UTMB team proves potential for reducing pre-term birth by treating fetus as patient
(University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston) The results of a study by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch may pave the way for a new medicine delivery system that could reduce the incidence of pre-term labor and premature birth by allowing physicians to treat the 'fetus as the patient'. The study has been published in Science Advances. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Research news tip sheet: Story ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) In a study in mice and human cells, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say that they have developed a tiny, yet effective method for preventing premature birth. The vaginally delivered treatment contains nanosized (billionth of a meter) particles of drugs that easily penetrate the vaginal wall to reach the uterine muscles and prevent them from contracting. If proven effective in humans, the treatment could be one of the only clinical options available to prevent preterm labor. The FDA has recommended removing Makena (17-hydroxyprogesterone caproate), the only approved medicine for this purpose, fro...
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - January 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: global death toll passes milestone as Emirates cancels Australian flights
Global coronavirus death toll reaches 2 million people;UK shuts travel corridors and requires negative Covid tests to enter;German vaccine officials forced to guess who is eligible from namesBrazil rushes to save premature babies as Covid swamps hospitalsVaccine passports: what are they and do they pose a danger to privacy?US suffers bleak January as Covid rages and vaccination campaign falters‘At the coalface’: what the Australian expert in WHO’s Covid mission in China hopes to find12.44amGMTHere ’s our story on a grim landmark. The world has now passed 2m deaths from Covid-19.“Our world has ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 16, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Michael McGowan Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science World news Source Type: news

Nanotechnology prevents premature birth in mouse studies
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) In a study in mice and human cells, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say that they have developed a tiny, yet effective method for preventing premature birth. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Transfusions with higher red blood cell levels do not improve preterm baby outcomes
(George Mason University) National Institutes of Health-funded randomized clinical trial is the largest study to-date to compare thresholds for blood transfusions in premature babies, offers guidance for health care providers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Suicide risk and prematurity: a study with pregnant adolescents - Soares MC, de Matos MB, da Cunha GK, Leite CF, Caruccio HS, Trettim JP, Scholl CC, Rubin BB, Coelho FMC, Quevedo LA, Pinheiro RT, Pinheiro KAT.
OBJECTIVE: To verify the association between mood and anxiety disorders, and suicide risk during pregnancy and their relationship with premature birth in a population of pregnant adolescents attending prenatal care in the public health system of Pelotas, a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Singing to preterm infants during kangaroo care reduces maternal anxiety
(University of Helsinki) Premature births are stressful experiences that increase the risk of anxiety for mothers and may hinder the development of interaction between mother and infant. A new study indicates that the combination of singing and kangaroo care boosts the wellbeing of the mothers of preterm infants, also making it easier for them to establish a connection with their baby. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mothers ’ stress may lead to preterm births, faster aging in children
This study is among the first to point out that, yes, it does matter.“It may even be more influential than prenatal health because some of what is put in motion before conception may be hard to stop during pregnancy,” she added. “For example, a mother with dysregulated immune function due to stress may be at risk when she becomes pregnant. The abundance of stre ss for low-income parents is potent and potentially high risk for them and their children.”These findings, Dunkel Schetter said, support the case for devoting more resources to programs for preconception health and well-being.Both studies wer...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 30, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Preemie Babies End Up Hospitalized More as Kids
FRIDAY, Nov. 27, 2020 -- Children born prematurely have a higher risk of hospitalization later on than those born at full term, a new study says. Health problems are common in premature babies, though the risk falls as they grow up. But researchers... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 27, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Premature Birth Tied to Increased Depression Risk
Girls born before 28 weeks of gestation were at three times the risk of those born full term. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nicholas Bakalar Tags: Children and Childhood Mental Health and Disorders Pregnancy and Childbirth Depression (Mental) Source Type: news

Tanzania: Amana Hospital Gets Alms for Premature Babies' Care
[Daily News] PREMATURE Babies Organisation has stepped in to provide medical equipment support to Amana Regional Referral Hospital in Dar es Salaam aimed at reducing deaths of premature babies. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 20, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Premature Birth Rates Are Down During Coronavirus, According To Studies
Preterm birth can have lasting implications for both babies and their parents and World Prematurity Day on November 17 raises awareness for these complications. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 17, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Alice Broster, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Source Type: news

Heat Waves May Be Bad for Your Pregnancy
Each one-degree Celsius increase in temperature was associated with a 5 percent increase in preterm birth and a 5 percent increase in stillbirth. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nicholas Bakalar Tags: Temperature Premature Babies Pregnancy and Childbirth Stillbirth Source Type: news

