Growth Curve

The inexact science of raising kids

  1. pregnant woman
    Health & Medicine

    Finally, a plan on how to include pregnant women in clinical trials

    The FDA is providing initial guidance on how to include pregnant women in clinical trials that study drugs, research that has largely excluded this group in the past.

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  2. kid mimicking an adult
    Health & Medicine

    Kids are selective imitators, not extreme copycats

    Preschool-age kids have a reputation as “overimitators” based on lab tests. But in realistic test situations, kids don’t blindly imitate adults.

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  3. picture of family taking selfies
    Health & Medicine

    Is it an invasion of your kids’ privacy to post pictures of them on social media?

    Growing up in an online world doesn’t mean that kids don’t care about privacy. Parents should keep this in mind when posting pictures of their kids to social media.

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  4. illustration of a fetus and placenta
    Health & Medicine

    Though often forgotten, the placenta has a huge role in baby’s health

    Recent research in mice suggests that a lot of early problems in the embryo may actually have roots in the placenta.

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  5. pregnant couple
    Health & Medicine

    Should you bank your baby’s umbilical cord blood? Here’s a guide for thinking through the issue.

    The professionals have advice to give, but the decision is ultimately a personal one.

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  6. pregnant belly
    Health & Medicine

    When deciding whether to bank your baby’s umbilical cord blood, consider these caveats

    Despite all the excitement, the cells found in cord blood may not be as useful as advertised.

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  7. umbilical cord
    Health & Medicine

    Umbilical cord banking gets a lot of buzz. Why all the excitement?

    Here are the facts behind the promise of umbilical cord banking and cord blood transplants.

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  8. toddler reaching for pills
    Health & Medicine

    Hospital admissions show the opioid crisis affects kids, too

    Opioid-related hospitalizations for children are up, a sad statistic that shows the opioid epidemic doesn’t just affect adults.

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  9. pregnant woman on scale
    Health & Medicine

    When it comes to baby’s growth, early pregnancy weight may matter more than later gains

    Women’s weight before and during the first half of pregnancy may be most important indicators of baby’s birth weight.

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  10. woman having an ultrasound
    Health & Medicine

    A new study eases fears of a link between autism and prenatal ultrasounds

    On almost every measure, prenatal ultrasounds doesn’t appear to be related to a risk of developing autism, a recent study finds.

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  11. Matses hunter-gatherer boys
    Health & Medicine

    Let your kids help you, and other parenting tips from traditional societies

    Hunter-gatherers and villagers have some parenting tips for modern moms and dads.

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  12. man and pregnant woman
    Health & Medicine

    Babies’ kicks in the womb are good for their bones

    A new study adds to the evidence that fetal workouts are important for strong bodies.

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