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News on public health research and national as well as international health policies. Edited by MEDICA.de and several associations.

 
 

Kinematic Imbalances in Babies: “Back to sleep, tummy to play“

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[02/11/2011] Starting at the third month after birth, babies should be able to lie straight on their backs, grab with both hands, prop themselves up on their elbows and be able to freely move their head to both sides. If more one-sided use of the body is detected instead, it could be a case of kinematic imbalance.Kinematic Imbalances in Babies: “Back to sleep, tummy to play“ - Read more

Brain Damage in Newborns: Enzyme Controlling Cell Death

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[26/10/2011] Brain damage due to birth asphyxia – where the brain is starved of oxygen around the time of delivery – is normally treated by cooling the infant, but this only helps one baby in nine. New research from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, could now pave the way for new ways of treating brain damage in newborns.Brain Damage in Newborns: Enzyme Controlling Cell Death - Read more

Children: Low Birth Weight Infants Five Times More Likely to Have Autism

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[18/10/2011] Autism researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing have found a link between low birth weight and children diagnosed with autism, reporting premature infants are five times more likely to have autism than children born at normal weight.Children: Low Birth Weight Infants Five Times More Likely to Have Autism - Read more

Cerebral Cortex: Does a Bigger Brain Make for a Smarter Child in Babies Born Prematurely?

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[14/10/2011] New research suggests the growth rate of the brain’s cerebral cortex in babies born prematurely may predict how well they are able to think, speak, plan and pay attention later in childhood. The cerebral cortex is the outer layer of the brain covering the cerebrum, and is responsible for cognitive functions, such as language, memory, attention and thought.Cerebral Cortex: Does a Bigger Brain Make for a Smarter Child in Babies Born Prematurely? - Read more

Birth: Battle Between the Placenta and Uterus Could Help Explain Preeclampsia

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[12/10/2011] A battle that brews in the mother's womb between the father's biological goal to produce the biggest, healthiest baby possible versus the mother's need to live through delivery might help explain preeclampsia, an often deadly disease of pregnancy. In a new study, Yale researchers describe the mechanism that keeps these conflicting goals in balance.Birth: Battle Between the Placenta and Uterus Could Help Explain Preeclampsia - Read more

Heart Defects: Heart Test Saves Lives of Newborns

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[11/10/2011] The United States Secretary of Health recently supported a recommendation that all babies born in the US are to be screened for critical heart defects, before leaving hospital. Behind this decision is a study from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden which shows that a simple test can save the lives of newborns with these heart defects.Heart Defects: Heart Test Saves Lives of Newborns - Read more

Negative Effects: Lung Function of Moderately Premature Babies Reduced

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[27/09/2011] The negative effects that premature birth can have on the lungs of babies could be as severe in moderately premature babies as those born extremely prematurely but may be reversed in their teenage years, according to a new study.Negative Effects: Lung Function of Moderately Premature Babies Reduced - Read more

Surgery Patients: Catching a Breath – Wirelessly

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[22/09/2011] University of Utah engineers who built wireless networks that see through walls now are aiming the technology at a new goal: noninvasively measuring the breathing of surgery patients, adults with sleep apnoea and babies at risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).Surgery Patients: Catching a Breath – Wirelessly - Read more

Low-fat Yogurt: Intake When Pregnant may Lead to Child Asthma and Hay Fever

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[19/09/2011] Eating low-fat yoghurt whilst pregnant can increase the risk of your child developing asthma and allergic rhinitis (hay fever), according to recent findings.Low-fat Yogurt: Intake When Pregnant may Lead to Child Asthma and Hay Fever - Read more

Language: Bilingual Babies' Vocabulary Linked to Early Brain Differentiation

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[29/08/2011] Researchers at the University of Washington's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences are investigating the brain mechanisms that contribute to infants' prowess at learning languages, with the hope that the findings could boost bilingualism in adults, too.Language: Bilingual Babies' Vocabulary Linked to Early Brain Differentiation - Read more