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Why Some 'Preemies' Grow Up to Have Weaker Hearts

Posted 24 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

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 heart failure later in life, the study authors said. The study included 47 adults who were born prematurely (before 37 weeks' gestation) and 54 adults ...

Genetic Heart Defects Rarely the Cause of SIDS, Research Shows

Posted 12 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – Heart diseases linked to genetic flaws cause far fewer sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) cases than once thought, a new study finds. In a genetic investigation of 419 SIDS cases, Mayo Clinic researchers found that genetic mutations associated with heart disease accounted for about 5 percent. Previous studies have suggested that such mutations could cause up to 20 ...

For Female Soldiers, Deployment May Up Risk for Premature Birth

Posted 3 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

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 2014. Overall, just over 6 percent of the births were premature – three or more weeks early. That rate is lower than in the general population. However, ...

AMAG Pharmaceuticals Announces FDA Approval of Makena (hydroxyprogesterone caproate injection) Subcutaneous Auto-Injector to Reduce the Risk of Preterm Birth in Certain At-Risk Women

Posted 28 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAG) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Makena® subcutaneous auto-injector drug-device combination product as a ready-to-administer treatment to reduce the risk of preterm birth in women pregnant with one baby and who spontaneously delivered one preterm baby in the past. ...

Health Tip: Make Sure Babies Eat Right

Posted 23 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

-- A baby's nutritional balance during the first 1,000 days of life is critical to lifelong mental health and development, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. Sufficient amounts of key minerals, vitamins, proteins and certain fats during the infant and toddler years is key to avoiding permanent loss of brain function, the academy said. The AAP policy statement recommends: Doctors should ...

Babies Face Higher SIDS Risk in Certain States

Posted 12 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) claims the lives of some 3,500 babies in the United States each year, but its toll is far heavier in some states than others, health officials report. "Despite continued updates and refinements to the American Academy of Pediatrics' safe sleep recommendations, declines in [SIDS] have slowed since 1999," said lead researcher Alexa Erck ...

1 in 4 U.S. Stillbirths Might Be Prevented

Posted 19 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 – About 1 in every 160 pregnancies in the United States ends in stillbirth. Now, a new study suggests many of these tragedies are "potentially" avoidable. With better prenatal and obstetric care, that stillbirth rate might improve, researchers say. "We found that about 25 percent of U.S. stillbirths were potentially preventable," said study senior author Dr. Robert Silver, ...

Pregnant Women Still Getting UTI Meds Linked to Birth Defects

Posted 12 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 – Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be problematic for pregnant women and their babies, but so can two antibiotics used to treat these infections, U.S. health officials warn. The antibiotics – trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim) and nitrofurantoin (Macrobid) – have been linked to a small risk for birth defects in pregnant women when given in the first trimester. ...

Acetaminophen in Pregnancy Tied to Language Delays -- in Baby Girls

Posted 10 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 – Toddlers whose mothers used acetaminophen – best known as Tylenol – early in pregnancy may have a heightened risk of language delays, a new study suggests. Researchers found that when moms-to-be used the painkiller during the first trimester, their daughters were more likely to have language delays at age 2.5 years. No such link was seen among boys, however. A ...

Too Many Babies Still Die Needlessly of SIDS, CDC Says

Posted 9 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 – Many parents still regularly risk their babies' lives as they put them to bed, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Analyzing data from the states, the CDC found that parents continue to practice unsafe habits that have been associated with sleep-related infant deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). For ...

Child Death Rate Higher in U.S. Than Other Wealthy Nations

Posted 8 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 – The United States has had the smallest decline in child death rates among wealthy nations over the past 50 years, despite spending more on health care per child than the other countries, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed child death rates from 1961 to 2010 in the United States and 19 other economically similar countries, including Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy ...

Special Baby Formula Doesn't Seem to Prevent Type 1 Diabetes

Posted 2 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 2, 2018 – A specially prepared baby formula does not protect children with a genetically high risk for type 1 diabetes, according to new research. The study focused on babies born to families in which one person already had the disease. Earlier research suggested that feeding such at-risk babies a standard formula of normal cow milk might increase their eventual risk for developing ...

Cervical Device May Help Lower Preemie Birth Risk

Posted 19 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 19, 2017 – Women with a relatively short cervix are at higher risk of preterm delivery, but new research shows that a cervical device may cut that risk substantially. The Italian study included 300 women with a short cervix. Half of them used a small silicone ring called a cervical pessary, while the other half acted as a "control" group and did not use the device. A cervical ...

Breathing Trouble May Follow Preemies to Adulthood

Posted 1 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2017 – People who were born prematurely may have smaller-than-normal airways in adulthood, which can cause respiratory problems, researchers say. Premature birth is associated with poorer heart and lung function, but the reasons why have not been fully understood. In a new study, investigators compared adults who were born eight weeks or more early with people who were born at ...

Hospital Midwives, Lower C-Section Rates?

Posted 16 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – Expectant mothers seeking to lower their risk of a cesarean delivery might want to consider getting a midwife involved, a new study suggests. In addition, midwives were tied to less need for a surgical incision called an episiotomy during childbirth, the researchers reported. "More midwife-attended births may correlate with fewer obstetric procedures, which could lower ...

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