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Parenting Bulletin - May 2012 Archives


Flu shot during pregnancy shows unexpected benefits in large study (5/31/2012)

Getting a flu shot during pregnancy provides unanticipated benefits to the baby, according to the authors of a large population-based study examining the issue. Specifically, the study showed that H1N1 vaccination during the pandemic was associated with a significantly reduced risk of stillbirth, preterm birth and extremely small babies at birth. ...> Full Article


New musical pacifier helps premature babies get healthy (5/30/2012)

The innovative PAL device uses musical lullabies to help infants quickly learn the muscle movements needed to suck, and ultimately feed. ...> Full Article


Researchers finds marker in preemies' saliva predicts readiness to feed by mouth (5/29/2012)

Tufts Medical Center researchers have shown that presence of a gene strongly linked to appetite regulation is highly predictive of a premature infant's readiness to feed orally. An analysis of just a drop of an infant's saliva could be the key to preventing many feeding problems and the expensive medical complications that can occur when infants are fed by mouth too early. ...> Full Article


Parents are happier people (5/28/2012)

Contrary to recent scholarship and popular belief, parents experience greater levels of happiness and meaning in life than people without children, according to researchers from the University of California, Riverside, the University of British Columbia and Stanford University. Parents also are happier during the day when they are caring for their children than during their other daily activities, the researchers found in a series of studies conducted in the United States and Canada. ...> Full Article


Babies' susceptibility to colds linked to immune response at birth (5/27/2012)

Innate differences in immunity can be detected at birth, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. And babies with a better innate response to viruses have fewer respiratory illnesses in the first year of life. ...> Full Article


Tattoo-like devices for wireless pregnancy monitoring (5/26/2012)

Tattoo-like devices for wireless pregnancy monitoringThe University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bioengineering professor Todd Coleman, in collaboration with Materials Science and Engineering professor John A. Rogers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled "Epidermal Electronics for Continuous Pregnancy Monitoring." ...> Full Article


Inducing labor around due date boosts baby survival rates (5/25/2012)

Babies born when labor is induced around their due date may have better survival rates than those whose birth is not induced, a study suggests. Researchers found that stillbirths and new born baby deaths were less likely to occur when labor was induced at 40 weeks compared to births where the pregnancy was allowed to continue. ...> Full Article


Excess weight in pregnant women can have negative implications for offspring (5/24/2012)

Excess weight in pregnant women can have negative implications for offspringThat overweight during pregnancy can lead to overweight children and adolescents has been known for some time, but new research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in the US indicates that excess weight before and during pregnancy can have long-lasting health consequences for the offspring of such mothers even later in life. ...> Full Article


Playful games promote reading development (5/23/2012)

Playful games promote reading developmentShort but intense training sessions in the form of structured language games from the age of four can stimulate children's early language development and may also make it easier for children to learn to read. This is found in a current research project at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. ...> Full Article


Foul-mouthed characters in teen books have it all, study finds (5/23/2012)

Analysis of bestselling teen novels finds that readers come across nearly 7 instances of profanity per hour spent reading, and the characters who cuss have money, good looks and social influence. ...> Full Article


Study examines injuries with baby bottles, pacifiers and sippy cups in the US (5/22/2012)

Study examines injuries with baby bottles, pacifiers and sippy cups in the USA new study by researchers in the Center for Biobehavioral Health and the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital examined pediatric injuries associated with baby bottles, pacifiers and sippy cups. Researchers found that from 1991 to 2010, an estimated 45,398 children younger than three years of age were treated in US emergency departments for injuries related to the use of these products. ...> Full Article


'Mixed' family moms ensure minority culture continues in the home (5/21/2012)

The mothers of Britain's "mixed families" are ensuring their children learn about their heritage and culture, according to a development project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. So, even if the child's father hails from a minority background, it will still be the mother who is responsible for teaching them about the father's culture. ...> Full Article


Researchers uncover important clues to a dangerous complication of pregnancy (5/20/2012)

Research team provides first clear evidence that a dangerous form of heart failure that occurs in pregnancy is a vascular disease, brought about by an imbalance of angiogenic proteins. ...> Full Article


Testosterone-fuelled infantile males might be a product of Mom's behaviour (5/19/2012)

By comparing the testosterone levels of five-month old pairs of twins, both identical and non-identical, University of Montreal researchers were able to establish that testosterone levels in infancy are not inherited genetically but rather determined by environmental factors. ...> Full Article


New study examines what could predict children's snack choices (5/18/2012)

University of Cincinnati research reveals why more kids may be munching on unhealthy foods. ...> Full Article


Gut flora affects maturation of B cells in infants (5/17/2012)

Gut flora affects maturation of B cells in infantsInfants whose gut is colonized by E. coli bacteria early in life have a higher number of memory B cells in their blood, reveals a study of infants carried out at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. ...> Full Article


16 years old is peak risk for teens misusing prescription drugs (5/16/2012)

16 years old is peak risk for teens misusing prescription drugsThe peak risk for misusing prescription pain relievers occurs in mid-adolescence, specifically about 16 years old and earlier than many experts thought, according to a new study by Michigan State University researchers. The results, based on recent nationwide surveys of nearly 120,000 US adolescents, suggest prevention programs may need to be introduced earlier, in childhood and early adolescence, said James C. Anthony of MSU's Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. ...> Full Article


Unruly kids may have a mental disorder (5/15/2012)

Thomas R. Insel, MD, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, will discuss signs of mental illnesses in young children and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention in his presentation, ?What Every Pediatrician Needs to Know about Mental Disorders,? from 1:35 to 2:10 pm EST on Sunday, April 29, in the Hynes Convention Center for the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting. ...> Full Article


Teen-led study highlights dangers of texting and driving (5/14/2012)

