Director's Corner

Prioritizing Women’s Health

Four women sitting at a table talking and laughing.Posted on 05/06/2024

Within NIH, NICHD leads research focused on women’s health “below the belt.” This includes addressing a spectrum of gynecological and reproductive health issues, from endometriosis to pelvic floor disorders.

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Addressing Infertility

Hands holding a dipstick pregnancy test.Posted on 04/08/2024

Infertility affects millions of lives. NICHD supports research to better understand its causes and contributing factors and to improve treatments for both male and female inferility.

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Elucidating the Effects of Digital Media on Children

A young child with a remote control in his hand looking at a television screen.Posted on 03/11/2024

NICHD has a longstanding commitment to research on the effects of exposure to and use of technology and digital media from infancy through adolescence. Since 2020, the Institute has expanded its research in this area to advance toward the goal of discovering how such exposure and use affect developmental trajectories, health outcomes, and parent-child interactions in early childhood.

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Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections

Spiral-shaped bacteria highlighted in teal against a purple background.Posted on 02/14/2024

There were more than 2.5 million cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia in the United States in 2022. NICHD research aims to prevent these and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among women, infants, children, and adolescents. Focus areas include addressing the need for additional STI prevention methods for women and curbing the rise in congenital syphilis cases.

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Reflecting on a Productive 2023

2023. A newborn’s foot is held by an adult hand. A woman in a doctor’s office is sitting down while speaking to a health care provider. A football team in blue uniforms is prepared for play.Posted on 01/02/2024

In 2023, NICHD continued its commitment to research to understand human development, improve reproductive health, promote women’s health, enhance the lives of children and adolescents, and optimize abilities for all. Highlights include steps toward reducing the global burden of maternal sepsis and establishing a standard treatment for opioid-exposed newborns.

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