Seasonal variation in childhood mortality - Andr ás Nyári T, McNally R.
AIM: This ecological study was carried out to determine the cyclic trends in the rate of perinatal and infant mortality and among children aged under 15  years who died in traffic accidents or from drowning, respiratory disease or cancer. METHODS: ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

South Africa: Celebrating 365 Days of Hope - Micro-Premature Baby Turns 1
[News24Wire] In her pink fairy princess birthday outfit, miracle baby Hope Daniels was the belle of her birthday ball when she returned to Netcare Kuils River Hospital on Tuesday to celebrate her milestone. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 20, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Premature babies could benefit from combined glucocorticoid and antioxidant therapy
(University of Cambridge) Scientists at the University of Cambridge have suggested that subtle changes to the drugs administered to mothers threatened with preterm birth or to premature babies could further improve clinical treatment and help increase their safety. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Exploring barriers to reproductive, maternal, child and neonatal (RMNCH) health-seeking behaviors in Somali region, Ethiopia - Jalu MT, Ahmed A, Hashi A, Tekilu A.
INTRODUCTION: Health-seeking behaviours are influenced by internal and external contributing factors. Internal factors include attitudes, beliefs and core values, life adaptation skills, psychological disposition whereas external factors include social sup... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Saving Babies' Lives Version Two: A care bundle for reducing perinatal mortality
This version outlines 5 elements of care that are evidence-based and/or best practice: reducing smoking, surveillance of pregnancies at risk of foetal growth restriction, raising awareness of reduced fetal movement, effective fetal monitoring and reducing preterm birth. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New way of investigating maternity incidents completes rollout
From this week, all 130 trusts in England should be referring maternity cases involving intrapartum stillbirth, early neonatal deaths and severe brain injury to a new independent agency set up to investigate patient safety incidents. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 19, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Machine-Learning Models Allow Early Detection of Sepsis in NICU
MONDAY, March 18, 2019 -- Machine-learning models that use electronic health record (EHR) data can identify infants with sepsis in the neonatal intensive care unit hours before clinical recognition, according to a study published online Feb. 22 in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 18, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Women face delays in smear test results
Surge in number of smear tests come as laboratories prepare for shake-up Related items fromOnMedica Preventing cervical cancer: how a screening switch and HPV vaccination should cut cancer rates Social media could help raise breast screening take-up Armed forces wives at greater risk of perinatal depression Cervical screening intervals should be extended Breast cancer age profile younger in non-white women (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 18, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Perinatal Death Tripled in Home Compared With Hospital Births Perinatal Death Tripled in Home Compared With Hospital Births
New Israeli study confirms prior evidence that giving birth outside of hospital increases the risks of a range of poor outcomes for baby, including perinatal mortality.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Parenting after a history of childhood maltreatment: a scoping review and map of evidence in the perinatal period - Chamberlain C, Gee G, Harfield S, Campbell S, Brennan S, Clark Y, Mensah F, Arabena K, Herrman H, Brown S.
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Child maltreatment is a global health priority affecting up to half of all children worldwide, with profound and ongoing impacts on physical, social and emotional wellbeing. The perinatal period (pregnancy to two years postpartum) is c... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Induction for Late-Term Pregnancies at 41 Weeks Tied to Small Benefits
FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 -- There may be a small benefit to labor induction in low-risk woman at 41 weeks versus expectant management, though the chances of a good perinatal outcome are high with both strategies, according to a study published online... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 15, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Ethiopia: Fewer Maternal Deaths and Stillbirths in Ethiopia
[WHO] Addis Ababa, 12th March 2019. Ethiopia's National Health Care Quality Strategy for 2016-2020 placed Maternal, Newborn and Child Health as a priority with the ambitious goals to reduce the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) from 412 to 199 per 100,000 live births by 2020; to reduce the neonatal mortality rate (NMR) from 28 to 10 per 1,000 live births by 2020 and reduce stillbirth rate from 18 to 10 per 1000 births by 2020. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 13, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Antenatal Steroids Tied to Reduced Birth Size, Even at Full Term Antenatal Steroids Tied to Reduced Birth Size, Even at Full Term
Study found that of babies exposed to steroids given for lung maturity in case of premature birth, 45% were actually born full term but still had smaller birth size compared with unexposed term infants.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Perinatal self-harm: an overlooked public health issue - Ayre K, Dutta R, Howard LM.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Mode of Conception and Outcomes in Preterm Infants Mode of Conception and Outcomes in Preterm Infants
Does assisted conception have an impact on neonatal morbidity and mortality or neurodevelopment in infants born preterm?Human Reproduction (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - March 12, 2019 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health Journal Article Source Type: news

