Premature births: One of the biggest public health threats facing the U.S.
One in 10 births in this country is premature, one of the highest rates in the industrialized world; author Sarah DiGregorio says we must do better
Researchers have gained understanding of a complex biological process that stimulates production of alveolar in the lungs of babies -- without which, premature infants are more susceptible to microbial infections.
(Karolinska Institutet) Children conceived with assisted reproductive techniques including IVF have a somewhat higher mortality risk during their first weeks of life than children conceived naturally, according to a study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in the journal Fertility and Sterility. The researchers link the increased risk to a higher degree of premature births in IVF children and emphasize that the risk of infant mortality is still very small for both groups.
Different charts are used to assess premature growth. The Fenton chart, based on prenatal growth, has been used in the neonates ’ intensive care unit (NICU) of the Notre Dame des Secours University Hospital to ...
This study highlights the potential benefit of using iPSCs to repair damaged lung tissue through possible modulation of the inflammatory response, leading to novel therapies for acute hyperoxia-induced lung injury and the prevention of bronchopulmonary dysplasia. PMID: 32051754 [PubMed]
CONCLUSION: Coarctation stenting can be carried out safely in small children. Usually, the stent has to be removed or redilated later. Results are encouraging. PMID: 32056092 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
As the number of preterm births rises, families are shouldering unexpected out-of-pocket expenses.
Pregnant women who take a daily baby aspirin may reduce the risk for premature birth.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Jali -As climate change brings more heat extremes, researchers are tracking the risks facing Gambia's pregnant farmers and their babies
Abstract Introduction: Over the last few years, in the development of neonatology, the limits to which it is possible to sustain the lives of premature babies have been extended, and thus the proportion of survivors with chronic morbidities has increased. Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), intraventricular haemorrhage (IVH) and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), all of which deeply influence the quality of life, life expectancy and social integration, are the most significant morbidities among premature newborns. Aim: Description of psychomotor development of low birth weight (
ConclusionThe senior clinical role of the neonatal nurse practitioner continues to evolve. There are challenges to be overcome, however there are now more than thirty neonatal nurse practitioners in Australia and together the possibilities for expansion of their role are limitless. This can only be of benefit to our babies, their families and the nursing profession.