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

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Dr. Lisa Halvorson: Renewed Focus on Women's Health

Dr. Lisa HalvorsonThe Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch is a relative newcomer to the NICHD family, even though gynecologic research has been an important part of the institute's portfolio since it was founded. Branch chief Dr. Lisa Halvorson talks about her vision for the branch and how she sees it influencing women's health.

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Umbilical cord ‘milking’ improves blood flow in preterm infants (June 29, 2015)

A technique to increase the flow of blood from the umbilical cord into the infant’s circulatory system improves blood pressure and red blood cell levels in preterm infants delivered by cesarean section, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Eating the placenta after birth carries no health benefits, new study finds (June 26, 2015)

It may be trendy, but a new study has concluded there are no benefits to eating the placenta. In this NICHD podcast, the study author explains the rationale behind this controversial practice and describes what the science has found.

Researchers design placenta-on-a-chip to better understand pregnancy (June 18, 2015)

National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers and their colleagues have developed a “placenta-on-a-chip” to study the inner workings of the human placenta and its role in pregnancy.
Studying the Growing Brain: A Q&A on the C-MIND Study (June 12, 2015)

Studying the Growing Brain: A Q&A on the C-MIND Study (June 12, 2015)

The NICHD-supported Cincinnati MR Imaging of Neurodevelopment (C-MIND) study is building a catalogue of hundreds of brain images from infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Two of the study’s lead researchers discuss what it took to set up this valuable resource on human brain development—and what the images show.
Neuroscience Research Resources (June 08, 2015)

Neuroscience Research Resources (June 08, 2015)

NICHD supports a variety of research projects and networks that are useful to neuroscientists. Find a detailed list here.                                                    
Pelvic Floor Disorders: A Q&A with Dr. Susan Meikle  (May 21, 2015)

Pelvic Floor Disorders: A Q&A with Dr. Susan Meikle (May 21, 2015)

Many patients with pelvic floor disorders won’t tell their health care provider because they are embarrassed or think their provider can’t help. In this Q&A, gynecologist Dr. Susan Meikle says that progress is being made in treating pelvic floor disorders, and she encourages people to talk to their doctors.
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