British couple stranded in Singapore need £140,000 to bring their premature baby home
Chloe Wilkinson, 30, went into labour after just 24 weeks of being pregnant while travelling back from Australia with her partner, Patraic Walsh-Kavanagh. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Call for specialist mental health midwives in every Scottish board
Specialist perinatal mental health midwives should be appointed across all health boards in Scotland to help “improve the situation” for other maternity staff who are forced to provide mental health support without the right education, according to a union chief.  (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 9, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nutrient supplement 'boosts growth of breastfed premature babies'
Eight weeks of extra proteins and minerals led to better growth in breastfed babies, a study found. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Amag's shares fall after $323M pregnancy drug fails in post-approval trial
Nearly a decade after an injectable drug called Makena, now owned by Amag Pharmaceuticals Inc., became the standard of care for pregnant women at risk for preterm delivery, a new study of the drug failed to back up the company's claims that it helps reduce premature births. In a 1,700-person clinical trial, about 11 percent of women who were administered the drug by Waltham-based Amag (Nasdaq: AMAG) delivered their babies 35 weeks into their pregnancy or earlier. That was not significantly better… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 8, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Allison DeAngelis Source Type: news

Evidence backs post discharge supplement in premature babies
An eight-week nutrient supplement for breastfeeding mothers can help prevent weight loss and boost the growth of premature babies after they leave hospital, according to UK researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 8, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Perinatal promotive and protective factors for women with histories of childhood abuse and neglect - Atzl VM, Grande LA, Davis EP, Narayan AJ.
BACKGROUND: Integrative research summarizing promotive and protective factors that reduce the effects of childhood abuse and neglect on pregnant women and their babies' healthy functioning is needed. OBJECTIVE: This narrative systematic review synt... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

New maternity workforce transformation plan revealed
Students studying adult and children ’s nursing should all be given the option to complete a module in neonatal care, according to education chiefs as part of newly revealed plans to transform the maternity workforce in England.  (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 7, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

The patch unplugging premature babies
A team at Northwestern University developed a wireless patch that monitors the vitals of premature babies. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wireless sensors for NICUs allows babies to be held
A team of researchers from Northwestern University designed a new wireless sensor for neonatal babies that can track vitals.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 5, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Do data from child protective services and the police enhance modelling of perinatal risk for paediatric abusive head trauma? A retrospective case-control study - Kelly P, Thompson JMD, Rungan S, Ameratunga S, Jelleyman T, Percival T, Elder H, Mitchell EA.
OBJECTIVES: First, to investigate whether there is a relationship between a family being known to child protective services or police at the time of birth and the risk of abusive head trauma (AHT, formerly known as shaken baby syndrome). Second, to investi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Perinatal depression, PTSD, and trauma: impact on mother-infant attachment and interventions to mitigate the transmission of risk - Erickson N, Julian M, Muzik M.
Early interactions between infants and their caregivers are fundamental to child development, and the parent-infant relationship is believed to provide the foundation for healthy and secure attachment relationships and for infant mental health. Over time, ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

What Are the Types of Tracheoesophageal Fistulas?
Discussion Respiratory problems in infants can caused by many things including any type of obstruction from the nose to lung. Neonates and infants are particularly susceptible to changes in the size of the airway because of the physics of airflow resistance. Important reminders about infant airways: Resistance = 1/radius4 (Poiseuille’s equation) therefore even a 1 mm decrease in the airway circumferences increases the airflow resistance x16. Increased airflow causes less pressure along the walls, which can lead to collapse of the walls (Bernoulli’s and Venturi effects). Neonates have smaller lungs relative to ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - March 4, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Do Men and Women Experience Bipolar Disorder Differently?
Bipolar disorder affects men and women in equal numbers, and the symptoms are essentially identical. But some key differences do exist—differences that might be due to biological factors, and social ones, too. For starters, research has consistently shown that women have higher rates of bipolar II disorder, “which typically presents as a chronic depressive disorder with periods of hypomania,” according to Candida Fink, MD, a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist with a private practice in Westchester, N.Y. There’s a misconception that bipolar II disorder is less severe than bipola...
Source: Psych Central - March 2, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Bipolar Disorders Gender General Men's Issues Women's Issues Bipolar Disorder bipolar disorder and pregnancy bipolar I Bipolar Ii Gender Differences men and bipolar disorder menopause and bipolar disorder menstruation and bipolar Source Type: news

