Log in to search using one of your social media accounts:

Blood discovery could benefit preemies, help end platelet shortages
A new discovery may be the key to stopping shortages of vital blood-clotting cells that can represent the difference between life and death. The finding also could offer big benefits for premature babies. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 19, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Blood discovery could benefit preemies, help end platelet shortages
(University of Virginia Health System) A new discovery may be the key to stopping shortages of vital blood-clotting cells that can represent the difference between life and death. The finding also could offer big benefits for premature babies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Spain's Smoking Ban Tied to Drop in Preterm and Underweight Babies Spain's Smoking Ban Tied to Drop in Preterm and Underweight Babies
One year after a nationwide ban on smoking in public took effect in Spain, women had significantly fewer premature or underweight infants, a recent study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - May 18, 2017 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news

Spain's smoking ban tied to drop in preterm and underweight babies
(Reuters Health) - One year after a nationwide ban on smoking in public took effect in Spain, women had significantly fewer premature or underweight infants, a recent study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Moms Take Emotional Photos With Their Preemies In The NICU
Having a preemie in the hospital can be an emotional rollercoaster for parents. That’s why Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City decided to bring a little joy to the NICU. In honor of Mother’s Day, the hospital teamed up with March of Dimes to give moms of preemies professional photos with their babies.  For the photo shoots, the mothers engaged in skin-to-skin bonding with their babies ― a practice that has many benefits for both parties. The photographers were also moms, some of whom previously had preemies in the NICU. “Finding ways to spend quality time is sometimes hard to do in the NICU...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Causes Anemia?
Discussion One of the most common problems in pediatrics is anemia. It is defined as “a lower than normal value for the related measurements of hemoglobin, hematocrit, and number of red blood cells”, usually 2 standard deviations below the normal for age. Normal hematological values change with age. For a discussion of which values are used click here. The most common type of anemia in childhood is iron deficiency which is commonly caused by inadequate stores (e.g. premature infant), inadequate intake (e.g. poor nutrition) or blood loss (e.g. menses). Anemia screening is recommended at age 9-12 months, and for...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - May 15, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Priority Ambulance to Begin Serving Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Priority Ambulance to provide patient medical transport services to the hospital. Priority Ambulance will staff Baptist-branded ambulances and manage all medical transport operations for interfacility transports and transfers from the Northern Mississippi facility, as well as serve as the emergency 911 service for Prentiss County beginning June 1. “We believe this new strategic partnership will lead to improved efficiency and high-quality emergency services in Prentiss County,” said Baptist Booneville CEO James Gran...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Amanda Shell Jennings, Priority Ambulance Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

Priority Ambulance to Begin Serving Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Priority Ambulance to provide patient medical transport services to the hospital. Priority Ambulance will staff Baptist-branded ambulances and manage all medical transport operations for interfacility transports and transfers from the Northern Mississippi facility, as well as serve as the emergency 911 service for Prentiss County beginning June 1. “We believe this new strategic partnership will lead to improved efficiency and high-quality emergency services in Prentiss County,” said Baptist Booneville CEO James Gran...
Source: JEMS Operations - May 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Amanda Shell Jennings, Priority Ambulance Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

Clinical phenotypes of perinatal depression and time of symptom onset: analysis of data from an International Consortium - Putnam KT, Wilcox M, Robertson-Blackmore E, Sharkey K, Bergink V, Munk-Olsen T, Deligiannidis KM, Payne J, Altemus M, Newport J, Apter G, Devouche E, Viktorin A, Magnusson P, Penninx B, Buist A, Bilszta J, O'Hara M, Stuart S, Brock R, Roza S, Tiemeier H, Guille C, Epperson CN, Kim D, Schmidt P, Martinez P, Di Florio A, Wisner KL, Stowe Z, Jones I, Sullivan PF, Rubinow D, Wildenhaus K, Meltzer-Brody S.
BACKGROUND: The perinatal period is a time of high risk for onset of depressive disorders and is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality, including maternal suicide. Perinatal depression comprises a heterogeneous group of clinical subtypes, and... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Perinatal pathway for babies with palliative care needs
This pathway has been developed by Together for Short Lives with expert input from ethicists and clinicians working across obstetrics, antenatal and neonatal care, and children ’s palliative care. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 12, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trust responds to gaps in perinatal mental health provision
A head of midwifery hopes her trust ’s major drive to improve perinatal mental health support will help address some of the issues raised in a critical report identifying shortcomings in care. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 11, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Journeys to excellence: Stories of three award-winning nurses
Cassandra Fleurentin Every year, the New England Regional Black Nurses Association (NERBNA) recognizes nurses for their outstanding commitment to their profession and for going above and beyond in their designated specialty area. Read the stories of the three Boston Children’s Hospital nurses honored with this year’s Excellence in Nursing Awards. Cassandra Fleurentin: BSN, staff nurse I, 9 South Growing up, Cassandra’s mother had a chronic illness. Sitting by her bedside day in and day out and spending much of her childhood in hospitals and emergency rooms motivated Cassandra to become a nurse. &ldqu...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - May 11, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Andrea Vega Tags: Caregivers nursing Source Type: news

