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  1. Baby's Smile a Natural High for Mom

    July 7, 2008 -- Seeing her baby smile may provide a natural high for mom. A new study shows seeing her baby's smile lights up the reward center in a mother's brain. Researchers say understanding that reaction may help explain that special mother-child bond and determine why it sometimes goes wrong.

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  2. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: New Clue

    July 3, 2008 -- A new clue to the cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) comes from baby mice that suddenly die when their brain serotonin levels go haywire. Serotonin is a signaling chemical that has far-reaching effects in the brain and other organs. But while too much or too little serotoni

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  3. How Safe Are Bassinets for Babies?

    June 25, 2008 -- What is the best way to keep a baby sleeping safe and sound while in a bassinet? New research shows that more and more families are using bassinets, although not much is known about how safe they are. A study led by Jodi Pike, MD, and Rachel Moon, MD, of the Children's National Medi

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  4. Alzheimer’s Drug May Help Preemies

    June 24, 2008 -- A drug used to treat older patients with Alzheimer's disease may help protect the youngest premature infants from harm. A new study suggests that Namenda, a drug originally developed to treat Alzheimer's disease, may help break the cycle of brain damage many premature infants face.

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  5. Infant Pain May Be Underestimated

    June 23, 2008 -- Current tools used to tell if young babies are in pain may underestimate how much they are hurting, according to a study published in the June issue of PLoS Medicine. Properly gauging infant pain can be difficult. Health care providers rely on a clinical assessment of factors such a

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  6. New Breastfeeding Push at Hospitals

    June 12, 2008 -- Hospitals and birth centers could go further in promoting breastfeeding, the CDC reports. In a new CDC survey, most hospitals and birth centers -- 88% -- say they teach most new moms breastfeeding techniques. But the survey -- completed by more than 2,600 hospitals and birth centers

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  7. Infant Weight Gain May Predict Obesity

    June 9, 2008 -- There is growing evidence that babies who gain weight rapidly during the first few months or years of life may be at increased risk for obesity as they get older. Three new studies, published in the June issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition , support the hypothesis tha

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  8. Babies, Tots Low on Vitamin D

    June 2, 2008 -- Many babies and toddlers need to get more vitamin D, which is essential for healthy bones, a new study shows. This isn't the first time that the topic has come up. Since 2003, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended vitamin D supplementation of 200 international units (IU)

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  9. Bacteria May Be Linked to SIDS

    May 29, 2008 -- Bacterial infection has long been suspected of playing a role in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and now new research from the U.K. appears to bolster the theory. Though SIDS is the third leading cause of death among babies before their first birthday, its cause or causes remain

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  10. FDA Warning: Nipple Cream Hurts Babies

    May 27, 2008 -- The FDA is warning consumers not to use or purchase Mommy's Bliss Nipple Cream marketed by MOM Enterprises Inc. of San Rafael, Calif., because ingredients in the cream may harm nursing babies. The FDA hasn't gotten any reports of illness linked to the cream. But because of the potent

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