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Specialist perinatal mental health services still lacking in 25% of regions

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:45:00 +0100

Specialist perinatal mental health services are still non-existent in a quarter of UK regions, according to new analysis by a campaign group. (Source: Nursing Times)



Most of UK doesn ’t provide vital perinatal mental healthcare

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0100

Much more must be done on improving access to avoid potentially fatal consequences Related items fromOnMedica Postnatal depression NHS funding boost to support new mothers ’ mental health All women must have access to perinatal mental health service Large shortfall in mental health care for new mothers, UK survey reveals Maternity care findings ‘serious cause for concern’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



Couple Gets Married At Hospital So Their Baby Could Be There Too

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 23:21:56 +0100

“The original plan was that she was going to be at the wedding anyway. We didn’t let the fact that she was born premature stop that from happening.” (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)



Greater Cincinnati biotech firm developing cure for disease just raised millions

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:26:59 +0100

Airway Therapeutics, a Sharonville biotechnology company developing a way to prevent and treat lung disease in premature babies, has raised $11 million in Series B financing from new and existing investors. The firm is developing a protein replacement therapy called AT-100, which is based on research conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Whitset at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Airway Therapeutics was created in 2011 as a spin-out of Cincinnati Children’s.  “Our hardworking team is… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)



Op-ed: How employers can help reduce the number of premature babies born in Houston

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:32:58 +0100

There are more than 74 million women in today ’s workplace, according to the Department of Labor. Seventy percent of them are mothers with children under the age of 18 and 1.7 million have a baby each year.  It’s important to understand the financial impact of delivering healthy babies. According to the March of Dimes, a child needing neo natal or intensive care can represent the most expensive conditions billed to commercial insurers for hospital care. Employers could pay 12 times more in health… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)

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Synthetic vitamins cause faulty hormonal imprinting during the perinatal period, impacting health outcomes in adult age

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:07:00 +0100

(Natural News) Exposure to synthetic lipid-soluble vitamins can adversely impact health outcomes later in life. The study, published in Physiology International, also indicated that these adverse effects impact the multiple organ systems. Taking lipid-soluble vitamins can cause faulty perinatal hormonal imprinting. This is because these vitamins are hormones that can be directly bound by hormone receptors. Another factor... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Drug Prescriptions in NICUs Vary Widely Drug Prescriptions in NICUs Vary Widely

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 20:11:58 +0100

Prescriptions for at-risk newborns vary widely between neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in the Netherlands, particularly for off-label cardiovascular and nervous system use, a study shows - and the findings are likely relevant to the U.S. and other countries.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)



Neonatal Caffeine Therapy for Apnea of Prematurity Has Long-term Benefits Neonatal Caffeine Therapy for Apnea of Prematurity Has Long-term Benefits

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:30:36 +0100

Neonatal caffeine therapy for apnea of prematurity is associated with improved visuomotor, visuoperceptual and visuospatial abilities in adolescence, according to follow-up data from the Caffeine for Apnea of Prematurity (CAP) trial.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)



Hospitals Must Support Breastfeeding, Which Saves Lives - WHO, UNICEF Hospitals Must Support Breastfeeding, Which Saves Lives - WHO, UNICEF

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 16:47:11 +0100

Babies, even those who are premature, underweight or sickly, should be exclusively breastfed, from the maternity ward and ideally for two years, the U.N. agencies said on Wednesday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Hospitals must support breastfeeding which saves lives - WHO, UNICEF

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 17:48:09 +0100

GENEVA (Reuters) - Babies, even those who are premature, underweight or sickly, should be exclusively breastfed, from the maternity ward and ideally for two years, the U.N. agencies said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs Joins ACH's Nursery Alliance

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:42:35 +0100

CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs announced Wednesday that it is joining Arkansas Children’s Hospital Nursery Alliance, which will coordinate care between neonatologists at ACH’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and physicians in CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs’ Anthony Childbirth Center. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)



Caffeine Therapy for Apnea of Prematurity Safe Over Long Term

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:00:07 +0100

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 -- Neonatal caffeine therapy for apnea of prematurity has no detrimental long-term effects and even improves some neurologic measures, according to a study published online April 11 in Pediatrics. Ines M. Mrner-Lavanchy,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)



Parenting stress plays a mediating role in the prediction of early child development from both parents' perinatal depressive symptoms - Fredriksen E, von Soest T, Smith L, Moe V.

