Infant colic is defined as persistent inconsolable crying in healthy babies between 2 weeks and 4 months of age in which the baby appears to be in great discomfort and difficult to soothe. Infant colic is not a disease, but a serious and prevalent condition with serious medical and social consequences that, as of yet, remains a mystery for medical research. Estimates of the number of affected infants aged 0-4 months who cry three or more hours a day for three or more days a week for no clear cause (Wessel’s criteria), range from 5% to 40%. Medical literature on colic provides a wide range of hypotheses to explain this condition. These include lack of bacteria in the intestines, reflux, lactose intolerance, maternal smoking, and parental depression, to cite a few. Our ongoing efforts and goals are to propose a refined diagnostic tool as well as study the underlying risk factors that lead to infant colic, using both EHR and blog datasets.
Rebecca J. Passonneau
Neil Menghani (CC’19)
Andrew Lee (BS’20)
Faiza Khan Khattak
 Diving into a Large Corpus of Pediatric Notes. The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, Research Social Hour March 30, 2015. Poster.
 Ansaf Salleb-Aouissi, Axinia Radeva, Rebecca Passonneau, Boyi Xie, Faiza Khan Khattak, Ashish Tomar, David Waltz, Mary McCord, Harriet McGurk, and Noemie Elhadad. Diving into a Large Corpus of Pediatric Notes. ICML 2011 Learning from Unstructured Clinical Text Workshop Bellevue, WA, USA, July 2, 2011.
 Ansaf Salleb-Aouissi, Axinia Radeva, Rebecca Passonneau, Ashish Tomar, David Waltz, Mary McCord, Harriet McGurk, Noemie Elhadad. A Perspective on Understanding Infantile Colic In NIPS 2010 Workshop on Learning and Planning from Batch Time Series Data, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.
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1- Spotlight in Columbia Research Newsletter. https://hugepdf.com/download/15764_pdf
2- Award Spotlight. https://www.engineering.columbia.edu/news/nyc-medialab-2018. Poster Link: https://tinyurl.com/5pkzxrra