The bacteria building your baby: Exposure to influential bacteria begins before we are born, new evidence confirms

Australian researchers have laid to rest a longstanding controversy: is the womb sterile? They carefully collected amniotic fluid samples from 50 healthy women undergoing planned caesarean deliveries, and found that nearly all (36/43 viable samples)

Cause of rare pediatric brain disorder

An international effort led by physician-scientists at Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine (RCIGM), in collaboration with a team at the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre (MCH-MUHC), has identified the cause

Parents: Keep medical marijuana dispensaries away from kids: About 3/4 of parents say dispensaries should not be near schools

With medical marijuana now legal in about two-thirds of U.S. states, there’s growing concern about how dispensaries may impact surrounding neighborhoods and communities. And parents in a new national poll overwhelmingly agree on one place

See-through fish aid scientists in autism-related breakthrough: Biologists’ study may help unravel the reasons for ‘tummy troubles’

University of Miami researchers have discovered a clue in the humble zebrafish’s digestive tract that, one day, could help people on the autism spectrum alleviate one of the most common yet least studied symptoms of

Learning new vocabulary during deep sleep

Sleeping time is sometimes considered unproductive time. This raises the question whether the time spent asleep could be used more productively — e.g. for learning a new language? To date sleep research focused on the

Kids prefer friends who talk like they do: Growing up in diversity doesn’t make children more accepting of different accents, study says

Children tend to prefer to be friends with other children who speak with the same local accent as they have, even if they grow up in a diverse community and are regularly exposed to a

Serious loneliness spans the adult lifespan but there is a silver lining: Feeling alone linked to psychological and physical ills, but wisdom may be a protective factor

In recent years, public health officials have warned about a rising epidemic of loneliness, with rates of loneliness reportedly doubling over the past 50 years. In a new study, researchers at University of California San