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January 16, 2018

The Gift of Sophie

Sophie Steiner, 15, lying in bed on the fifth floor of UNC Children’s Hospital, asked her parents for one last thing. None of them had any idea this one last thing would transform cancer support services for teens and young adults at the UNC Medical Center. But her request has done just that. Sophie had…

Cancer, Children, UNC Stories

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October 26, 2017

Beyond the Helmet: Protecting the Brain of Your Athlete

Here’s what to know about protecting your child’s brain, face and teeth from injury.

Brain Health, Children

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September 22, 2017

The Four-Legged Volunteer

As part of the Tar Heal Paws program, Sadie and her owner Jamie Lynn Russell volunteer their time to bring fur therapy to patients and families at UNC Medical Center and other UNC Health Care facilities. Sadie is one of fourteen canine volunteers to be featured in the first series of Tar Heal Paws.

Children, Families, News, UNC Stories

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September 17, 2017

UNC launches new study to uncover nutritional impacts on early brai...

Researchers are using state-of-the-art imaging techniques and collecting data on dietary nutrient intake, feeding practices, and gut microbiota abundance and diversity to elucidate the links between nutrition, the microbiome, and brain maturation processes in early childhood.

Children, Collaboration, Gastroenterology, News, Nutrition, Studies

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July 20, 2017

Toddler Brain Development: bacterial clues found in dirty baby diapers

Can the kinds of microbes colonizing the gut at age 1 predict later cognitive development? Findings from the UNC School of Medicine shed light on the surprising role of bacteria in how our brains develop during the first years of life.

Babies, Children, Mental Health, Microbiome, News, Nutrition

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July 10, 2017

Pregnant women should be included in Zika virus vaccine research, n...

The inclusion of pregnant women in Zika virus vaccine research is crucial to solving the international health crisis, according to new guidance published by UNC’s Center for Bioethics and two other universities.

Babies, Children, Contagions, Fertility, Pregnancy, Research, Vaccines, Zika

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June 9, 2017

Predicting Autism: Study Links Infant Brain Connections to Diagnose...

In two previous studies, University of North Carolina researchers and colleagues linked infant brain anatomy differences to autism diagnoses at age two. Now they show differences in functional connections between brain regions at 6 months to predict autism at age two.

Autism, Brain Health, Children, Mental Health, News, Publications, Research, Studies

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January 25, 2017

Collaboration offers genetic testing for NC newborns

A new NIH-funded consortium in North Carolina will offer Early Check, a free newborn screening done in partnership with the N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health, UNC, Duke University, and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Babies, Children, Genetics, Pediatric Medicine, Research

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April 27, 2016

Despite Efforts, Childhood Obesity Remains on the Rise

Dr. Eliana Perrin of UNC is one of the authors of the study, which found no evidence of a decline in childhood obesity in any age group.

Children, Nutrition, Weight Loss

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October 26, 2015

Shaken baby prevention effort reduces crying-related calls to nurse...

The study found no reduction in state-level rates of abusive head trauma (AHT) or “shaken baby syndrome.”

Children, Nursing, Research

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February 3, 2015

Simple strategies used by parents lead to improvements in one-year-...

Parents using these strategies, known as Adapted Responsive Teaching (ART), reported significant improvements in their child’s sensory responsiveness, communication and socialization.

Autism, Children, Pediatric Medicine, Research

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