Bacteria and immunity in cervix may be key to predicting premature births
(University of Maryland School of Medicine) Spontaneous preterm birth (sPTB), defined as birth before 37 weeks of gestation, and the related complications, are the largest contributors to infant death in the United States and worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have discovered that bacteria and innate immune factors in a woman's birth canal and cervix may increase the risk of spontaneous preterm birth or provide protection against such births. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

London trust boosts support for staff with premature babies
A major acute trust in London has pledged to  boost support for nurses and other members of staff whose babies are born prematurely or sick. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 19, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

How a brain scan could diagnose autism in NEWBORNS
A study by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia found premature babies have an excessive number of nerve cells in their brains, which is characteristic of those with autism. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA approves device to treat heart defect in tiniest babies
Smaller than a pea, the device from Abbott can be implanted in premature babies weighing as little as 2 pounds (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vapotherm launches Precision Flow Hi-VNI respiratory device
Vapotherm said today that it launched its next-gen Precision Flow Hi-VNI system intended to relieve respiratory stress in spontaneously breathing patients. The Exeter, N.H.-based company touted that the next-gen device features improvements to both its software and hardware intended to improve reliability. The Precision Flow Hi-VNI system is designed to deliver maskless noninvasive ventilation to patients who are spontaneously breathing to relieve respiratory distress including hypercapnia, hypoxemia and dyspnea, Vapotherm said. The company’s Precision Flow devices are intended to provide high-velocity heated, humidi...
Source: Mass Device - February 13, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Respiratory Vapotherm Source Type: news

5 Things That Surprised Bill and Melinda Gates Last Year
Every year since 2009, Bill and Melinda Gates have written a letter about the issues and innovations most striking to them. The goal is to bring important global issues to people’s attention so that more minds can work to create solutions and improve life for everyone on the planet. Their newly released 2019 letter, which is themed “We Didn’t See This Coming,” includes examples of cutting-edge technology — like self-contained toilets that don’t require connection to a sewage system — as well as efforts to address social challenges like domestic violence. “Bill and I travel a ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized public health Source Type: news

5 Global Health Issues That Surprised Bill and Melinda Gates Last Year
Every year since 2009, Bill and Melinda Gates have written a letter about the issues and innovations most striking to them. The goal is to bring important global issues to people’s attention so that more minds can work to create solutions and improve life for everyone on the planet. Their newly released 2019 letter, which is themed “We Didn’t See This Coming,” includes examples of cutting-edge technology — like self-contained toilets that don’t require connection to a sewage system — as well as efforts to address social challenges like domestic violence. “Bill and I travel a ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized public health Source Type: news

Baby death infection source may not be found
Two premature babies died and a third is being treated after contracting the blood infection in a Glasgow maternity hospital. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gum disease may cause premature labour
A study by University Hospital Hradec Kr álové, Czech Republic, found that of 78 new mothers whose waters broke prematurely, 45 per cent had swollen, sore or infected gums. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Infection measures reviewed after baby’s death
A trust has reviewed infection prevention and control measures after a premature baby was infected with pseudomonas in a neonatal intensive care unit. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 21, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Family of premature baby struggles to change insurance due to shutdown
Joseph Daskalakis’ son was born New Year’s Eve, a little over a week into the current government shutdown, and about 10 weeks before he was expected. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

FDA Approves Abbott's Amplatzer PDA Occluder for Preemies FDA Approves Abbott's Amplatzer PDA Occluder for Preemies
The pea-sized device is the first approved to treat patent ductus arteriosus in premature babies weighing as little as two pounds.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Alert Source Type: news

FDA approves new closure device for heart defect in premature babies
One out of 10 of all babies are born premature. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Family bids to get premature baby home to Wales from Vietnam
The mother of a baby girl born at 27 weeks says coming home is "the only thing keeping me going". (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Approves Abbott & #039;s Device for Treating Premies with an Opening in Their Hearts
Born at 27 weeks, twin babies Irie and Judah Felkner of Columbus, Ohio, were both fighting for their lives in the neonatal intensive care unit when an echocardiogram revealed Irie had a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) that required immediate treatment. "The doctor thought Abbott's Amplatzer Piccolo device was the best solution for Irie, and after learning more about the procedure we decided to move forward," said Crissa Felkner, Irie's mother. "You have to live it to fully appreciate what that device did for our daughter. Three days after the procedure, she was making great progress and is now a normal toddle...
Source: MDDI - January 14, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Abbott wins FDA approval for Amplatzer Piccolo occluder for neonates
The FDA granted pre-market approval for the Amplatzer Piccolo occluder made by Abbott (NYSE:ABT) to treat a congenital heart defect in neonatal infants as small as two pounds, the company said today. The Chicago-area healthcare giant said Amplatzer Piccolo is a transcatheter, self-expanding, wire mesh device that’s inserted via the aortic or pulmonary artery to close a hole in the heart known as patent ductus arteriosus. “Piccolo is a critical advancement in the standard of care for the most vulnerable of premature babies who may not be able to undergo surgery to repair their hearts,” structural...
Source: Mass Device - January 14, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiac Implants Featured Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Pediatrics Abbott Source Type: news