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:24:09 +0100

Maternal postnatal depression has been associated with a broad range of developmental risk among children. However, there has been less focus on disentangling the effects of pre- and postnatal depressive symptoms, as well as examining the symptoms of both ... (Source: SafetyLit)



Ascension implements downsizing at Milwaukee hospital

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 19:49:35 +0100

Ascension Wisconsin, which eight months ago committed to maintaining Wheaton Franciscan St. Joseph in Milwaukee as a safety-net hospital, informed employees Thursday of cost and service cuts that will result in job losses. The hospital at 5000 W. Chambers St. in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood will remain open but with significantly curtailed operations. Remaining will be St. Joseph's emergency department; obstetrics and gynecology department; neonatal intensive care unit; women’s health… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)



Six children affected by MRSA on same ward

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 09:52:00 +0100

Six babies in a neonatal intensive care unit have been found to be colonised with the same strain of MRSA – leading to staff being tested and three being identified as carriers of the bacteria. (Source: HSJ)



Telemedicine provides accurate diagnosis of rare cause of blindness in preemies

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0100

(Oregon Health& Science University) Accurately detecting a rare, but devastating cause of blindness in premature babies can be done as effectively with telemedicine as with traditional, in-person eye exams, a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology suggests.The finding could enable more blindness-preventing treatment for infants born in rural and other areas where there are few ophthalmologists trained to detect the condition, called retinopathy of prematurity, or ROP. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Ascension implements downsizing at safety-net hospital St. Joseph

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 16:15:50 +0100

Ascension Wisconsin, which eight months ago committed to maintaining Wheaton Franciscan St. Joseph in Milwaukee as a safety-net hospital, informed employees Thursday of cost and service cuts that will result in job losses. The hospital at 5000 W. Chambers St. in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood will remain open but with significantly curtailed operations. Remaining will be St. Joseph's emergency department; obstetrics and gynecology department; neonatal intensive care unit; women’s health… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)



Early Alcohol Use in Pregnancy Tied to Gastroschisis

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 12:00:35 +0100

TUESDAY, April 3, 2018 -- Alcohol consumption early in pregnancy may be a risk factor for the development of gastroschisis in neonates, according to a study published recently in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal& Neonatal Medicine. Jean R.... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)



NAS review: More research needed to develop optimal assessment, treatment standards

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0100

(Boston Medical Center) A recent JAMA review article stresses that more clinical studies on neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) are needed in order to develop and implement optimal assessment, diagnosis and treatment guidelines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Gold Cross Ambulance Celebrates 50 Years of Quality Service

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 22:37:00 +0100

In March 1968, Gene and Julia Moffitt formed Gold Cross Ambulance with partners Jared Miles and Max Schmidt.  The company had two 1968 Cadillac ambulances equipped with first-aid kits, resuscitation devices, splints, and stretchers. It was during this time that Gene was instrumental in working closely with the Utah State Health Department to create a certification program for ambulance personnel. His involvement led him to be very familiar with EMS protocols around the country, and Gold Cross Ambulance providers were among the first paramedics trained in the State of Utah.  As an ambassador for the Utah State Health Department, Gene traveled around the state teaching first aid training classes to ambulance services.   In 1984, Gold Cross added advanced life support units and...



Perinatal substance use, residential instability, and negative behavioral outcomes among adolescents: Lessons from the maternal lifestyle study - Cotton BP, Lohman MC, Brooks JM, Lagasse LL.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 13:39:17 +0100

PROBLEM: Both housing instability and prenatal substance use are known risk factors for behavioral problems among adolescents. METHODS: The purpose of this study was to investigate the association between residential instability (residential mobili... (Source: SafetyLit)



Tanzania:Maternal, Neonatal Mortality Rate Conference Slated for Next Month

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 07:38:10 +0100

[Daily News] The Nursing and Midwifery Scientific Conference which is planned to be held next month in Dodoma will, among other things, deliberate on maternal and neonatal mobility and mortality rate in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Federal officials urged to increase perinatal depression treatment in minority women

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 04:00:00 +0100

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Despite increased risks of perinatal depression, research has shown that Latina and African-American women are significantly less likely to be screened or treated.In a new paper, researchers at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University are urging federal policymakers to appropriate funds to boost diagnosis and treatment rates among minority women, including increasing the number of medical providers trained in culturally sensitive screening and treatment methods. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Rate of newborns suffering from drug withdrawal rises sharply in Pa., study says

