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Baby's Cry Can Be A Window Into The Brain
2013-07-12 05:17:29

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A new tool that analyzes slight variations in a baby's cry can help identify clues to potential health or developmental problems, giving doctors a new way to identify babies with neurological and other disorders, thus allowing for earlier intervention. Developed by researchers at Brown University, the new computer-based tool provides a "window into the brain" by detecting variations in crying imperceptible to the human ear. Such...

2013-03-20 15:55:46

Some 2-year-olds whose moms used methamphetamine during pregnancy may have an abnormal response to stressful situations, according to a study in the May issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Researchers saw the altered response in toddlers who were exposed to meth in the womb and who currently had signs of strife in their lives–such as a mom who drank heavily or had depression or other mental health symptoms. Specifically, the children's levels of the stress hormone...

2009-12-07 16:46:59

When a baby is born, new parents often wonder, "Will he be the next President of the United States?" or "Could she be the one to find a cure for cancer?" But the underlying question for many specialists is, "Is this child 'at risk' for developmental issues?" Until now, an answer to this question has been elusive. A newborn exam, developed by a team led by Barry Lester, PhD, director of the Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and The...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'