Premature Delivery Raises Odds for Cerebral Palsy
FRIDAY, July 30, 2021 -- Extremely premature babies have a much higher risk of cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions than full-term infants, a large Israeli study affirms. Cerebral palsy -- the name for a group of lifelong conditions... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 30, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Nigeria: Nigeria's Electronic Waste Is a Public Health Problem and Needs Urgent Attention
[The Conversation Africa] A new World Health Organisation report warns that pregnant women's exposure to electronic waste raises the risk of stillbirth and premature births. Environmental contamination researcher Okunola Alabi spoke to The Conversation Africa's Wale Fatade about the problem of electronic waste in Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 4, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Why are hospitals turning a blind eye to racist patients who demand a white doctor?
DR ZESHAN QURESHI: It's 3am at a busy London hospital. I've been called to the delivery of a premature baby. I step into the cubical, where I'm met by the father, who lunges toward me. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Plastic drapes reduce hypothermia in premature babies
(University of Houston) A University of Houston College of Nursing researcher is reporting that use of a plastic drape during catheter insertion in very low birth-weight newborn babies can lower the rates of hypothermia, and she is recommending replacing cloth blanket and towels with them. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

AI breakthrough in premature baby care
(James Cook University) James Cook University scientists in Australia believe they have made a breakthrough in the science of keeping premature babies alive. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The world's most premature baby turns one-year-old after doctors gave him NO chance of survival
Richard Scott William Hutchinson, from Somerset, Wisconsin the world's most premature baby to survive, after he was born at 21 weeks and two days, celebrated his first birthday on June 5 (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nearly a FIFTH of fathers of premature babies experience postpartum depression
Postpartum depression is a condition often associated with women, but Chicago researchers have found it can occur in men as well. Around 17 percent of men will develop the condition. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dads of'Preemie' Babies Can Be Hit by Depression
FRIDAY, June 18, 2021 -- Postpartum depression strikes fathers of premature babies more often than previously thought, and it can linger longer in fathers than in mothers, a new study finds. The researchers screened for depression in 431 parents of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 18, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Kenya: How 'Kangaroo Dads' Are Breaking Tradition and Saving Pre-Term Babies
[RFI] In western Kenya, as in other parts of the Africa, childcare is usually the responsibility of the mother; tradition and culture have relegated fathers to a back seat. This is gradually changing thanks to a health initiative known as Kangaroo care, which gets fathers helping mothers save the lives of their premature babies. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - May 31, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Which Premature Infants Need Eye Exams?
Discussion Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a developmental problem. Term infants have full vascularization of the retina and therefore cannot have ROP. Premature infants however do not have full vascularization (which proceeds from the periphery to the central retinal area) and therefore may have abnormal and excessive vascularization. It affects premature infants primarily
Source: PediatricEducation.org - May 31, 2021 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Premature birth, low birth weight may affect IQ later in life
Babies born five weeks or more premature, and with a low birth weight, may have lower IQs as young adults than those born at full term and of normal size, an analysis published by JAMA Pediatrics found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Skin-to-Skin Contact Could Boost Survival of Very Premature Babies
FRIDAY, May 28, 2021 -- In a finding that demonstrates the power of a mother's touch, new research shows that immediate and continuous skin-to-skin contact with mom reduces the risk of death for low-weight newborns in poorer nations. " The idea of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 28, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

How a common, often harmless virus called cytomegalovirus can damage a fetus
Pregnant women are rarely warned by their doctors about CMV, which can cause premature birth, hearing loss, vision problems and developmental delays. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

Consumer Health: Treating polycystic ovary syndrome
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Complications can include infertility, gestational diabetes or pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, miscarriage or premature birth, and endometrial cancer. Signs and symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome vary. A diagnosis is made when women experience at least two of these signs: Irregular periods.Elevated levels of male [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - May 11, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

What Are Risk Factors for Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia?
Discussion Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) was first described in 1967 by Northway et.al. At that time it was described as “relatively mature preterm infants with severe respiratory failure to survive their initial respiratory distress syndrome after receiving aggressive respiratory support with high oxygen and positive pressure ventilation. Their clinical course was characterized by severe chronic respiratory failure with a radiographic picture showing areas of hyperinflation alternating with adjacent increased densities.” This is often referred to as “Old BPD.” Over time more has been learned and...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - May 10, 2021 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Why have sperm counts more than halved in the past 40 years?
Dr Shanna Swan, a professor of environmental medicine and public health at Mount Sinai school of medicine in New York City, talks toRachel Humphreysabout declining fertility in men. Over the past 40 years, average sperm counts among western men havemore than halved.She tells Rachel how certain chemicals can interfere with reproductive health. Phthalates, used to make plastic soft and flexible, are of particular concern. They lower testosterone,which can affect sperm count,though they are bad for women, too, and can increase the risk of miscarriage and premature birth. The reproductive crisis is serious, she says. We need t...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 9, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Rachel Humphreys with Shanna Swan. Produced by Lucy Greenwell and Axel Kacouti é. Executive producers Phil Maynard and Nicole Jackson. Introduced by Laura Murphy-Oates Tags: Fertility problems Health Reproduction Biology Society Science Men's health Women's health Plastics Source Type: news

COVID-19 transmission from mother to fetus confirmed by proteomics
(Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech)) Researchers from Skoltech were part of a research consortium studying a case of vertical COVID-19 transmission from mother to her unborn child that resulted in major complications in the pregnancy, premature birth, and death of the child. The consortium used a Skoltech-developed proteomics method to verify the diagnosis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Disruption of lung biological clock in premature babies may raise later flu risk
(eLife) Disruptions in the circadian rhythms in lung cells may explain why adults who survived premature birth are often more at risk of severe influenza infections, suggests a study in mice published today ineLife. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 2, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Podcast: What are the benefits and risks of giving corticosteroids to pregnant women at risk of premature birth?
Monday, February 1, 2021 (Source: Cochrane News and Events)
Source: Cochrane News and Events - February 1, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Halved risk for severe retinal disease in extremely premature infants
(University of Gothenburg) Risk for a severe form of retinopathy of prematurity, which can cause blindness in extremely premature babies, was halved when the newborns were given a new supplement combining various fatty acids. This was shown in a Swedish study led from the University of Gothenburg. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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