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 18:53:27 +0100

The rate of newborns suffering from drug withdrawal increased more than 1,000 percent between fiscal years 2001 and 2017, according to a study released Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council. Referred to as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or NAS, the conditions develops shortly after birth in newborns who were exposed to addictive drugs — most often opioids — while in the mother’s womb. The newborns, physically dependent on the drug, develop withdrawal signs after… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)



$2.5M donated to Johns Hopkins All Children ’s Hospital to fight infant opioid syndrome

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 18:04:12 +0100

An anonymous donor gave Johns Hopkins All Children ’s Hospital $2.5 million donation to expand services to treat babies exposed to opioids and other drugs in utero.  The donation will be used to open a Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Follow-up Clinic on the main campus in St. Petersburg, Fla., as well as to enhance services at the Johns Hopkins All Children’s NAS Specialty Clinic in Sarasota, which opened in 2013. “At a time when so many in our communities are struggling with opioid addiction,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)



Rate of newborns suffering from drug withdrawal rises sharply in Pa., study says

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 11:28:19 +0100

The rate of newborns suffering from drug withdrawal increased more than 1,000 percent between fiscal years 2001 and 2017, according to a study released Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council. Referred to as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or NAS, the conditions develops shortly after birth in newborns who were exposed to addictive drugs — most often opioids — while in the mother’s womb. The newborns, physically dependent on the drug, develop withdrawal signs after… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)



Anonymous donor gives $2.5 million to Johns Hopkins All Children ’s Hospital to fight infant opioid syndrome

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 18:54:29 +0100

An anonymous donor gave Johns Hopkins All Children ’s Hospital $2.5 million donation to expand services to treat babies exposed to opioids and other drugs in utero.  The donation will be used to open a Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Follow-up Clinic on the main campus in St. Petersburg, as well as to enhance services at the Johns Hopkins All Child ren’s NAS Specialty Clinic in Sarasota, which opened in 2013. “At a time when so many in our communities are struggling with opioid addiction, these… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)



Accelerating Universal Health Coverage in Kenya-How do we get there?

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 14:04:10 +0100

President Uhuru Kenyatta greets a one-day-old baby when he commissioned medical equipment at the Mwingi Level 4 Hospital in Kitui. Kenya. Credit: State HouseBy Werner Schultink and Rudi Eggers & Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 27 2018 (IPS)The Government of Kenya has prioritized universal health coverage (UHC) in its Big 4 agenda over the next 5 years.This is a significant and perhaps the most important strategic priority. Why? Every year over a million Kenyans get trapped into poverty because of a catastrophic out of pocket payments due to health reasons. In 1978, health campaigners worldwide achieved a major breakthrough at the UN Alma-Ata Conference on Primary Health Care. This conference statement signaled a new approach to health care, often described as the ‘primary hea...

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HHS Region 5 Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Webinar

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 09:04:42 +0100

April 3, 2018 1:00-2:00pm ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)



Lipids After ART Switch in Perinatally HIV-Infected Youth Lipids After ART Switch in Perinatally HIV-Infected Youth

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 04:15:03 +0100

Perinatally HIV-infected youth realized an improved lipid profile after switching from an older protease inhibitor-based ART to an ATV/r- or DRV/r-based ART.HIV Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Maternal depression in the intergenerational transmission of childhood maltreatment and its sequelae: testing postpartum effects in a longitudinal birth cohort - Choi KW, Houts R, Arseneault L, Pariante C, Sikkema KJ, Moffitt TE.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 13:42:07 +0100

Mothers who have experienced childhood maltreatment are more likely to have children also exposed to maltreatment, a phenomenon known as intergenerational transmission. Factors in the perinatal period may contribute uniquely to this transmission, but timin... (Source: SafetyLit)



Perinatal interventions for mothers and fathers who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse - Stephenson LA, Beck K, Busuulwa P, Rosan C, Pariante CM, Pawlby S, Sethna V.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 13:42:07 +0100

Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is a worldwide problem with severe long-term consequences. A history of CSA can impact the childbearing experience of mothers and fathers; affecting their mental health, parenting skills and compromising infant development. Non... (Source: SafetyLit)



More Preemies Developing Motor Impairments More Preemies Developing Motor Impairments

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 13:04:14 +0100

More than one-third of extremely premature and underweight babies have cerebral palsy or other motor impairments that can make it hard for them to do basic things like ride a bike or use a fork, an Australian study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)