Care pathway for babies expected to have very short lives
A perinatal care pathway has been developed by a children ’s palliative care charity, with a focus on supporting clinicians and improving choices for families. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 11, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Skipping Finnegan Score Reduces NAS Treatment, LOS Skipping Finnegan Score Reduces NAS Treatment, LOS
A functional scoring system dramatically reduced morphine treatment and length of stay among infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome compared with the widely used Finnegan scoring system.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Twin Births: Vaginal Delivery Safer Than Caesarean Twin Births: Vaginal Delivery Safer Than Caesarean
Neonatal morbidity and mortality were lower after planned vaginal birth if gestational ages were 32 weeks or more and the first twin had a cephalic presentation, a new study has found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Digital health news briefs for 5/9/2017
Digital stethoscopes found useful in neonatal care. A new study in the British Medical Journals shows that a digital stethoscope (specifically, CliniCloud ’s digital stethoscope) showed promise for assessing newborn babies’ heart rates. The device proved reasonably accurate compared to a 3-lead ECG, particularly when babies weren’t crying, the circumstance in which heart rate would normally need to be collected. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - May 9, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Intimate partner violence around the time of pregnancy and postpartum depression: the experience of women of Bangladesh - Islam MJ, Broidy L, Baird K, Mazerolle P.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Intimate partner violence (IPV) around the time of pregnancy is a serious public health concern and is known to have an adverse effect on perinatal mental health. In order to craft appropriate and effective interventions, it is i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for May 8, 2017
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Abbott wins CE Mark for Confirm Rx cardiac monitor Abbott said today that its St. Jude Medical subsidiary won CE Mark approval in the European Union for the ConfirmRx insertable cardiac monitor, touting as the world’s 1st...
Source: Mass Device - May 8, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

News Analysis: Weighing the Ethics of Artificial Wombs
The technology is still far in the future, despite a recent experiment on premature lambs. But researchers already are mulling the ethical challenges. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ELIZABETH YUKO Tags: Premature Babies Pregnancy and Childbirth Children and Childhood Uterus Source Type: news

Visunex Medical raises $20m Series B for PanoCam neonate eye scanners
Visunex Medical Systems said last week that it raised a $20 million Series B round for its PanoCam line of neonatal eye imaging systems. Fremont, Calif.-based Visunex said the PanoCam line includes the LT and Pro wireless systems and a 3rd system set to debut in June. “The interest in the medical investment community to be part of this funding round turned out to be much more than we had anticipated,” founder & CEO Wei Su said in prepared remarks. “This new round of funding brings the total investment into Visunex Medical to $32 million, and will allow the company to expa...
Source: Mass Device - May 8, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Funding Roundup Optical/Ophthalmic Wall Street Beat Visunex Source Type: news

Buprenorphine Halves NAS Treatment Time Buprenorphine Halves NAS Treatment Time
Among infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome, treatment time was almost halved when infants received sublingual buprenorphine instead of oral morphine, a new study has found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Step by step: Sloane ’s incredible journey with laryngeal cleft
Like most first graders, Sloane has a jam-packed schedule, filled with fun activities such as dancing, ice skating and playing tennis. But every now and then, this busy girl needs to take a break, even if that simply means taking her time to sip a glass of water. “I remind her that, sometimes, she needs to slow down,” says her mom, Tarra.Resisting the urge to rush has been a familiar theme for Sloane and her parents ever since she was born — although, ironically, she arrived in a hurry. Tarra had experienced a placental abruption, requiring an emergency C-section. Things only got more complicated. After T...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - May 4, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Center for Airway Disorders Dr. Reza Rahbar laryngeal cleft Source Type: news

