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

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Dr. Chris McBainHow the brain’s “wiring” develops and works—and what happens when it goes wrong—are the types of questions Dr. Chris McBain’s laboratory investigates. His work could provide clues to understanding conditions like epilepsy, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Many new mothers report no physician advice on infant sleep position, breastfeeding (July 27, 2015)

Many new mothers do not receive advice from physicians on aspects of infant care such as sleep position, breastfeeding, immunization and pacifier use, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Pet care can help adolescents better care for their own type 1 diabetes (July 27, 2015)

Getting an adolescent with diabetes to look after a living animal, specifically a pet fish, may also encourage them to take better care of their diabetes, according to a study of youth with type 1 diabetes, funded in part by the National Institutes of Health.
NICHD Supports Wide Range of Research on the Placenta (July 24, 2015)

NICHD Supports Wide Range of Research on the Placenta (July 24, 2015)

The placenta plays a crucial role in human development. Researchers are working to learn more about this poorly-understood organ and its role in pregnancy and lifelong health.
Exploring Population Dynamics (July 21, 2015)

Exploring Population Dynamics (July 21, 2015)

NICHD’s Population Dynamics Branch supports research on a range of topics, including the factors that make populations rise and fall, such as fertility and mortality. We checked in with branch chief Rebecca Clark to learn more about the branch’s work.

“Safe to Sleep” expert offers advice on reducing sudden infant death (July 20, 2015)

In the U.S., more than 3,500 infants die each year from sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, and from what experts describe as “other sleep-related causes of infant death.” Sparing families this incomprehensible tragedy has been a long-term goal of the National Institutes of Health.
Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (July 20, 2015)

Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (July 20, 2015)

NIH seeks input on a proposed new research program to assess biological, chemical, psychosocial, and other environmental influences on child health outcomes. Join one of NIH’s webinars to learn more.
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