May 20, 2011 |
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday warned parents and physicians against giving the thickening agent SimplyThick to premature infants. The product is frequently added to thin foods, such as breast milk or infant formula, to make them easier to ingest for people who have swallowing difficulties. But the agency said it has recently received 15 reports of infants who received the product developing necrotizing enterocolitis, with two deaths. Necrotizing enterocolitis is a life-threatening condition characterized by inflammation and the death of intestinal tissue.
April 6, 2011 |
A simple, safe, relatively inexpensive hormone treatment might help some high-risk pregnant women carry their babies longer, a new study suggests, while improving the outlook for their infants. Such a treatment has been long sought. Even better, the newest one would appear unlikely to cost $690 a dose — unless drug makers are slow learners. Federal researchers, working with colleagues at 44 medical centers, found that administering vaginal progesterone to women with a short cervix — a risk factor for premature delivery — cuts the rate of delivering before 33 weeks by 45%. The reduction applies only to women with a short cervix (between 1 centimeter and 2 centimeters)
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August 19, 2010 |
Reaching from Los Angeles to Yerevan, local doctors are healing the eyes of Armenian infants who otherwise would go blind. In June, the doctors performed surgeries at a neonatal clinic in the Armenian capital, delivered key equipment and trained about 200 Armenian doctors in how to treat retinopathy of prematurity. The illness strikes premature infants whose eyes have not developed enough to be exposed to the outside environment, said Dr. Thomas Lee, director of the Retina Institute at the Vision Center at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, which partnered with the Armenia Eye Care Project on the mission.
January 18, 2010 |
Snow and ice were making the narrow lanes and sharp curves of the Pennsylvania Turnpike even more treacherous than usual. Built for easygoing roadsters, the highway lacked the necessary shoulders and lane width to guarantee safe passage for time-pressed 18-wheelers; a fragile metal rail in the slim median was all that separated the vehicles hurtling in opposite directions. But the ambulance driver was careful and experienced. Mindful of the urgency of our mission, he maneuvered through the speeding traffic with professional skill, barely jostling me as I prepared an infant incubator, oxygen tanks and resuscitation equipment.
March 26, 2008 |
Infants born prematurely are much more likely to die during childhood and, if they survive, much less likely to have children of their own in adulthood, according to the largest study of prematurity ever undertaken. Researchers already knew that premature infants faced many neurological and developmental problems, but the findings reported today indicate that the spectrum of problems is even broader than suspected and persists throughout the child's lifetime.
July 27, 2006 |
Inhaled nitric oxide can significantly reduce lung and brain damage in many premature infants, allowing them to be taken off respirators sooner and sent home earlier, two studies report today in the New England Journal of Medicine. The treatment may not help the most premature and sickest babies, but it can provide long-lasting benefits for many others, according to the clinical trials involving more than 1,400 premature infants.