Buprenorphine cuts neonatal abstinence syndrome treatment length by nearly half
(American Academy of Pediatrics) Findings of a phase 3 clinical trial being presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting show that buprenorphine is just as safe and more effective than morphine when used to treat newborns suffering withdrawal symptoms after prenatal drug exposure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Buprenorphine Shortens Treatment Duration in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD Treating neonatal abstinence syndrome with buprenorphine instead of morphine results in a shorter treatment duration and hospital stay, according to a trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine and … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - May 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study shows buprenorphine more effective than morphine for treatment of opioid withdrawal in newborns
A newly published study showed that buprenorphine is more effective than morphine in treating withdrawal symptoms in newborns prenatally exposed to opioids, known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Unlike morphine, buprenorphine did not affect breathing rates, although medications were... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - May 4, 2017 Category: Addiction Source Type: news

Carrying Savanna through her journey with cloacal malformation
When two-year-old Savanna Bluford enters Boston Children’s Colorectal and Pelvic Malformation Center, she quickly gravitates toward the waiting room’s interactive light board. Sporting pigtails, sparkly sneakers and an angelic smile, the playful toddler’s attention quickly turns to her doctor — the Center’s Co-Director Dr. Belinda Dickie. The two light up with smiles and exchange hugs as if old friends — and that, they are. Savanna was born in South Carolina with a rare and complex birth defect affecting the gastrointestinal, urological and reproductive systems. The condition, called cov...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - May 3, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Maureen McCarthy Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Belinda Dickie cloacal malformation Colorectal and Pelvic Malformation Center Leonel Rodriguez Source Type: news

These Rainbow Babies Aren't Just Sisters -- They're Twins
Back in January, biracial twins Kalani and Jarani Dean achieved viral fame due to their different skin tones. Now, the baby girls are warming hearts again thanks to a special photo shoot. Photographer Mary-Kathryn Nourse of Elite Photography took “rainbow baby” pictures of the duo in honor of their first birthday. A rainbow baby is a child born after a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss. Kalani and Jarani were born two years after their mom, Whitney Meyer, lost her 2-year-old son, Pravyn, in a drowning accident at his daycare pool. To celebrate the hope the twins brought after this...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

BMP8A sustains spermatogenesis by activating both SMAD1/5/8 and SMAD2/3 in spermatogonia
Mutation in either of the genes encoding bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) 8A or 8B (Bmp8a or Bmp8b) causes postnatal depletion of spermatogonia in mice. We found that Bmp8a, but not Bmp8b, was expressed predominantly in the neonatal mouse spermatogonia. Although most BMPs induce activation of SMADs 1, 5, and 8 (SMAD1/5/8), but not SMADs 2 and 3 (SMAD2/3), we found that BMP8A induced signaling through both sets of transcription factors. In undifferentiated mouse spermatogonia, BMP8A activated SMAD1/5/8 through receptor complexes formed by ALK3 and either ACVR2A or BMPR2 and activated SMAD2/3 through receptor complexes forme...
Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment - May 2, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Wu, F.-J., Lin, T.-Y., Sung, L.-Y., Chang, W.-F., Wu, P.-C., Luo, C.-W. Tags: STKE Research Articles Source Type: news

Medicaid Coverage of Pregnancy and Perinatal Benefits: Results from a State Survey
A new report presents the results of a survey of states about the status of Medicaid benefit policies for perinatal and family planning services across the nation. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - May 1, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

How artificial wombs will change our ideas of gender, family and equality | Aarathi Prasad
Science has shown what ’s possible with lamb foetuses. For humans this could revolutionise birth, solving inequalities and raising new ethical dilemmasIn 1924 the evolutionary biologistJBS Haldane coined the term ectogenesis to describe pregnancy in humans provided through an artificial womb. Haldane imagined that artificial wombs might become so popular by 2074 that only a small minority – fewer “than 30% of children” – would then “be born of woman”.In one sense, the journey to ectogenesis had already started in 1880, when the French obstetricianEtienne St éphane Tarnier bu...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 1, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Aarathi Prasad Tags: Reproduction Childbirth Parents and parenting Family Life and style Gender World news Health & wellbeing Science Embryos Biology Medical research Women Source Type: news

