Tag: "brain development"

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New Study Finds Breastmilk Boosts Brain Development

Over the past 2 decades many studies have looked at the developmental benefits of breastfeeding. An new study that was conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and published online in The Journal of Pediatrics, has found more proof that nursing your baby – even for a short time, is beneficial to their brain development and cognitive functions.

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Alcohol Consumption in First 3-4 Weeks May Have Permanent Effects on Baby’s Brain

It’s no news that there are risks to consuming alcohol during pregnancy, including everything from an increased risk of heart defects to miscarriage. Even more concerning is that many of the studies conducted show that these complications can arise very early in pregnancy.

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Napping May Improve Learning Skills in Infants

Although countless studies have highlighted the importance of sleep for children and adults, very little was known about how sleep impacts the brain development of infants. Of course, with all the time they spend sleeping, it would only make sense that it plays a key role, and now researchers believe they have found what that role may be—that, for infants between 3 and 11 months, nap time helps them to retain newly learned skills and behaviors.

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Study: Risk of Autism and Preeclampsia during Pregnancy Linked

Preeclampsia, a condition characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine, is experienced by somewhere between 3% and 5% of all pregnancies. When untreated or not caught soon enough, the condition can become dangerously fatal for both mother and baby. In fact, preeclampsia accounts for somewhere around 40%-60% of all maternal deaths in developing countries. But, even when not fatal, the condition may have some further reaching repercussions.

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Additional Synapses Found in Brains of Children with Autism Could be ‘Pruned’ with Medication

Autism is now diagnosed in about 1 in 68 children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The effects are far-reaching and can hinder everything from social relationships to future self-sufficiency. But after a new study, conducted by the Columbia University Medical Center, it appears that there may be a way to dampen the effects by pruning extra synapses found in the brain of children and adolescents with autism.

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Brains Grow the Fastest in the First Three Months, Study Reveals

Human brains grow the fastest after birth and within three months a baby’s brain may be half the size of an adult, finds a new research conducted by scientists at the University of California.

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Study: Alcohol Exposure during Pregnancy Alters Fetal Brain Function

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are caused when a child is exposed to alcohol while in utero. It encompasses a broad spectrum of symptoms, including cognitive impairment, deficits in attention and intelligence, and abnormalities within the central nervous system. In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have now uncovered that children with FASD also suffer from weaker brain activation during certain cognitive tasks.

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Brains of Gay Fathers Develop Similar to Those of Heterosexual Mothers AND Fathers, Study Finds

Many adoptions agencies are hesitant to approve same sex couples for adoption, and some states outlaw same sex couple adoptions altogether. While there’s no real “reason” given for the stigma placed on these couples, there’s now one less reason for them to deny same sex couples the same opportunity as heterosexual couples.

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New Research Study Explains Why We Lose Our Childhood Memories

Some of the best memories that we ever make are from our childhood. It is a time of pure innocence, a beautifully exciting experience. But have you ever noticed that the memories that we make are the ones that we can barely remember? A group of researchers have aimed to find out why we have trouble remembering some of our most formative years.

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Researchers Begin to Unravel the Mystery of ‘Pregnancy Brain’

Former studies have shown that ‘pregnancy brain’ is more than just a figment of a mother’s imagination. In fact, decreases in learning and memory in pregnancy, as well as a slight shrinking of the brain have all been found in previous research projects. All of this may go back to normal, but researchers believe that these changes all serve a purpose.

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Sensitivity to Pleasant Touch Emerges During Infancy, Study Says

We parents already know that babies respond well to soft, gentle touches. Of course, we’re not really sure how, except that it helps to soothe.

Psychologists, scientists and doctors understand that this kind of touch (otherwise known as “pleasant touch”) helps cement the attachment and bond that infants form with their parents.