February 25, 1986 |
Subnormal head growth during just the first six to eight months of small premature babies' lives may warn of irreversibly reduced intellectual ability, a new research study concludes. And while several experts agree that small head size in tiny preemies is only a risk factor--not a guarantee of diminished intelligence--the finding underscores yet another complication brought on by advances in medicine: Survival rates for the tiniest of newborns--those weighing between 15 ounces and 2.
October 5, 2009 |
Nearly 1 in 10 of the world's babies is born prematurely, and about 1 million infants die each year as a result of premature birth, according to a report released Sunday by the March of Dimes. The problem is concentrated in poor countries, with the vast majority of the nearly 13 million preemies born each year in Africa and Asia, the report says. Although Africa has the highest rate of premature births, North America isn't far behind. Why? "That's the 13-million-baby question," said March of Dimes epidemiologist Christopher Howson, who headed the project being debated this week at a child health meeting in India.
May 13, 2002 |
Another Mother's Day has come and gone, and for this I'm grateful. While I look forward to spending time with my loved ones, part of me wants nothing more than to retreat inward. It's not that I have anything against buffet brunches and lily corsages, but in my family this national day of recognition has come to take on a more personal meaning, standing as a gateway between our greatest joy and deepest sorrow.
March 1, 2010 |
Yes, yes, it hath charms to soothe a savage breast (or beast, if you prefer to repeat a common mistake). But researchers are finding that music may be an effective balm for many other afflictions: the isolation of conditions such as autism and Alzheimer's disease, the disability that results from stroke, the physical stress of entering the world too early. The hope of music's curative powers has spawned a community in the United States of some 5,000 registered music therapists, who have done post-college study in psychology and music to gain certification.
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March 27, 1989 |
Premature babies grow better if they swing in a hammock rather than lie still in a crib, according to a new Dutch study. Fifty premature babies kept in hammock incubators in the first few weeks of life grew more and moved better than a control group of premature infants kept in regular incubators, the study at Utrecht's Wilhemina Children's Hospital showed.
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.