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Each Baby Counts 2015.
Each Baby Counts is the RCOG's national quality improvement programme to reduce the number of babies who die or are left severely disabled as a result of incidents occurring during term labour. The report presents key findings and recommendations based on the analysis of complete data relating to term stillbirths, neonatal deaths and babies with brain injuries born during 2015, the first full year of the programme. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

When Is Digital Technology Not a Medical Device in the US?
Conclusion Whether you are an incumbent, a contender, or a hopeful, the direction of FDA regulation in this area is positive. Since the first iPad was launched, several types of healthcare software have moved from regulated to not regulated, and FDA’s guidance documents confirm that they intend to focus their enforcement resources on high-risk software products. If companies design their products in ways such that they are fairly described as not “active” or not “primary,” then the five “non-medical device” categories of the Cures Act will become the standard way to consciousl...
Source: MDDI - October 16, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Roger Cepeda Tags: Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news

Early adversity and psychiatric symptoms - a prospective study on Ethiopian mothers and their children - Isaksson J, Deyessa N, Berhane Y, Hogberg U.
BACKGROUND: Maternal exposure to adversity during the perinatal period has been associated with increased susceptibility for psychiatric symptoms in the offspring. The aim of this study was to investigate a possible developmental effect of maternal perinat... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The unique needs of pregnant, violence-exposed women: a systematic review of current interventions and directions for translational research - Howell KH, Miller-Graff LE, Hasselle AJ, Scrafford KE.
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is, unfortunately, a common lifetime experience for women, with heightened risk of exposure during pregnancy. IPV exposure in pregnancy is associated with serious physical and mental health problems in the perinatal period, ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

MouseOx & #194; & #174; Plus Pulse Oximeter for Rodents
The MouseOx® Plus Pulse Oximeter for rodents is a non-invasive pulse oximeter which provides real-time, continuous monitoring of oxygen saturation. This system can be used with either anesthetized or conscious animals. An array of sensors are available making this system appropriate for rodents sized from neonatal mice to adult rats. The MouseOx® Plus Pulse Oximeter has a patented design which enables it to detect heart rates of 90-900 bpm. A number of options are available allowing...This story is related to the following:Pulse Oximeters (Source: Industrial Newsroom - Health, Medical and Dental Supplies)
Source: Industrial Newsroom - Health, Medical and Dental Supplies - October 13, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Source Type: news

Laryngeal Mask Airway Effective for Newborn Resuscitation in Uganda Laryngeal Mask Airway Effective for Newborn Resuscitation in Uganda
A laryngeal mask airway is more effective than face mask ventilation for neonatal resuscitation in a low-resource setting, according to results from a small, prospective randomized trial in Uganda.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - October 11, 2017 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Continuous Epidural Does Not Prolong Second Stage of Labor Continuous Epidural Does Not Prolong Second Stage of Labor
Low-dose epidural analgesia throughout the second stage of labor does not lead to prolonged labor or negatively affect maternal or neonatal outcomes, a study found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Long Epidural Infusion Had No Effect on Second-Stage Labor
(MedPage Today) -- Maintenance infusion versus placebo led to similar neonatal, maternal outcomes (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - October 10, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Premature babies find music can be medicine
James Excell sees his music as support for the incredible medical staff in the NICU at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cardiff mother wins premature baby care changes
New guidance is issued to hospital staff caring for premature babies following a mother's campaign. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Helping Preemies Avoid Unnecessary Antibiotics
3 factors predicted when infant was at low risk of serious infection called sepsis Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Antibiotics, Premature Babies, Sepsis (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mauritius: A National Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to Be Set Up At Victoria Hospital, Says Minister Husnoo
[Government of Mauritius] A 14 bed capacity National Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) will be set up at Victoria Hospital in Candos by March 2018 to cater for critically ill preterm babies from across Mauritius. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - October 5, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Mauritius:A National Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to Be Set Up At Victoria Hospital, Says Minister Husnoo
[Government of Mauritius] A 14 bed capacity National Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) will be set up at Victoria Hospital in Candos by March 2018 to cater for critically ill preterm babies from across Mauritius. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - October 5, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Helping Preemies Avoid Unnecessary Antibiotics
THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 -- Researchers say they have identified three criteria that suggest an extremely premature infant has a low risk of developing sepsis, which might allow doctors to spare these babies early exposure to antibiotics. Sepsis is... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 5, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

