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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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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.
Bottle of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine along with a hypodermic needle.

Large percentage of youth with HIV may lack immunity to measles, mumps, rubella (August 13, 2015)

Between one-third and one-half of individuals in the United States who were infected with HIV around the time of birth may not have sufficient immunity to ward off measles, mumps, and rubella—even though they may have been vaccinated against these diseases. This estimate, from a National Institutes of Health research network, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is based on a study of more than 600 children and youth exposed to HIV in the womb.
Diagram of bodily areas where women reported feeling pain.

Pelvic pain may be common among reproductive-age women, NIH study finds (August 12, 2015)

A high proportion of reproductive-age women may be experiencing pelvic pain that goes untreated, according to a study by researchers from the National Institutes of Health and the University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City.
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.