Human brain development is a protracted process that begins in the third gestational week with the differentiation of the neural progenitor cells and extends at least through late adolescence, arguably throughout the lifespan.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the latest in child health information. The site includes frequently updated news releases, publications available from the Academy (some in Spanish), child health research reports, and related Internet links.
The Children's Hospital's site includes a searchable encyclopedia of child related health conditions, as well as a listing of clinical services, and a database of pediatric specialists at the hospital.
The Centers for Disease Control Prevention Web site offers basic information about fetal alcohol syndrome and ways to prevent it, as well as publications, educational materials and links, and a list of CDC related activities.
First Signs offers information on child development with particular emphasis on early screening and detection of developmental and behavioral disorders, including those on the autism spectrum.
This easy to use service of the National Library of Medicine provides links to articles, research reports, and organizations covering various aspects of child development. Some information is available in Spanish.
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities serves as a central source of information on disabilities in youth. There are pages on developmental delays and early intervention, education and legislative issues, specific disabilities, and more.
On the NICHD Web site one will find a wealth of information about child health and human development. The site includes news releases, publications, funding information, intramural research reports, statistics, and research resources.
The National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, a multi-university collaboration, offers accessible working papers and reports on issues relating to childhood development, from prenatal health to stress and the young brain.
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While the problem of unsafe tap water in Flint, Michigan fueled outrage and better awareness in regard to the hazards of lead in tap water, the problem has existed in city after city for years in the US and in other countries. Our article examines the potentially harmful contaminants that have yet to be evaluated, much less regulated, as they pertain to brain development.
People who stutter have no problems with memory,
syntax, grammar, word finding, or articulation. Scientists theorized that there
must be some extremely specific population of neurons somewhere in the brain
that are affected.
early, prospective study suggests that pinpointing where children are on a
scale of brain connectivity could tell doctors which child is at risk of
Seeking the Neural Signature of Consciousness
Cambridge researchers using EEG find network activity differs among minimally conscious patients, and the possibility of predicting the potential to communicate even in non-responsive people.
by Kayt Sukel
Recent research provides strong evidence that
pollutants cause harms, and suggests underlying pathways and mechanisms.
While our short-term memory ability may peak in youth, other cognitive skills hit their strides much later, researchers report from a series of crowd-sourced experiments.