Preemies’ Brains Get Boost From Breast Milk

MRI scans found infants who drank more of it had more brain tissue, study found

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“The brains of babies born before their due dates usually are not fully developed,” explained senior investigator Dr. Cynthia Rogers, an assistant professor of child psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis.

“But breast milk has been shown to be helpful in other areas of development, so we looked to see what effect it might have on the brain,” Rogers said in a university news release.

“With MRI scans, we found that babies fed more breast milk had larger brain volumes. This is important because several other studies have shown a correlation between brain volume and cognitive development,” she said.

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Not Teaching Parents About Early Brain Development Is A Massive and Damaging Public Health Failure

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The biggest single public health deficit and failure in America today is the fact that almost no parents of newborn children have been told or taught that they can improve their child’s learning abilities significantly by exercising their baby’s brain in the first three years of life.

The basic biological science on that issue is absolutely clear — and almost no one is sharing that information about that biology in any useful ways with the parents of newborn children.

Three Core Concepts in Early Development

This video series depicts how advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics give us a better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains.

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Social thinking in the infant brain revealed

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An innovative collaboration between neuroscientists and developmental psychologists that investigated how infants’ brains process other people’s action provides the first evidence that directly links neural responses from the motor system to overt social behavior in infants.

6 Things We’ve Recently Learned About Babies’ Brains

How much is a newborn aware of? What are the consequences of different environmental factors on infant brain development? Researchers have made some headway in terms of understanding the brain functions of our smallest members of society.

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Infants, also known as tiny humans, have bodies and medical issues that can differ greatly from their fully-grown counterparts. Perhaps most glaringly, infant brains tend to be far more difficult to understand than adult brains, mostly because infants can’t communicate as well as adults. We can’t ask babies what they think or feel, so we rely on behavioral clues and scans that show the neurological workings of their brains. Despite these difficulties, we’ve discovered some pretty important things about the brains of our tiniest members of society in the last few years.

Brain imaging tool seeks signs of infant malnutrition

See how an imaging tool can track brain growth to provide evidence that could protect against malnutrition.

Source: Brain imaging tool seeks signs of infant malnutrition

An estimated 161 million children around the world are chronically malnourished, or stunted. Lack of food and nutrients severely harm children’s development. This can be obvious, such as when children are much shorter than they should be for their age. But it can also affect hidden parts of the body including the brain.

In this video, we examine the work of a group of scientists from University College London, the university of Birkbeck and Cambridge University in the United Kingdom who have travelled to the Gambia to test a new, cheap tool that allows doctors to monitor the brain growth of infants from birth in a non-invasive way. It is also much more accurate than traditional methods such as measuring head circumference with a tape measure.