Stronger Referral Systems Are Saving Lives in Senegal
November 14, 2018Communities in two regions can now transport urgent cases from health huts to larger facilities —and more are following suit.en fran çaisImagine you are a mother in a remote village and your one-year-old daughter is diagnosed with severe malaria. If left untreated, it will kill her.  Imagine that the nurse at the nearest health post tells you he doesn ’t have the medicine necessary to help your daughter.Imagine there is no ambulance, no safety net, and no way for you to get her the urgent help she needs, leaving you with one unimaginable option —watching her die. In Seneg...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Tracking Preemies' Head Size May Yield IQ Clues
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 -- Head-size measurements can help screen for long-term IQ problems in very premature or very low birth weight babies, researchers say. " Measuring head circumference and thus head growth in early childhood is a proxy... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 14, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Prenatal food insecurity associated with severity of neonatal abstinence syndrome
(Boston Medical Center) A new study shows that food insecurity in pregnant women being treated for opioid use disorder may be associated with increased risk for their infants receiving pharmacologic treatment for neonatal abstinence syndrome. Published in Addiction, the Boston Medical Center study indicates that screening for food insecurity in pregnant women who are being treated with opioid agonist therapy (methadone or buprenorphine) for an opioid use disorder could be one way to decrease the severity of neonatal abstinence syndrome in their infants. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 13, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What to know about baby acne
Baby acne, or neonatal acne, affects around 20 percent of newborns. It usually clears up without treatment. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and similar conditions here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics / Children's Health Source Type: news

Premature baby parents 'need extra maternity leave'
The mum of a premature baby explains why maternity leave is inadequate for parents like her. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rwanda: Rwanda Aims for Universal Coverage of Maternal, Child Health Services By 2024
[New Times] Rwanda aims to achieve universal coverage of equitable quality maternal, neonatal and child health services by 2024, Rwandan health minister Diane Gashumba said Thursday in the capital city of Kigali. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 9, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Understanding the health of babies and expectant mothers
This article looks at the possible reasons why progress on stillbirths and neonatal and infant mortality has slowed down in the UK in recent years and what can be done about it. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

All parents should be offered the opportunity to engage with the review of their baby ’s death
When a baby dies in hospital, a perinatal mortality review (PNMR) takes place. Currently, parents are largely unaware these reviews even take place and in most cases, bereaved parents are not given the opportunity to be involved and share their perspective of their care. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Older Fathers More Likely to Have Babies With Health Problems
Premature birth, low birth weight and seizures are among the problems reported. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Premature Babies Babies and Infants Parenting Age, Chronological Source Type: news

Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis awarded Marcé Medal for perinatal mental health research
(Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media)
Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media - November 7, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Tags: Hospital News Source Type: news

Older Paternal Age Linked to Adverse Perinatal Outcomes
MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 -- Advanced paternal age is associated with adverse infant and maternal outcomes, according to a study published online Oct. 31 in The BMJ. Yash S. Khandwala, M.D., from Stanford University in California, and colleagues... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - November 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Rural American Hospitals Are Not Prepared for the Rise in Babies Born with Opioid Withdrawal
Highlights the results of a new study on opioid use disorder (OUD) during pregnancy. Both maternal OUD and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) are increasing disproportionately among rural residents. This is complicated by the fact that fewer than half of rural county hospitals offer obstetric care, and higher-acuity care is frequently not available. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - November 5, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Resiliency in NICU parents may be linked to lower depression and anxiety
(Children's National Health System) Parents of vulnerable newborns in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) who feel less resilient may experience more symptoms of psychological distress, including depression and anxiety. A snapshot from an ongoing cross-sectional study exploring this relationship was presented during the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference& Exhibition. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Prematurity Awareness Month
is observed every November, with World Prematurity Day on 17 November, to raise awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide. An estimated 15 million babies around the world are born premature each year and more than one million of them do not survive their early birth.Our review groupsCochrane Neonatal andCochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth prepare and disseminate evidence-based, regularly updated systematic reviews. The scope of Cochrane Neonatal work covers all randomized controlled trials of interventions involving the baby during the first month after birth. Cochrane Pregna...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 1, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Infection-Control Teams Sent to New Jersey Pediatric Centers
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey health officials said Monday they are sending infection-control teams to four long-term pediatric centers and a hospital to assist with training amid viral and bacterial outbreaks that have left 10 people dead. The teams will assess infection prevention practices and deploy beginning in November, according to Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal. The response comes amid a fatal adenovirus outbreak at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation that left 9 people dead, most under age 18. In addition, a premature baby died following the discovery of a bacterial infection at Newa...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - November 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Infection-Control Teams Sent to New Jersey Pediatric Centers
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey health officials said Monday they are sending infection-control teams to four long-term pediatric centers and a hospital to assist with training amid viral and bacterial outbreaks that have left 10 people dead. The teams will assess infection prevention practices and deploy beginning in November, according to Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal. The response comes amid a fatal adenovirus outbreak at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation that left 9 people dead, most under age 18. In addition, a premature baby died following the discovery of a bacterial infection at Newa...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Babies born to older fathers 'tend to have more medical issues'
Men who start families later in life should be aware of the potential health risks to their children, study saysMen who start families later in life should be aware of the potential health risks to their children, according to US doctors who found that babies born to older fathers tend to have more medical issues than those born to younger men.Researchers at Stanford University in California studied health records linked to all live births in the state between 2007 and 2016, amounting to more than 40 million babies. The records showed that children born to men aged 45 and over had a 14% greater risk of premature birth, low...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 1, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Science Health Society Children Ageing Source Type: news

