New findings may help premature babies breathe easier
Researchers have gained understanding of a complex biological process that stimulates production of alveolar in the lungs of babies -- without which, premature infants are more susceptible to microbial infections. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

IVF-conceived children have somewhat higher mortality risk in their first weeks of life
(Karolinska Institutet) Children conceived with assisted reproductive techniques including IVF have a somewhat higher mortality risk during their first weeks of life than children conceived naturally, according to a study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in the journal Fertility and Sterility. The researchers link the increased risk to a higher degree of premature births in IVF children and emphasize that the risk of infant mortality is still very small for both groups. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A $4 Million NICU Bill: The Price of Prematurity
As the number of preterm births rises, families are shouldering unexpected out-of-pocket expenses. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Caron Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Babies and Infants Premature Babies Families and Family Life Medicaid Parenting Hospitals Source Type: news

A Daily Aspirin for Pregnancy?
Pregnant women who take a daily baby aspirin may reduce the risk for premature birth. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nicholas Bakalar Tags: Aspirin Women and Girls Pregnancy and Childbirth Premature Babies Babies and Infants Source Type: news

Gambia: Labouring Farmers Show Why Premature Births May Boom in a Warmer World
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Jali -As climate change brings more heat extremes, researchers are tracking the risks facing Gambia's pregnant farmers and their babies (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - February 8, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Drug To Prevent Premature Birth Divides Doctors, Insurers And FDA Experts
(Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emmarie Huetteman Source Type: news

Taking a quarter of aspirin pill a day could cut risk of premature birth, new research suggests
A study of almost 12,000 women found that taking 81 milligrams of aspirin a day - a quarter of a 300mg pill - from the sixth week of pregnancy to the 36th lowered the danger by 11 per cent. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Skin-to-skin contact do not improve interaction between mother and preterm infant
(Link ö ping University) Following a premature birth it is important that the parents and the infant quickly establish a good relationship. Researchers at Link ö ping University have studied the relationship between mothers and infants who have continuous skin-to-skin contact during the entire period from birth to discharge from the hospital. The results show that continuous skin-to-skin contact does not lead to better interaction between the mother and the infant. The study is published in the scientific journal Advances in Neonatal Care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Addressing America's high premature birth rate
Chances are you know someone who was born prematurely. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of preterm births is going up. Last year, one in 10 American babies was born before 37 weeks gestation. Author Sarah DiGregorio ("Early: An Intimate History of Premature Birth and What It Teaches Us About Being Human") talks about one of the biggest public health threats facing this country. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - January 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Premature births: One of the biggest public health threats facing the U.S.
One in 10 births in this country is premature, one of the highest rates in the industrialized world; author Sarah DiGregorio says we must do better (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - January 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A lifeline for premature born babies: Funding announced for new stem cell research
(RMIT University) A new therapy being developed by a group of researchers from across the globe aims to see if stem cells can be used to regenerate the brain damage caused by premature birth. This brain damage is called 'encephalopathy of prematurity' (EOP). The European research project, which is called PREMSTEM, has received € 9M in funding from the European Union's prestigious Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New Mom With Brain Tumor Turns To Boston Hospital For Keyhole Brain Surgery
BOSTON (CBS) — Imagine giving birth to a premature baby and then being told you have a brain tumor. That’s what happened to a woman from Holden. But thanks to a new approach at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, this new mom was able to have brain surgery and quickly return to her newborn son. At 27 weeks pregnant, Bethany Shea was diagnosed with preeclampsia and had an emergency C-section. Then she went blind. “It was a pregnancy complication due to my high blood pressure,” Bethany explained. Bethany regained her vision, but worried she had had a stroke, doctors ordered an MRI. But instead of a st...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Brigham and Women's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

App helps parents of premature babies stay in touch
An app has been developed to help parents stay in touch with their premature baby in hospital. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists develop a test for sepsis in premature babies
The test is more than 10 times faster than current methods that take at least 48 hours. It is carried out on a device no bigger than a phone. Sepsis affects 25,000 babies in the UK every year. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

