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2009-05-15 09:42:03

A growing number of American children are enrolled in child care and questions remain about how these settings may affect them in both positive and negative ways. A new study published in the May/June 2009 issue of the journal Child Development finds that early interpersonal experiences"”center-based child care and parenting"”may have independent and lasting developmental effects.The study draws on the large, longitudinal Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development in the...

2009-05-14 15:39:37

A team of U.S. medical scientists says it has, in a mouse study, identified two proteins that are apparently essential for ovulation to occur. The researchers from the National Institutes of Health and other facilities said their finding has implications for treating infertility resulting from a failure of ovulation, as well as for developing new means to prevent pregnancy by preventing the release of the egg. The proteins -- ERK1 and ERK2 -- appear to bring about the maturation and release...

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2009-04-09 07:55:53

Liver failure results from use of a medication to treat thyroid disease in children, two doctors caution in a report accounted by the Associated Press. Typically, doctors initially opt to prescribe propylthiouracil or methimazole when treating children diagnosed with Graves' disease, the most common cause of an overactive thyroid.  Secondly, a doctor might prescribe surgery or radioactive iodine.  Reports over the last 60 years have surfaced connecting the use of propylthiouracil,...

2009-03-23 09:28:00

SUBWAY(R) RESTAURANTS PARTNERS WITH THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH WE CAN! EDUCATION PROGRAM TO HELP KIDS AND FAMILIES MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT WASHINGTON, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- SUBWAY(R) Restaurants and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today a partnership in support of the We Can!(TM) (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition) education program. The partnership will be launched at a National PEP (Play More, Eat Right and Push Away the Screen) Rally at the...

2009-03-03 10:44:12

It seems a little silly to report swimming lessons don't increase the risk of drowning, but that's the take home message from a new study conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Why the clarification? Some people have suggested giving swimming lessons to very young children might actually backfire by causing parents to become less vigilant when these kids are around water. The investigators debunked that theory in a review of children between the ages of 1 and 19...

2009-01-29 23:01:00

March of Dimes Awards Abstract at SMFM Meeting. SAN DIEGO, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New research that may explain why taking progesterone to prevent preterm birth is only effective for some women was unveiled today at the 29th Annual Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) meeting - The Pregnancy Meeting(TM). The drug, 17 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone caproate (or 17P), a synthetic form of the progesterone hormone naturally produced during...

2009-01-13 09:00:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Institutes of Health announced today that the National Children's Study will begin recruiting volunteers to take part in its comprehensive study of how genes and the environment interact to affect children's health. At a briefing, NIH officials announced that the first phase of recruitment for the study will begin in Duplin County, North Carolina, and Queens, New York. The study will track the health and development of...

2008-12-11 04:00:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- A U.S. Department of Education funded study found that WordWorld, an Emmy(R) winning PBS KIDS series, significantly strengthens early literacy skills in preschoolers, providing the building blocks essential for learning how to read. The study is part of the Ready To Learn Initiative that examines the effectiveness of various technologies being used to enhance the literacy skills of young children. The initial findings conclude that regular exposure to...

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2008-11-14 12:40:00

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies shows that it's possible to teach preschoolers the pre-reading skills they need for later school success, while at the same time fostering the socials skills necessary for making friends and avoiding conflicts with their peers. The findings address long standing concerns on whether preschool education programs should emphasize academic achievement or social and emotional development. "Fostering academic achievement...

2008-10-23 09:00:10

Columbia Laboratories, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRX) has signed an agreement with the Perinatology Research Branch (PRB) of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) for collaboration in Columbia Laboratories' ongoing PREGNANT (PROCHIEVE Extending GestatioN A New Therapy) Study of PROCHIEVE(R) 8% (progesterone gel) to reduce the risk of preterm birth in women with a short cervix at mid-pregnancy. The PRB is headed by Roberto Romero, MD. "The NICHD...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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