Federal Register Publication of 60-Day Comment Request on NCS Archive Information Collection Renewal

Posted by Peter Gilbertson on Nov. 16, 2018, 10:49 a.m.

As published November 8, 2018 in the Federal Register (83 FR 55905), written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies are invited regarding an information collection request renewal for the NCS Archive submitted to the Office of Management and Budget by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Please see the Federal Register Notice for further details.

The NCS Archive team also welcomes all persons at any time to submit constructive feedback and/or concerns about the NCS Archive to NCSArchive@s-3.net or utilize the site Contact Us form.


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Alcohol and Tobacco Prevalence and Cessation in the National Children’s Study

Posted by Peter Gilbertson on Nov. 12, 2018, 10:10 a.m.

The National Children’s Study collected health data on over 5,400 birth families from prenatal up to early childhood (age 5). That data and samples from these participants is available in the NCS Archive. The report, Analysis of Alcohol and Tobacco Prevalence and Cessation before and during Pregnancy in the National Children’s Study (NCS), provides an example of the use of the NCS Archive data for maternal and pediatric research.


At pre-conception and pregnancy visits, a woman’s drinking and smoking status was measured by asking about current and past use:

A descriptive analysis of mothers and infants was completed for those screened for substance use.


If a researcher is interested in pursuing this topic further, for example, exploring substance use in relation to various child health outcomes or completing analysis of available prenatal hair samples, both data and samples are available to approved researchers.

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Placental Atlas Tool

Posted by Peter Gilbertson on Oct. 29, 2018, 1:19 p.m.

NICHD Placental Atlas Tool Logo

Researchers interested in the placenta are invited to explore the NICHD’s recently launched Placental Atlas Tool or PAT - https://pat.nichd.nih.gov. The PAT is a free resource incorporating placental data from publications and public databases into a single website for the research community, and is a reference tool for studying placental development and function throughout pregnancy.


The NCS Archive is excited to be one of many placental resources connected to the PAT, and the Archive encourages users to explore the PAT in addition to the NCS Archive. Archive users are invited to continue exploring available NCS placental data and samples (DNA, RNA, Membrane, and slides/tissue blocks) and look for new research collaborations made possible by the PAT.

If a researcher is interested in pursuing NCS Placental investigations further both data and samples are available to approved researchers.


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Breastfeeding and Autism Spectrum Disorder in the National Children’s Study

Posted by Peter Gilbertson on Sept. 7, 2018, noon

The National Children’s Study collected health data on over 5,400 birth families from prenatal up to early childhood (age 5). That data and samples from these participants is available in the NCS Archive. The report, Breastfeeding and Autism Spectrum Disorder in the National Children’s Study, provides an example of the use of the NCS Archive data for pediatric research.


An exploratory examination of the association between breastfeeding of infants and risk of later development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was completed using the 1,429 children who were screened for risk of autism using the M-CHAT instrument and whose mother completed both 6-month and 12-month postpartum questions on breastfeeding.

Descriptive analysis for mothers and the children was completed for those screened by the M-CHAT as At Risk or Not At Risk.

For mothers the analysis included:

For children analysis included:


If a researcher is interested in pursuing the current research topic further, for example, exploring breastmilk composition in relation to various child health outcomes, breastmilk specimens were collected from a subset of mothers during the birth and 3-month interview visits. These samples are available to approved researchers for laboratory analysis and can be requested through the NCS Archive. The NCS also provides a rich collection of familial information such as demographics of the father, child medications, physical measures, tobacco smoke exposure, insurance status, childcare arrangements, and home exposures for future exploration.

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Archive Update (Sept. 2018) – New Data Brief, New Tool Functions and Updated Sample Data

Posted by Peter Gilbertson on Sept. 6, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

The September 2018 release of the NCS Archive adds a new data brief, new publications, new tool functionality, and updates to the available biospecimen and environmental samples.

These updates along with other improvements are outlined below.

General

Data & Documentation

Publications

Research Request

Research Tools

Sample & Lab Data


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