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  • Growth Curve

    Hospital admissions show the opioid crisis affects kids, too

    As I’ve been reporting a story about the opioid epidemic, I’ve sorted through a lot of tragic numbers that make the astronomical spike in deaths and injuries related to the drugs feel more real.

    The rise in the abuse of opioids — powerfully addictive painkillers — is driven by adults. But kids are also swept up in the current, a new study makes clear. The number of children admitted to...

    03/14/2018 - 13:30 Health, Parenting
  • Growth Curve

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

    When you’re pregnant, you spend a lot of time on scales. Every doctor appointment begins with hopping (or waddling) up for a weigh-in. Health care workers then plot those numbers into a (usually) ascending curve as the weeks go by.

    A morbid curiosity about exactly how enormous you’re getting isn’t what’s behind the scrutiny. Rather, the pounds put on during pregnancy can give clues about...

    02/28/2018 - 11:30 Pregnancy, Health
  • Growth Curve

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

    Ultrasounds during pregnancy can be lots of fun, offering peeks at the baby-to-be. But ultrasounds aren’t just a way to get Facebook fodder. They are medical procedures that involve sound waves, technology that could, in theory, affect a growing fetus.

    With that concern in mind, some researchers have wondered if the rising rates of autism diagnoses could have anything to do with the...

    02/21/2018 - 07:00 Pregnancy, Health
  • Growth Curve

    Let most babies eat food containing peanuts. Really.

    At the beginning of 2017, parents and pediatricians got new peanut guidelines that, for most kids, are very pro-peanut. My colleague and fellow mom Meghan Rosen wrote about the recommendations, issued from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

    This “let them eat nuts” advice is based in part on a large and unusually clear dataset from a study that looked at babies at...

    11/07/2017 - 12:00 Guidelines, Health
  • Growth Curve

    C-sections lead to heftier mouse pups, but the implications for people aren’t clear

    For mice, birth mode matters when it comes to weight. Within their first years of life, pups born by C-section gained more weight than mice born vaginally, researchers report. Scientists attribute this heft to different microbiomes — the communities of microorganisms that live in and on the body — in the C-section group.

    The results, published October 11 in Science Advances, are the...

    10/25/2017 - 06:00 Pregnancy, Health
  • Growth Curve

    Help for postpartum mood disorders can be hard to come by

    Words can’t describe the pandemonium that follows a child’s birth, but I’ll try anyway. After my first daughter was born, I felt like a giant had picked up my life, shaken it hard, martini-style, and returned it to the ground. The familiar objects in my life were all still there, but nothing seemed to be the same.

    The day we came home from the hospital as a family of three, my husband...

    09/13/2017 - 16:30 Pregnancy, Health
  • Growth Curve

    Sugars in breast milk may fight harmful bacteria directly

    Scientists may have found a sweet new way to fight Group B Strep: Sugars in some women’s breast milk busted up colonies of the potentially harmful bacteria in a small lab study.

    The results, published online June 1 in ACS Infectious Diseases and presented August 20 in Washington, D.C., at the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting, raise all sorts of possibilities. Perhaps these...

    09/08/2017 - 16:30 Health
  • Growth Curve

    Protect little ones’ eyes from the sun during the eclipse

    As luck (or exceptionally precise astronomical modeling) would have it, my new, small Oregon town happens to lie in the upcoming eclipse’s path of totality. For nearly two glorious minutes on August 21, we will look up and see the unworldly sight of the moon completely blocking the sun.

    To put it mildly, Oregon is going bonkers. Local radio is warning of gas shortages and apocalyptic...

    08/16/2017 - 09:00 Parenting, Health
  • Growth Curve

    Newborn baby’s infection offers a cautionary tale about placenta pills

    When I was pregnant, I spent a lot of time searching for good information about how to keep both my baby and myself healthy after birth. Googling “placenta” and “eat,” I got a list of stories that reached nearly opposite conclusions about the practice.

    Some say eating the organ will replenish mom’s nutrients, increase breast milk production and even stave off postpartum depression....

    07/28/2017 - 09:00 Pregnancy, Health
  • Growth Curve

    Baby-led weaning won’t necessarily ward off extra weight

    When my younger daughter was around 6 months old, we gave her mashed up prune. She grimaced and shivered a little, appearing to be absolutely disgusted. But then she grunted and reached for more.

    Most babies are ready for solid food around 6 months of age, and feeding them can be fun. One of the more entertaining approaches does not involve a spoon. Called baby-led weaning, it involves...

    07/21/2017 - 07:00 Child Development, Health