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Higher birth weight indicates better performance in school (12/15/2014)

It's no secret that low-birth-weight babies face significantly greater risks for certain health problems early on, such as respiratory distress or infection. Now, a new study from researchers at the University of Florida and Northwestern University shows that lower weights at birth also have an adverse effect on children's performance in school, which is likely due to the early health struggles small babies often face. ...> Full Article


Heavier newborns show academic edge in school (12/11/2014)

Birth weight makes a difference to a child's future academic performance, according to new Northwestern University research that found heavier newborns do better in elementary and middle school than infants with lower birth weights. Led by a multidisciplinary team of Northwestern researchers, the study raises an intriguing question: Does a fetus benefit from a longer stay in the mother's womb? ...> Full Article


New study examines the effect of timing of folic acid supplementation during pregnancy (12/9/2014)

Taking folic acid before conception significantly reduces the risk of small for gestational age at birth, suggests a new study published today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. ...> Full Article


Preterm, low birth-weight babies may need new hips in adulthood (11/15/2014)

Researchers from Australia report that low birth weight and preterm birth are linked to increased risk for osteoarthritis (OA)-related hip replacements in adulthood. Findings published in the American College of Rheumatology journal, Arthritis Care & Research, indicate that low birth weight and pre-term babies were not at greater risk of knee arthroplasty due to OA as adults. ...> Full Article


Size matters: Baby's size at birth may predict risk for disease later in life (11/9/2014)

A new research report published in the November 2014 issue of The FASEB Journal suggests that being overweight might be better in the long term than being underweight. ...> Full Article


Human milk fat improves growth in premature infants (8/20/2014)

For premature infants, adequate growth while in the neonatal intensive care unit is an indicator of better long-term health and developmental outcomes. Researchers at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital have now successfully incorporated a cream supplement into premature infants' diets that improved their growth outcomes in the NICU. The report appears today in the Journal of Pediatrics. ...> Full Article


Larger newborn care units provide better protection for very preterm babies (7/17/2014)

Preterm babies admitted to high volume neonatal units are less likely to die compared to those admitted to low volume units, according to researchers. ...> Full Article


Estimating baby's size gets more precise (4/29/2014)

New Michigan State University research aims to help doctors estimate the size of newborns with a new set of birth weight measurements based on birth records from across the country. ...> Full Article


Kids born small should get moving (8/22/2013)

Female mice who were growth restricted in the womb were born at a lower birth weight, but were less active and prone to obesity as adults, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at BCM and Texas Children's Hospital in a report that appears online in the International Journal of Obesity. ...> Full Article


Diets of pregnant women contain harmful, hidden toxins (8/21/2013)

Pregnant women regularly consume food and beverages containing toxins believed to pose potential risks to developing fetuses, according to researchers at the University of California in Riverside and San Diego, suggesting that health care providers must do more to counsel their patients about the dangers of hidden toxins in the food supply. ...> Full Article


Sensitive parenting can boost premature children's school performance (8/14/2013)

Sensitive parenting helps protect against the negative effects of being born prematurely on children's school success, a new study has found. ...> Full Article


1 size doesn't fit all (8/13/2013)

One size chart doesn't fit all when it comes to evaluating birth weight and health outcomes of newborns. ...> Full Article


Fetal 'programming' of sweet taste's elicited pleasure (8/8/2013)

New research finds that adversities during gestation may influence the newborn's pleasure in response to sweet. ...> Full Article


Stress early in life leads to adulthood anxiety and preference for 'comfort foods' (8/7/2013)

New research finds that adult rats reared in a stressful neonatal environment demonstrate more anxiety and stress, and they prefer to eat more foods rich in fat and sugar. ...> Full Article


Later cord clamping after birth increases iron levels in babies (7/24/2013)

Delaying clamping of the umbilical cord after birth benefits newborn babies, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. The authors found babies' blood and iron levels were healthier when the cord was clamped later. ...> Full Article


Daily iron during pregnancy linked to improved birth weight (7/4/2013)

Taking iron daily during pregnancy is associated with a significant increase in birth weight and a reduction in risk of low birth weight, finds a study published on bmj.com today. ...> Full Article


Twice weekly iron supplementation to pregnant women as effective as a daily regime (6/29/2013)

Daily supplementation of iron tablets to pregnant women does not provide any benefits in birth weight or improved infant growth compared to twice weekly supplementation, according to a study by international researchers published in this week's PLOS Medicine. ...> Full Article


Many babies born to immigrants are being labeled too small incorrectly (2/16/2012)

Researchers led by Dr. Joel Ray, have developed the first "newborn weight curves" for specific ethnic groups across Canada. ...> Full Article

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