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.
November 21, 2005 |
IT'S early morning on the neonatal intensive care unit and Haezxler Galeas -- all 2.2 pounds of her -- is making a fuss. A noiseless fuss, that is. With a ventilator running into her mouth to help her breathe, crying is a feat still above and beyond the capabilities of a baby born four months too soon. Instead Haezxler (pronounced Hasler) squirms, frowns, makes a fist -- and her heart rate and blood pressure tick upward.
June 6, 1993 |
Emillee Young, born four months ago and way too soon, was back in a hospital incubator recently, resting after eye surgery. Her right eye covered by a patch, her fingernails tinier than bits of confetti, her left leg twitching as if from a dream, she slept. To those who have come to know this baby, she is a miracle. Weighing little more than a pound at birth, Emillee spent her first 108 days at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Bellflower before her mother took her home for a week.
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November 7, 2000 |
Eight-month-old Ethan Sechrest, the premature baby who weighed just 14 ounces at birth and was small enough to fit in his doctor's cupped hand, died Saturday. "There was nothing more that human hands could do for him," said his father, Alan. Ethan became a media sensation in June when he was allowed to go home from Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. He weighed 3 pounds, 8 ounces at the time, making him one of the smallest premature babies to survive.
October 31, 2006 |
Chad Hodge Craig had never been so put out with his sister. She was the most accessible person he knew. They spoke virtually every day, and though he was in Georgia and she was in Texas, he never had trouble tracking her down. This day, of all days, Tonya Hodge Rosenberger could not be reached. Tonya, who was known to her family as Sissy, had promised Chad she would wake up that Saturday morning, Jan. 21, 2006, and take a home pregnancy test. A week earlier, a fertility specialist in Fairfax, Va., had delicately transferred three 5-day-old embryos into her uterus.
March 2, 1998
Even though they do not have any teeth yet, premature babies can expect to have dental complications as they grow older. About 6% of babies are born before their due date and below 7.2 pounds; of these, up to 70% will have enamel hypoplasia when their teeth erupt, according to a recent dental study. Enamel hypoplasia will cause teeth to look brownish, be softer, less smooth, or more prone to decay or chipping.
September 22, 1992 |
Melinda Wilson's store is filled with tiny dresses, tiny bottles, tiny shoes, tiny hats and boots, even teeny-tiny tuxedos. The only shop of its kind in Southern California and possibly in the country, the Preemie Store. . .and More offers items created especially for smaller-than-average infants. Although premature or underweight babies make up about 8% of children born in the United States--about 250,000 a year--their needs are virtually ignored in the marketplace.
March 8, 1992 |
Fifty-one years and four months ago, Jeff Tanksley was lying in a blanket-lined drawer in the glow of a single light bulb, fighting for his life. All 26 1/2 ounces of him. Born three months premature, he created a sensation at Downey Community Hospital, where doctors and nurses--and reporters--hovered over the tiniest infant to be born up to that time in the hospital. They couldn't do much else. It was 1940 and the medical specialty that has come to be called neonatology was unknown.
June 30, 2007 |
The drug most commonly used to delay preterm labor in women has more -- and more serious -- side effects than alternatives, without being any more effective, Stanford researchers reported Friday. The drug may even harm infants, they concluded. Although labor generally cannot be stopped completely, physicians try to delay it for at least 48 hours to allow transfer of the mother to a specialized hospital and to maximize the effectiveness of steroids used to help the fetus' lungs mature.
February 9, 2005 |
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.