Diet may affect brain development in premature babies

The amount of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids consumed by vulnerable premature babies significantly contributes to increased brain volume and white matter development, according to a study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2018 annual meeting. Credit: Sebastian Kaulitzki/Shutterstock.com During the final weeks of gestation, the fetal brain undergoes a growth spurt that significantly increases its […]

Researchers study link between early nutrition and brain development in low birthweight preemies

The volume of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and calories consumed by very vulnerable preemies significantly contributes to increased brain volume and white matter development, however additional research is needed to determine specific nutritional approaches that best support these infants’ developing brains, according to research to be presented during the Pediatric Academic Societies 2018 annual meeting. During […]

EPO’s neuroprotective effect in preemies may be mediated by epigenetic regulation of genes

Erythropoietin (EPO) helps to protect and repair vulnerable brains though it remains a mystery how the anemia drug does so. Genetic analyses conducted by a multi-institutional research team finds that EPO may work its neuroprotective magic by modifying genes essential for regulating growth and development of nervous tissue as well as genes that respond to […]

Depression symptoms can persist six months after NICU discharge for young parents

Young parents who have less education and care for more than one child are more likely to have persistent symptoms of depression that linger six months after their newborn is discharged from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), according to a Children’s National Health System research presentation during the Pediatric Academic Societies 2018 annual meeting. […]

Long-term effects of pre-birth exposure to anti-depressants 12 years later

Selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) antidepressant treatment during pregnancy is associated with better performance on a computerized task to measure cognitive skills in 12 year olds, according to a new study being presented during the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2018 Meeting. This study, led by Dr. Sarah Hutchison and senior author, Dr. Tim Oberlander, investigates the […]