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Feeding and Sleeping: A complex picture

Feeding and Sleeping: A complex picture

Most new parents, especially mothers, lose sleep over how best to feed their baby – and hunger for ways to ensure everyone gets a good night’s sleep.

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Maternal deaths on the rise, but off the radar

Maternal deaths on the rise, but off the radar

The latest research in the UK (Knight et al. on behalf of MBRRACE, 2023) and Sweden (Hagatulah et al., 2024) reveals that the death rate during, and in the weeks following, pregnancy has increased significantly. Although similar data can be found among other ‘First World’ nations, the rate in the UK alone has reached a 20-year high.

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Bilingualism benefits premature children, study finds

Bilingualism benefits premature children, study finds

New research suggests that speaking more than one language could help strengthen executive functioning, a set of skills critical to development and academic success.

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First-time fathers seem to experience a steeper decline in relationship satisfaction in the first two years post-partum than second-time fathers

First-time fathers seem to experience a steeper decline in relationship satisfaction in the first two years post-partum than second-time fathers

First-time fathers seem to experience a steeper decline in relationship satisfaction in the first two years post-partum than second-time fathers, who appear to recover lost relationship satisfaction by the time their second child is 14 months old, according to a study published August 30, 2023 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Judith T. Mack and Lena Brunke from Technische Universität Dresden, Germany, and colleagues.

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Premature birth and co-morbidity in adolescence

Premature birth and co-morbidity in adolescence

A study which linked national registries from Finland and Norway to investigate prematurity and the occurrence of two or more health conditions during adolescence found that earlier gestational age at birth was consistently associated with increasingly complex multi-morbidity in adolescence in a dose–response manner.

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Breast Milk Component Boosts Infant Brain Connectivity

Breast Milk Component Boosts Infant Brain Connectivity

Researchers have discovered that myo-inositol, a small cyclic sugar molecule found in breast milk, plays a crucial role in promoting neuronal connections in infants’ brains.

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Unborn babies use ‘greedy’ gene from dads to ‘remote-control’ mums into feeding them extra food

Unborn babies use ‘greedy’ gene from dads to ‘remote-control’ mums into feeding them extra food

Fetuses use a copy of a gene inherited from their dad to force their mum to release as much nutrients as possible during pregnancy, Cambridge scientists have discovered.

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Poverty negatively impacts structural wiring in children’s brains

Poverty negatively impacts structural wiring in children’s brains

A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that growing up in poverty may influence the wiring of a child’s brain.

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How moms and dads view each other as co-parents affects kids

How moms and dads view each other as co-parents affects kids

How mothers and fathers see each other as co-parents of their children plays a key role in how well-adjusted their kids become, a new study suggests.

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Dads are key in supporting breastfeeding, safe infant sleep

Dads are key in supporting breastfeeding, safe infant sleep

Including fathers in strategies to improve infant health could help narrow disparities

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Skin Patch Shows Promise for Toddlers with Peanut Allergy

Skin Patch Shows Promise for Toddlers with Peanut Allergy

A global phase 3 clinical trial that included Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago found that a year-long immunotherapy through a skin patch safely desensitized toddlers with peanut allergy, lowering the risk of a severe allergic reaction from accidental exposure. Results of this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial for children 1-3 years of age, were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Study finds early RSV infection linked to significantly increased risk of asthma in children

Study finds early RSV infection linked to significantly increased risk of asthma in children

Severe respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection has long been associated with the onset of childhood wheezing diseases, but the relationship between RSV infection during infancy and the development of childhood asthma has remained unclear.

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