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Breast-Feeding a Boon to Preemies' Hearts: Study

Posted 14 Jun 2016 by

TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 – Breast-feeding premature babies appears to increase the likelihood that those infants will have healthier hearts in young adulthood, new research suggests. The finding was based on an analysis involving just over 200 men and women in their early- to mid-20s. It suggests that premature infants fed just breast milk during infancy ultimately have better heart volume and overall function compared to preemies raised on formula or a mixture of formula and breast milk. "It was completely unknown that breast milk would provide this particular protective effect on the development of the heart in babies born preterm," said study author Paul Leeson. He's the clinical director of the Cardiovascular Medicine Division of the Cardiovascular Clinical Research Facility at the University of Oxford, in England. "We suspected it might, but were surprised by the size of the ... Read more

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Later Umbilical Cord Clamping May Help Smallest Preemies

Posted 24 Sep 2015 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 – Delayed clamping of the umbilical cord benefits extremely premature newborns, a new study suggests. In most cases, clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord occurs within 10 seconds of birth. But waiting longer to clamp offers a number of advantages to these smallest infants, according to Nationwide Children's Hospital researchers. "Infants born prior to 28 weeks' gestation represent a high-risk subgroup, so efforts to improve outcomes remain critically important," study author Dr. Carl Backes, a cardiologist and neonatologist at the Columbus, Ohio-based hospital, said in a Nationwide Children's news release. "There is increasing evidence that delayed cord clamping may give infants in many categories a better chance." The investigators looked at 40 infants who were born between 22 and 27 weeks of pregnancy, and had an average birth weight of about 1.4 ... Read more

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Health Tip: Recognizing Signs of Anemia

Posted 18 Jun 2015 by

-- Anemia occurs when there are insufficient red blood cells, or they don't function properly. The American Society of Hematology says warning signs include: Feeling weak or dizzy. Having colder hands and feet. Having pale skin or a yellow tint. Feeling short of breath. Having an irregular or fast heartbeat. Hearing a whooshing sound or pounding in the ears. Having frequent chest pain or headache. Read more

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