UC Davis, NEC Society launch major project to examine the use of probiotics in preemies
(University of California - Davis Health System) Thanks to the leadership of Mark Underwood, chief of neonatology at UC Davis Children's Hospital, and the NEC Society's Scientific Advisory Council, the NEC Society is launching a Multi-NICU Probiotic Quality Improvement (QI) Project. It is the first project of its kind to capture data from neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), that are ready to start routine administration of probiotics to very low birthweight infants at risk for necrotizing enterocolitis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 5, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

NIH funds neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome study
The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding a new study to investigate treatment options for neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - October 4, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

The effect of perinatal depression treatment for mothers on parenting and child development: A systematic review - Letourneau NL, Dennis CL, Cosic N, Linder J.
Antenatal and postpartum depression are very common and have significant consequences for mothers and their children. This review examines which antenatal depression (AD) and postpartum depression (PPD) treatment interventions are most efficacious in impro... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Newborn Health: Federal Action Needed to Address Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
GAO recommends that HHS should expeditiously develop a plan for implementing the recommendations included in its strategy related to addressing neonatal alcohol syndrome, in light of the opioid epidemic. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - October 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Cooling treatment reduces epilepsy in children
Cooling babies deprived of oxygen at birth (perinatal asphyxia) can reduce the number of children who develop epilepsy later in childhood, according to a new study published in the journal Epilepsia. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - October 3, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Health, Research, International; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, Faculty of Health Sciences, Translational Health Sciences; Press Release Source Type: news

Cooling treatment reduces epilepsy in children
(University of Bristol) Cooling babies deprived of oxygen at birth (perinatal asphyxia) can reduce the number of children who develop epilepsy later in childhood, according to a new study published in the journal Epilepsia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Namibia: Opuwo to Get Maternity Shelter
[New Era] Opuwo -As part of its mandate to accelerate the reduction of maternal, neonatal and child mortality rates, the directorate of health in Kunene Region will have a fully-fledged, 60-roomed shelter for expectant mothers by the end of November. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - October 2, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Namibia:Opuwo to Get Maternity Shelter
[New Era] Opuwo -As part of its mandate to accelerate the reduction of maternal, neonatal and child mortality rates, the directorate of health in Kunene Region will have a fully-fledged, 60-roomed shelter for expectant mothers by the end of November. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - October 2, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

NIH-funded study to focus on newborns affected by opioids
(NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) The National Institutes of Health is funding a new study to evaluate treatment options for newborns with opioid withdrawal syndrome, a condition caused by exposure to opioids during pregnancy. Currently, health care providers in the United States lack standard, evidence-based treatments for neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome, despite states reporting more cases in recent years. The study, called Advancing Clinical Trials in Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (ACT NOW), aims to inform clinical care of these infants. (Source: EurekAlert! ...
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nurses to be able to order free baby memory boxes from charity
From next week, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands will be making its memory boxes available free of charge to healthcare professionals and healthcare providers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 29, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

For Better Health Outcomes for Moms and Babies, Quality Tops Resources
September 29, 2017We know this. So how can we encourage change?There are three main indicators commonly used to measure the quality of health care: structure, process, and outcome.Structure refers to characteristics of the care setting, including facilities, medical equipment, and staff. Process means whether the services are continuously consistent with recommended guidelines. And outcome evaluates a client ’s health as a result of the care he or she received.While global health NGOs have paid close attention to structure and outcome measures, they ’ve given less attention to improving health care quality thro...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