Pumpless Extracorporeal Support of the Preterm Infant: Bridging Fetal and Postnatal Physiology
Preterm birth is a major cause of neonatal mortality and childhood morbidity and remains an unsolved clinical challenge despite advances in neonatal care. The preterm infant needs to be supported in an extracorporeal system physiologically analogous to the sterile fluid intrauterine environment. This would support ongoing growth and organ maturation with the potential to substantially improve survival and reduce morbidity. A physiologic system would require the ability to achieve gas exchange via the umbilical circulation, with the fetal heart acting as the pump that drives circuit flow. Previous efforts at developing such...
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - May 1, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Partridge, E. A., Davey, M. G., Hornick, M. A., Flake, A. W. Tags: Pediatric Drug Labeling Update Articles Source Type: news

Neonatal Genomics: Part 1--Basics and Definitions
As genomic medicine is increasingly incorporated into clinical practice across all disciplines, an understanding of basic genetic concepts is important for the neonatologist. There are many different ways in which variations in the human genetic sequence, which comprises the genome, can lead to disease. Gene sequencing through the use of Sanger sequencing or next-generation sequencing technology can detect disease-causing variants and can be performed across the entire human genome in whole genome sequencing or across only the coding regions of the human genome in whole exome sequencing. (Source: NeoReviews recent issues)
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - May 1, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Wojcik, M. H., Parad, R. B. Tags: Pediatric Drug Labeling Update Articles Source Type: news

Neonatal Genomics: Part 2--Applications
The next-generation sequencing techniques described in Part 1 of this review can be used to sequence single genes, panels of genes, whole exomes, or whole genomes. These tests can be used for both diagnostic and screening purposes in the newborn nursery and NICU. As the cost and turnaround time for genetic testing decrease, the use of sequencing data will become more prevalent and can influence the diagnostic evaluation and care of the newborn. The use of genomic data for newborn screening is more controversial but also has potential usefulness in expanding the capabilities of current, predominantly analyte-based newborn s...
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - May 1, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Wojcik, M. H., Parad, R. B. Tags: Pediatric Drug Labeling Update Articles Source Type: news

Recomendaciones del VI Consenso Clinico de SIBEN para la Hipertension Pulmonar Persistente del Recien Nacido
This article summarizes the recommendations of the 6th Clinical Consensus on Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn of the Ibero-American Society of Neonatology (SIBEN). It describes the etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment (including maintaining the optimal oxygenation, alveolar ventilation, optimal perfusion, and use of pulmonary vasodilators, such as inhaled nitric oxide and sildenafil, as well as emerging therapies). It ends with a summary of the SIBEN consensus clinical recommendations, as a practical way to keep improving the care of our newborns. Resumen La hipertensión pulmonar persistente del...
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - May 1, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Golombek, S., Sola, A., Lemus, L., y Miembros del Consenso de SIBEN Tags: Pediatric Drug Labeling Update Articles Source Type: news

Disaster Preparedness in Neonatal Intensive Care Units
The objective of the report is to help neonatologists and other NICU providers and administrative leaders understand these organizing concepts and develop response plans within their units, hospital institutions, and geographic regions. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 28, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Nasco Healthcare Releases New 2017-2018 Healthcare Catalog
Fort Atkinson, WI - The 2017-2018 Healthcare catalog, featuring Life/form® and Simulaids highly specialized skills trainers, manikins, and simulators for Nursing and Medical, EMS, Fire, and Rescue, is now available from Nasco Healthcare in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin and Saugerties, New York. The 252-page catalog includes Nasco Healthcare’s Life/form® and Simulaids lines, as well as many other teaching aids and models of outstanding quality. The catalog’s major emphasis is to provide more effective training tools for educators to train their students, who are facing an increasingly demanding ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Nasco Tags: Industry News Source Type: news

Lab notes: a womb with a view of the future for premature babies
It ’s a sensational claim, but a group of researchers believe that they may havefound evidence that will rewrite the history of human arrival in North America. The scientists believe that smashed mastodon bones found under a freeway construction site in California indicate that humans arrived over 100,000 years earlier than previously thought. To say that other experts are sceptical, however, would be to understate the situation somewhat. “They are going to face a shitstorm,” said one scientist who preferred not to be named. For my (admittedly limited) money, however, the two biggest stories this week wer...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 28, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Tash Reith-Banks Tags: Science Source Type: news