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Study tracks impact of neonatal abstinence syndrome on state Medicaid programs

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 04:00:00 +0100

(Vanderbilt University Medical Center) In the United States, one infant is born every 15 minutes with withdrawal symptoms after being exposed to opioids before birth, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)



NAS Infants with Medicaid Cost Hospitals $460+ Million in 2014 (CME/CE)

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 02:35:02 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome also increased five-fold from 2004 to 2014 (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)



Ghana:Cape Coast Teaching Hospital Without Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:54:09 +0100

[Ghanaian Times] The Cape Coast Teaching Hospital has resorted to using improvised support system in its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to manage newly born babies who need special attention after delivery, Dr David Asare, the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital has disclosed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Why Some'Preemies' Grow Up to Have Weaker Hearts

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:00:37 +0100

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 -- The hearts of adults who were premature babies pump less blood during exercise than adults who were full-term babies, a small study finds. That might help explain why some people born prematurely are at greater risk for... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



More preemies developing motor impairments

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:51:23 +0100

(Reuters Health) - More than one-third of extremely premature and underweight babies have cerebral palsy or other motor impairments that can make it hard for them to do basic things like ride a bike or use a fork, an Australian study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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Shaking up newborn ambulance transportation for a brighter future

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:00:00 +0100

(University of Nottingham) Premature babies could benefit from a new safer transport incubator for transferring them between hospitals, as a result of pioneering NIHR-funded research by the University of Nottingham's bioengineers, clinicians and scientists. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Study evaluates connection between drug, alcohol use and infant abdominal malformation

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:00:00 +0100

(Loyola University Health System) Alcohol use early in the pregnancy by the mother may be a risk factor for a condition in which an infant's intestines develop outside the abdomen, according to a study published in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Impact of violence against women on severe acute maternal morbidity in the intensive care unit, including neonatal outcomes: a case-control study protocol in a tertiary healthcare facility in Lima, Peru - Ayala Quintanilla BP, Pollock WE, McDonald SJ, Taft AJ.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 07:13:15 +0100

INTRODUCTION: Preventing and reducing violence against women (VAW) and maternal mortality are Sustainable Development Goals. Worldwide, the maternal mortality ratio has fallen about 44% in the last 25 years, and for one maternal death there are many women ... (Source: SafetyLit)



Study finds poor access to obstetric and neonatal care in low-income areas

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:11:24 +0100

Many pregnant women in low-income areas have to travel farther than their peers to deliver their babies — and that gap in care appears to be growing. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)



Concern raised at further rise in infant and neonatal mortality rates

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:32:00 +0100

There have been increases in both the infant and neonatal mortality rates in England and Wales for the second year running, continuing the reversal of a decreasing trend over recent decades. (Source: Nursing Times)

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Renowned Pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton Dead at 99 Renowned Pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton Dead at 99

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 21:07:51 +0100

He developed the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale, which has changed the way parents and professionals engage with young children. Pediatricians share how his influence has guided their practice.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Phthalate Exposure in NICUs Tied to Altered Neurobehavioral Performance in Neonates Phthalate Exposure in NICUs Tied to Altered Neurobehavioral Performance in Neonates

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 20:17:42 +0100

Exposure to phthalates in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) is associated with alterations in attention and social response that could lead to neurobehavioral problems in childhood, researchers in New York City suggest.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)



Lung cancer, premature babies – now smoking could also cause THIS

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:07:33 +0100

SMOKING is not only bad for the lungs and heart, it can also damage your hearing, research suggests. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Ghana:Effia Nkwanta Hospital's Maternity Ward in Deplorable State

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:33:28 +0100

[Ghanaian Times] Stakeholders in child health have expressed concerns about the dire conditions of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the maternity ward of Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital (ENRH) in Takoradi and advocated the refurbishment of the hospital. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Public Health Approaches to Addressing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 17:13:33 +0100

March 20, 2018 3:00-4:00pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)

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A commissioner ’s account of setting up a community perinatal team

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100

Following the launch of wave 2 of the perinatal mental health community services fund, Liz Biggs reflects on her experiences as a commissioner involved in the setting up of a new specialist community perinatal mental health team in Hertfordshire. (Source: NHS Networks)



International Women ’s Day: Cochrane Indonesia’s Director reflects on her continued contributions to maternal and perinatal health and the work of Cochrane

