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Music Helps To Build The Brains Of Very Premature Babies

Medical imaging reveals that the neural networks of premature infants who have listened to specially designed music, in particular a network involved in many sensory and cognitive functions, are developing much better, new research finds. Nearly 1 percent of children are born “very prematurely,” i.e. before the 32nd week of pregnancy. While advances in neonatal […]

New Intervention Screens Mothers For Depression

A novel intervention that identifies potentially depressed mothers and encourages them to seek treatment has been developed by researchers at University of California – Davis Health System. The program, named Motivating our Mothers (MOM), takes a new approach. It relies on pediatricians rather than the mother’s doctor for diagnosis. In the study, mothers were given […]

Oxytocin Boosts Reward Response In Women Watching Infants Cry

The hormone oxytocin raised activity in a reward-sensitive area of the brain when women viewed images of crying infants, but not when they viewed images of smiling ones. Indiana University researchers studying postpartum depression say oxytocin might spark the motivation to help an upset baby. The new work, by investigators from the IU Bloomington College […]