California Is Weighing Whether to Label THC a Risk for Pregnant Women
(LOS ANGELES) — More than three years after California voters broadly legalized marijuana, a state panel is considering if its potent, high-inducing chemical — THC — should be declared a risk to pregnant women and require warnings. Studies have indicated that a rising number of mothers-to-be have turned to marijuana products for relief from morning sickness and headaches, though its effectiveness has not been backed by science. Cannabis industry officials say too little sound research is available on THC to support such a move and warn that it could make marijuana companies a target for lawsuits with unve...
Source: TIME: Health - December 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michael R. Blood / AP Tags: Uncategorized onetime overnight Pregnancy Source Type: news

Preterm Infants Face Higher Risk of Diabetes in Childhood, Adulthood Preterm Infants Face Higher Risk of Diabetes in Childhood, Adulthood
Premature babies may be more likely to develop diabetes as children and young adults than full-term infants, a new study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Premature birth may increase risk for diabetes
According to a study published inDiabetologia, preterm birth may increase risk of developing type 1 and type 2 diabetes in adulthood.Med Page Today (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 9, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Premature Babies at Higher Diabetes Risk
Infants born prematurely were at increased risk of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in ensuing decades. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nicholas Bakalar Tags: Diabetes Premature Babies Babies and Infants Pregnancy and Childbirth Source Type: news

Another Possible Effect of Climate Change: More Preemie Babies
MONDAY, Dec. 2, 2019 -- Rising temperatures might help trigger premature birth, a new study finds, suggesting that global warming could deliver more " preemie " babies. Looking at 20 years of data on heat waves and birth timing across the United... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 2, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Feeding premature babies breast milk could reduce heart damage caused by an early birth, study finds
Babies born before full-term - 37 weeks -are more at risk of heart problems. Irish scientists have found breast milk can alleviate the problem after reviewing evidence. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Breast milk could help prevent heart disease caused by premature birth, RCSI study
(RCSI) Early use of breast milk could play a vital role in preventing heart disease in prematurely born infants, according to a paper led by researchers at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) and the Rotunda Hospital. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Inducing labour in late pregnancies is safer approach
Study halted early after six deaths occurred Related items fromOnMedica Target rates for caesareans may be too low Fewer than ever women smoke at point of birth Women with small babies can safely wait for labour Premature baby survival rates are improving Stillbirth risk doubled in women sleeping on their back (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 21, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Pregnant women with eating disorders are up to 70% more likely to have premature babies
A study of 1.2million mothers in Sweden also found babies were also more likely to have a small head circumference, known as microcephaly. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Premature baby's cuddle 'saved twin brother's life'
The mother of premature twins says one's condition improved when his brother was put in his incubator. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sir Chris Hoy and his wife reveal tiny nappies for premature babies
Sir Chris and Lady Sarra Hoy's son, Callum, was born 11 weeks early, in 2014. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Right Training Has Led to 100% Survival for Preterm Babies at this Ugandan Hospital
By Irene Mirembe, Knowledge management manager, IntraHealth International The BABIES matrix is a simplified quality-improvement methodology for collecting and displaying data. It was introduced and implemented by the Katakwi Hospital to improve services. Photo courtesy of Irene Mirembe.November 15, 2019Margret Imma from Uganda’s Katakwi District looks lovingly at her 4-month-old, bubbly baby boy, Orisa. He is glowing and Margret couldn’t be happier. This was not the case a few months ago, when Orisa was born too soon.“The pain and suffering that came with handling a preterm baby was unbearable,”...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health Education Performance Midwives Source Type: news

Tiny premature baby with chest infection is saved by a high-tech lung
Reva Malvankar, of Epsom, Surrey, was just a few weeks old and seriously ill when experts at the Evelina London Children's Hospital performed the last-ditch procedure. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Deaths of 3 Infants Traced to Contaminated Equipment, Hospital Says
Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., said the process it used to prepare donor breast milk was the cause of deadly bacterial infections. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Aimee Ortiz Tags: Premature Babies Hospitals Bacteria Breastfeeding Milk Infections Geisinger Medical Center (Danville, Pa) Source Type: news