FDA Approves World's First Device for Treatment of Premature Babies and Newborns with an Opening in Their Hearts (a Common Congenital Defect)
- First and only minimally invasive, transcatheter treatment specifically approved for premature babies with a patent ductus, a life-threatening opening in their heart (Source: Abbott.com)
Source: Abbott.com - January 14, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Premature babies have a higher chance of contracting deadly infections in wards than single rooms
Babies cared for in a single room were 37% less likely to get sepsis, a Netherlands study found. They were also 31% more likely to be breast fed after leaving hospital, instead of relying on formula. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Checkup: Managing Children ’ s Pain After Surgery
We ’ ve come a long way from the days when surgeons were taught that infants ’ nervous systems were too undeveloped to feel pain. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: PERRI KLASS, M.D. Tags: Children and Childhood Pain-Relieving Drugs Babies and Infants Premature Babies Surgery and Surgeons Parenting Hospitals Anesthesia and Anesthetics Source Type: news

Mother who had FIVE kidney transplants and lost two premature babies gives birth
Jubilant Sophie Foale, 45, is so delighted she has even named her son after the medical expert who made the birth possible. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why Are Doctors Giving Caffeine To Premature Babies?
What if your first encounter with caffeine wasn't when you were a few years old, but when you were a few hours old? Researchers suggest that this helps premature babies. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Victoria Forster, Contributor Source Type: news

Uganda: Donor Breast Milk Timely Help for Premature Babies
[Monitor] It is common among mothers who give birth to premature babies [at fewer than 37 weeks] to find difficulty producing breast milk immediately. In this case, experts require specifically human breast milk to increase the baby's survival chances. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - December 10, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Podcast: Omega-3 fatty acid addition during pregnancy
Omega-3 fats are the subject of more than two dozen Cochrane Reviews for conditions including cardiovascular health, dementia and gastrointestinal problems. In November 2018, the review on the effects on preterm birth when these are taken by pregnant women was updated. The review was led by Associate Professor Philippa Middleton and Professor Maria Makrides, from the Healthy Mothers Babies and Children theme at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. Professor Makrides tells us about the latest evidence." In Australia, about 1 in 12 babies are born prematurely, this means that they are born more th...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - December 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Vapotherm touts automated oxygen controller in preemie study
A recent clinical trial showed that Vapotherm’s (NYSE: VAPO) new IntellO2 module for its Precision Flow system greatly improved the chances of keeping premature babies in the target oxygenation range. The prospective, multi-center, controlled, order-randomized crossover trial demonstrated that using the IntellO2 module helped clinicians maintain newborns in the physician-prescribed oxygen saturation range 80% of the time, compared with 49 % for manual control alone, the company said in a statement. The study was published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Editio...
Source: Mass Device - December 6, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Clinical Trials Hospital Care News Well Pediatrics Research & Development Wall Street Beat Vapotherm Source Type: news

Breast milk donors help premature babies
BBC Scotland meets the donors, the drivers and the babies benefitting at Scotland's only breast milk bank. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Placenta, an Afterthought No Longer
An ephemeral organ, long dismissed merely as afterbirth, increasingly is viewed as critical to understanding the health and course of pregnancy. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: APOORVA MANDAVILLI Tags: Pregnancy and Childbirth Women and Girls Genetics and Heredity Preeclampsia Premature Babies National Institutes of Health Source Type: news

Caffeine may increase the risk of a premature birth
Drinking caffeine during pregnancy may increase the risk a premature or low-weight birth, according to data published inThe American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.Daily Mail (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - November 27, 2018 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Omega-3s May Lower the Risk of Preterm Birth
Compared with women who did not take omega-3s, those who took supplements had an 11 percent lower risk of giving birth before 37 weeks of gestation. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Premature Babies Omega-3 Fatty Acids Oils and Fats Pregnancy and Childbirth Source Type: news

Namibia: Premature Babies Need Care - Haufiku
[Namibian] Premature births remain one of the top causes of deaths for children under five years worldwide and also in Namibia, health minister Bernard Haufiku says. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Namibia: Oshakati Celebrates Premature Babies
[New Era] Oshakati -At least 150 premature babies out of more than 1,000 admitted at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital yearly do not survive. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Tanzania: Deputy Minister Touts Protection of Premature Babies
[Daily News] DEPUTY Minister for Health, Ms Harusi Said Suleiman, has called for maximum protection of premature babies, saying giving birth prematurely is not a curse. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 15, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

New research finds omega-3 fatty acids reduce the risk of premature birth
(Wiley) A new Cochrane Review published today has found that increasing the intake of omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) during pregnancy reduces the risk of premature births. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Faecal transplant may protect premature babies from fatal bowel disease
(University of Copenhagen The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences) Children born prematurely often experience serious problems with the gastrointestinal tract and therefore have increased risk of developing life-threatening bowel infection. Now researchers from the University of Copenhagen have shown, in a study on pigs, that transplantation of faeces from healthy pigs changes the bowel's bacterial composition in those born prematurely and protects them from the fatal bowel disease necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New research finds omega-3 fatty acids reduce the risk of premature birth
A newCochrane Review published today has found that increasing the intake of omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) during pregnancy reduces the risk of premature births.Premature birth is the leading cause of death for children under 5 years old worldwide, accounting for close to one million deaths annually. Premature babies are at higher risk of a range of long-term conditions including visual impairment, developmental delay and learning difficulties.‘We know premature birth is a critical global health issue, with an estimated 15 million babies born too early each year,’ explains Cochrane Pre...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts 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

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

Premature birth rates rise again for the third year in a row
The 2018 premature birth report card from March of Dimes found that the rate of US preterm birth in 2017 rose to 9.93 percent, up from 2016's rate of 9.8 percent. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news