Prematurity is when a baby is born before 37 weeks gestation; 37-42 weeks is considered full term. While huge strides have been made in caring for preterm infants, prematurity can lead to a host of short and long-term health, developmental or behavioral problems. Some of these include cerebral palsy, chronic lung disease, blindness and hearing loss. Premature babies are treated in special hospital wards called Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU). Very premature babies can spend months on the NICU.
According to the March of Dimes, prematurity is the number one killer of newborns, one in eight US babies is born prematurely, and premature babies cost ten times more than healthy babies.
While the causes are often unknown, certain conditions are linked to prematurity, including diabetes, heart or kidney disease, infections, and multiple pregnancies (twins, etc). Smoking, drug or alcohol use, and teen pregnancy can also contribute. The best way to help prevent prematurity is early and regular prenatal care.
Original Technorati articles tagged “prematurity”
Drug Company Still Under Fire for High Cost of Prematurity Prevention Drug
Despite lowering drug cost by more than half, KV Pharmaceutical is still under criticism from doctors and public.by Susbear / on Apr 4, 2011
KV Pharmaceutical Increases Prematurity Drug Costs by 100 Times
Armed with and FDA-approved exclusive branded form of synthetic progesterone, company jacks price from $15 to $1500 per weekly dose.by Susbear / on Mar 29, 2011
Lighting Up for Prematurity Awareness Day
The Empire State building will turn purple November 17, lighting its tower in honor of National Prematurity Awareness Day.by Susbear / on Nov 17, 2010
Latest blogosphere posts tagged “prematurity”
News Moms Need — Authority: 105
On Nov. 27th, President Barack Obama signed into law S. 252, the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act, a bill to reauthorize federal research, education and intervention activities related to preterm birth and infant mortality. “The PREEMIE Act represents the federal government’s commitment to reducing the devastating ...2 weeks ago
Niagara Falls Blog — Authority: 104
From CityNews.ca : Niagara Falls and the CN Tower will be bathed in purple light on Sunday evening in a global effort to raise awareness of preterm birth. Sunday is World Prematurity Day and hospitals, parliament houses, bridges and skyscrapers, including the Empire State Building, are taking part. Related ...2 weeks ago
To end this year’s Prematurity Awareness Month, I am sharing Charlie’s milestones we were lucky enough to catch on video. Each one is miraculous. These babies are amazing. Father’s Day In The NICU. Twenty days old. Sound was removed. The day Charlie learned to social smile. The first sound Charlie ...3 weeks ago
In Summit County, 47 percent of infant deaths from 2000-2009 were attributable to preterm birth. One key treatment is progesterone, a hormone that has been clinically shown to reduce the risk of preterm birth by as much as 35 to 45 percent for moms who are at risk.3 weeks ago
The post appeared first on Health tips . Basics Description Proliferative disorder of the retinal blood vessels in premature infants: The normal retinal vascularization occurs nasally at ∼36 weeks’ gestational age and temporally at ∼40 weeks’ gestational age. System(s) affected: Nervous Synonym(s): ...3 weeks ago