You might think that, in the eyes of the law, you ‘own’ your body and all its constituent parts. Think again. “Most women would be stunned to discover that the law does not consider a piece of their body to be their property” That’s when the body part under consideration is a placenta. This perplexing […]
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, […]
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 […]
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. […]
This week’s Mysterious Citation of the Week is: “Retracted: Fear of the Yawning Mother: A Case of Misophonia,” Noel Collins, Australasian Psychiatry, 18.1 (2010): 71-72.