Some people have questioned whether a ban on texting while driving will actually lead to more crashes because drivers will conceal their cell phones, making it more dangerous to read and type messages. Research led by high school students, however, shows that texting while driving is unsafe regardless of where the phone is positioned. ...> Full Article


Mom's stress during pregnancy can affect baby's iron status (5/13/2012)

Newborns whose mothers are under stress during the first trimester of pregnancy may be at risk for low iron status, which could lead to physical and mental delays down the road, according to a study to be presented Sunday, April 29, at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Boston. ...> Full Article


Low-income moms under stress may overfeed infants (5/12/2012)

Efforts to prevent obesity among low-income infants should focus not only on what babies are being fed but also the reasons behind unhealthy feeding practices, according to a study to be presented Saturday, April 28, at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Boston. ...> Full Article


TV alcohol advertising may play role in underage drinking (5/11/2012)

Minors who were familiar with television alcohol advertisements were more likely to have tried alcoholic beverages and binge drink than those who could not recall seeing such ads, according to a study to be presented Sunday, April 29, at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Boston. ...> Full Article


How neonatal plant estrogen exposure leads to adult infertility (5/10/2012)

A new study suggests that exposure to estrogenic chemicals in the womb or during childhood could have a long-term effect on female fertility. Limiting such exposures, including minimizing use of soy-based baby formula, would be a step toward maintaining female reproductive health. ...> Full Article


Research suggests infants begin to learn about race in the first year (5/9/2012)

Research suggests infants begin to learn about race in the first yearResults of a new study by psychology researcher Lisa Scott at the University of Massachusetts Amherst confirm that although infants are born with equal abilities to tell apart people within multiple races, by age nine months they are better at recognizing faces and emotional expressions of people within groups they interact with most. ...> Full Article


New report shows 15 million babies born too soon every year (5/8/2012)

The first-ever national, regional, and global estimates of preterm birth reveals that 15 million babies are born too soon every year. ...> Full Article


Breastfeeding is associated with a healthy infant gut (5/7/2012)

Early colonization of the gut by microbes in infants is critical for development of their intestinal tract and in immune development. A new study, published in BioMed Central's open access journal Genome Biology, shows that differences in bacterial colonization of formula-fed and breast-fed babies leads to changes in the infant's expression of genes involved in the immune system, and in defense against pathogens. ...> Full Article


Post-term children have higher behavioral and emotional problems in early childhood (5/7/2012)

We already know there are long-term health problems associated with preterm birth, but what about babies born post-term? New research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology has found that post-term birth, defined as a birth after a pregnancy of 42 weeks, is associated with more behavioral and emotional problems in early childhood, especially attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder problems. ...> Full Article


Slow-growing babies more likely in normal-weight women; Less common in obese pregnancies (5/6/2012)

A new study found that the incidence of fetal growth restriction, or the poor growth of a baby while in the mother's womb, was lower in obese women when compared to non-obese women. Researchers conducted the study because a wealth of data shows that obese women are at greater risk of fetal death or stillbirth. They wanted to determine if fetal growth restriction - which increases the likelihood of stillbirth - might play a role. ...> Full Article


Researchers question pulling plug on pacifiers (5/6/2012)

Binkies, corks, soothers. Whatever you call pacifiers, conventional wisdom holds that giving them to newborns can interfere with breastfeeding. New research, however, challenges that assertion. In fact, limiting the use of pacifiers in newborn nurseries may actually increase infants' consumption of formula during the birth hospitalization, according to a study to be presented Monday, April 30, at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Boston. ...> Full Article


Breastfeeding isn't free: Study reveals 'hidden cost' associated with the practice (5/5/2012)

Pediatricians and other breastfeeding advocates often encourage new mothers to breastfeed their babies for at least the first six months of their infants' lives based on the purported health benefits to both mothers and children. Many breastfeeding proponents also argue that breastfeeding has financial advantages over formula-feeding -- breastfeeding is free, they say. But, according to a new study, the notion that there's no cost associated with breastfeeding for the recommended amount of time is patently untrue. ...> Full Article


Violence puts wear and tear on kids' DNA (5/4/2012)

Children who have experienced violence might really be older than their years. The DNA of 10-year-olds who experienced violence in their young lives has been found to show wear and tear normally associated with aging, a Duke University study has found. ...> Full Article


High levels of TRAIL protein in breast milk might contribute to anticancer activity (5/3/2012)

The benefits of breast milk are well known, but why breastfeeding protects against various forms of cancer remains a mystery. A new study in the Journal of Human Lactation (published by SAGE) found high levels of cancer-fighting TNF-related apoptosis inducing ligand (TRAIL) in human milk, which might be one source of breast milk's anticancer activity. ...> Full Article


Understanding and treating bedwetting in older children (5/2/2012)

Bedwetting in older children is common, but it can be distressing. An article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) outlines possible causes and evidence for current treatments. ...> Full Article


That impulsive, moody preschooler may grow up to be a problem gambler (5/1/2012)

Give me the child at age three and I will give you the adult compulsive gambler. That is the striking finding of a new study published in Psychological Science. According to lead author Wendy Slutske, the study found that "people who were rated at age three as being more restless, inattentive, oppositional, and moody than other three-year-old children were twice as likely to grow up to have problems with gambling as adults three decades later." ...> Full Article


Watching and waiting is best management for pregnant women whose waters break early (5/1/2012)

Pregnant women whose waters break late in preterm pregnancy but before they are in labor -- the medical term for this situation is preterm pre-labor rupture of the membranes -- are best managed by monitoring and waiting until they deliver spontaneously rather than by inducing labor according to a study by Dutch researchers published in this week's PLoS Medicine. ...> Full Article


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