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Over the last 30 years, a growing body of epidemiological research has suggested that poor nutrition in pregnancy hurts the baby by setting metabolism to a “thrifty” state that leads, decades later, to type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Over the last 30 years, a growing body of epidemiological research has suggested that poor nutrition in pregnancy hurts the baby by setting metabolism to a “thrifty” state that leads, decades later, to type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

A Stanford-led research team has developed a simple blood test for pregnant women that shows, with 75-80 percent accuracy, which pregnancies will end in premature birth.

A Stanford-led research team has developed a simple blood test for pregnant women that shows, with 75-80 percent accuracy, which pregnancies will end in premature birth.

An iPad app is helping a nonverbal 19-year-old make social connections and express her thoughts and needs as never before.

An iPad app is helping a nonverbal 19-year-old make social connections and express her thoughts and needs as never before.

As a third-year medical student, Luisa Valenzuela Riveros, MD, was eager to begin participating in hospital rounds. But, as she told the audience at a Diversity and Inclusion Forum held Friday at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, one of her early case presentations didn’t go at all as she had hoped.

As a third-year medical student, Luisa Valenzuela Riveros, MD, was eager to begin participating in hospital rounds. But, as she told the audience at a Diversity and Inclusion Forum held Friday at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, one of her early case presentations didn’t go at all as she had hoped.

It’s one of the hardest questions in medicine: Should hospitals ever stop spending money to avert certain preventable deaths?

It’s one of the hardest questions in medicine: Should hospitals ever stop spending money to avert certain preventable deaths?

Vasopressin levels are low in the cerebrospinal fluid of less-social rhesus monkeys and in people with autism, the study found. The discovery suggests that it may be possible to design a lab test to identify autism in kids.

Vasopressin levels are low in the cerebrospinal fluid of less-social rhesus monkeys and in people with autism, the study found. The discovery suggests that it may be possible to design a lab test to identify autism in kids.

Ask a child with asthma how easily he or she can breathe, and you won’t get an objective answer. But where Q&A fails, technology can take over, according to a team of Stanford researchers who are developing a way to predict asthma attacks in advance.

Ask a child with asthma how easily he or she can breathe, and you won’t get an objective answer. But where Q&A fails, technology can take over, according to a team of Stanford researchers who are developing a way to predict asthma attacks in advance.

The American dream of children growing up to earn more than their parents is harder to achieve than it used to be, and big data gives valuable insight into how it has changed.

The American dream of children growing up to earn more than their parents is harder to achieve than it used to be, and big data gives valuable insight into how it has changed.

Scientists have made an important step forward in treating a deadly childhood brain tumor, using T cells engineered to target a surface sugar found on the cancer cells.

Scientists have made an important step forward in treating a deadly childhood brain tumor, using T cells engineered to target a surface sugar found on the cancer cells.

Yesterday was a packed day at the third Childx conference at Stanford, with sessions covering everything from the biology of brain tumors to the ethics of gene editing and the economic shifts affecting the American dream.

Yesterday was a packed day at the third Childx conference at Stanford, with sessions covering everything from the biology of brain tumors to the ethics of gene editing and the economic shifts affecting the American dream.

Today marks the start of Stanford's third Childx conference, a TED-style event addressing challenges and solutions in child health. Hundreds of pediatricians, educators, scientists and policy experts are coming together for this year’s sessions on the theme “Learn, Collaborate, Innovate.”

Today marks the start of Stanford's third Childx conference, a TED-style event addressing challenges and solutions in child health. Hundreds of pediatricians, educators, scientists and policy experts are coming together for this year’s sessions on the theme “Learn, Collaborate, Innovate.”

Pediatric cardiologist and biomedical innovator Bronwyn Harris talks about the challenge of translating data into better outcomes for kids with chronic diseases.

Pediatric cardiologist and biomedical innovator Bronwyn Harris talks about the challenge of translating data into better outcomes for kids with chronic diseases.

Can computers carry out hospital safety-monitoring tasks better than humans? A Stanford research team has been testing the idea; so far, it's working well.

Can computers carry out hospital safety-monitoring tasks better than humans? A Stanford research team has been testing the idea; so far, it's working well.

The Stanford-based California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative has released a new toolkit to help doctors prevent dangerous blood clots in pregnant women and new mothers.

The Stanford-based California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative has released a new toolkit to help doctors prevent dangerous blood clots in pregnant women and new mothers.