Babies Born to Older Dads May Have a Higher Risk of Health Problems, Study Says
Women are constantly reminded of their ticking biological clocks and the risks that come with having children later in life — both in terms of maternal and infant health, and the ability to conceive a baby in the first place. But for the most part, men don’t get the same warnings. A new study published Wednesday in the BMJ suggests that men, too, may have biological clocks worth heeding. Babies born to older fathers, the paper says, may be more susceptible to health problems including preterm birth, low birth weight and breathing problems. And women who have children with older men may have increased health ris...
Source: TIME: Health - October 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Research Source Type: news

Later Fatherhood May Up Risk for Adverse Perinatal Outcomes Later Fatherhood May Up Risk for Adverse Perinatal Outcomes
Older paternal age was linked to greater odds of gestational diabetes, preterm birth, low birth weight, neonatal morbidity, and low Apgar scores in a large retrospective analysis.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology News Source Type: news

Florida teenager, 13, makes 125 superhero capes for Halloween for premature babies
Rachel Maretsky, 13, of Orlando, Florida, hand-made 125 capes for infants in the NICU at Winnie Palmer Hospital with emblems including Superman, Batman and The Incredibles. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pharma company charged over baby feed 'contamination'
ITH Pharma is a manufacturer of nutrition given to babies in neonatal intensive care units. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Neonatal birthweights increase in direct proportion to number of births
(American Friends of Tel Aviv University) A new Tel Aviv University study finds that neonatal birthweights increase in direct proportion with the number of births of the mother in at least 30 percent of all cases. Large for gestational weight (LGA) babies are at risk for several neonatal complications, including jaundice, low sugar levels after birth and more. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New state-of-the-art neonatal unit ready to open in Barnsley
A multi-million-pound overhaul of the neonatal unit at Barnsley Hospital will bring care for premature babies and their families into the 21st Century, a leading nurse at the centre has said. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 30, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Women should leave at least a year between pregnancies
Leaving at least one year between pregnancies reduces risks for mother and baby Related items fromOnMedica Most CCGs missing smoking target for pregnant women Blood test developed to predict risk of premature birth Gestational weight loss or gain linked to poor outcome in children Caffeine in pregnancy linked to risk of child overweight Demanding work linked to low-weight and preterm births (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 30, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Using the Microbiome to Help Premature Babies Grow
A study suggests that the gut microbiome – the trillions of tiny bacteria that live in the digestive tract – could help doctors personalize nutrients and feeding patterns to help the most vulnerable babies get a stronger start to life. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - October 29, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Eritrea:Eritrea Makes Impressive Progress On Maternal and Neonatal Health, With UNFPA Support
[UNFPA] Mendefera Southern Region -Eritrea's impressive gains in improving maternal and neonatal health were the focus of a one-day visit to health facilities in the Southern Region by UNFPA Deputy Executive Director (Programme), Dereje Wordofa, as well as Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, UNFPA Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, and Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, UNFPA Director of Programme Division. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - October 29, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Eritrea: Eritrea Makes Impressive Progress On Maternal and Neonatal Health, With UNFPA Support
[UNFPA] Mendefera Southern Region -Eritrea's impressive gains in improving maternal and neonatal health were the focus of a one-day visit to health facilities in the Southern Region by UNFPA Deputy Executive Director (Programme), Dereje Wordofa, as well as Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, UNFPA Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, and Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, UNFPA Director of Programme Division. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - October 29, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Opioid-affected births to rural residents increase in rural and urban hospitals
(University of Minnesota) Pregnant women with opioid addiction may have particular challenges in receiving the care they need when they live in rural areas. Both maternal opioid use disorder and neonatal abstinence syndrome, also known as infant withdrawal, are increasing faster in rural areas than in urban areas. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Premature baby dies, prompting hospital investigation
The health department said it found "major infection control deficiencies" at the hospital (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Premature baby dies of suspected bacterial infection
At least four infants have contracted life-threatening Acinetobacter baumannii at University Hospital in Newark in the past month, officials reveal. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Premature baby dies, bacterial infections probed
Health officials are investigating bacterial infections in the neonatal intensive care unit at a New Jersey hospital following the death of a premature baby (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Endometriosis and Adverse Maternal, Fetal, Neonatal Outcomes Endometriosis and Adverse Maternal, Fetal, Neonatal Outcomes
Are women with endometriosis at increased risk of adverse maternal, fetal and neonatal outcomes?Human Reproduction (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health Journal Article Source Type: news

