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Alan E. Guttmacher
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Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D. is the Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the focal point at the National Institutes of Health for research in pediatric health and development, maternal health, reproductive health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and rehabilitation medicine, among other areas. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Guttmacher completed an internship and residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Medical Genetics at Harvard and Children’s Hospital of Boston. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine.

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Helping Your Child Improve Reading Skills

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 7:25 PM

When my grandson Woody comes to visit, a favorite thing to do is curl up on the couch together with a good storybook. For instance, on his next visit, I look forward to introducing him to Busy Day, Busy People. Like most two-and-a-half year olds, Woody loves exploring his world,...

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Celebrating 25 Years of the ADA

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 11:22 AM

Some days, Kristal Nemeroff needs her wheelchair, but usually her walker suffices. She is slower than the students who buzz around her, but her motivation is in overdrive. At 27, Kristal is the nurse at Hamilton Elementary School in rural Pennsylvania, a few miles from where she grew up.

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In Search of Answers for Those Struggling With Infertility

(1) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 10:16 AM

Dr. Erin Wolff peers into a microscope in her lab at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Through the magnifying lens, she examines an egg from the ovary of one of her patients, a young woman with a rare autoimmune disease called GATA2 deficiency.

The patient is about to...

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Vaccines Protect Our Kids and Our Communities

(28) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 1:52 PM

A recent multi-state outbreak of measles has reignited national discussion about the importance of childhood vaccines. As a pediatrician, I am saddened that childhood diseases like measles are making a comeback. I have witnessed firsthand the debilitating impact that now-preventable infections can have on kids.

When I...

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Scientists' New 'Human Placenta Project' Aims to Improve Health of Moms and Their Children

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 12:09 PM

The placenta sustains us at the earliest phase of our development and shapes the adults we'll eventually become. And yet it's the least understood, and least studied, of all human organs. At the National Institutes of Health, we're planning a new initiative to learn more about the placenta, in hopes...

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20 Years of Protecting Infants During Sleep

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 10:19 AM

Many years ago, my wife's youngest brother died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). That tragedy deeply affected her family and her personally. It is part of the reason she became a grief counselor, to help others struggling with loss.

A couple of years ago when our...

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Learning to Use Genomics Safely, to Improve Children's Health

(3) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 1:38 PM

Newborn screening is one of the nation's most successful public health programs, each year sparing thousands of American infants from a lifetime of severe disability or premature death. Using a few drops of blood from an infant's heel, state newborn screening programs test for a few dozen debilitating...

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In Healthy Pregnancies, Let the Baby Set the Delivery Date

(4) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 9:04 AM

A few months ago, I became a grandfather, and I love it. In the final weeks leading up to my grandson's birth, I didn't think he could get here fast enough. My step-daughter, too, had grown impatient, in anticipation not only of the new baby, but of the end of...

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