Measuring Nurture: NYULMC Study Shows How “Good Mothering” Hardwires Infant Brain

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have found that the mother’s presence and social interactions — her nurturing role — directly molds the early neural activity and growth of her offsprings’ brain. In the July 21 edition of Current Biology, the NYU Langone team, led by senior study investigator and neurobiologist Regina Sullivan, PhD, showed that the mother’s presence in the nest regulated and controlled electrical signaling in the infant pup’s brain. Read more...


NYU Researchers Find 18 Percent of High School Seniors Smoke Hookah

While cigarette use is declining precipitously among youth, evidence indicates that American adolescents are turning to ethnically-linked alternative tobacco products, such as hookahs, cigars, and various smokeless tobacco products, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A new study by researchers affiliated with New York University's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR), published in the August 2014 edition of Pediatrics, identifies how prevalent Hookah use is and which teens are most likely to be using it.  Read more...