Author: Erin Graham

How babies understand expressions and emotions

FacialRecognitionToday, the Boston Globe features the work of researcher Charles A. Nelson, PhD, who runs Children’s Hospital Boston’s cognitive neuroscience laboratory. Nelson studies how babies learn to decode facial expressions by monitoring the connection between children’s eye movements and their brain activity. He hopes to learn how people distinguish faces and how we learn to link expressions with emotions.

Here, you can read about how Nelson’s lab is exploring how babies see race.

In this article, find out how Nelson is studying the brain development of babies with a higher risk of autism to discover early indicators that could be used to identify the condition in infants.

This story describes how Nelson spent time with Romanian orphans in foster homes to learn about what impact deprivation has on the brain—and whether its effects can be reversed.

Dr. Nelson’s work was also featured recently on abcnews.com.

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A Children's expert answers parents' questions about the swine flu

Swine flu hazard signJoanne Cox, MD, director of Children’s Hospital Boston’s Primary Care Center, answers questions about H1N1 during this Karson & Kennedy Morning Show on MIX 104.1. She dispels common myths and answers questions about the swine flu virus and vaccine, like:

How do you know if you have regular flu or H1N1?

Can you be immune if you’ve already had swine flu?

Is there harmful mercury in the vaccine?

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An experimental heart valve saves a child with H1N1

Swine flu hazard signThe Wall Street Journal features a story about a Children’s Hospital Boston patient with congenital heart disease who was stricken with H1N1 and required a new heart valve. Because the boy was too sick to undergo open-heart surgery, James Lock, MD, led a team that implanted the new valve using a catheter. Lock and Peter Laussen, MD, chief of cardiovascular critical care at Children’s, talk about how H1N1 presents a serious problem for children with heart disease.

Last week, a multicenter study led by Children’s reported good preliminary results in 30 patients receiving this catheter-implanted valve, which is threaded up a leg vein to the heart.

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Trick and treatment

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Georgia makes a pretty princess.

Each year, many Children’s Hospital Boston patients dress up and go trick-or-treating throughout the hospital. The children love to decorate their bags and the inpatient floors in spooky themes. The staff get in on the fun too. Here are some of today’s costumed kids.

Do you have Halloween photos of your children you’d like to share? Email them to us—and tell us their names—at thrive@childrens.harvard.edu and we’ll include them in our gallery.

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