February 2, 2008 |
Doctors can cut the risk of cerebral palsy in half for very premature babies by giving their mothers magnesium sulfate just before they give birth, researchers reported this week at a meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Dallas. The mineral compound, also known as Epsom salts, is already used to treat pregnancy-related high blood pressure and to stop early labor. Doctors should consider giving it to women about to deliver an extremely preterm infant, said one of the researchers, Dr. John Thorp of the University of North Carolina.
October 1, 2007 |
Pregnant white women who have abnormally low cholesterol levels are 21% more likely to give birth preterm, and both white and black women with low levels give birth to babies who weigh less than other infants of the same gestational age, researchers report today. Obstetricians already knew that women with the highest cholesterol levels are more likely to give birth preterm, but this is the first evidence of risk at the other end of the spectrum, experts said.
May 22, 2006 |
Very small newborns who receive caffeine to help their lungs develop are less likely to need additional oxygen by age 3, a study published in the May 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine has found. Most babies born less than 34 weeks after conception periodically stop breathing for at least 15 seconds, suffering a condition known as apnea of prematurity. Caffeine is already widely prescribed for premature infants because of its ability to stimulate breathing.
July 7, 2005 |
Treating premature babies with nitric oxide gas improved their cognitive function at age 2 and lowered their risk of developing neurological complications such as cerebral palsy, according to a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. But a separate study concurrently published in the journal reported that the therapy did not help survival in a group of smaller and sicker premature babies and may have even worsened it in the sickest infants.
May 17, 2005 |
A baby girl who weighed 11 ounces at birth has died in Oklahoma City, a little more than three days after being delivered three months premature. Kalea Lyn Allen Richardson had been kept under a humidification tent in the neonatal care unit at Mercy Health Center. "She was my angel, and she was a fighter," said her mother, Deidra Allen. "We fought hard for her, and she made it until she couldn't make it anymore."
May 13, 2005 |
Her legs are no longer than an adult's pinkie and her feet are about the size of an adult's fingernails. Weighing 11 ounces, Kalea Lyn Allen was delivered three months premature Tuesday by caesarean section after an ultrasound raised concerns, Dr. John Stanley said. "She's a survivor," said her mother, 27-year-old Deidra Allen of Sayre. "She's fighting." The infant has about a 40% chance of survival and the first six weeks will be the toughest, doctors said.