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February 9, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A Maywood baby born weighing less than a can of soda and believed to be the smallest ever to survive went home after nearly six months in the hospital. Rumaisa Rahman's prognosis "is very good," and she is expected to have normal physical and mental development, said Dr. Jonathan Muraskas, who provided care for the tiny girl and her larger twin sister, Hiba, both born 14 weeks prematurely on Sept. 19. Rumaisa weighed 8.6 ounces at birth and measured 9 1/2 inches long.
December 17, 1998
Most prenatal care may be administered too late to reduce the odds of women giving birth to premature children, according to a new study. American and British researchers have found that mothers who had unusually small fetuses in the first trimester of pregnancy--before most prenatal care is given--were twice as likely to have premature infants. One in 10 babies born in the United States is premature.
May 27, 1995
A young woman who gave birth in a motel room and then allegedly put the premature newborn into a toilet has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and child endangerment charges. Karen Jeanette Jackson, 20, entered her plea in Santa Monica Superior Court on Thursday, where she has been ordered to stand trial on the charges. Judge Bernard A. Kamins scheduled a July 7 pretrial hearing.
August 12, 1992
An infant girl who weighed 12 ounces at birth was in stable condition Tuesday, and doctors said they are pleased with her progress. Sheyanne Danielle Welch was removed from the womb on Aug. 3 to save the life of her mother, who had been pregnant for just 24 weeks.
August 21, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A premature girl who weighed 12 ounces at birth Aug. 3 has reached the one-pound milestone but remained in critical condition, a hospital spokesman said Thursday. For Sheyanne Welch, who was delivered in her mother's sixth month of pregnancy, to be gaining weight "is a very good sign," said Dennis Gaschen at Martin Luther Hospital in Anaheim. However, the 10 1/2-inch-long infant remained dependent on a ventilator, Gaschen said.
May 7, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Giving premature infants a nutrient found in breast milk can significantly reduce their risk of lung and eye damage, both of which are frequent complications of being born too soon, researchers have found. The nutrient, a sugar alcohol called inositol, was added to the feeding of premature babies born with respiratory distress syndrome.
Karen Stare can still recall how terrified she was 12 years ago after her first child was born prematurely with a life-threatening respiratory disease and placed on a then-radical support system. "She was this big," Stare said, gesturing about eight inches, "and all red. Both tubes were coming out of her neck. She was on a respirator and had an umbilical catheter. "She was such a fighter. . . . They had to pin her down with safety pins."
March 13, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The rate of single-born premature babies among white women climbed 8% between 1989 to 1996 but dropped among minorities, the government said. Despite the narrowing of the racial gap, black babies are still nearly twice as likely to be born premature as are white ones, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said. Among blacks, the rate decreased nearly 10%, from 180.4 per 1,000 births to 162.5, the CDC said.
December 19, 2002 | From Associated Press
The percentage of babies born prematurely in the U.S. reached a two-decade high last year, driven by an increase in twins and triplets. The government also found a rise in prenatal care and a drop in smoking during pregnancy. Births to teenagers fell for the 10th year in a row, with abortion on the decline too. At the same time, births to women in their 30s and 40s continued a steady climb, according to an annual review of birth statistics that was released Wednesday.
July 7, 2005 | Rosie Mestel, Times Staff Writer
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.
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