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Human milk diet protects intestines and supports growth of premature infants

Human milk diet protects intestines and supports growth of premature infants

For premature infants, adequate growth while in the neonatal intensive care unit is an indicator of better long-term health and developmental outcomes. [More]
Study: 9/11 dust cloud linked to pregnancy issues

Study: 9/11 dust cloud linked to pregnancy issues

Pregnant women living near the World Trade Center during 9/11 experienced higher-than-normal negative birth outcomes, according to a new working paper by Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. [More]
Bacteria may depend more on gastrointestinal age than on environmental factors in babies

Bacteria may depend more on gastrointestinal age than on environmental factors in babies

Scientists believe babies are born with digestive systems containing few or no bacteria. Their guts then quickly become colonized by microbes — good and bad — as they nurse or take bottles, receive medication and even as they are passed from one adoring relative to another. [More]
University of Chicago adds six new members to governing Board of Trustees

University of Chicago adds six new members to governing Board of Trustees

The University of Chicago Medical Center added six new members to its governing Board of Trustees, and named a new president of the medical staff. [More]
Study focuses on benefits of human milk for sick newborns

Study focuses on benefits of human milk for sick newborns

Human milk is infant food, but for sick, hospitalized babies, it's also medicine. That's the central premise of a series of articles in a neonatal nursing journal's special issue focused on human milk for sick newborns. [More]
Mother singing to her preterm infant while providing kangaroo care may see benefits in health

Mother singing to her preterm infant while providing kangaroo care may see benefits in health

A mother who sings to her preterm infant while providing 'kangaroo care,' or holding with direct skin-to-skin contact, may see improvements in both her child's and her own health. [More]
New developmental music therapy class helps babies to reach their full potential

New developmental music therapy class helps babies to reach their full potential

Lisa Gracey shares a puppet of an orange bear with 11-month-old son Duke, singing 'Old MacDonald had a farm,' encouraging him to be engaged in his music therapy class. He grabs at the soft material and bounces in excitement. [More]
Study validates telemedicine approach to ROP screening

Study validates telemedicine approach to ROP screening

Trained non-physician evaluators who studied retinal images transmitted to computer screens at a remote central reading center successfully identified newborn infants likely to require a specialized medical evaluation for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a leading cause of treatable blindness. [More]
Telemedicine is effective strategy to screen for potentially blinding disease in infants

Telemedicine is effective strategy to screen for potentially blinding disease in infants

Telemedicine is an effective strategy to screen for the potentially blinding disease known as retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), according to a study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI). [More]
Researchers devise kinder, gentler way to measure newborns

Researchers devise kinder, gentler way to measure newborns

After their hectic experience of delivery, newborns are almost immediately stretched out on a measuring board to assess their length. [More]
State highlights: State retiree benefit shortfalls; health data claims and cost

State highlights: State retiree benefit shortfalls; health data claims and cost

A selection of health policy stories from California, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, Virginia, Iowa, Florida, Missouri, Washington state, Connecticut, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee. [More]
Sacral nerve stimulation for patients with birth defect

Sacral nerve stimulation for patients with birth defect

Heather Rayser, 16, has a colon that does not function properly and as a result, she has never been to high school and has been on home hospital care for nine years. [More]
Banner Health receives prestigious stroke award

Banner Health receives prestigious stroke award

Several Banner Health facilities in Arizona have received a prestigious stroke award in recognition of their ability to better diagnose and treat stroke patients, to reduce death and disability among patients and to speed recovery. [More]
Disinfection caps, 'scrub-the-hub' regimens reduce bloodstream infections, cut costs

Disinfection caps, 'scrub-the-hub' regimens reduce bloodstream infections, cut costs

Whether through the use of alcohol-containing caps or basic cleaning of the injection port of the central line, infection preventionists at three hospitals are finding successful ways to stop germs from entering central line catheters and causing bloodstream infections in patients. [More]
Study: Use of antipsychotic medication during pregnancy can affect babies

Study: Use of antipsychotic medication during pregnancy can affect babies

A seven-year study of women who take antipsychotic medication while pregnant, proves it can affect babies. [More]
New project aims at saving lives of mothers, newborns in developing countries

New project aims at saving lives of mothers, newborns in developing countries

Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, today announces investments of $12 million in projects worldwide, aimed squarely at improving the health and saving the lives of mothers, newborns and children in developing countries. [More]
Elsevier joins hands with Oncology Nursing Society to review, amend 76 oncology-related skills in Mosby's Skills

Elsevier joins hands with Oncology Nursing Society to review, amend 76 oncology-related skills in Mosby's Skills

Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced today its collaboration with the Oncology Nursing Society to review and amend 76 oncology-related skills in Mosby's Skills. [More]
Medela signs agreement to acquire enteral feeding assets of Acacia

Medela signs agreement to acquire enteral feeding assets of Acacia

Medela today announced the signing of an agreement to acquire the enteral feeding assets of Acacia, Inc., a Brea, Calif.-based company that designs and produces a line of high-quality neonatal feeding devices. [More]
Physiology researcher receives grant to study effects of plastics on cardiovascular system

Physiology researcher receives grant to study effects of plastics on cardiovascular system

Nikki Posnack, Ph.D., a post-doctoral pharmacology and physiology researcher at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), received a $209,926 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study plastics and their potential human health risks, particularly in the cardiovascular system. [More]
Extremely premature babies should not be given drug to prevent fatal fungal infection

Extremely premature babies should not be given drug to prevent fatal fungal infection

In most circumstances, extremely premature babies should not be given a drug to prevent a potentially fatal fungal infection, according to findings by a Duke Medicine-led research team. [More]