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9/2/2015

Rehabilitation Research at NICHD
Rehabilitation medicine includes efforts to improve function and minimize impairment due to illnesses or injuries. Learn more about NICHD’s rehabilitation research.

9/1/2015

Insects recognize thousands of different tastes, not just basic categories like salty and sweet
Ever wonder why regular and diet soda taste so different? Both are sweet, but new research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) may explain how you can tell one from another. The study, published in the September 1 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, shows for the first time that the moth brain can detect and interpret thousands of individual tastes, not just broad categories of taste as was previously thought.

8/26/2015

Helping Your Child Improve Reading Skills
In his recent article in The Huffington Post, Dr. Guttmacher highlights the importance of reading every day with children.

8/20/2015

How Does Reading Work?
Children learn to read by building a number of skills. Learn more about how reading works in this slideshow.

7/20/2015

Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes
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.

7/9/2015

NIH researchers find key regulator of interactions between brain networks
Stimulating a type of brain cell receptor launches a series of events that ultimately lead to the receptor’s deactivation in a subset of cells important for coordinating the activity of brain networks, report a team of scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

6/12/2015

Studying the Growing Brain: A Q&A on the C-MIND Study
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.

6/8/2015

Neuroscience Research Resources
NICHD supports a variety of research projects and networks that are useful to neuroscientists. Find a detailed list here.                                                    

5/20/2015

Animals’ presence may ease social anxiety in kids with autism
When animals are present, children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have lower readings on a device that detects anxiety and other forms of social arousal when interacting with their peers.

4/29/2015

2014 Annual Report of the Division of Intramural Research
NICHD’s Division of Intramural Research releases its 2014 annual report with progress updates from each program and laboratory.

4/23/2015

Income levels affect the structure of a child’s brain, NIH-funded study shows
Growing up poor affects the brain. That’s the conclusion of researchers from nine universities across the country who’ve completed the largest study of its kind to date.

4/15/2015

Vitamin E deficiency could lead to brain damage, zebrafish study suggests
Lack of vitamin E may contribute to cognitive disorders by robbing brain cells of a substance important for their structure, according to a study of zebrafish funded by the National Institutes of Health.

4/14/2015

NICHD Funds Research on Child Maltreatment
​​Valerie Maholmes, Ph.D., the head of the Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Branch at the NICHD, has dedicated her career to thinking about how to take care of children in difficult circumstances. Learn more about NICHD-funded research on child maltreatment.​

3/10/2015

Link found between childhood obesity and slower thought processes
A new study has found that extremely overweight or obese children are slower than healthy-weight children to recognize when they have made an error during an ongoing activity, and are slower to correct the error.

2/23/2015

Bilingualism boosts the brain, NIH study finds
About 22% of school-age children speak a language other than English at home, according to the US Census Bureau. The percentage is even higher, 64%, among Hispanic children. Still, it is commonly believed by some that teaching more than one language to children confuses them. Now, new research shows that in fact, bilingualism actually boosts the brain.

1/7/2015

NIH teams with industry to develop treatments for Niemann-Pick Type C disease
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health have entered into an agreement with biotechnology company Vtesse, Inc., of Gaithersburg, Maryland, to develop treatments for Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) and other lysosomal storage disorders.

1/5/2015

Cernich appointed director of NICHD’s National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research
NICHD Director Alan E. Guttmacher announced that, after an extensive national search, Alison Cernich, Ph.D., has been selected as Director of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research.

12/17/2014

Chronic high blood sugar may be detrimental to the developing brain of young children
Young children who have long-term high blood sugar levels are more likely to have slower brain growth, according to researchers at centers including the National Institutes of Health.

12/2/2014

NICHD and HSC Foundation Event on Military-Connected Children with Special Needs
Military families, researchers, and others came together at a conference to share knowledge about military-connected children with special health care needs.

12/1/2014

Nearly 55 percent of U.S. infants sleep with potentially unsafe bedding
Nearly 55 percent of U.S. infants are placed to sleep with bedding that increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, despite recommendations against the practice, report researchers at the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other institutions.
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