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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

Is an occasional drink OK during pregnancy?
A new review of several existing studies hints that small amounts of alcohol may slightly boost the risk of premature birth and low birth weight. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No change to alcohol guidelines for pregnancy
Conclusion The results of this review found that low-to-moderate alcohol consumption during pregnancy was linked with a slightly increased risk of having a baby small for gestational age. However, there was no evidence for any other links, including any difference in the average birth weight of babies born to drinkers and non-drinkers. There are some important limitations of the research to note: • The evidence still doesn't prove that drinking directly increases the risk of a baby born small for gestational age. Studies were observational and varied widely in accounting for the extensive number of confounding fa...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Six genes play factor in premature births, study finds
New research offers clues about preterm births, which are defined as birth before 37 weeks. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine identified for the first time six key genes linked to babies born before full term. Almost 10 percent of U.S. babies are born prematurely and it is the leading cause of death in children under five. Dr. David Agus joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the findings. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - September 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK scientists reveal premature births breakthrough
Researchers discover way to heal ruptures in membrane that surrounds a foetus in the womb (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - September 5, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Doctors could PREDICT premature births
Immune system changes during pregnancy are precisely timed, and can help establish when the body is not adapting as expected, the study by Stanford University School of Medicine suggested. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sanford researcher awarded more than $2 million grant
(Sanford Health/Sanford Research) A scientist at Sanford Research studying lung development and disease in premature babies has received a $2,041,195 grant over five years from the National Institutes of Health's National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Peter Vitiello, Ph.D., will study how molecular pathways contribute to lung development and disease in premature babies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Does Race Matter in Care'Preemie' Babies Receive?
It may not be intentional, but there's room for improvement, study showsSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Health Disparities, Health Facilities, Premature Babies (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - August 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Does Race Matter in Care'Preemie' Babies Receive?
MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 -- Race and ethnicity can make a difference in the quality of care a premature baby receives in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a new study finds. Top-quality hospitals in California tend to deliver better care to white... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 28, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Premature baby? Understand your preemie's special needs
(Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed)
Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - August 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: 'Malaria in Pregnancy Causes Miscarriage, Premature Births, Maternal Deaths'
[This Day] Public health experts have said that one of the major causes of premature births, maternal deaths, maternal anaemia, miscarriages and low birth weights in Nigeria is malaria in pregnancy. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - August 24, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Survival of premature babies more likely now than in mid-1990s, study shows
Babies born before the 37th week of pregnancy are also less likely to have severe disabilities, although some risk of delayed development remainsPremature babies born in recent years are more likely to survive and less likely to have severe disabilities than those born in the mid-1990s, research has revealed.According to the World Health Organisation, around 15 million babies worldwide are born before the 37th week of pregnancy every year, with premature babies at higher risk of severe disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, as well as a greater chance ofdelayed development of language and motor skills.Continue reading... (S...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 17, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Premature birth Society Health Children Source Type: news

Premature baby survival rates are improving
Risk of developmental delay remains high, study suggests Related items fromOnMedica Neonatal staff shortage warning Poor teamwork and monitoring contributed to neonatal deaths Experts query treatment of mild hypothyroidism in pregnancy Short or long pregnancy intervals linked to heightened risk of premature birth Cervical suture thread thickness linked to premature birth and womb death risk (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Prematurity leaves distinctive molecular signature in infants' cerebellum
(Children's National Health System) Premature birth, which affects one in 10 US babies, is associated with altered metabolite profiles in the infants' cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls coordination and balance, a team led by Children's National Health System clinician-researchers report Aug. 15, 2017, in Scientific Reports. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Parents Can Have Good QOL When Preemies Are Grownups Parents Can Have Good QOL When Preemies Are Grownups
Even though parents of premature babies may be more stressed than other parents when their kids are young, their quality of life is similar to that of other parents by the time children are grown, a recent study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Parents of Preemies End Up Just Fine: Study
When kids are grown, quality of life is the same as for parents of babies born full-termSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Premature Babies (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - August 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Parents of Preemies End Up Just Fine: Study
FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 -- The early life of a very premature baby can be a hectic and stressful time for parents. But once the child is grown, parents are as satisfied with life as those whose babies were born at full term, new European research... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 11, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Parents can have good quality of life when preemies are grownups
(Reuters Health) - Even though parents of premature babies may be more stressed out than other parents when their kids are young, their quality of life is similar to that of other parents by the time children are grown, a recent study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Parents of premature babies as happy as other parents by adulthood
(University of Warwick) Parents of very premature or very low birth weight babies have the same life satisfaction as parents of full-term babies, when their children reach adulthood- according to new research by the University of Warwick. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sleep disorders in pregnancy linked to preterm birth
(Reuters Health) - Women who experience sleep disorders like insomnia and apnea during pregnancy may be more likely to deliver premature babies than pregnant women who don ’t have trouble sleeping, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Sleep Problems in Pregnancy Tied to Premature Births
Women with insomnia were nearly twice as likely to deliver before 34 weeks gestation. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Sleep Insomnia Premature Babies Pregnancy and Childbirth Apnea (Sleep Disorder) Source Type: news

UPDATE: Aspect Imaging wins FDA 510(k) for Embrace neonatal MRI
Updated to include comment from Aspect Imaging The FDA today granted 510(k) clearance to Aspect Imaging‘s Embrace Neonatal magnetic resonance imaging device, which it touted as the 1st MRI device specifically designed for neonatal brain and head imaging. The Embrace Neonatal MRI system is designed specifically for imaging neonatal heads, and can be used on nenonates with a head circumference of up to 38 cm and a weight between 1 and 4.5 kg, according to an FDA release. The system includes a temperature-controlled incubator which can be placed directly into the MRI system to reduce movement. “The vision of Aspec...
Source: Mass Device - July 27, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Imaging Regulatory/Compliance Aspect Imaging Source Type: news

