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Welcome to The Visible Embryo, a comprehensive educational resource on human development from conception to birth.

The Visible Embryo provides visual references for changes in fetal development throughout pregnancy and can be navigated via fetal development or maternal changes.

The National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development awarded Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovative Research Grants to develop The Visible Embryo. Initally designed to evaluate the internet as a teaching tool for first year medical students, The Visible Embryo is linked to over 600 educational institutions and is viewed by more than ' million visitors each month.


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Pregnancy Timeline by SemestersFetal liver is producing blood cellsHead may position into pelvisBrain convolutions beginFull TermWhite fat begins to be madeWhite fat begins to be madeHead may position into pelvisImmune system beginningImmune system beginningPeriod of rapid brain growthBrain convolutions beginLungs begin to produce surfactantSensory brain waves begin to activateSensory brain waves begin to activateInner Ear Bones HardenBone marrow starts making blood cellsBone marrow starts making blood cellsBrown fat surrounds lymphatic systemFetal sexual organs visibleFinger and toe prints appearFinger and toe prints appearHeartbeat can be detectedHeartbeat can be detectedBasic Brain Structure in PlaceThe Appearance of SomitesFirst Detectable Brain WavesA Four Chambered HeartBeginning Cerebral HemispheresFemale Reproductive SystemEnd of Embryonic PeriodEnd of Embryonic PeriodFirst Thin Layer of Skin AppearsThird TrimesterSecond TrimesterFirst TrimesterFertilizationDevelopmental Timeline
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May 6, 2011--------News Archive

Winter Conceptions at Greater Risk Of Autism
More than 7 million children born in California in the 1990s and early 2000s showed a clear link between their month of conception and their risk of a diagnosis of autism.

Manhood Is a 'Precarious' State
Difficult to earn and easy to lose,"manhood" is a fragile state of mind dependent on NO role violations.


May 5, 2011--------News Archive

Autism Enlarges Brain Before Age 2
Research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill notes that 2-year-old autistic children's brains are up to 10 percent larger than non-autistic children.

Autism: Broken Neurons or Just Slowly Developing?
Developmental abnormalities in the mirror neuron system may in individuals with autism is not actually broken, but simply delayed.


May 4, 2011--------News Archive

New Mothers Learn A Lot From Their Babies
The best teacher for a young mother is her baby, say experts who train social workers to interact with first-time moms.

H1N1, Pregnant Women Were Right To Worry
Women with H1N1 gave birth to lower birth weight babies compared to those who had “influenza-like illness.”


May 3, 2011--------News Archive

Early Nutrition Has A Long-Term Metabolic Impact
Growth, hormonal profiles differ between breastfed and formula-fed infants,

Grandma Was Right: Infants Do Wake Up Taller
Science is finally confirming what grandma knew all along: infants wake up taller right after they sleep.


May 2, 2011--------News Archive

Maternal Obesity Puts Infants At Risk
Carrying too much weight during pregnancy could affect newborns' iron status and brain development.

Errors Put Infants, Children At Risk For Overdose
Prescriptions for narcotics often contain too much medication per dose.

WHO Child Growth Charts

Two studies reveal women who had H1N1 during pregnancy
were more likely to have lower birth weight babies,
In 2009, the United States was gripped by concern for a new winter threat: the H1N1 strain of influenza. According to research conducted through that winter, pregnant women were right.

Two research papers published in the recent American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology show that women who contracted H1N1 were more likely to give birth to lower birth weight babies as compared with women who had “influenza-like illness.”

The papers were compiled through the work of a team of researchers, including Brenna Anderson, MD, MSc, and Dwight Rouse, MD, of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.

“The 2009 H1N1 influenza virus contained a unique combination of gene segments that had never been reported in human influenza cases in the United States. The first reports were that pregnancy would be a significant risk factor for mortality from H1N1,” explains Dr. Anderson, who is director of the Reproductive Infectious Diseases Consultative Service at Women & Infants and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

“We wanted to determine the clinical characteristics of pregnant women with influenza-like illness with those who did not have the infection. We also wanted to track how the virus affected pregnancy by studying the outcomes.”

The latter study – “Neonatal characteristics and outcomes of pregnancies complicated by influenza infection during the 2009 pandemic” – uncovered that women who had H1N1 during pregnancy were more likely to have a lower birth weight baby.

“The average gestational age at delivery was less than 39 weeks and the babies born to women with H1N1 weighed an average of 285 grams less than other babies,” Dr. Anderson notes. “Three of these babies were admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit after birth.”

The goal of the second study – entitled “Clinical characteristics of pregnant women with influenza-like illness during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and use of a standardized management algorithm” – was to create a method for tracking of pregnancy and birth during flu season in the future. It would logically separate women with actual H1N1 and those with influenza-like illness, and track the results of their pregnancies.

“We wanted to describe the clinical characteristics of pregnant women with influenza-like illness,” Dr. Rouse says. “We then compared their clinical symptoms with those of women with confirmed H1N1.

“We knew that H1N1 mortality rates increase during pregnancy, and, during this study, we were able to determine that the time that elapses from when a pregnant woman presents to a health care provider with clinical symptoms to when she is given antiviral therapy is an important determinant of the outcome,” he adds.

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns and a U.S.News Best Hospital in Gynecology. The primary teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the seventh largest obstetrical service in the country with more than 8,500 deliveries per year. In 2009, Women & Infants opened the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

It is home to the nation’s only mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Center of Excellence from the American College of Radiography; a Center for In Vitro Maturation Excellence by SAGE In Vitro Fertilization; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health; and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group.