Clues link gut disease and brain injury in preemies

New research in mice may clarify why premature infants who survive necrotizing enterocolitis also develop a severe brain injury.

Michael E. Newman-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Jan. 11, 2021 ~11 min

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Infant health inequality has been rising since 2010

Between 1989 and 2010, infant health inequality gradually lessened. New research documents the opposite trend since then.

Jill Kimball-Brown • futurity
Dec. 9, 2020 ~11 min

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Tiniest premature babies fare worse with cow milk fortifiers

Human-based milk fortifiers are better than traditional cow-based fortifiers for severely underweight, premature babies, a new study shows.

Brian Consiglio-Missouri • futurity
Aug. 13, 2020 ~4 min

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Living near oil or gas wells may up preterm birth risk

Living near a oil or gas well may increase the chance of spontaneous preterm birth, a new study looking at women living near wells in California finds.

Danielle Torrent Tucker-Stanford • futurity
June 14, 2020 ~7 min

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Breast milk molecule may shield preemies from sepsis

About 10% of preterm infants experience late-onset sepsis. A component in breast milk may offer protection, mouse research suggests.

Jim Dryden-WUSTL • futurity
March 19, 2020 ~6 min

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Women need support for emotions in high-risk pregnancies

Sixteen women in the hospital for high-risk pregnancies revealed that "they did not receive explicit advice on how to cope, think positive, or calm down."

Megan Schumann-Rutgers • futurity
Dec. 17, 2019 ~4 min

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Impulse control at 6 links preterm birth, deprivation

New research compares the impulse control of children who were either born very early/very tiny and those who experienced institutional deprivation.

Alice Scott-Warwick • futurity
Nov. 12, 2019 ~2 min

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Inhaled drug for preemies cuts pneumonia risk in mice

A drug to protect the lungs of premature babies from pneumonia fell flat before. New research with mice suggests it just needs to go up the nose.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Oct. 16, 2019 ~1 min

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Antibiotics cause lasting harm to preemie gut bacteria

"We're no longer saying, ‘Let's just start them on antibiotics because it's better to be safe than sorry.' Now we know there's a risk..."

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Sept. 11, 2019 ~7 min

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After Trump’s election, more Latina moms gave birth early

"The 2016 election, following campaign promises of mass deportation...may have adversely affected the health of Latinas and their newborns."

Barbara Benham-Johns Hopkins • futurity
July 23, 2019 ~3 min

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