Hospital Identifies Source of Infections That Killed 3 Infants
Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., said the process it used to prepare donor breast milk was the cause of deadly bacterial infections. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Aimee Ortiz Tags: Premature Babies Hospitals Bacteria Breastfeeding Milk Infections Geisinger Medical Center (Danville, Pa) Source Type: news

Giving billions of live bacteria to boost the gut health of premature babies
(University of East Anglia) Boosting the milk of premature babies with healthy bacteria may have helped half the number of serious gut problems and infections, according to new research. Researchers reviewed the outcomes of almost 1,000 very premature babies who were admitted to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) over a 10-year period. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Artificial wombs and the promise for premature babies - Science Weekly podcast
In October, a team of Dutch researchers wereawarded a grant of €2.9m to develop a working prototype of an artificial womb for use in the clinic. But they are not the only ones working on this kind of technology. In 2017, a team in Philadelphia createdthe ‘biobag’, which could sustain premature lambs. Both teams hope their artificial wombs could allow premature babies to continue to develop as they would in a real womb, improving their chance of survival.Nicola Davis asks: What does current neonatal intensive care look like? Would an artificial womb really offer benefits? And what ethical and legal implicat...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 1, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Nicola Davis and produced by Max Sanderson Tags: Premature birth Science Reproduction Biology Society Law Ethics Childbirth Health & wellbeing Source Type: news

High and low TSH levels may increase risk of premature births
High and low preconception thyroid-stimulating hormone levels may increase risk of preterm delivery, according to results presented at the American Thyroid Association annual meeting.Healio (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - November 1, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Study offers fresh hope to premature babies with brain injuries
Researchers say they have identified ‘immune switch’ that can trigger long-term damageA potential route to reducing brain injury in premature babies has been found, say researchers who have discovered a way to tackle overactive immune cells in the brain.Microglia are a type of immune cell that play an important part in the building of a baby ’s brain. However, if these cells go into overdrive as a result of inflammation – often because of a bacterial infection of the foetal membranes, a maternal infection or even sepsis after delivery of the baby – they can cause harm to the child’s brai...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 30, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Medical research Neuroscience Children Health Source Type: news

Babies born at 22 weeks 'can now survive'
Guidance says improvements in care mean extremely premature babies now have a better survival chance. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Number of premature babies who survive has DOUBLED in just over a decade 
New guidelines published today by the British Association of Perinatal Medicine say improved survival chances mean doctors should routinely attempt to resuscitate babies born this early. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Good News for Parents: Many Preemie Babies Grow Up Fine
TUESDAY, Oct. 22, 2019 -- Having a premature baby can be frightening for parents, but new research delivers a calming finding: Many premature babies end up as healthy adults without major illnesses. The study of more than 2.5 million children found... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 22, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Scientists 'may have crossed ethical line' in growing human brains
Debate needed over research with ‘potential for something to suffer’, neuroscientists sayNeuroscientists may have crossed an “ethical rubicon” by growing lumps of human brain in the lab, and in some cases transplanting the tissue into animals, researchers warn.The creation of mini-brains or brain “organoids” has become one of the hottest fields in modern neuroscience. The blobs of tissue are made from stem cells and, while they are only the size of a pea, some have developed spontaneous brain waves,similar to those seen in premature babies.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 21, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Neuroscience Ethics World news Medical research Source Type: news

Midwives should wait two minutes before clamping umbilical cord to save lives
The lives of 1,500 premature babies could be saved every year if midwives wait two minutes before clamping the umbilical cord, according to researchers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Suit: Hospital mishandled infection that killed 3 babies
The parents of a newborn who died in a Pennsylvania hospital's neonatal intensive care unit allege in a lawsuit that hospital officials failed to protect their son from a lethal bacterial infection that had already killed two other premature babies (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