Tiny wireless sensors could revolutionize how premature babies are monitored
The skin-like silicon patches attach to the chest and foot proved just as reliable as traditional electrodes, according to a new study (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tiny wireless sensors could revolutionize how premature babies are monitored
Tiny wireless skin sensors are being tested to monitor stroke recovery and breathing disorders, but they could also help babies who are born prematurely, according to a new study in the journal Science. The skin-like silicon patches attach to the chest and foot proved just as reliable as traditional electrodes for tracking babies' heart and respiration rates, temperature, blood pressure and blood-oxygen level. Dr. Jon LaPook reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wireless Sensor System Feasible for Monitoring Vital Signs in NICU
FRIDAY, March 1, 2019 -- Wireless epidermal electronic systems with in-sensor analytics are feasible for use in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), according to a study published in the March 1 issue of Science. Ha Uk Chung, from the Simpson... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 1, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Course of perinatal depressive symptoms among South African women: associations with child outcomes at 18 and 36  months - Garman EC, Cois A, Tomlinson M, Rotheram-Borus MJ, Lund C.
PURPOSE: Latent modelling was used to identify trajectories of depressive symptoms among low-income perinatal women in South Africa. Predictors of trajectories and the association of trajectories with child outcomes were assessed. METHODS: This is ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Featherlight, Wireless Sensors Let Parents Cuddle Their Preemies
THURSDAY, Feb. 28, 2019 -- Tiny premature babies are often swamped by the sensors that monitor their health, attached to a mass of wires sometimes bigger than the newborns themselves. These bundles of wired sensors can impede the baby's medical... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 28, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Student nurse spends birthday on unit that treated her
A children ’s nursing student from the University of Chester has celebrated a very special birthday at the neonatal baby care unit that looked after her when she was born 20 years ago. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 28, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Researchers use health data tools to rapidly detect sepsis in newborns
(Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) Automated programs can identify which sick infants in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) have sepsis hours before clinicians recognize the life-threatening condition. A research team of data scientists and physicians tested machine-learning models in a NICU population, drawing on routine collected electronic health information. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 28, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Binodal, wireless epidermal electronic systems with in-sensor analytics for neonatal intensive care
Existing vital sign monitoring systems in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) require multiple wires connected to rigid sensors with strongly adherent interfaces to the skin. We introduce a pair of ultrathin, soft, skin-like electronic devices whose coordinated, wireless operation reproduces the functionality of these traditional technologies but bypasses their intrinsic limitations. The enabling advances in engineering science include designs that support wireless, battery-free operation; real-time, in-sensor data analytics; time-synchronized, continuous data streaming; soft mechanics and gentle adhesive interfaces to...
Source: ScienceNOW - February 28, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Chung, H. U., Kim, B. H., Lee, J. Y., Lee, J., Xie, Z., Ibler, E. M., Lee, K., Banks, A., Jeong, J. Y., Kim, J., Ogle, C., Grande, D., Yu, Y., Jang, H., Assem, P., Ryu, D., Kwak, J. W., Namkoong, M., Park, J. B., Lee, Y., Kim, D. H., Ryu, A., Jeong, J., Y Tags: Engineering, Medicine, Diseases, Online Only r-articles Source Type: news

New study indicates early-term infants can succeed at breastfeeding
(University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) Researchers have determined that healthy premature babies can have as much success breastfeeding as full-term babies.The study, conducted by researchers at UBC Okanagan's School of Nursing and the University of Hong Kong, involved 2,700 pairs of mothers and infants and included two different survey groups -- one in 2006/07 and another in 2011/12. The mother-infant pairs were monitored from birth to 12 months or until breastfeeding ceased. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 27, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Zika Virus: Sample Testing Advice
Source: United Kingdom Department of Health (DH). Published: 2/27/2019. This resource, updated in February 2019, provides guidance on who to test for Zika virus infection and which samples to collect. It discusses investigation of asymptomatic returned travelers, investigation of patients with current or previous symptoms, standard sample types for routine Zika virus testing, other samples (including obstetric and neonatal) suitable for Zika virus testing, and interpretation of Zika virus test results. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

