Dec

04

2018
Mothers whose responses to infants’ facial cues increase report stronger bonds with babies

Mothers whose responses to infants’ facial cues increase report stronger bonds with babies

A new study examines whether pregnancy changes mothers’ neural sensitivity to infants’ facial cues, and whether such changes affect mother-infant bonding. The study finds that increases in cortical responses to infants’ faces from the prenatal to the postnatal period in individual mothers are associated with more positive relationships with the baby (as reported by the mothers) after birth.


Nov

30

2018
African-American mothers rate boys higher for ADHD

African-American mothers rate boys higher for ADHD

African-American children often are reported by parents and teachers to display behaviors of ADHD at a higher rate than children from other racial and ethnic groups. For the first time, researchers have found that African-American mothers in a study rated boys as displaying more frequent ADHD symptoms than Caucasian mothers did, regardless of child race.


Nov

30

2018
Babies kicking in the womb are creating a map of their bodies

Babies kicking in the womb are creating a map of their bodies

The kicks a mother feels from her unborn child may allow the baby to ‘map’ their own body and enable them to eventually explore their surroundings, suggests new research. For the study, researchers measured brainwaves produced when newborns kick their limbs during rapid eye movement sleep, finding that fast brainwaves — a brainwave pattern typically seen in neonates — fire in the corresponding hemisphere.


Nov

29

2018
Another Drug Crisis: Methamphetamine Use By Pregnant Women

Another Drug Crisis: Methamphetamine Use By Pregnant Women

As illegal meth use has made a comeback across the U.S., pregnant women have not been spared, doctors say. New research shows rural areas in the South, Midwest and West have been hit hardest. (Image credit: Theo Stroomer for NPR)



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