Masimo wins FDA nod for improved RD SET sensors
Masimo (NSDQ:MASI) said today it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its RD SET sensors with measure-through motion and low perfusion SET pulse oximetry. The newly cleared sensors feature improved SpO2 accuracy specifications for patients under 3kg, the Irvine, Calif.-based company said, and are designed to improve accuracy, patient comfort and clinician workflows. “We’re delighted to be able to announce our continued innovation in our foundational SET pulse oximetry. Thanks to the brilliance and dedication of our engineers and the continuing support of our customers, we’ve been able to once again rais...
Source: Mass Device - October 25, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Diagnostics Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Masimo Source Type: news

Baby died at just eight days old after catching herpes from someone with a cold sore  
Aliza Rose Friend, from Oakland, Maryland, passed away at just eight days old after developing neonatal herpes from the HSV-1 virus as a 'fluke'. Her life-support was turned off on May 20. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Natus takes a hit on Q3 misses
Investors pushed share prices down today for Natus Medical (NSDQ:BABY) after the neonatal care company missed expectations with its third-quarter results. Pleasanton, Calif.-based Natus pared its losses by -34.5% to -$5.6 million, or -17¢ per share, on sales growth of 6.5% to $130.6 million for the three months ended Sept. 30, compared with Q3 2017. Adjusted to exclude one-time items, earnings per share were 40¢, 2¢ below the consensus forecast on Wall Street, where analysts were looking for sales of $132.9 million. “Our 2018 third-quarter results are highlighted by 6.5% year-over-year revenue growth a...
Source: Mass Device - October 24, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Featured MassDevice Earnings Roundup Pediatrics Wall Street Beat Natus Medical Inc. Source Type: news

Study analyzes complex causes of premature and low-birthweight babies in India
(University of Iowa) Women in India who spend more time fetching water, use a shared latrine, and endure harassment from others are more apt to give birth to a pre-term or low-birthweight baby, according to a new study from the University of Iowa. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hospital trust sets up new neonatal support group for fathers
A hospital trust in the West Country is to celebrate the official launch this weekend of a new support group for fathers of babies who start their life in its neonatal unit. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 18, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

For preterm infants, skin-to-skin contact affects
(Wolters Kluwer Health) For premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), skin-to-skin contact with parents influences levels of hormones related to mother-infant attachment (oxytocin) and stress (cortisol) -- and may increase parents' level of engagement with their infants, reports a study in Advances in Neonatal Care, official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Melania Trump visits babies, moms affected by opioid crisis
First lady Melania Trump toured a hospital's neonatal care unit Wednesday to learn about the treatment being given to newborns suffering from opiate withdrawal, after she was initially delayed by mechanical issues on her plane (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Perinatal women in RI to have increased access to behavioral health screenings
(Care New England) Toward ensuring that pregnant and postpartum women are properly screened, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has recently awarded the RI Department of Health a five year, $650,000 per year grant in partnership with the Center for Women's Behavioral Health at Women& Infants Hospital. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

