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News Roundup July 24th

Study Shows How Early Maternal Attachment Behavior Hardwires the Infant Brain New research out of New York University Langone is the first to show – in real-time electrical readings from rat pups’ brains- how early maternal attachment behaviors such as nursing, protecting, and grooming of pups, influence key stages of postnatal brain development. The mother’s […]

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News Roundup June 11th

Memories of Life as an Infant are Forgotten due to Rapid Pace of Brain Growth  The LA Times reported this month on research by Neuroscientists in Japan and Canada who recently conducted a series of experiments showing how more memories are retained with a slower pace of brain-cell generation. The results of these experiments were […]

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News Roundup May 2nd

Mother’s Diet Before Conception Affects Her Child’s GenesThis new study provides the first evidence in humans that a mother’s diet before conception could permanently affect her child’s DNA and lifelong health. Professor Andrew Prentice, Professor of International Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said: “Our on-going research is yielding strong indications […]

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News Roundup March 31st

Senate Passes Child Care and Community Block Grant Reauthorization On March 13, 2014, the Senate voted 96 to 2 to pass S. 1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (CCDBG), reauthorizing the the CCDBG Act of 1990 through Fiscal Year 2020.  The bill was lauded as an example of how the Senate […]

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New Findings: Early Childhood Investments Substantially Boost Adult Health!

Economist James Heckman and colleagues conducted a new analysis of the Abecedarian Project, one of the oldest and most cited U.S. early childhood (infancy through age 5) intervention programs. Their research report, published on March 27th, 2014 in Science, shows positive effects on adult heath. The researchers collected recent data to find that children who […]

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News Roundup March 4th

Alcohol Consumption in Early Stages of Pregnancy Has Harmful Effect on Placenta Scientists have identified two harmful effects of consuming alcohol during the early stages of a pregnancy: Damage to the placenta and reduction of the important amino acid called ‘Taurine’ that is delivered through the placenta from the mother to her baby. “This research […]

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News Roundup February 19th

Administration Officials Review the State of the Union and Discuss Opportunities in Early Childhood Learning “The reason we’re here is every child — every single child in our country — deserves to have a fair chance to live up to his or her God-given potential,” _Hilary Clinton As over 1,100 early learning stakeholders met on […]

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News Roundup January 29th

Exposure to Nicotine in the Womb Increases Long-Term Risk of Obesity Recent research shows exposure to nicotine from either smoking or NRT (nicotine replacement therapy i.e., gum, patches, nasal spray and lozenges) in the womb, causes an increased risk of obesity and other long-term adverse reactions. The study was led by Daniel Hardy, PhD, assistant […]

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News Roundup January 13th

A New Study Suggests a Father’s Diet and Folate (Vitamin B9) Levels Before Conception May Be as Important to Infant Health and Development as That of the Mother A recent study from McGill University using mice with low paternal dietary folate levels showed alterations in mouse sperm epigenome associated with negative pregnancy outcomes. This study […]

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News Roundup December 30th

Inadequate Pregnancy Weight Gain Increases Risk of Infant Mortality According to a recent study out of the University of Maryland School of Public Health, not gaining enough weight during pregnancy can put babies at risk. Researchers examined the relationship between the mother’s body mass index, gestational weight gain before and during pregnancy, and infant mortality […]

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