Early Childhood Behavioral Inhibition Predicts Cortical Thickness in Adulthood

Washington University child psychiatrist Chad Sylvester, MD, PhD’s research paper exploring prediction of adult brain structure based on childhood behavioral Inhibition got published in Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Breast milk linked to significant early brain growth in preemies

Studying preterm infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that preemies whose daily diets were at least 50 percent breast milk had more brain tissue and cortical-surface area by their due dates than premature babies who consumed significantly less breast milk.

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Nurturing during preschool years boosts child’s brain growth

New research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis indicates children with supportive mothers during preschool experience a more significant increase in the volume of the hippocampus during the period from school age to adolescence.

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Children’s book raises mental health awareness

Washington University child psychiatrist Mini Tandon, DO wrote a book to help young children feel comfortable about visiting mental health specialists.

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