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2009-11-02 15:05:00

NIH-supported scientists at Seaside Therapeutics in Cambridge, Mass., are beginning a clinical trial of a potential medication designed to correct a central neurochemical defect underlying Fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited cause of intellectual disability. There has to date been no medication that could alter the disorder's neurologic abnormalities. The study will evaluate safety, tolerability, and optimal dosage in healthy volunteers. The work is the outcome of basic research...

2009-10-27 09:30:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Contrary to the perception of most Americans, the majority of teen parents are from households that are not in poverty and that are not headed by single parents. These findings and others were released today by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Results of new public opinion polling show that 67% of adults believe that most teen mothers are from homes below the federal poverty level. Fully 70% of adults surveyed...

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2009-10-09 09:02:22

The intense exchanges that human mothers share with their newborn infants may have some pretty deep roots, suggests a study of rhesus macaques reported online on October 8th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. The new findings show that mother macaques and their infants have interactions in the first month of life that the researchers say look a lot like what humans tend to do. "What does a mother or father do when looking at their own baby?" asked Pier Francesco Ferrari of the...

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2009-10-01 12:46:12

Treating even the mildest forms of gestational diabetes among pregnant women can reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy, according to new research. Researchers in the Maternal Fetal Medicine Units Network of the NIH's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human (NICHD) conducted a study of 958 women who had mild gestational diabetes. Of those participants, half received treatment for gestational diabetes and the other half only received standard pregnancy...

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2009-09-29 09:04:15

Lowers blood pressure, encourages exercise, improves psychological health "” these may sound like the effects of a miracle drug, but they are actually among the benefits of owning a four-legged, furry pet. This fall, the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction (ReCHAI) will explore the many ways animals benefit people of all ages during the International Society for Anthrozoology and Human-Animal Interaction Conference in Kansas...

2009-08-19 06:59:00

BETHESDA, Md., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Overcoming the challenges of bringing quality and cutting edge genetic and newborn screening (NBS) services to local communities and to children and families with hereditary diseases is extremely complex. It requires coordinated, multifaceted and multidisciplinary efforts that are national, regional, and local and include public, private and not-for-profit partnerships. In order to meet these challenges, the Health Resources and Services...

2009-08-14 08:51:00

MCLEAN, Va., Aug. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The WALTHAM(R) Centre for Pet Nutrition, a division of Mars, Incorporated, has committed more than $2 million to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to help fund comprehensive research over the next four years on various aspects associated with pet ownership, a field commonly referred to as Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) research....

2009-07-22 07:30:00

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- National leaders in maternal health, health disparities and public policy will look for ways to combat the devastating impact of preterm births on communities of color at a summit today co-convened by The AMERIGROUP Public Policy Institute and the Black Leadership Forum, Inc. and hosted by the Developing Families Center in Northeast, Washington, D.C., an integrated family health, social supports/case management and early childhood development...

2009-07-14 10:31:49

Researchers grow immature egg cells in the laboratory for 30 daysResearchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have completed a critical first step in the eventual development of a technique to retain fertility in women with cancer who require treatments that might otherwise make them unable to have children.The researchers have developed a method to advance undeveloped human eggs to near maturity, in laboratory cultures maintained outside the body. The technique focuses on the...

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2009-07-12 07:30:00

According to a government report released Saturday, the percentages of infants born preterm and the percentage born with low birth weight has slightly declined in 2007, after several decades of steady increases. Dr. Duane Alexander, Director of Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, said that in 2007, 18% of all U.S. children between the ages of 0 to 17 lived in poverty, up from 17% the year before. "Infants born preterm and of low birth weight are...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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