HIV-positive infants are at high risk for acquiring congenital cytomegalovirus infection
FINDINGSInfants born to HIV-positive mothers had high rates of congenital cytomegalovirus, or CMV. Infants who also were infected before birth by the virus that causes AIDS were especially prone to CMV infection.The researchers found that 23 percent of the infants who became infected with HIV during the mother ’s pregnancy also were infected with CMV; 18 percent who were infected with HIV either during pregnancy or birth acquired congenital CMV; and 4.9 percent who were exposed to HIV but remained uninfected with that virus also acquired congenital CMV.Overall, HIV-infected infants were four times as likely to have a...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 15, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Gabriel’s Gift: helping parents create memories after stillbirths and neonatal loss
(Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media)
Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media - October 15, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Tags: Hospital News Source Type: news

Growing Human Retinas In The Lab, Scientists Spy On How Color-Detecting Cells In The Eye Develop
The new research published today suggests a potential treatment approach for premature babies with certain vision problems. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 11, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ellie Kincaid, Forbes Staff Source Type: news

Mednax buys Miami medical practice with 33 physicians
Mednax has acquired South Date Neonatology, one of the largest neonatology practices in Miami. The Sunrise-based company (NYSE: MD) didn’t disclose the terms of the deal, but said it paid cash. It said South Dade Neonatology has 33 physicians, 17 neonatal nurse practitioners, one physician assistant, 21 newborn hearing screen techs and six administrative staff. With locations in Kendall and Coconut Grove, the medical practice serves nine hospitals in four counties, including Baptist Hospital,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - October 10, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Brian Bandell Source Type: news

Maternal Tdap Vaccination and Neonatal Immunity, Timing Key Maternal Tdap Vaccination and Neonatal Immunity, Timing Key
Maternal Tdap vaccination provided greater neonatal immunity when administered early in the third trimester, according to a new study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Venezuelan Hospital Encourages'Kangaroo' Baby Care to Spare Incubators Venezuelan Hospital Encourages'Kangaroo' Baby Care to Spare Incubators
Venezuela's largest maternity hospital is asking mothers to care for non-critical premature babies with skin-to-skin contact known as"kangaroo care" rather than in incubators, as wards struggle with a lack of equipment.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - October 5, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Shortening day length: a potential risk factor for perinatal depression - Goyal D, Gay C, Torres R, Lee K.
The aim of this secondary analysis was to determine whether seasonal light exposure, categorized by type of day length, is associated with or predictive of depressive symptoms in late pregnancy and the first 3  months postpartum. Women (n = 279) expect... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Environmental Issues, Climate, Geophysics Source Type: news

Concept Clearance » The Trans-NIH baby Brain Cognitive Development (bBCD) Study
The goal of this project is to understand the long-term impacts of pre- and perinatal drug and adverse environmental (e.g., parental neglect, physical abuse) exposures on brain development and social/behavioral/academic achievement and how these in turn impact risk for substance use and mental illness. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - October 4, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Featured Review: Non-clinical interventions for reducing unnecessary caesarean section
With numbers of caesarean sections increasing world wide this review looks at non-clinical interventions for reducing caesarean sections.Caesarean section is an operation used to prevent and reduce complications of childbirth. While it can be a life ‐saving procedure for both the mother and baby, caesarean section is not without harm and should only be carried out when necessary. The number of caesarean sections performed has been increasing worldwide. The aim ofthis updated Cochrane Review was to find out whether non-clinical interventions, which aim to reduce unnecessary caesarean sections, such as providing education ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - October 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts Source Type: news

Venezuelan hospital encourages 'kangaroo' baby care to spare incubators
Venezuela's largest maternity hospital is asking mothers to care for non-critical premature babies with skin-to-skin contact known as "kangaroo care" rather than in incubators, as wards struggle with a lack of equipment. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news