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 10:12:41 +0100

 To celebrate International Women ’s Day (8 March), Cochrane Indonesia’s Director Dr Detty Nurdiati reflects on her continued contributions to maternal and perinatal health and the work of Cochrane.Despite rising prosperity, over 40 women die in childbirth every day in Indonesia. It ’s an intractable national health statistic that represents loss and suffering on a scale that Dr Detty Nurdiati has long been determined to change. Her many endeavours in research, teaching and patient care over three decades give clear expression to what is a deep personal and professional commi tment to maternal and child health. ‘I know my dream is very big,’ Detty says. ‘But for me, work in this area is what you might call very addictive. The more you learn, the more you work and the more yo...



MicroRNA predicts and protects against severe lung disease in extremely premature infants

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Alabama at Birmingham) Researchers report discovery of a strong predictive biomarker for bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and they show a role for the biomarker in the pathogenesis of this neonatal lung disease. These results open the path to possible future therapies to prevent or lessen BPD, which is marked by inflammation and impaired lung development, and mortality or morbidity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Hospital-based child protection teams that care for parents who abuse or neglect their children recognize the need for multidisciplinary collaborative practice involving perinatal care and mental health professionals: a questionnaire survey conducted in Japan - Okato A, Hashimoto T, Tanaka M, Tachibana M, Machizawa A, Okayama J, Endo M, Senda M, Saito N, Iyo M.

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 04:42:29 +0100

BACKGROUND: Child abuse and/or neglect is a serious issue, and in many cases, parents are the perpetrators. Hospital-based child protection teams (CPTs) play pivotal roles in the management of not only abused and/or neglected children but also of their par... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Recent Return From Deployment Tied to Preterm Births for Military Women Recent Return From Deployment Tied to Preterm Births for Military Women

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 23:05:14 +0100

Military women who give birth within six months of returning from deployment are twice as likely to have premature babies compared to other soldiers, a U.S. study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Recent return from deployment tied to preterm births for military women

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 20:05:06 +0100

(Reuters Health) - Military women who give birth within six months of returning from deployment are twice as likely to have premature babies compared to other soldiers, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)



For Female Soldiers, Deployment May Up Risk for Premature Birth

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 12:00:32 +0100

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 -- American soldiers who have babies after a recent deployment are at increased risk of preterm birth, a new study suggests. The finding comes from the analysis of data on nearly 12,900 births to U.S. soldiers from 2011 to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Recently deployed moms at higher risk having premature baby

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 17:20:20 +0100

A Stanford University study of 13,000 births to military moms and found that women who gave birth within six months of returning from deployment were twice as likely to have a pre-term baby. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



"Depends on the father": defining problematic paternal substance use during pregnancy and early parenthood - Magnus S, Benoit C.

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 13:43:39 +0100

The re-invention of fathers as sensitive, involved "new men" is a social phenomenon that has largely excluded marginalized and low-income fathers. Especially where perinatal substance use is concerned, moralized mother-centric discourse still easily eclips... (Source: SafetyLit)

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An exploratory study of whether pregnancy outcomes influence maternal self-reported history of child maltreatment - Cammack AL, Hogue CJ, Drews-Botsch CD, Kramer MR, Pearce BD, Knight B, Stowe ZN, Newport DJ.

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 15:24:17 +0100

Childhood maltreatment is common and has been increasingly studied in relation to perinatal outcomes. While retrospective self-report is convenient to use in studies assessing the impact of maltreatment on perinatal outcomes, it may be vulnerable to bias. ... (Source: SafetyLit)



Richard Martin, MD, receives Lifetime Achievement Award for neonatal research

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Case Western Reserve University) Richard Martin, MD, professor of pediatrics, reproductive biology, and physiology at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, and director of neonatal research programs and Drusinsky-Fanaroff Chair in Neonatology at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Mary Ellen Avery Neonatal Research Award. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Effects of earthquake on perinatal outcomes: a Chilean register-based study - Palmeiro-Silva YK, Orellana P, Venegas P, Monteiro L, Varas-Godoy M, Norwitz E, Rice G, Osorio E, Illanes SE.