How the lungs of premature babies can undergo damage
(Helmholtz Zentrum M ü nchen - German Research Center for Environmental Health) Premature babies that need ventilation to support their breathing often suffer from a condition known as bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Researchers at the Helmholtz Zentrum M ü nchen, partner in the German Center for Lung Research (DZL), have now discovered a molecular mechanism that plays a key role in the development of the disease. The study has been published in 'EMBO Molecular Medicine'. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Changes in cause-specific neonatal and 1-59-month child mortality in India from 2000 to 2015: a nationally representative survey -
In this study we report the cha... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Study examines survival of very low birthweight babies
(Wiley) A new study published in Acta Paediatrica indicates that survival of babies born weighing ?500 g is poor despite advances in neonatal care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Postnatal depression far more common in previous sufferers
Target preventive measures at specific groups of vulnerable women, urge researchers Related items fromOnMedica Postnatal depression Postnatal depression not being picked up by GPs Women using hormonal contraception at higher depression risk All women must have access to perinatal mental health service (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Most alternative therapies for treating autism show, at best, inconclusive benefits
Dr. Shafali Jeste knows well the desperation of a parent seeking a cure for their child with autism spectrum disorder. As a clinician who both researches the causes of the disorder and treats children with autism, Jeste, UCLA associate professor of psychiatry, neurology and pediatrics and a lead investigator in the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment, understands why many parents will try anything that sounds reasonable. A change to a gluten- and casein-free diet to reduce symptoms. Mega-vitamins for the same. Medical marijuana to calm. Melatonin to sleep. Omega-3 fatty acids for hyperactivity. Delaying or refusi...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - September 26, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Mallinckrodt completes $425 million deal
Mallinckrodt has closed on its acquisition of specialty pharmaceutical firm InfaCare Pharmaceutical Corp. The deal, which was announced in August, could be worth as much as $425 million. Trevose, Pennsylvania-based InfaCare is focused on developing treatments for neonatal and pediatric patients. The company currently is developing a therapy, known as stannsoporfin, to treat newborns at risk of develo ping jaundice. "The addition of stannsoporfin further expands and diversifies Mallinckrodt's pediatric… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 26, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Angela Mueller Source Type: news

