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Significant Gaps in Communication between Physicians and Parents

Recent work by Cynthia Gerhardt, PhD, and Kathryn Vannatta, PhD, has shown significant gaps in communication between physicians and parents, as well as associations with parent and child distress. For more information, visit the NCI Communication Grant page

Buying Breast Milk Online is Likely to Cause Illness in Infants

Research conducted by Sarah Keim, PhD, and her team, in collaboration with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and The Ohio State University, found more than three-fourths of breast milk samples purchased over the Internet contained bacteria that can cause illness, and frequently exhibited signs of poor collection, storage or shipping practices. The study, published in the November 2013 issue of Pediatrics, is the first to examine the safety of selling breast milk to others over the Internet, a trend that has become more frequent in the past several years.

Diets Low in Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids May Be a Problem for Youngsters

In the first study to closely examine the polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) intake among U.S. children under the age of 5, Sarah Keim, PhD, has found what might be a troubling deficit in the diet of many youngsters. The study, published online in September 2013 by Maternal and Child Nutrition, used data on nearly 2500 children age 12 to 60 months from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

New Study Examines Injuries Associated with Baby Bottles, Pacifiers and Sippy Cups in the U.S.

Sippy cups, bottles and pacifiers are popular items used by many parents for their kids. However, a new study shows that these items can be dangerous if a child is walking or running with one of these items in their mouth. Watch as Sarah Keim, PhD, researcher in the Center for Biobehavioral Health at The Research Institute, explains simple tips to prevent injury.

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