20,000 mothers get help from NHS maternity advice line
NHS England now plans to roll out the service trialled in Surrey to other parts of the country Related items fromOnMedica Armed forces wives at greater risk of perinatal depression Most CCGs missing smoking target for pregnant women Maternity care better in some respects – but still many problems Fewer than ever women smoke at point of birth Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 27, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Counsel At-risk Women to Help Prevent Perinatal Depression
A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force final statement recommends that clinicians provide or refer pregnant and postpartum women at increased risk for perinatal depression to counseling interventions. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 25, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Towards a universal concept of vulnerability: broadening the evidence from the elderly to perinatal health using a Delphi approach - de Groot N, Bonsel GJ, Birnie E, Valentine NB.
BACKGROUND: The concept 'vulnerability' is prevalent in the public domain, health care, social institutions and multidisciplinary research. Conceptual heterogeneity is present, hampering the creation of a common evidence-base of research achievements and s... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

What Is the Most Common Type of Cardiomyopathy?
Discussion Barth syndrome is characterized by a dilated cardiomyopathy, proximal skeletal muscle weakness, neutropenia and short stature that usually presents at birth or soon after. It is a rare X-linked recessive disease process caused by mutations in the TAZ gene. The TAZ gene codes for tafazzin which alters cardiolipin in mitochondria. Characteristic facies can be seen especially in infancy including a tall and broad forehead, prominent chin and full cheeks, larger ears, and deep-set eyes. Most patients present at birth or soon afterwards but some may not until later in life. Life expectancy is reduced with many childr...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - February 25, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Royal College of GPs backs decriminalisation of abortion
Procedure should be governed by medical regulation, not the criminal justice system, say members Related items fromOnMedica Women in England should be allowed to take abortion pills at home Armed forces wives at greater risk of perinatal depression Miscarriage care must change, says mumsnet Push for opportunistic screening for STIs Half of trusts turn away expectant mothers (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 25, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

‘Every 30 seconds another alarm is going off’: Neonatal ICUs can take their toll on parents
They have higher rates of depression, anxiety and PTSD. Extended hospital stays can even make them less nurturing. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amialya Durairaj Source Type: news

What Treatment Shortens Hospital Stay in NAS? What Treatment Shortens Hospital Stay in NAS?
Dr William Basco comments on a study showing that one of the two common neonatal abstinence syndrome treatments leads to a shorter hospital stay.Medscape Pediatrics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Viewpoint Source Type: news

A meta-analysis of interleukin-6 as a valid and accurate index in diagnosing early neonatal sepsis
The authors aimed to systematically assess the overall value of interleukin 6 (IL-6) in diagnosing neonates with sepsis. The results suggested that IL-6 is a valid and accurate index in diagnosing early neonatal sepsis, but it still needs to be combined with other laboratory tests and specific clinical manifestations. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prospective surveillance of bacterial colonization and primary sepsis - findings of a tertiary neonatal intensive and intermediate care unit
This journal article says that surveillance of colonization provided a comprehensive overview on species and antibiotic resistance patterns. It allowed early detection of a colonization cluster. The authors state that knowledge of colonization and surveillance of sepsis is useful for guiding infection control measures and antibiotic treatment. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Comparative Evaluation of Presepsin with Procalcitonin and CRP in Diagnosing Neonatal Sepsis
The objectives of this study were to study the clinical and biochemical profile of neonates with sepsis and to evaluate the diagnostic role of presepsin and its comparison with C-reactive protein (CRP) and Procalcitonin (PCT). Presepsin, in comparison with CRP and PCT has better sensitivity and negative predictive value (NPV). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The global maternal sepsis study and awareness campaign (GLOSS): study protocol
This study will provide data on the frequency of maternal sepsis and uptake of effective diagnostic and therapeutic interventions in obstetrics in different hospitals and countries. We will also be able to explore links between interventions and maternal and perinatal outcomes and identify priority areas for action. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Evaluating Newborns at Risk for Early-Onset Sepsis
This article reviews existing guidelines and provides an overview of the Bayesian sepsis calculator and serial observation as an alternative to laboratory studies and empirical antibiotics. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news