preterm infants

Hospitalized preterm infants benefit from mothers’ recorded voicesBeing exposed to recordings of their mothers’ voices limited pain preterm infants experienced while undergoing heel lance procedures, according to a study conducted in an Italian neonatal intensive care unit.
Preemies can be just as kindergarten ready as their peersA new study reveals that premature infants perform nearly as well as their full-term peers by their school years, and that those who don’t aren’t as far behind their peers as previously thought.
DHA fails to prevent BPD in preterm infantsPrevious studies conducted in animals and in humans have suggested that DHA might be helpful in reducing the risk of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). However, the results of a very recent study demonstrated that the supplementation of an emulsion containing DHA did not reduce the risk of preterm infants developing BPD compared with infants who received a control emulsion without DHA.
Midazolam warning for preemiesA recent study in preterm infants found that exposure to midazolam, a commonly used sedative in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), was associated with macro- and microstructural alterations in hippocampal development and poorer outcomes consistent with hippocampal dysmaturation.
When do developmental delays present in preterm babies?While late preterm infants may seem as though they’ve escaped the obstacles earlier preemies face, a new study reveals that later preterm infants who seem on part with their peers even at age 2 may have problems with reading and math by preschool.
Long-term impact of breastmilk on preterm babiesWhat are the long-term benefits of breastmilk for preterm babies? Also, a first-of-its-kind study looks at maternal folate levels and BMI and the role they play in the child's risk of obesity. Plus: What are the adverse neonatal outcomes of untreated depression in the mother?
Guidance from CDC on Zika test resultsThe CDC has released new guidelines for interpreting Zika virus tests. Also, is the trend for triplet and higher-order birth rate going up or down? Plus: Do preemies benefit from maternal vaccines?
Neonatal resuscitation guidelines: Updated for 2015The neonatal resuscitation section of the 2015 American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency cardiovascular care includes a number of new and modified recommendations.
Preterm birth may increase risk for diabetesA recent study found the lower the gestational age at birth, the more elevated plasma insulin levels are, not only at birth but in early childhood, too. The finding suggests that preterm birth may be a risk factor for type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Biomarker signals deadly NEC in preemiesResearchers have discovered a reliable biomarker for necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a potentially deadly bowel infection that affects primarily extremely low-birth-weight (LBW) infants.