Image: iStock IN THIS ARTICLE Newborn babies must be breastfed from the moment they are born. The mother’s milk contains vital antibodies that help build the baby’s immunity against common childhood diseases (1). Though babies have an innate tendency to suckle,it may not be possible for some babies due to various reasons. In such cases,
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Pregnant women have a higher risk of developing severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) if they are infected by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The effect on the fetus, however, is less clear. A new bioRxiv* preprint research paper reports the immunological footprint in the newborn left by maternal infection with SARS-CoV-2 during
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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has been awarded a $2 million grant from the state of California to study a precision medicine approach to screening children for adverse childhood experiences. The three-year grant–part of the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine–was announced by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, in partnership with the Office of
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Affecting more than one in a hundred children, autism spectrum disorder is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders. It has a particular impact on social interaction, including difficulties in understanding other people’s perspectives, beliefs, desires and emotions, known as ‘theory of mind’. Bilingual families with an autistic child often tend – and are sometimes
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Scientists have revealed a potential mechanism for how traumatic brain injury leads to neurodegenerative diseases, according to a study in fruit flies, and rat and human brain tissue, published today in eLife. The results could aid the development of treatments that halt the progression of cell damage after brain injury, which can otherwise lead to
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Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE Play is an essential activity for your newborn since it allows them to explore their environment and exercise their skills. Playtime also provides an excellent opportunity to bond with your baby and even learn more about their personalities. You may use toys and other baby-safe props at home to have
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Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE A child’s baby teeth or primary teeth are important even though they eventually fall off. They help the child chew, enable speech development, and guide permanent teeth into appropriate positions (1). You must brush a toddler’s teeth twice a day as soon as their first tooth erupts (2). Early oral
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Today The Lundquist Institute announced that its investigators contributed data from several studies, including data on Hispanics, African-Americans and East Asians, to the international MAGIC collaboration, composed of more than 400 global academics, who conducted a genome-wide association meta-analysis led by the University of Exeter. Now published in Nature Genetics, their findings demonstrate that expanding
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Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE Botox is a trade and generic name for an injectable medication prepared from a purified neurotoxin called botulinum toxin type A. Some of the other names of the toxin include botulin A, botulinum A, and onabotulinumtoxinA. The botulin toxin is produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, also known as the
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In a study of 11 medical-mystery patients, an international team of researchers led by scientists at the National Institutes of Health and the Uniformed Services University (USU) discovered a new and unique form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Unlike most cases of ALS, the disease began attacking these patients during childhood, worsened more slowly than
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A multidisciplinary team from MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), Brigham and Women’s Hospital and other institutions have identified the mechanism of how an extremely rare but serious post-COVID-19 complication develops in children and adolescents. Led by MGHfC pediatric pulmonologist Lael Yonker, MD, researchers determined that viral particles remaining in the gut long after an initial
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