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 18:24:08 +0100

BACKGROUND: Natural disasters increase the level population stress, including pregnant women, who can experience prenatal maternal stress, affecting the fetus and triggering perinatal complications, such as low birth weight, smaller head circumference, etc... (Source: SafetyLit)



Two Drugs Get EU OK for Rare Neonatal Diabetes and Still's Disease Two Drugs Get EU OK for Rare Neonatal Diabetes and Still's Disease

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 16:01:47 +0100

Two medications for rare conditions have been given the thumbs up by the CHMP: an oral suspension of the sulfonylurea glibenclamide for neonatal diabetes in children and anakinra for Still's disease.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



High incidence of neonatal infections in Madagascar

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Institut Pasteur) Every year in the world, 4 million children die before the age of one, mainly in resource-limited countries, one-third of them due to a severe infection. In 2012, the Institut Pasteur and Institut Pasteur de Madagascar initiated the BIRDY program1 with the aim of documenting neonatal infections in the community and assessing the state of antibiotic resistance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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A Newborn in Acute Respiratory Distress: USMLE Question A Newborn in Acute Respiratory Distress: USMLE Question

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:14:52 +0100

A newborn male infant is admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit with acute respiratory distress. What condition is likely associated?Osmosis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



PremieBreathe gives premature babies a better chance

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:39:45 +0100

Yale ’s Anjelica Gonzalez is leading a team to develop a low-cost respirator that delivers warmed, oxygenated air to infants with respiratory complications. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)



Laparascopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Linked to Some Better Pregnancy Outcomes Laparascopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Linked to Some Better Pregnancy Outcomes

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:14:05 +0100

Some maternal and perinatal outcomes may be better in obese women who undergo laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) than in their obese peers who are not treated with bariatric surgery, new research shows.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Alabama hospital unveils high-tech NICU beds

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:14:44 +0100

An Alabama hospital has unveiled new high-tech hospital beds for premature babies. Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Houston County now has several new Babyleo beds, according to the Dothan Eagle. The beds, which are the latest in incubator technology nationwide, ensure that the baby's body temperature is kept at an optimal level. The beds also provide space for medical profe ssionals to perform procedures on the child. Babyleo beds cost $40,000 each. Approximately $125,000 in funding came from… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)



UNICEF says Pakistan is riskiest country for newborns

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:45:33 +0100

UNICEF says Pakistan has world's highest neonatal mortality rate; 46 out of every 1,000 children born in Pakistan die (Source: ABC News: Health)

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EMPOWER: A Community-Based Approach to Improve Care for Women with Newborns Affected by Perinatal Substance Use Disorder

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:01:48 +0100

May 15, 2018 1:00-2:00pm ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)



Blockchain Based Medical Device from NnBU Set to Raise €15million in ICO

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:02:49 +0100

New Neonatal Birth Unit is a World First to Improve Health Outcomes of Babies Born by C-Section NICOSIA, Cyprus, February 19, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) --Today, Monday February 19 2018, NnBU Holdings Ltd (https://nnbu.io) announces... Devices, Venture Capital NnBU Holdings, blockchain, neonatal birth unit (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)



What is the Besinger Score?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:11:32 +0100

Discussion Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a rare disease in the pediatric population. The incidence depends on the population studied but is estimated at 1-9/1 million/year. It was first described by William Heinrich Erb in 1879. The cause is autoantibodies against components of the post-synaptic membrane of the neuromuscular junction, usually against the acetylcholine binding receptor (AChR). It can occur at any age but is more common in the adult population. Juvenile patients (0-19 years) are divided into prepubertal (12 years) who have disease presentations similar to the adult population. In adults there are 5 grades: ocular symptoms, mild, moderate, severe and very severe. MG symptoms include: Ocular symptoms are common Ptosis – uni- or bilateral, children may tilt head to see Oph...



Childhood adversity increases the risk of onward transmission from perinatal HIV-infected adolescents and youth in South Africa - Kidman R, Nachman S, Dietrich J, Liberty A, Violari A.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:36:27 +0100

Repeated exposure to childhood adversity (abuse, neglect and other traumas experienced before age 18) can have lifelong impacts on health. For HIV-infected adolescents and youth, such impacts may include onward transmission of HIV. To evaluate this possibi... (Source: SafetyLit)



Newborn babies who suffered stroke regain language function in opposite side of brain

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Georgetown University Medical Center) A stroke in a baby -- even a big one -- does not have the same lasting impact as a stroke in an adult. A study led by Georgetown University Medical Center investigators found that a decade or two after a 'perinatal' stroke damaged the left 'language' side of the brain, affected teenagers and young adults used the right sides of their brain for language. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

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Cerebral Oxygenation During Infant and Neonatal Anesthesia Cerebral Oxygenation During Infant and Neonatal Anesthesia

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:15:15 +0100

This study aimed to determine the incidence of low cerebral oxygenation during general anesthesia in infants. Might cerebral desaturation be a potential cause of later cognitive impairment?Anesthesiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Effect of tobacco control policies on perinatal and child health: What's the Evidence?

