New collection of month-specific infant brain atlas captures fine details of the early developing brain

Human brain atlases can be used by medical professionals to track normative trends over time and to pinpoint crucial aspects of early brain development. With these atlases, they are able…

Smoking during pregnancy reduces childhood brain growth in very preterm babies

Women who smoke during pregnancy run the risk of injuring brain development in their babies. Earlier research showed that the size of the brain was reduced in preterm babies born…

Differences in brain wiring could explain social communication difficulties in autistic children

Children with autism often struggle to identify emotional cues in other people’s voices because of differences in the wiring and function of a key social center in their brains, according…

New drug combination may offer better prognosis for children diagnosed with deadly brain cancer

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered a drug combination that may offer a better prognosis for children diagnosed with MYC amplified Medulloblastoma, an often deadly…

Social and economic inequality associated with differences in children’s brain connections

Growing up in a socioeconomically disadvantaged household may have lasting effects on children’s brain development, a large new study suggests. Compared with children from more-advantaged homes and neighborhoods, children from…

New research lays the foundation for more effectively treating pediatric brain tumor

In a ground-breaking new study, scientists have uncovered the mechanics of the blood-tumor barrier, one of the most significant obstacles to improving treatment efficacy and preventing the return of cancerous…

Does maternal obesity impact fetal brain development?

In a recent study published in the Nutrients journal, researchers assessed the impact of maternal obesity on brain development in the fetus. Study: Maternal Obesity and Gut Microbiota Are Associated…

Effects of SARS-CoV-2-associated stress among pregnant women on development of fetus brain

In a recent study posted to the medRxiv* preprint server, researchers in the United States evaluated the effects of maternal coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic-associated stress and fetal brain development…

Brain development determines nap transitions in early childhood

Why do some 4- and 5-year-olds still nap like clockwork every afternoon, while other preschoolers start giving up habitual napping at age 3? It’s a question many parents no doubt…

Early deprivation continues to affect brain development well into adolescence, study shows

After the fall of communism in Romania, thousands of children were discovered in institutional orphanages across the country. Because of high child-to-caregiver ratios, these children were neglected, with overall low…