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Texas premature babies pictured as they remain in NICU
Premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston were visited by Santa Claus who brought holiday cheer for an adorable photo shoot. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Adorable photos of babies in the NICU
Premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston were visited by Santa Claus who brought holiday cheer for an adorable photo shoot. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

When a Preemie Goes Home, Dad Stresses Out
Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Parenting, Premature Babies (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - December 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

When a Preemie Goes Home, Dad Stresses Out
THURSDAY, Dec. 7, 2017 -- When parents bring a premature baby home from the hospital, it's the dads who feel the most stress, a new study finds. " Dad goes from a situation where the baby and mom are cared for by experts in the hospital to having to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 7, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Doctors develop new way to use MRI to predict pregnancy complications
FINDINGSUCLA scientists have developed anew way to use magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, to scan the placenta. The noninvasive approach offers valuable insights into how the mother ’s blood enters the placenta and sustains the fetus with oxygen and nutrients during early pregnancy. The technique breaks new ground because most previous studies on this subject occurred in the laboratory after childbirth.BACKGROUNDThe placenta is a temporary organ that joins a pregnant woman to her baby through the umbilical cord. Few methods exist for safely and accurately studying the placenta in early pregnancy. Ultrasound indirect...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 6, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Preemies' dads more stressed than moms after NICU
(Northwestern University) For the first time, scientists have measured the stress levels of fathers of premature babies during the tense transition between the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and home and discovered fathers are more stressed than moms, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Breathing Trouble May Follow Preemies to Adulthood
Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Breathing Problems, Premature Babies (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - December 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Breathing Trouble May Follow Preemies to Adulthood
FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2017 -- People who were born prematurely may have smaller-than-normal airways in adulthood, which can cause respiratory problems, researchers say. Premature birth is associated with poorer heart and lung function, but the reasons... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 1, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Length of stay in neonatal ICU can affect behavior of premature babies
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) Research by Brazilian scientists shows that emotional development of children born preterm should be evaluated as much as physical growth and motor skills. In article published at Early Human Development, authors emphasizes the need to constant developing neonatal ICU installations and equipments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Premature births: The simple test that could stop babies being born too early
BORN more than three months early and weighing just 1lb 15oz, little Jack Bragg was given a 50 per cent chance of survival. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Micro-premature' baby Jazeel Hope is 'thriving'
Jazeel Hope's mother, from Johannesburg, has revealed she has now come along so far that doctors believe she is 'thriving' and completely out of danger. Jazeel now weighs 2.2kg. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kenya:Celebrating the Miracles and Milestones of Premature Babies
[Nation] Like any mother, Mrs Jacinta Ochieng wanted nothing more than to take her children home, all five of them, even though their birth had surprised her- she thought she had been carrying just one. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 17, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

How Long Do Late Preterm Infants Need Supplemental Feedings?
Discussion Premature infants have many problems to overcome because they just aren’t ready to live outside the uterine environment. Late premature infants are defined as birth between 34 0/7 weeks and 36 6/7 weeks gestation. In the U.S. this gestational age accounts for ~70% of all preterm births or ~300,000 births/year. Late preterm infants can have delayed oral feeding skills and failure to thrive along with increased hospital readmissions. Breastfeeding can be difficult as infants can have poor coordination and poor tone, along with decreased lactation in the mother. Learning Point Weight gain lags behind intraut...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 13, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

P & G creates diapers for tiniest newborns
Procter& Gamble Co. has created a diaper for premature babies whose skin is too delicate to wear a traditional diaper while in a hospital ’s neonatal intensive care unit. The Cincinnati-based maker of consumer goods (NYSE: PG) said it would donate a box of the new Pampers NICU Flat Diapers to every one of the country's nearly 1,000 hospitals with neonatal intensive care units. The Flat Diaper addresses the needs of babies with ext remely low birth weight, severe skin issues, jaundice, gastrointestinal… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 9, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

P & G creates diapers for tiniest newborns
Procter& Gamble Co. has created a diaper for premature babies whose skin is too delicate to wear a traditional diaper while in a hospital ’s neonatal intensive care unit. The Cincinnati-based maker of consumer goods (NYSE: PG) said it would donate a box of the new Pampers NICU Flat Diapers to every one of the country's nearly 1,000 hospitals with neonatal intensive care units. The Flat Diaper addresses the needs of babies with ext remely low birth weight, severe skin issues, jaundice, gastrointestinal… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - November 9, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

'Most premature baby ever born' is thriving three years on
The little girl was born at 21 weeks and four days in San Antonio, Texas, in 2014 after her mother Courtney Stensrud, now 35, was hospitalized with a common placental infection. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Most premature baby ever' in Texas is now thriving
The little girl was born at 21 weeks and four days in San Antonio, Texas, in 2014 after her mother Courtney Stensrud, now 35, was hospitalized with a common placental infection. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

P & G creates unique diaper for preemies
Procter& Gamble Co. revealed today that it has created a diaper for premature babies whose skin is too delicate to wear a traditional one while in a hospital ’s neonatal intensive care unit. The Cincinnati-based maker of consumer goods (NYSE: PG) said it would donate a box of the new Pampers NICU Flat Diapers to every one of the country's nearly 1,000 hospitals with neonatal intensive care units. The Flat Diaper addresses the needs of babies with ext remely low birth weight, severe skin issues,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - November 8, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

