Human-Milk-Smell Perfume, for the Benefit of Babies

What might be done to encourage babies to accept products which don’t naturally smell of human milk? “[…] babies prefer the odor attributes of human milk compared to those of artificial infant formula or milk products based on milk compositions of animal origin such as cow’s milk etc.” The Fraunhofer Society (owner, amongst much more, […]

Robot Infants Time Their Smiles to Make (Their?) Moms Smile

Robots can smile, and human mothers can react to that. This study tuned up the timing of this dance: “Infants Time Their Smiles to Make Their Moms Smile,” Paul Ruvolo, Daniel Messinger, Javier Movellan, PLoS ONE 10(9), 2015, e0136492. The authors, at Olin College of Engineering, the University of Miami, and the University of California San […]

A medical study the entire family can enjoy

This is a medical study the entire family can enjoy, one way and another: “Effect of maternal coffee, smoking and drinking behavior on adult son’s semen quality,” P.M. Cirillo, B.A. Cohn, N.Y. Krigbaum, M. Lee, C. Brazil, and Pam Factor-Litvak [pictured here], Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, vol. 2, no. 6, 2011, pp.  375-386. […]