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Medical Notes: How Climate Change May Be Affecting Pregnancies, Aging Out of Foster Care, and How Babies Develop a Self-Image

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Being placed in foster care can be traumatic – but getting out isn’t much better

Young adults aging out of foster care are more likely to not have a safety net or help from family members, leaving many homeless. Luckily, research published in Children and Youth Services Review shows that aftercare services can make a big impact. These programs help young adults find their footing after leaving the foster care system. In fact, young adults who use these resources tend to have higher education and employment rates than the national average. (Iowa State University)

More and more babies are being born prematurely, and climate change might have something to do with it

An analysis by JAMA Network Open of 53 million births shows that preterm and early-term births increased in areas with more than four consecutive days of abnormally hot weather. With climate change causing higher temperatures, this could spell concern since premature births are a leading cause of infant mortality and can lead to long-term health issues. (Emory University)

We know that babies like to move their hands, but it turns out they might not just be playing

Scientists think that they’re trying to recognize themselves. Research published in the journal Current Biology placed babies in front of a mirror and put a vibrating disc on their heads for them to touch. These babies typically started identifying themselves in the mirror two months earlier than other kids. This study could change how we go about developing babies’s motor skills. (UT Austin)

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