Predicting developmental delays in preterm infants through brain chemical ratios

Researchers have identified a potential biomarker for predicting whether a premature infant is at high risk for motor development problems, according to a study published online in the journal Radiology.”We are living in an era in which survival of premature birth is more common,” said Giles S. Kendall, Ph.D. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical […]

Nearly half of women at risk of preterm birth do not receive cheap drug that could prevent millions of newborn deaths

A major international study of more than 303,000 births in 29 low-income and middle-income countries has found that only half (52%) of women who are eligible to receive a simple, effective, low-cost treatment to prevent death and disability in their newborn babies are getting it. Use of antenatal corticosteroids was highly variable ranging from 16-20% […]

Advances in preterm birth featured in ‘Science’

The prestigious journal Science features a major article about the most important problem in obstetrics: preterm labor. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Advances in understanding of preterm birth

Medical researchers have authored a major article about the most important problem in obstetrics: preterm labor. The article delivers a powerful message: preterm birth is not one condition, but many, and provides a framework for meeting this challenge. Infant’s Health News — ScienceDaily

Many Expectant Moms Don’t Get Steroids That Protect Preterm Babies

Title: Many Expectant Moms Don’t Get Steroids That Protect Preterm BabiesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/13/2014 12:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 8/14/2014 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet Pregnancy General

Gloves after hand washing associated with fewer infections in preterm babies

Extremely premature babies in a neonatal intensive care unit had fewer infections when medical staff wore gloves after washing their hands compared with hand washing alone. Even after hand washing, medical staff can still have microorganisms on their hands. This can be dangerous for extremely preterm newborns because of their immature immune systems and underdeveloped […]

Maternal singing during skin-to-skin contact benefits both preterm infants, mothers

A mother who sings to her preterm infant while providing ‘kangaroo care,’ or holding with direct skin-to-skin contact, may see improvements in both her child’s and her own health. The finding comes from a study of 86 mother-infant pairs in a neonatal intensive care unit. Infant’s Health News — ScienceDaily

Larger newborn care units provide better protection for very preterm babies

New estimates to assess how organizational factors in England impact clinical outcomes of infants born preterm have been outlined by a new study. Results demonstrated that for preterm babies born at less than 33 weeks gestation, the odds of dying in hospital were 32 per cent less if they were admitted to high volume units […]

MRI shows brain abnormalities in late preterm infants

Babies born 32 to 36 weeks into gestation may have smaller brains and other brain abnormalities that could lead to long-term developmental problems, according to a new study. Researchers focused on moderate and late preterm (MLPT) babies — those born between 32 weeks, zero days, and 36 weeks, six days, into gestation. MLPT babies account […]

Poor Diet Before Pregnancy Linked with Preterm Birth

For the first time, researchers have confirmed that women who eat a poor diet before they become pregnant are around 50% more likely to have a preterm birth than those on a healthy diet. The study shows that women who consistently ate a diet high in protein and fruit prior to becoming pregnant were less […]

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