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:37:07 +0100

March 14, 2018 11:00am-12:00pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)



Differences Between Rural and Urban Areas in Mortality Rates for the Leading Causes of Infant Death: United States, 2013-2015

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:03:42 +0100

This report describes the mortality rates for the five leading causes of infant, neonatal, and postneonatal death in the United States across rural, small and medium urban, and large urban counties defined by maternal residence, as reported on the birth certificate for combined years 2013-2015. (Source: HSR Information Central)



New Project to Improve Health and Nutrition in Nine West African Francophone Countries

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:39:48 +0100

February 14, 2018IntraHealth International will implement a new regional project to improve nutrition and reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) in the nineOuagadougou Partnership countries of West Africa, thanks to a three-year, $7 million award from the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation.Francophone West Africa has among the highest maternal, neonatal, and child mortality rates in the world. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 303,000 women died in 2015 due to complications of pregnancy or childbirth, more than one-third of them in West and Central Africa. The global maternal mortality rate is 216/100,000 live births, while the maternal mortality rate in the nine Ouagadougou Partnership countries —Benin, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Togo, Bur...



The impact of Hurricane Harvey on pregnant moms

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Houston) Women pregnant during Hurricane Harvey, or who became pregnant within six months afterwards, face a special set of stressors that could impact neonatal development and pregnancy outcomes. UH psychology assistant professor Johanna Bick is launching a study to see if a simple online writing exercise can alleviate some of that anxiety. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: How Can Pharmacists Help? Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: How Can Pharmacists Help?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:51:03 +0100

What role can pharmacists play in preventing and treating neonatal abstinence syndrome?Medscape Pharmacists (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



What Growth Charts Are Best?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:30:45 +0100

Discussion “The value of growth assessment is thus its principal utility as a key screening tool in order to assess children’s general well-being, to identify faltering and excessive growth, to evaluate maternal lactation performance and infant feeding practices, and to manage her children with medical conditions known to adversely affect growth,….” Thus having assessment tools is important. Growth charts are assessment tools measuring height/length, weight, head circumference and body mass index. Some commonly used growth charts are: WHO child growth chart standards They were developed using long-term assessment of children in Brazil, Ghana, India, Norway, Oman and the United States. The children studied had to live in homes where the infants were mainly breastf...



Rooming - In May Up Outcomes in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Reduction in pharmacotherapy use, length of stay for newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)



Perinatal mental health community services development fund wave 2

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:19:47 +0100

The purpose of the fund is to develop specialist perinatal mental health community services, and increase the availability of high quality interventions and support for women, their babies and families. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))



How Neopenda uses tech to save babies around the world

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:48:42 +0100

Many tech companies are focused on solving problems, but Chicago startup  Neopenda is working to address a particularly pressing issue for people in underdeveloped and low-resourced regions of the world — infant mortality. Neopenda makes a wearable neonatal vitals monitor, designed for use by healthcare providers in the world’s impoverished regions who are working to reduce the rate of newborn fatalities, an overwhelming reality in many parts of the world. Founders Sona Shah and Teresa Cauvel… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)

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New discovery offers hope of protecting premature babies from blindness

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Gothenburg) Now there is hope of a new way to protect extremely premature babies from impaired vision or blindness resulting from the eye disease retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). A study at Sahlgrenska Academy published in JAMA Ophthalmology points to a clear link between ROP and low levels of the fatty acid arachidonic acid, measured in children's blood. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)



NHS England launches additional perinatal mental health funding

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100

NHS England has launched wave 2 of the perinatal mental health community services development fund. (Source: NHS Networks)



How Neopenda is using tech to save babies aound the world

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:43:32 +0100

Many tech companies are focused on solving problems that many of us in the U.S. have, but Chicago startup  Neopenda is working to solve a particularly pressing problem for those in underdeveloped and low-resourced regions of the world — infant mortality. Neopenda makes a wearable neonatal vitals monitor, designed for use by healthcare providers in the world’s impoverished regions who are working to reduce the rate of newborn fatalities, an overwhelming reality in many parts of the world. Founders… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)