Pregnant women exposed to pollution 'have preemies'
Scientists at New York University exposed mice at various stages of pregnancy to air pollution. The majority of those exposed in their first trimester (83 percent) had premature babies. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study questions newer treatments to help premature babies breathe
(Reuters Health) - An analysis of extremely premature Australian babies who were tracked until their eighth birthday has concluded that the newer strategies to help preemies breathe easier while in a neonatal intensive care unit may have done more harm than good. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Asda withdraws own brand nappies after chemical reaction
Jordan Bartliff from South Yorkshire posted shocking pictures on Facebook showing his premature baby's red and inflamed skin after allegedly having a reaction to Asda Little Angels nappies. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Progress West Hospital adds NICU unit
Progress West Hospital has added a newborn intensive care unit to its childbirth center services. The eight-bed NICU will allow the hospital to provide care for premature babies born as early as 32 weeks. The unit is staffed by Washington University neonatologists, pediatricians and maternal-fetal medicine specialists. “We are so excited to be able to keep complicated infants and premature infants right here in St. Charles County — closer to their parents and extended families," Dr. Cassandra… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 24, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Angela Mueller Source Type: news

Paramedic, EMT, Probationary EMT Save Premature Baby
DETROIT (WXYZ) - A medic-in-training is being hailed for helping to save the life of a mother and newborn. Steven Andary, a probationary technician with the Detroit Fire Department was with paramedic James LaCroix and EMT James Basirico on June 24th when they were called to the 1900 block of E. Larned. Inside the home the found a 28-year-old mother in active labor, delivering her baby 15 weeks early. Read more... (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - July 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Shelley Childers, WXYZ Tags: News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news

Pre-pregnancy obesity increases risk for neurocognitive problems in premature babies
(Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center) A new study has found that children born extremely premature to women who are overweight or obese before the pregnancy are at an increased risk for low scores on tests of intelligence and cognitive processes that influence self-regulation and control, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Giving babies CAFFEINE improves their lung function  
Researchers from the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne  found that premature babies given caffeine perform significantly better in tests that measure their ability to breathe out at 11 years old. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Miracle baby defies odds after premature birth, weighing less than 2 pounds
When Brody Unrau was born doctors told the tiny baby's parents he was incompatible with life. Now the Winkler, Man., baby is defying the odds and has been labelled a miracle. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

Miracle baby defies odds after premature birth at less than 2 pounds
When Brody Unrau was born, doctors told the tiny baby's parents he was incompatible with life. Now the Winkler, Man., child is defying the odds and has been labelled a miracle. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

Study of premature babies has implications for future treatment
(University of Kent) Study of premature babies has implications for future treatmentResearch carried out by the University of Kent with doctors on the neonatal unit at the William Harvey Hospital and Brunel University have provided further insight into the biology of premature birth, with findings that may have implications for treating premature babies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Daily aspirin dose could lower pre-eclampsia risk in pregnant women
Low dose taken by women at risk of pre-eclampsia throughout pregnancy more than halves chances of premature birth, finds studyPregnant women who are at risk of pre-eclampsia could substantially lower the chances of premature delivery by taking a daily dose of aspirin, research has found.A low dose of the drug taken throughout pregnancy more than halved the chances of a premature birth due to pre-eclampsia. The doctor leading the work, Prof Kypros Nicolaides, called for better screening methods and for all women at risk of the condition to be routinely prescribed the drug as a preventative measure.Continue reading... (Sourc...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 28, 2017 Category: Science Authors: James Rudd Tags: Aspirin Drugs Science UK news Medical research Source Type: news

Premature babies have triple risk of SIDS
Chances of SIDS highest for those born between 24 and 27 weeks, a New Jersey study shows. Experts call for better education on best practices before parents leave hospital. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Premature babies not disadvantaged at school, says study
Researchers at a university in Evanston, Illinois, who followed more than 1.3m youngsters, found parents' fears that premature babies (file pic) would struggle are largely unfounded. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sam Squiers gives birth to her baby daughter at 32 weeks
Television sports reporter Sam Squiers, from Queensland, has opened up about her traumatic ordeal after giving birth to her premature baby daughter at 32 weeks. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Late premature birth increases risk of recurrent hospitalization for respiratory illness
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) A new study of children up to 2 years of age showed that those born late preterm (34-36 weeks) had a significantly greater risk of recurrent hospitalization due to respiratory illness compared to those who were born full term (>37 weeks). (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Premature babies will catch up to peers in school
Babies born before the 37th week of pregnancy do just as well in school as their peers, a Chicago study found. Most of the extremely early babies were ready to start kindergarten on time. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Many Preemies Don't Struggle in School
Two-thirds of the tiniest infants were ready for kindergarten, study says Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Child Development, Premature Babies (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - June 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Premature babies often catch up to peers in school: study
(Reuters) - A study following more than 1.3 million premature babies born in Florida found that two-thirds of those born at only 23 or 24 weeks were ready for kindergarten on time, and almost 2 percent of those infants later achieved gifted status in school. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Many Preemies Don't Struggle in School
MONDAY, June 12, 2017 -- Parents of premature babies may find reassurance in a new study that says most will do just fine later in school. " What excites me about this study is that it changes the focus for the clinician and families at the bedside... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 12, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Could U.S. Election Results Be Harmful to Health?
WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 -- As politicians like to say, elections have consequences. Now, a new analysis suggests that ballot box results may rob some of the American public of its health, driving up stress levels, disease incidence, premature births... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 7, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news