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Dr. Alan GuttmacherAlan E. Guttmacher, M.D.: NICHD Director, Pediatrician, Medical Geneticist, Grandfather

Read the Director’s Update about the importance of reading with children every day.

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Rehabilitation Research at NICHD (September 02, 2015)

Rehabilitation Research at NICHD (September 02, 2015)

Rehabilitation medicine includes efforts to improve function and minimize impairment due to illnesses or injuries. Learn more about NICHD’s rehabilitation research.

Insects recognize thousands of different tastes, not just basic categories like salty and sweet (September 01, 2015)

Ever wonder why regular and diet soda taste so different? Both are sweet, but new research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) may explain how you can tell one from another. The study, published in the September 1 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, shows for the first time that the moth brain can detect and interpret thousands of individual tastes, not just broad categories of taste as was previously thought.

NICHD Launches New Data Sharing Resource to Accelerate Scientific Findings, Improve Health (August 31, 2015)

NICHD recently launched the NICHD Data and Specimen Hub (DASH), a centralized resource for researchers to store and access de-identified data from NICHD-funded research studies for secondary research use.

Short bouts of activity may offset lack of sustained exercise in kids (August 27, 2015)

Brief intervals of exercise during otherwise sedentary periods may offset the lack of more sustained exercise and could protect children against diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, according to a small study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health.
Helping Your Child Improve Reading Skills (August 26, 2015)

Helping Your Child Improve Reading Skills (August 26, 2015)

In his recent article in The Huffington Post, Dr. Guttmacher highlights the importance of reading every day with children.
How Does Reading Work? (August 20, 2015)

How Does Reading Work? (August 20, 2015)

Children learn to read by building a number of skills. Learn more about how reading works in this slideshow.