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Breastfeeding App Gives Moms A Confidence Boost

In the very early days of breastfeeding my own son, I felt compelled to take note of every feed, almost obsessively so, intent on “doing it right.” I wrote down feeding times and durations in a notebook and even wore... more

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New Standard For Fetal & Newborn Growth

A team of researchers led by experts from Oxford University (U.K.) have, for the first time, developed an international standard for assessing babies’ growth during pregnancy and size at birth. Drawing on the same multi-site approach used by the World... more

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FDA Sets Standards For Infant Formula Safety

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally issued a set of regulations to ensure infant formula’s safety and nutritional value. After a history of slow action, the agency has, in just a matter of months, issued a draft proposal,... more

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Eat More Fish, Says FDA

“There are plenty of fish in the sea,” or so the old adage goes. In light of a new directive, published as a joint effort by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we should... more

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Helmet Therapy May Not Help Infant Skull Flattening

Helmet therapy is a common and costly treatment for infants who develop positional skull deformity—a medical condition known as plagiocephaly that is often marked by a flattening of the back of the child’s head during the first few months of... more

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Cost-Savings Benefits Of Childhood Vaccinations

Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues an updated schedule of recommended vaccines for infants and children. Yet it’s estimated that as many as 1 in every 10 children do not receive the recommended vaccinations, and... more

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CDC Report Shows Highest-Ever Rate Of Autism

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a highest-ever rate of autism among 8-year-old children. The media goes into a frenzy about rates surging “30 percent” and an autism “epidemic” affecting 1 in 68... more

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U.S. Doctors Aim To Cut Cesarean Rate

It is hard to fathom why nearly one in three U.S. births involves surgery, but recent data show this to be true. While cesareans (c-sections) are sometimes necessary from a medical standpoint, they carry with them several risks, including longer... more

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Baby Talk Amounts To Big Vocabulary

The phrase “baby talk” conjures an image of grandparents gathered around a crib fawning over a newborn while making noises like “goo goo” and “gaa gaa.” In reality, baby talk—or parentese, as it is known in the scientific community—is a... more

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Preemies Thrive In Language-Rich Environments

Even before birth, babies hear and respond to the sounds around them. Their mother’s heartbeat… her voice… the beat of an often-played piece of music… Dad’s voice. The last weeks of a full-term pregnancy tend to be rich with examples... more