A $4 Million NICU Bill: The Price of Prematurity

As the number of preterm births rises, families are shouldering unexpected out-of-pocket expenses.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Babies and Infants Premature Babies Families and Family Life Medicaid Parenting Hospitals Source Type: news

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Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news
This study consists of a case series describing 13 single pregnancies of 11 women with a history of anorexia nervosa, and a cross-sectional study comparing 13 cases with 240 healthy controls. In the case group, nine cases conceived while underweight, including three who had fertility treatment. Anorexia symptoms during pregnancy were quite common, and pregnant smokers presented with extremely disturbed eating behaviors. In a cross-sectional study, premature birth and the standard deviations from the mean birth weight and mean head circumference at birth were evaluated as outcome measures. The adjusted odds ratios or the ad...
Source: The Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Tohoku J Exp Med Source Type: research
Abstract Premature birth is not only the commonest cause of new-born babies dying, but also an important cause of long-term handicap. This is why the paper by van Winden et al. in this issue, reporting two-year outcomes for participants in their APOSTEL-3 trial, comparing atosiban with nifedipine tocolysis, is so important. PMID: 32223008 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: BJOG : An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: BJOG Source Type: research
Abstract This research aims to improve anaesthesia services given to preterm infants by the use of dexamethasone and aminophylline administrated under sevoflurane, and to analyze its effect on the cell-mediated immunity (CD4+CD25+Foxp3+(Treg) and CD4+CD25highFoxp3+CD127low). We have examined 74 premature babies with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) at the 3-5 stages during the 25-32 gestation period (1-6 months after birth). Both immunomodulators had not significant effect on clinical parameters after one dose (p>0.05). Aminophylline (2.4% solution, 0.1 ml/kg or 0.132 ml per infant on average) and dexamethasone...
Source: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol Source Type: research
Preterm birth (PTB) is defined as birth before 37 completed weeks of gestation. The causes of PTB are multiple and complex, the underlying pathophysiology being largely unknown. Interferences in the fine-tuned balance of the maternal immune system have been pointed to as one possible cause of PTB. Regulatory B cells (Breg) are part of the adaptive immune response, and recent data suggest that they may contribute to a healthy pregnancy by their regulatory/suppressive function.We investigated the frequency of Breg cells in peripheral blood of women undergoing PTB and control women immediately before giving birth via cesarean...
Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
In this study, we used the constitutive lung-specific Pdgfa deletion mouse model to analyze the consequences of developmental lung defects in adult mice. We assessed lung morphology, physiology, cellular content, ECM composition and proteomics data in mature mice, that perinatally exhibited lungs with a BPD-like morphology. Histological and physiological analyses both revealed that enlarged alveolar airspaces remained until adulthood, resulting in higher lung compliance and higher respiratory volume in knockout mice. Still, no or only small differences were seen in cellular, ECM and protein content when comparing knockout ...
Source: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology - Category: Cytology Authors: Tags: Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol Source Type: research
Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is common in preterm infants and can contribute to morbidity and mortality. We aimed to compare results and outcome of transcatheter closure using the Amplatzer Piccolo Occluder versus surgical closure in 2 matched groups of preterm infants weighing
Source: International Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Source Type: research
(Washington University School of Medicine) Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., have found -- in newborn mice -- that a component of breast milk may help protect premature babies from developing life-threatening sepsis.
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
ConclusionsPostmenstrual age, behavioural state, caffeine and ventilation status have an influence on neonates ’ pain response and should be incorporated in the revised BPSN to enhance clinical pain assessment in neonates with different GAs.
Source: European Journal of Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
Conclusions: In simulation, a Bayesian CDSS showed superiority to SOC in achieving gentamicin pharmacokinetic exposure targets in neonates. Use of a CDSS may improve the safety and efficacy of gentamicin therapy for neonates.
Source: The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Antimicrobial Reports Source Type: research
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