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2003 to 2017 saw drop in infant mortality due to birth defects

From 2003 to 2017, there was a decrease in infant mortality attributable to birth defects (IMBD) overall, although considerable differences were seen in the decreases by maternal and infant characteristics, according to research published in the Jan. 17 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and …

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Study links marijuana use in pregnancy to infant health risks

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Researchers in Minnesota and Iowa have found greater risks of social and emotional problems in infants whose mothers consumed marijuana during pregnancy. Using results of a developmental screening tool for 1-year-olds, the researchers found that 9.1% of babies from marijuana users were at risk, compared with …

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Kangaroo mother care reduces infant mortality

Professor Halvor Sommerfelt is the leader of CISMAC at the University of Bergen. Credit: Eivind Senneset. Researchers at Centre for Intervention Science in Maternal and Child Health (CISMAC) at the University of Bergen (UiB) followed 8400 low birth weight infants, from 2015 to 2018. The research team wanted to measure …

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Infant lungs and bushfire smoke

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Everyone at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute extends their heartfelt sympathy and condolences to those affected by the devastating Australian bushfire situation, which unfortunately looks likely to continue in the coming months. Associate Professor David Tingay is an NHMRC Research Fellow and Co-Leader of the institute’s …

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Infant blood markers predict childhood mental health

Stanford researchers believe they have found a correlation between “bad” cholesterol and a child’s mental health development. Credit: istockphotos Stanford researchers have shown that levels of cholesterol and fat in a newborn’s blood can reliably predict that child’s psychological and social health five years later. If confirmed, the discovery could …

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Calls to curb infant formula’s carbon footprint

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Urgent action is needed to protect breastfeeding and reduce formula’s carbon footprint—especially for “unnecessary” toddler milks, according to an expert at The Australian National University (ANU). Dr. Julie Smith, who has studied the economics of infant feeding for over 20 years, has published a paper in …

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eBay bans infant inclined sleepers, other companies urged to do same

Fisher Price Rock N Play eBay’s decision to ban infant inclined sleepers from its platform, including nonrecalled sleepers, was welcomed by Consumer Reports, which urged other companies to do the same. Consumer Reports said eBay’s ban was based on information from Consumer Reports and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission …

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