New ‘tiny’ nappies to be donated to NHS neonatal units
Around three million new nappies designed specifically for premature babies are being donated to UK neonatal units though a partnership between a charity and a manufacturer. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 27, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Lack of children ’s nurses impacting on paediatric units
A lack of both nurses and doctors specialising in children ’s health has recently forced many paediatric and neonatal units to temporarily close to admissions, a medical body has warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 27, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Uganda: Mulago's Ultra-Modern Women's Hospital to Be Ready This July
[Observer] Although Mulago Specialised Maternal and Neonatal Health Care Unit (MSMNHCU) looks like a lot still has to be done, its workers from Joadah Consult Ltd say 78 per cent of the work has been done and it is expected to be complete by June 8. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 27, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda: Survival Is for the Fittest Preemies At Gulu Hospital
[Observer] As the heavens threaten to open up, a visibly depressed Sandra Piloya continues to wash her babies' clothes outside the neonatal unit, seemingly unbothered by the fickle weather. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 27, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Paediatrician shortfall jeopardising child health services
Workforce data reveal widespread vacancy rates for senior doctors and trainees Related items fromOnMedica Children ’s services at ‘breaking point’ survey reveals Three quarters of CCGs miss child mental health target New child care standards could cut hospital admissions Neonatal staff shortage warning Staff survey results ‘alarming’, say health leaders (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scientists Develop Fluid-filled Artificial Womb to Help Premature Babies Scientists Develop Fluid-filled Artificial Womb to Help Premature Babies
Scientists in the United States have developed a fluid-filled womb-like bag known as an extra-uterine support device that could transform care for extremely premature babies, significantly improving chances of survival.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape ObGyn and Womens Health Headlines)
Source: Medscape ObGyn and Womens Health Headlines - April 26, 2017 Category: OBGYN Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Scientists develop fluid-filled artificial womb to potentially help premature babies
(Reuters) – Scientists in the United States have developed a fluid-filled womb-like bag known as an extra-uterine support device that could transform care for extremely premature babies, significantly improving chances of survival. In pre-clinical studies with lambs, the researchers were able to mimic the womb environment and the functions of the placenta, giving premature offspring a crucial opportunity to develop their lungs and other organs. Around 30,000 babies in the United States alone are born critically early – at between 23 and 26 weeks of gestation, the researchers told reporters in a telephone briefi...
Source: Mass Device - April 26, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Research & Development Source Type: news

Olathe Health's new maternity wing keeps preemies close to parents
Olathe Health is getting ready to open the doors to its new, 105,000-square-foot maternity unit. The newest piece of Olathe Medical Center's $100 million multiyear capital project will include a new, level II neonatal ICU and a four-story obstetrics unit. It's set to open to patients at the end of May. The new wing will allow the hospital to care for younger premature infants, letting famili es stay onsite for specialty care. "We were really trying to be able to offer all of the obstetric services… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 26, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

'Plastic bag' womb could help keep premature babies alive
An artificial womb resembling a plastic bag has been used to keep premature lambs alive for four weeks outside of their own mother's womb and could one day be applied to premature babies. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Evacuation of a tertiary neonatal centre: lessons from the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes - Iwata O, Kawase A, Iwai M, Wada K.
BACKGROUND: Newborn infants hospitalised in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are vulnerable to natural disasters. However, publications on evacuation from NICUs are sparse. The 2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes caused serious damage to Kumamoto City Hospita... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 26, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Perinatal depression in Nigeria: perspectives of women, family caregivers and health care providers - Adeponle A, Groleau D, Kola L, Kirmayer LJ, Gureje O.
BACKGROUND: Perinatal maternal depression is common and undertreated in many sub-Saharan African countries, including Nigeria. While culture shapes the social determinants and expression of depressive symptoms, there is a dearth of research investigating t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 26, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Public attitudes and feelings of warmth toward women and men experiencing depression during the perinatal period - Felder JN, Banchefsky S, Park B, Dimidjian S.
OBJECTIVE: Depression is a major public health concern and often goes untreated. In response to a growing body of research documenting stigma as a barrier to depression care, this study focused on examining public stigma toward potentially vulnerable subpo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 26, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Scientists simulate mom's womb in lambs to try to help preemies
Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies — and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news