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Breaking the Cycle: Research Aims to Prevent Child Abuse

Breaking the Cycle: Research Aims to Prevent Child Abuse

The NICHD joins other agencies and organizations to recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the importance of preventing child abuse and counteracting its negative impacts.
(Posted: 4/16/2014)
Seeking New Treatments for Endometriosis

Seeking New Treatments for Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a disease in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus—the endometrium—grows outside the uterus. Endometriosis affects millions of American women, yet many women can’t get a timely diagnosis or find effective treatments.
(Posted: 4/10/2014)
The Family Life Project Releases Synthesis of Early Findings

The Family Life Project Releases Synthesis of Early Findings

A new publication provides the first 3 years of results from the NICHD’s Family Life Project. The project’s purpose is to shed light on childhood development in rural areas, with a focus on understanding how poverty and the family affect children’s development in such settings.
(Posted: 3/18/2014)
March is Trisomy Awareness Month: Time to Get "DS Connected"

March is Trisomy Awareness Month: Time to Get "DS Connected"

The NICHD highlights DS Connect™: The Down Syndrome Registry, which allows people with Down syndrome and their family members to share health information and to advance research.
(Posted: 3/6/2014)
NIH Observes Rare Disease Day on February 28

NIH Observes Rare Disease Day on February 28

Part of the NIH mission is to research and treat rare diseases—to make them even rarer. Learn more about NIH’s Rare Disease Day and the NICHD’s rare disease activities.
(Posted: 2/26/2014)
The NICHD Continues the Fight to Eliminate Prenatal and Infant Infections

The NICHD Continues the Fight to Eliminate Prenatal and Infant Infections

In February 1994, a study showed that an anti-HIV drug could reduce the transmission of HIV from mothers to their newborn infants. Twenty years later, the NICHD continues its research efforts to find even more effective ways to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and other infections.
(Posted: 2/18/2014)
Solving a Puzzle in the Brain

Solving a Puzzle in the Brain

An often unsung contributor to scientific advances is the junior researcher—whether a recent college graduate or even a high school student. Recently, a group of these scientists at the NICHD laid the groundwork for the discovery of a new type of cell in the brain.
(Posted: 2/10/2014)
NICHD and Spelman College: Working Together for Women’s Wellness

NICHD and Spelman College: Working Together for Women’s Wellness

The NICHD and Spelman College will “Power Up!” for The Wellness Revolution Summit 2014, one activity in their collaboration on research and women’s health activities.
(Posted: 2/3/2014)
40 Years of Research from Liver to Brain

40 Years of Research from Liver to Brain

Dr. Kuo-Ping (K.P.) Huang found the NICHD to be such an ideal place to do research when he arrived in 1973 that he stayed for more than 40 years. In that time, he made major discoveries related to the regulation of sugar storage and brain function. To mark his January 2014 retirement, the NICHD takes a look back at his prolific career.
(Posted: 1/22/2014)
Teaming Up Against Birth Defects

Teaming Up Against Birth Defects

One newborn of every 33 born in the United States has a birth defect. During this Birth Defects Prevention Month, the NICHD highlights the importance of collaboration in birth defects research. Working together, scientists can find solutions to these complex problems more quickly than they could alone.
(Posted: 1/7/2014)
The Flu is Nothing to Sneeze at: Especially During Pregnancy

The Flu is Nothing to Sneeze at: Especially During Pregnancy

It’s that time of year again: Flu season. For most people, the flu means a few days of discomfort. But for pregnant women, the flu can be serious. Learn more about how pregnant women can reduce their risk for and the severity of the flu.
(Posted: 12/26/2013)
NIH and The Weight of the Nation for Kids

NIH and The Weight of the Nation for Kids

This year, HBO released the documentary series The Weight of the Nation for Kids, in association with NIH, the CDC, and other partners.
(Posted: 12/13/2013)
Making Medicines Safer for Children: NICHD-Supported Research in Pediatric Pharmacology

Making Medicines Safer for Children: NICHD-Supported Research in Pediatric Pharmacology

Did you know that the majority of drugs given to infants and children have never been tested in those populations? The NICHD has been a leader in supporting pediatric pharmacology research for more than 2 decades, providing evidence that when it comes to medication, children are not just little adults.
(Posted: 12/3/2013)
World AIDS Day 2013: Focus on Adolescents and Young Adults

World AIDS Day 2013: Focus on Adolescents and Young Adults

The NICHD joins the world community in celebrating the accomplishments to date in reducing and eliminating HIV/AIDS worldwide, with a focus on efforts related to enabling a new AIDS-free generation of teens and young adults.
(Posted: 11/29/2013)
November is National Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month

As Tribes, communities, and agencies celebrate the culture and heritage of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIs/ANs), the NICHD highlights a unique collaboration aimed at reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and other sleep-related causes of infant death in AI/AN communities.
(Posted: 11/19/2013)
Picture This: NICHD Support for Neuroscience Research

Picture This: NICHD Support for Neuroscience Research

This week, thousands of neuroscientists from around the world—many of them supported by the NICHD and other NIH Institutes and Centers—are gathering at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. This Spotlight highlights the diverse areas of neuroscience research that the NICHD supports.
(Posted: 11/12/2013)
Let’s Talk About SIDS

Let’s Talk About SIDS

Research shows that advice from a health care provider has a significant effect on parents’ safe sleep practices, including room sharing instead of bed sharing. The NICHD highlights this and other research and activities on reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death during SIDS Awareness Month.
(Posted: 10/30/2013)
Redefining the Term

Redefining the Term

Two leading health care provider associations are recommending a change in the definition of a “full-term” pregnancy. This change is based on NICHD research efforts in pregnancy and childbirth and has far-reaching effects.
(Posted: 10/24/2013)
Beyond Back Sleeping

Beyond Back Sleeping

In 2012, the NICHD, with the support of its campaign collaborators, created the Safe to Sleep® campaign as an expansion of the highly successful Back to Sleep campaign to better address the changing landscape of infant mortality. But why?
(Posted: 10/17/2013)
Safe to Sleep® Campaign Launches Website

Safe to Sleep® Campaign Launches Website

The NICHD-led Safe to Sleep® campaign's new website offers information, resources, and tools to help spread the word about reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death among parents, caregivers, and health care providers.
(Posted: 9/30/2013)
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