Premature babies get better with involved parents

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 01:26:01 +0100

A study of 1,800 premature babies found they put on weight more quickly if their parents were involved in ward rounds, took their temperature and administered medicine. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Parents' care can help premature babies in hospital, says study

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 01:20:57 +0100

Infants in a trial put on more weight and parents suffered less stress than families not involved. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

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Involving parents in intensive care helps infants and nurses

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:54:00 +0100

Involving parents in the care of premature babies in hospital not only improves their wellbeing but may also reduce conflict with staff and boost nurses ’ job satisfaction, according to a new study. (Source: Nursing Times)



Premature babies healthier when parents help with hospital care, study shows

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 23:30:11 +0100

Babies in trial put on more weight in first three weeks and parents were less stressedPremature babies do better if their parents are allowed to help care for them in hospital alongside the nurses, rather than being treated as visitors and left on the sidelines, a new study shows.Many parents feel acutely anxious, stressed and out of control when their child is in a newborn intensive care unit and there seems to be nothing they can do for her. Inspired by the example of a hospital in Estonia that brings in parents to help with basic care of their baby, doctors in Canada organised a major study in three countries – Canada, Australia and New Zealand – to see what the effect is on the baby.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)



Fetal Alcohol Disorder May Be More Common Than Previously Thought

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:40:44 +0100

In a new JAMA study of more than 6,000 first-graders, researchers estimate that between 1.1% and 9.8% of American children have developmental or neurological problems caused by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs)—a significantly higher number than previous studies have reported. And out of the hundreds of children determined in the study to have FASD, only two had been previously diagnosed. The estimate comes from school-based assessments, family interviews and in-person evaluations of 6- and 7-year-olds in four communities across the country: one in the Midwest, one in the Rocky Mountains, one in the Southeast and one in the Pacific Southwest. Previous studies, which have estimated the rate of FASD to affect just 1% of children, involved smaller groups of people from single com...



CSF Inflammatory Cytokines Linked to Perinatal Depression

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 16:35:02 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Novel research supports neuroinflammatory mechanism (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)



Latest funding boost for community perinatal mental health care

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:40:00 +0100

NHS England has announced today that further funding will be made available to improve the mental health of around 3,000 pregnant women and those who have recently given birth, as part of an ongoing programme. (Source: Nursing Times)

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Cellular models of fetal intestinal tissue may help combat deadly neonatal disease

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Massachusetts General Hospital) Cellular models of fetal and adult intestinal tissues generated by investigators from MassGeneral Hospital for Children have identified differences in the immune response to natural intestinal bacteria at different developmental ages. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Premature babies make fewer friends -- but not for long

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Warwick) Premature babies make fewer friends, feel less accepted by peers and spend less time socialising in early childhood -- but this improves when they get to school -- according to new research by an international research collaboration, including the University of Warwick, UK. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)



Antenatal Steroids Up Risk for Neonatal Hypoglycemia

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 02:35:02 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Nearly two-fold increased risk in late preemies (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)



Antiviral prophylaxis cost effective for perinatal hep  B prevention

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100

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Practice Advisory Interim Guidance for Care of Obstetric Patients During a Zika Virus Outbreak

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 19:48:37 +0100

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 10/26/2017 This Practice Advisory represents the current information available regarding Zika virus, including updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidance that are relevant to obstetric care providers. Guidance topics are Background; Travel Restrictions; Prevention; Reproductive Counseling; Assessment and Testing; Clinical Management of a Pregnant Woman with Suspected Zika Virus Infection; Breastfeeding; Postnatal Management; Neonatal Outcomes and Evaluation; Reporting and the U.S. Pregnancy Registry; Infection Control Considerations; and Zika Virus and Blood Transfusion. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)

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Mothers in early 30s have lowest risk of premature birth, study finds

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 19:00:10 +0100

Women in their early thirties have a 1% chance of early birth, with the risk rising to 1.2% for those over 40, analysis showsMothers in their early 30s have the lowest chance of having a premature baby, new research has found, with the risk rising significantly once the mother passes 40.Records of more than 165,000 pregnant women were analysed, showing that the likelihood of having a baby more than three weeks early among women aged over 40 was 20% higher than those in their early 30s. However, the actual risk remained low, increasing from 1% to 1.2%.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)