Better mental health: JSNA toolkit. 2017.
The guide accompanies the 2 External 0 0 0Mental Health and Wellbeing JSNA fingertips profile false http://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile-group/mental-health/profile/mh-jsna true false%>. It includes short, bite-sized sections which help people to develop a picture of mental health needs in a local area. The guide begins with sections on understanding place and understanding people. These focus on understanding risk, wellbeing, prevention and community resilience in the local population. Later sections cover the mental health care pathway, following a life course approach. These include the perinatal period, children...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Causes Microcephaly?
Patient Presentation A 5-month-old male came to clinic for his health supervision visit and followup from his neonatal intensive care stay. He was born prematurely at 28 weeks gestation and his stay was complicated by a right sided Grade III intraventricular hemorrhage, a left-sided Grade IV intraventricular hemorrhage, neonatal seizures, respiratory distress and bronchopulmonary dysplasia, retinopathy of prematurity, acute kidney injury that had resolved, possible necrotizing enterocolitis incidents x 2, and herpes simplex encephalitis. He was on home oxygen, a nasogastric feeding tube because of aspiration risk and mult...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 25, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Premature baby to be buried at feet of cancer-stricken mom
Carrie DeKlyen, 37, died on September 9, three days after the birth, having been unconscious for five weeks due to a stroke. Her premature daughter Life died at 10.30pm on Wednesday. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Premature Births Cost Health Plans Billions
Employer-based insurance forked over the money for special care, treatment of birth defects, study saysSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Birth Defects, Health Insurance, Premature Babies (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Premature baby dies 12 days after Michigan mom passes
Life DeKlyen died today at two weeks old from low oxygen levels. She was born premature in hopes to save her and mother-of-six Carrie, 37. The Michigan mother died two weeks ago from a glioblastoma. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sick premature babies face a care 'postcode lottery'
Researchers compared neonatal care across England, Scotland and Wales and found significant variations by area. The findings are from the latest NNAP report. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa: SA Hosts Maternal Health Researchers' Workshop
[SAnews.gov.za] The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) will this week host an interactive workshop on maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health in Johannesburg. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 18, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Congenital Heart Disease and Sudden Infant/Perinatal Death Congenital Heart Disease and Sudden Infant/Perinatal Death
Despite modern advances in maternal-infant care, the basic pathobiology of sudden infant death syndrome has proved difficult to determine.Journal of Clinical Pathology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Black babies more likely to have nursing care missed in their NICU stay
(University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing) Everybody wants a healthy life for their baby. Black babies are more likely to be born prematurely, which puts them at risk for death and developmental problems. In fact, a third of all infant deaths are preterm-related. The critical period in preterm babies' lives is when they are just born and are in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The care they receive is vital to a healthy future. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How Common Are Twins?
Discussion Twinning is the conception and development of more than one zygote during one pregnancy. Monozygotic (MZ) twins arise from one zygote that then splits to form two embryos so that the twins are necessarily of the same gender (male-male or female-female). Dizygotic (DZ) twinning arises from the development of two independent zygotes and therefore the genders may be the same or different (male-male, female-female or male-female). Increased risks of spontaneous DZ twinning includes increased maternal age, parity and gravity, family history including familial clustering, maternal obesity and overweight and smoking. ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 18, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Science Saturday: Three genetic tests to improve prenatal screening
New genomic technology is reshaping perinatal screening, which is testing before and during pregnancy to assess the health of a baby. Now pregnant women can have their baby initially screened for genetic disorders, such as Down syndrome, through the use of a newer blood test that evaluates DNA from the placenta present in the mother?s [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Research News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Research News - September 16, 2017 Category: Research Source Type: news

Psychiatric Disorders in Pregnancy Pose No Risk to Children Psychiatric Disorders in Pregnancy Pose No Risk to Children
Although psychiatric disorders are not associated with pregnancy or neonatal complications, treatment for these conditions may convey some risk, new research suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

45 percent of parents experience depression, anxiety and stress when newborns leave NICU
(Children's National Health System) Almost half of parents whose children were admitted to Children's National Health System's neonatal intensive care unit experienced postpartum depressive symptoms, anxiety and stress when their newborns were discharged from the hospital. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Improving communication, education and parent satisfaction with NICU discharge
(Children's National Health System) Parents whose children have lengthy stays in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) dream of one day taking their baby home. But the actual day of NICU discharge can be an overwhelming experience for both families and hospital staff. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Evidence of drug use in mothers of babies with NAS -- but also in control group mothers
(American Academy of Pediatrics) Researchers conducting a study of newborns experiencing symptoms of drug withdrawal knew the infants' mothers would test positive for substance use. But in the course of their study they had another, surprising finding: They discovered that 1 in 4 women enrolled in the 'drug-free' comparison group, whose infants were not diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome, also tested positive for illicit drug use. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Quality initiatives can reduce harm to newborns, shorten hospital stay and save millions
(Children's National Health System) A quality-improvement initiative by Children's National Health System's neonatal intensive care unit finds that these chest X-rays can be performed just twice weekly, lessening the chances of a breathing tube popping out accidentally, reducing infants' exposure to radiation and saving an estimated $1.6 million per year. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

In Pregnant Women with Type 1 Diabetes, Continuous Glucose Monitoring Linked to Better Outcomes (FREE)
By Joe Elia Edited by Andr é Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) in pregnant women with type 1 diabetes is associated with better neonatal outcomes, according to a study in The Lancet. … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - September 15, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Premature infants may get metabolic boost from mom's breast milk
(Penn State) The breast milk of mothers with premature babies has different amounts of microRNA than that of mothers with babies born at term, which may help premature babies catch up in growth and development, according to researchers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 14, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news