NICHD issues News Releases and Media Advisories to the news media. Spotlight and Research Feature articles explain NICHD research findings and public health issues to the general public. An Item of Interest is a short announcement of relevant information, such as a notable staff change.
Researchers seek to improve understanding of the relationships between child brain development, nutrition, and inflammation
Brushing and flossing and getting regular dental care are important ways for children to keep their teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime. But teeth also need a strong nutritional foundation—especially lots of calcium—to stay healthy for a lifetime. Calcium is also critical for healthy bones, including the jawbone and the other bones of the mouth.
Children and especially teens need calcium to help their bodies, bones, and teeth grow and get strong.
On December 5, 2012, the NICHD released the Scientific Vision: The Next Decade, the culmination of a collaborative process that began in 2011 to identify the most promising scientific opportunities for the Institute and the research community to pursue over the next decade. The Vision statement was made available during the NICHD’s 50th anniversary colloquium.
In 1961, Dr. Robert E. Cooke, the chair of the pediatrics department at Johns Hopkins Hospital and senior medical advisor to President John F. Kennedy, led a Presidential Task Force on the health and well-being of children. The task force submitted a report to the President pointing out the lack of research on the physical, intellectual, and emotional growth of children and recommending the establishment of an organization to investigate disorders of human development, including intellectual and developmental disorders (IDDs).