Clues link gut disease and brain injury in preemies

New research in mice may clarify why premature infants who survive necrotizing enterocolitis also develop a severe brain injury.

Michael E. Newman-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Jan. 11, 2021 ~11 min

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Extra oxygen for mom during birth doesn’t benefit baby

An analysis of 16 previous studies indicates that giving supplemental oxygen to mom during childbirth doesn't benefit the baby.

Kristina Sauerwein-Washington University • futurity
Jan. 5, 2021 ~7 min

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Infant health inequality has been rising since 2010

Between 1989 and 2010, infant health inequality gradually lessened. New research documents the opposite trend since then.

Jill Kimball-Brown • futurity
Dec. 9, 2020 ~11 min

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Talking to babies may change their brains

"Before infants are even producing words, our findings indicate that the conversations we have with infants matter for their brain function."

Stanford • futurity
Dec. 4, 2020 ~7 min

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Sleep through the night? Babies tend to mix it up

Your baby's ability to sleep through the night is a process, not a milestone, a new study indicates. Here's what parents should expect.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
Dec. 2, 2020 ~4 min

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Bed dust bacteria may make babies healthier

Bacteria in the dust in babies' beds may actually influence their microbiomes, potentially protecting them against allergies, asthma, and other conditions.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
Nov. 19, 2020 ~5 min

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Findings link c-section, microbiome, baby’s asthma risk

If a child born by c-section has gained normal gut microbes by age one, their risk of asthma goes down, new findings suggest.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Nov. 12, 2020 ~4 min

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Findings link c-section, microbiome, baby’s asthma risk

If a child born by c-section has gained normal gut microbes by age one, their risk of asthma goes down, new findings suggest.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Nov. 12, 2020 ~4 min

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Disputes over when life begins may block cutting-edge reproductive technologies like mitochondrial replacement therapies

The nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett has implications for how assisted reproductive technologies, which can prevent the transmission of disease from parents to child, are regulated.

Diana Bowman, Associate Dean for International Engagement in the College of Law, Arizona State University • conversation
Oct. 22, 2020 ~10 min

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Bottle-fed babies may consume millions of microplastic particles, our research suggests

Shaking polypropylene bottles and washing them with very hot water can release millions of tiny plastic particles. Here are four ways to reduce exposure.

Yunhong Shi, Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin • conversation
Oct. 19, 2020 ~7 min

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