High temperatures increases risk of premature births, says study
A new study from the University of the Witwatersrand found the risk of pregnant women giving birth prematurely or having a stillbirth rose by about 5% per 2F increase in temperature (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Gross violation': Australian women invasively searched at Doha airport after 'fetus' found
Thirteen Australian women have been forced into invasive physical searches after airport terminal staff found a premature baby abandoned... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Recognizing Miscarriage as an Occasion for Grief
Many people experiencing miscarriages feel isolated or blame themselves, often because pregnancy loss is still veiled in secrecy. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Perri Klass, M.D. Tags: Pregnancy and Childbirth Grief (Emotion) Babies and Infants Infant Mortality Premature Babies Miscarriages Parenting Source Type: news

Did Lockdowns Lower Premature Births? A New Study Adds Evidence
Dutch researchers say the “impact was real,” adding to hopes that doctors will learn more about factors contributing to preterm birth. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Elizabeth Preston Tags: Premature Babies Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Netherlands Research Quarantines Women and Girls Lancet Public Health (Journal) your-feed-science your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

COVID Triggers Premature Births in Infected Moms COVID Triggers Premature Births in Infected Moms
Of 445 live births reported, 12.6% were premature, which the CDC defined as before 37 weeks. That rate is about 25% higher than the rate of premature births for the general population, the CDC said.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus May Increase Premature Births, Studies Suggest
New studies provide more evidence that pregnant women may get severe Covid-19 symptoms and have an increased risk of pregnancy loss. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Roni Caryn Rabin Tags: Women and Girls Pregnancy and Childbirth Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Premature Babies Stillbirth Research Centers for Disease Control and Prevention your-feed-science your-feed-health Source Type: news

Mothers who give birth to premature babies are at-risk of early deaths
Women who delivered before they were 37 weeks pregnant were 1.7 times more likely to die early and risks were 2.2 times higher if they delivered before 27 weeks, Icahn School of Medicine research found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Women who have a premature baby are twice as likely to die young, new study suggests 
The greater risk of death is highest in the first decade after birth but it persists for up to 40 years, researchers led by the Swedish Research Council found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Historical redlining linked to premature births, lower birth weight babies
(University of California - Berkeley) Adverse birth outcomes -- including premature births, low birth weight babies and babies who are small for their gestational age -- are more likely to occur in neighborhoods that were once redlined, finds a new study by University of California, Berkeley, researchers. The results indicate that past discriminatory housing practices may be partly to blame for the disparities in infant and maternal health faced by people of color in the US. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Human milk based fortifiers improve health outcomes for the smallest premature babies
(University of Missouri-Columbia) More than 380,000 babies are born prematurely in the United States each year, according to the March of Dimes. 'Preemies' can be severely underweight babies and struggle to get the nutrients they need from breast milk alone, so neonatal intensive care units provide an additional milk fortifier, either in the form of cow's milk or manufactured from donor breast milk, to keep them healthy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Living Near an Airport May Raise Risks of Preterm Birth
Pregnant women exposed to soot from jet engines were at increased risk of giving birth prematurely. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nicholas Bakalar Tags: Premature Babies Airports Pregnancy and Childbirth Air Pollution Source Type: news

Africa: Breastmilk for Premature Babies Encourages Economic Revival
[allAfrica] This week is World Breastfeeding Week, a flagship campaign of the International Confederation of Midwives. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 8, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Separated twins' parents thank Colchester nurses for pictures
The premature babies were treated in hospitals 60 miles apart but an app kept their parents updated. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus: Is risk from Covid-19 higher during pregnancy?
What are the chances of passing the virus to the baby in the womb, or of premature birth? (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study seeks to reduce barriers to breastfeeding premature babies
(Rush University Medical Center) To help increase breastfeeding among premature infants, researchers at Rush University Medical Center will test the effects of an intervention that addresses barriers to breastfeeding. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

If Mom-to-Be Lives Near Airport, Odds for Preemie Birth Rise
WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2020 -- The roar of jet engines may pose a hidden danger to babies: higher odds of premature birth tied to plane exhaust. So finds a study showing that pregnant women exposed to high levels of pollution from the exhaust of jet... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 29, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Living Near Oil and Gas Wells Tied to Premature Births
Flaring of natural gas was tied to an increased risk of preterm delivery. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nicholas Bakalar Tags: Premature Babies Natural Gas Source Type: news

Rate of very premature births falls by as much as 90% during coronavirus lockdowns
Two separate, pre-peer-review studies conducted in Denmark and Ireland found rates of very early births declined by 90 and 75%, respectively, as women stayed home to stay safe from COVID-19. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

During Coronavirus Lockdowns, Some Doctors Wondered: Where Are the Preemies?
Hospitals in several countries saw dips in premature births, which could be a starting point for future research. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Elizabeth Preston Tags: Premature Babies Research Pregnancy and Childbirth Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Quarantines Birth Rates Denmark Ireland your-feed-science Source Type: news

