Baby’s Brain Injury May Have Occurred Long Before Delivery

Recent advances in medical science indicate many brain injuries occur during pregnancy, long before labor begins. In these cases, medical personnel are not at fault. ... read more »

1 in 6 Kids Suffers Neurodevelopmental Disorder

One in six American children suffers from a neurodevelopmental disorder, including but not limited to, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders ASD), or delays in speech and language. ... read more »

Mom’s Exercise Powers Up Baby’s Brain

The value of exercise makes headlines everywhere - on TV, on the internet, and in newspapers and in magazines. Exercise energizes us, helps us sleep better, builds stronger bones and muscles, keeps excess weight off, and helps fend off many common ailments. ... read more »

Autism and Glutamate Receptors

Using data on the action of mGlu5 receptors on the cell's surface, pharmaceutical companies developed drugs that would lower the volume of the surface receptors and control autistic behavior. ... read more »

Behavioral Assessment in VLBW Infants

The Infant Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Program (IBAIP) supports cognitive and physical development of very low birth weight (VLBW) infants. ... read more »

Maternal Viral Infection May Increase Autism Risk in Fetus

A recent study shows that activating a woman's immune system during pregnancy interferes with the development of neural cells in the brains of her offspring in a way that damages the cells' ability to transmit signals and communicate with other cells. ... read more »

Maternal Mood Disorders May Affect Child's Development

Many women struggle with depression and other mood disorders while pregnant. Exposure to these mood disorders during pregnancy may cause the offspring to exhibit long-term emotional and behavioral problems later in life. ... read more »

The Effects of Zinc and Selenium Levels on Neonates

Researchers from the Shanghai Institute for Pediatric Research were involved in a recent study published in the journal Neurotoxicology. The study focused on the impact of differing zinc and selenium levels on neonatal neurological development. ... read more »

Extreme Prematurity Linked With Neurodevelopmental Problems

According to a new meta-analysis study published in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers from the Ottawa Hospital in Canada report an increased risk of neurodevelopmental problems in infants, and an extreme risk when associated with gestational age at birth. ... read more »

Improved Care for Preemies With Cognitive Disabilities

The death rate of premature infants dropped from 90% to 20% from 1950 to 2000. The drop is associated with advances in critical care. ... read more »

Is Any Form of Tobacco Safe During Pregnancy?

It's impossible to dispute the fact that cigarette smoking is harmful to one's health. Women who smoke during pregnancy risk harming the developing fetus, especially the developing brain. ... read more »

Children’s Literacy Associated with Iodine Deficiency in Womb

According to the study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, iodine intake must be supplemented during pregnancy to ensure adequate levels to prevent a possible neurological defect. ... read more »

PAX3 Gene May Be Linked to Birth Defects in Diabetic Mother

A team of researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center have identified an enzyme that may increase the likelihood of birth defects in children born to mothers with diabetes. The enzyme, known as AMPK, signals cells to stop producing a specific gene, PAX3. ... read more »

Tylenol During Pregnancy and ADHD Risk

The general perception has been that it's OK to take Tylenol during pregnancy but a recent study of Danish mothers and their children suggests some rethinking may be in order. ... read more »

Intelligence Link to Time Spent Breastfeeding

Researchers from Boston Children's Hospital believe cognitive development, or intelligence, may be associated with the length of time an infant spends breastfeeding. ... read more »

Inflammation During Pregnancy and Fetal Brain Development

The over-activation of a woman's immune system during pregnancy, such as when she has a cold or the flu, may influence the brain development of the child she carries. ... read more »

Does Eating Fish While Pregnant Impact Child's Intelligence?