The world's first artificial womb for humans
Doctors in the Netherlands say they are within 10 years of creating a 'second' womb for premature babies. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Artificial womb: Dutch researchers given €2.9m to develop prototype
Model from Eindhoven University will surround baby with fluid and deliver oxygen and nutrients via umbilical cordAttempts to create an artificial womb for premature babies have been given a boost by the award of a €2.9m (£2.6m) grant to develop a working prototype for use in clinics.The model, which is being developed by researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology, would provide babies with artificial respiration. However, unlike current incubators the artificial womb would be similar to biological conditions, with the baby surrounded by fluids and receiving oxygen and nutrients through an artificial p...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 8, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Premature birth Science Society Biology Netherlands Europe World news Source Type: news

Unity Health's Steve Webb Stays Patient on Growth
Steven Webb, CEO of Unity Health, says the premature birth of his son led him to an understanding of the team nature of hospitals. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - September 30, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Bacteria Are Likely Hiding In Your Household Washing Machine
(CNN) — When multidrug-resistant pathogens kept reappearing on the skin of premature babies in a German hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, investigators were confused. Tests for contamination in the incubators, as well as among healthcare workers who came into contact with the preemies, were all coming up negative, according to a report on the case published Friday by the American Society for Microbiology. But tests showed the babies were continually being reinfected with Klebsiella oxytoca, a bacteria notorious for hospital-acquired infections such as pneumonia, urinary tract infection, soft tissue infec...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Offbeat CNN Source Type: news

The five: airborne pollutants in our bodies
Fine particulate matter in polluted air enters the body via the lungs and affects our health in a variety of waysThis week,scientists announced that they ’d found, for the first time, air pollution particles on the foetal side of placental tissue. The discovery may explain the link between increased miscarriages and premature births and exposure to dirty air.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 22, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Chloe Randall Tags: Air pollution Medical research Environment Science Technology Source Type: news

Abbott ’s Pediatric Cardiovascular Devices Gain CE Mark
Abbott Laboratories is bringing two of its pediatric devices in the cardiology space to Europe. The Abbott Park, IL-based company has received CE mark for both the Masters HP 15mm rotatable mechanical heart valve and the Amplatzer Piccolo Occluder. The Masters valve is the world's smallest mechanical heart valve and allows doctors to treat babies and toddlers in need of a mitral or aortic heart valve replacement. Until Abbott's device, surgeons could only use a range of larger-sized valves to replace a pediatric heart valve that could not be repaired, which could result in improper fit and complications. The Masters pediat...
Source: MDDI - September 18, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Cardiovascular Source Type: news

Liberia: Joy After a Frightening Preterm Delivery in Liberia
[UNFPA] Kakata -Out of nine pregnancies, Anna Bondo had suffered seven stillbirths, each one a crushing heartbreak. Every loss came as a result of premature labour, the 43-year-old told UNFPA. Last month, pregnant for the tenth time, Ms. Bondo once again went into an early labour. She immediately feared the worst. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 17, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Joy after a frightening preterm delivery in Liberia
KAKATA, Liberia –Out of nine pregnancies, Anna Bondo had suffered seven stillbirths, each one a crushing heartbreak. Every loss came as a result of premature labour, the 43-year-old told UNFPA. Last month, pregnant for the tenth time, Ms. Bondo once again went into an early labour. She immediately feared the worst.  “I was downhearted,” she said. “I thought I was going to lose my baby again.” (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - September 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Fish oil study fails to show reduction in premature babies
(Reuters Health) - A large Australian study is debunking the idea that fish oil capsules can lower the odds of premature delivery or raise the chances of late-pregnancy complications. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Keeping premature babies on antibiotics too long may raise superbug infection risks  
A new study from Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine has found that premature babies treated long-term with antibiotics had more gut bacteria with antibiotic-resistant genes. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New lab-grown brains are as active as premature babies' - but scientists promise they can't 'think' 
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego say they've seen similar brain waves in their new lab-grown brain organoids as would be expected in a premature baby - but they can't become sentient. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news