangements for a loved one.

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Expert Allergist Available to Advise Parents on Preventing Peanut Allergy by Introducing Their Infant to Peanut-Containing Foods

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Mothers’ Lack of Legal Knowledge Linked to Juvenile Re-Offending

Youth who commit crimes for the first time are more likely to re-offend if their mothers don’t participate in their legal process. Unfortunately, mothers are widely unfamiliar with the juvenile justice system – and those who know the least about the system also participate the least.

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Voters Pass Active Transportation Ballots in Big Move Forward

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Raise your hand if you want children to be more active! What about the opportunity to access safer sidewalks and cycle paths so they can ride or walk to school? Americans in cities across the country all raised their hands this last election cycle to vote for change within their communities, giving their citizens the right to enjoy their city on foot, bicycle, skates, or any mode of active transportation they choose.

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Corporal Punishment Viewed as More Acceptable and Effective When Referred to as Spanking

Parents and nonparents alike buffer their views of physical discipline and rate it more common, acceptable and effective when it's labeled with a more neutral, less violent word

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Pregnancy, Conception, UWM, Physics, data science, Childbirth, Neonatal, neonatal health, Algorithm

UWM Physicists’ to Use Their Unique Tool to Improve Neonatal Health

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In neonatal health, knowing the exact time of conception saves lives. Two data scientists at UWM have a mathematical solution to rectify rough estimates.

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Premature Babies, Prematurity, myelination, Neurology, Neuroscience, Pediactrics

Understanding the Causes of Neurological Abnormalities That Result From Premature Birth

New research shows motor abnormalities frequently associated with low birth weight babies could originate due to peripheral nerve defects.

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Parents’ Presence When TV Viewing with Child Affects Learning Ability

The study conducted in the Texas Tech University College of Media & Communication shows an increased physiological change in children when parents view programs with them as opposed to being in a separate room.

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cell, DNA, Dna Damage, Malnutrition, CHORI

Zinc Eaten at Levels Found in Biofortified Crops Reduces ‘Wear and Tear’ on DNA

A new study by researchers from the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) shows that a modest 4 milligrams of extra zinc a day in the diet can have a profound, positive impact on cellular health that helps fight infections and diseases. This amount of zinc is equivalent to what biofortified crops like zinc rice and zinc wheat can add to the diet of vulnerable, nutrient deficient populations.

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How Can I Help My Child to Fall Asleep and Stay Asleep?

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Overall, studies indicate that 15 to 20 percent of one to three year olds continue to have nightwakings. According to Stephanie Zandieh, M.D., Director, Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center, The Valley Hospital, “Inappropriate sleep associations are the primary cause of frequent nightwakings. Sleep associations are those conditions that are habitually present at the time of sleep onset and in the presence of which the infant or child has learned to fall asleep. These same conditions are then required in order for the infant or child to fall back to sleep following periodic normal nighttime arousals.”

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Pregnancy, Acute Kidney Injury

Prior Kidney Damage May Pose Risks for Pregnant Women and Their Babies

• Women with a history of recovered acute kidney injury had an increased rate of preeclampsia and delivered infants earlier than women with a history of normal kidney function.

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Wayne State University, Preterm Birth, Premature Birth, Obstetrics, Kang Chen, B Lymphocyte

Wayne State University Leads Groundbreaking Research on Preterm Birth

Preterm birth — birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy — affects up to one in every six births in the United States and many other countries. In a recent study published in the premier biomedical research journal Nature Medicine, a team of researchers led by Wayne State University’s Kang Chen, Ph.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the School of Medicine, discovered the critical function of a type of mother’s immune cells — B lymphocytes — in resisting preterm birth triggered by inflammation.

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Gender Equity, Global Public Health, Violence Against Women, child brides, Family Planning, Child Health

Ending Violence Against Women Worldwide

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A new grant will help researchers with the Center of Gender Equity and Health to continue efforts to raise awareness about violence against women worldwide. The award will support measurements of issues that will help change.

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Child Abuse, Neglect, Maltreatment

1 in 3 Children Investigated for Abuse/Neglect by 18

The first academic study to estimate the cumulative lifetime risk of a child maltreatment investigation, completed by researchers at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, reveals that 37 percent of U.S. children prior to their 18th birthday are the subject of an investigated child neglect and abuse report — and 53 percent of black children.







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