Fish is a food that many pregnant women avoid due to potential mercury content. Consumption of fish during pregnancy may positively impact cognitive development and social prowess. ... read more »

How Alcohol During Pregnancy Affects Fetal Brain Development

Neuroscientists at the University of California, Riverside, have found strong new evidence that consuming alcohol during pregnancy causes developmental problems in unborn babies. ... read more »

Female Intuition Linked to Testosterone Exposure in the Womb

A recent study indicates a woman’s intuition is based not on estrogen but on testosterone, and the degree of testosterone to which she was exposed in the womb. ... read more »

Mom's Depression Increases Depression Risk in Baby

A pregnant woman may pass depression onto her unborn child, according to a new study. Doctors have long suspected a connection between maternal depression and mood disorders in offspring; this research helps scientists understand how and when this occurs. ... read more »

Link Between Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia and Neurocognitive Development

The object of a recent study from authors at Tufts University School of Medicine was to ascertain a connection between CDH (congenital diaphragmatic hernia) survival and neurocognitive development. The study was published in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery. ... read more »

Cocaine Affects Prenatal Brain Development

Doing drugs while pregnant is not a good idea. I think that’s a statement most people can agree with. An acquaintance of mine adopted a child a long time ago when they found out that they couldn’t have children, and they eventually decided to adopt a special needs child. ... read more »

Exercise and Prenatal Brain Development

Did you know exercising during pregnancy may give your child’s brain development a head start? ... read more »

Exercising During Pregnancy: Your Newborn’s Brain

Everyone knows that exercise is good for you. Many of us know that and still don’t exercise. However, exercising during pregnancy may come with greater motivation than normal. The motivation is that you may be helping your child’s brain develop faster. ... read more »

Your Baby's Development

Learn about feeding, sleeping habits, baby care, safety, and more. ... read more »

Can Light Drinking Affect Fetal Development?

Drinking heavily while pregnant is known to cause fetal alcohol syndrome as well as other birth defects, but what about a few drinks now and then? ... read more »

Children With Autism May Grow Out of Symptoms

One of the most common symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is trouble integrating audio and visual cues. Recent studies show that these symptoms may go away in some adolescents. ... read more »

Vitamin C and Baby's Brain Development

The lack of proper Vitamin C levels in the diet during pregnancy could be linked to impaired brain development of the fetus, according to a new study. ... read more »

Toddler Communication Skills: 2 to 4 years

Toddler Communication Skills: 2 to 4 years ... read more »

Is Your Stroller Causing Hyperactivity?

New parents take great care in choosing just the right stroller. They shop for comfort, ease of use and style, but what if after all that shopping and careful selection the stroller you chose caused serious health issues for your child? ... read more »

Special Therapy May Help Preterm Infants with Development

To help with emotional detachment and to promote all types of growth in preterm children, a type of therapy called Kangaroo Care was developed that involves skin-to-skin contact between mother and child. ... read more »

Love and Learning

Today on the bus, I happened to be sitting next to someone studying developmental psychology. Since this is clearly a topic of interest for me, I was excited to learn about the research she was reading about. ... read more »

Is Your Baby a Lefty or a Righty?

Though you might notice your baby using one specific hand more as he nears his first birthday, there is no telling whether he is a lefty or a righty until he turns two or three. ... read more »

Can Breastfeeding Improve Your Baby’s Brain Growth?

Breastfeeding has been a hot topic for women since instant formula was created. Some women think that breastfeeding is the only way to go. Some think that it’s good for the first few months, but then formula can used, and some women only ever use formula. ... read more »

Brain Scans May Help Diagnose Dyslexia

I learned that there are many misconceptions about dyslexia and what it looks like in school-age children, and many people mistake dyslexia for a lack of effort, but that’s not true. ... read more »

Development of Anorexia Linked to Brain Size

Usually when people say you have a big brain, it’s a compliment, but researchers from the University of Colorado's School of Medicine found that it may in fact mean your child has a greater chance of developing an eating disorder. ... read more »

Visual Development Relies on a Specific Brain Circuit

Bad eyesight runs in my family. Nearly all of us have glasses and struggle with some type of vision loss. One of my cousins has had glasses since first grade and her eyesight has deteriorated to the point where she is legally blind and probably shouldn’t drive at night. ... read more »