Pioneering brain haemorrhage treatment reduces long-term disability in premature babies
Premature babies with serious brain haemorrhage treated with a ‘ brain washing ’ technique pioneered by Bristol researchers have shown in a 10-year follow-up study, were twice as likely to survive without severe learning disability when compared with infants given standard treatment. The findings are published today [5 July] in the journal Archives of Diseases in Childhood. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - July 5, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Health, International, Research; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School; Press Release Source Type: news

Premature Births Tied to Heart Risks in Mothers
Women who delivered prematurely had a decades-long increased risk of coronary heart disease. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nicholas Bakalar Tags: Women and Girls Premature Babies Heart Source Type: news

Climate Change Tied to Pregnancy Risks, Affecting Black Mothers Most
Women exposed to high temperatures or air pollution are more likely to have premature, underweight or stillborn babies, a look at 32 million U.S. births found. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christopher Flavelle Tags: Global Warming Environment Greenhouse Gas Emissions Premature Babies Black People Pregnancy and Childbirth Race and Ethnicity Air Pollution Stillbirth Source Type: news

The Impact of Disparities on Children ’s Health
Differences in access to medical care and treatment contribute to conditions that disproportionately hurt minority children. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Perri Klass, M.D. Tags: Discrimination Black People Children and Childhood Race and Ethnicity Infant Mortality Premature Babies Obesity Source Type: news

Rapid chip medical tests prototyped for premature babies
(University of Southampton) Scientists at the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics are developing a rapid bedside test for diagnosing neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome (nRDS) in premature babies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Racial disparities in deaths among premature babies narrowing, study finds
Racial disparities in the care received by babies born prematurely and their mothers might be narrowing and generating improvements in overall survival, a study published by JAMA Network Open says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Concerns About Preterm Birth Extend to the Last Few Weeks
Infants born at 37 or 38 weeks were more likely to have developmental delays than full-term babies. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Perri Klass, M.D. Tags: Premature Babies Babies and Infants Pregnancy and Childbirth Source Type: news

RNA molecules in maternal blood may predict pregnancies at risk for preeclampsia
(University of California - San Diego) UC San Diego researchers have identified small molecules in the blood of asymptomatic pregnant women that may predict risk for preeclampsia, responsible for a significant proportion of maternal and neonatal deaths, low birth weight and is a primary cause of premature birth. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Coronavirus: Am I at risk during pregnancy?
What are the risks of passing the virus to the baby in the womb, or of premature birth? (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The tiny premature baby who fought off coronavirus
Peyton Maguire from Lanarkshire is one of the youngest Covid-19 patients in the UK. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Traditional vegetable diet lowers the risk of premature babies
(University of Queensland) It turns out we should follow our parent' advice when we're thinking about becoming parents ourselves, with a study finding eating the traditional 'three-vegies' before pregnancy lowers the risk of a premature birth. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Exposure to Plastic Chemicals Before Conception Tied to Premature Births
Pregnant women exposed to phthalates, found in plastic toys, soaps and food packaging, may be at increased risk of preterm delivery. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nicholas Bakalar Tags: Premature Babies Pregnancy and Childbirth Chemicals Source Type: news

Vaginal Bacteria Could Help Predict Risk of Premature Birth: Study
WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2020 -- The makeup of bacteria in an expectant mother's vagina may help identify which women are most at risk of giving birth prematurely, a new study suggests. It also found that pregnant women who deliver early are more likely... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 8, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Premature birth linked to the mother's vaginal microbiome
(Frontiers) Pregnant women who deliver early are more likely to have a varied vaginal microbiome, especially in their first trimester. Combining data from several studies, the researchers analyzed information across a wide range of women in terms of ethnicity and stage of pregnancy and also highlight the specific bacteria associated with premature births. The authors hope these findings could help identify women at higher risk of giving birth prematurely. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 8, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Baby of mom with COVID-19 dies after premature birth
"Had [the mother] not been COVID-19 positive... likely she would not have gone into preterm labor and there would have been a different outcome," an official said (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

To Fight COVID-19, Ford Is Planning to Manufacture Ventilators. This Isn ’t the First Time the Automaker Has Made Medical Devices
The odd hush that has fallen over New York City has lately been broken once every day, at precisely 7:00 PM. That’s when New Yorkers are stepping onto balconies or flinging open windows to applaud the people—pharmacy clerks, supermarket cashiers, food delivery workers and more—who continue to keep to keep the silent city running. But even the most heroic of health-care workers are faced with a difficult reality in the city that has become the center of COVID-19 in the U.S., as officials have predicted that New York City will need at least 400 more ventilators by Sunday and thousands more in the days to fo...
Source: TIME: Health - April 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Breast milk may help prevent sepsis in preemies
(Washington University School of Medicine) Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., have found -- in newborn mice -- that a component of breast milk may help protect premature babies from developing life-threatening sepsis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news