Born before 22 weeks, 'most premature' baby now thriving
A preterm baby born at 21 weeks and four days is now a healthy 3-year-old girl with no impairments, doctors say. Her case sheds light on a controversial question in neonatal medicine: when should it be recommended to resuscitate a preterm baby, or not? (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

London mother struggled to bond with her premature baby
WARNING DISTRESSING CONTENT: Flynn Parry arrived 17 weeks early weighing just 1lb 1oz when his mother Hoda Ali, 36, from Willeseden Green, London, was just 23 weeks pregnant. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Birmingham and Alabama get 'F' for premature birth rate
The nation ’s rate of preterm births, which are the largest contributor to infant death in the United States, has increased over the past year, after a nearly 10-year decline.  The March of Dimes, a New York based prenatal advocacy and awareness group, released its annual prematurity report card, giving th e United States a “C” grade overall.  The state of Alabama and the city of Birmingham were both given the grades of “F” according to the March of Dimes. Previously Alabama had a premature… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - November 6, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

Preterm Births Increasing in U.S. (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Andr é Sofair, MD, MPH The rate of premature births rose from 9.6% to 9.8% from 2015 to 2016, earning the U.S. … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - November 6, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Premature birth rates increase for a second year in a row
The preterm birth rate has risen to 9.8 percent in 2016 from 9.6 percent in 2015. The study by The March of Dimes showed rates were higher in minorities in low-income areas in the US. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pregnant sharks and rays likely to abort their young if captured
New research has found a quarter of pregnant sharks and rays lose their pups when caught, threatening some speciesAustralian researchers have found a quarter of pregnant sharks and rays abort their pups when captured, revealing a little-known risk to the survival of the slow-growing animals.An analysis of recorded instances of sharks and rays either aborting their pups or undergoing a premature birth once captured found 24% of pregnant females across 88 species lost their young. In some species, such as the pelagic stingray, the rate of abortion on capture was 85%.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 2, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Calla Wahlquist Tags: Fishing Marine life Environment Sharks Wildlife Science Research Animals Oceans Conservation Source Type: news

U.S. Preemie Birth Rates Rise 2 Years in A Row
Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Health Disparities, Health Statistics, Premature Babies (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nurse makes Halloween costumes for preemies
A NICU nurse puts her crocheting to good use and makes Halloween costumes for premature babies (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa:Spike in Listeria Infections - Why It Matters
[The Conversation Africa] Listeria is an organism that contaminates food and can result in pregnant women going into premature labour or even losing their babies. The Conversation Africa's Health and Medicine Editor Candice Bailey spoke to Kerrigan McCarthy from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases about listeriosis and why it needs attention. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 27, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Pharmaceutical use during pregnancy resulting in premature births, birth defects, and massive costs to insurers
(Natural News) The European Medicines Agency will go over the evidence concerning the harmful effects of an epilepsy pill on unborn babies and decide if the warnings are sufficient enough. The drug, sodium valproate, has been connected to nearly 20,000 babies born with disabilities ever since its introduction in the 1970s, reported the DailyMail.co.uk. Also... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Now we know why babies shouldn't sleep face down
(University of Adelaide) A developmental abnormality in babies -- especially in premature babies and in boys -- has for the first time been directly linked to cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Higher doses of vitamin D may boost preemies' bone health
Higher doses of vitamin D can improve the bone health of premature babies, new research suggests. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Higher Doses of Vitamin D May Boost Preemies' Bone Health
Doubling amount given also improved their growthSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Premature Babies, Vitamin D (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Higher Doses of Vitamin D May Boost Preemies' Bone Health
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 -- Higher doses of vitamin D can improve the bone health of premature babies, new research suggests. " We are hopeful that neonatologists will consider giving preterm infants 800 IUs [International Units], " said study author... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 18, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Brain imaging of premature babies to find biomarkers for cognitive/behavioral disorders
(Children's Hospital Los Angeles) Investigator at Children's Hospital Los Angeles is awarded $1.7 million by the NIH to study the impact of prematurity on brain development. The goal of the study is to develop biomarkers for early detection of risk for cognitive problems and behavioral disorders in premature infants. The expected findings could improve physicians' ability to predict adverse outcomes and design early intervention programs to encourage healthy neurological development for newborns at risk. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Housecall: The importance of a healthy mouth
THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES Oral health: A window to your overall health? Did you know that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Poor oral health might contribute to many diseases and conditions, including cardiovascular disease, premature birth and low birth weight, rheumatoid arthritis, and eating disorders. Learn more about why [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - October 16, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries 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

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

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

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

Health plans spend $6B annually on premature births
A recent study by the University of Utah estimates that employer-sponsored health insurance spent at least $6 billion extra on premature infants in 2013. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Premature Births Cost Health Plans Billions
THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 -- Premature births cost U.S. employer-sponsored health plans billions of dollars a year, a new study claims. About 1 in 10 infants in the country are born prematurely (less than 37 weeks gestation), putting them at... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 21, 2017 Category: General Medicine 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

Premature births cost health plans $6 billion annually
(University of Utah) A new study estimates employer-sponsored health plans spent at least $6 billion extra on infants born prematurely in 2013 and a substantial portion of that sum was spent on infants with major birth defects. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 21, 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

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

Women in preterm labour ‘need antibiotics to combat Strep B’
All women who go into premature labour should be offered antibiotics, as a matter of course, to help prevent Group B Streptococcal infection, according to updated expert guidance. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 13, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news