Preemie News & Events

Mother's Voice on Special Pacifier Helps Preemies Learn to Eat

Baby with special pacifier. Photo: Vanderbilt U. Medical Center

Premature babies often struggle to learn to eat. Now, a special pacifier that plays prerecorded songs seems to help speed the process along, researchers say. When babies suck on the pacifier properly, they are rewarded with a song sung by their mother.

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Test of Preemie Breathing Treatments Finds Similar Complication Rates

A trial comparing two types of noninvasive breathing treatments for premature infants has found them similarly effective -- but less likely to prevent severe lung injury than previously thought. The study, which compared nasal continuous positive airway pressure and nasal intermittent positive-pressure ventilation, found that the rates of complications for the two treatments were about the same. "The two treatments really have no great benefits above each other. They're equivalent," said the study's lead author, Dr. Haresh Kirpalani, a professor of pediatrics in the division of neonatology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Home Visit Programs May Help Preemies and Families

Home visits by nurses or other trained health professionals can improve the development of preterm infants, parenting and the home environment, according to a new review of recent research. “Overall the trend did seem to support that it is effective," Dr. Neera Goyal, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Children's Hospital Cincinnati Medical Center and the study's lead author, told Reuters Health.

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Smoking Cessation for Pregnancy and Beyond

Smoking Cessation for Pregnancy and Beyond

Smoking Cessation for Pregnancy and Beyond: A Virtual Clinic is a free, interactive Web-based program designed for health care professionals to hone their skills in assisting pregnant women to quit smoking. Up to four hours of continuing education credits (CME, CNE, CEU, CECH, CPE) can be earned by completing the practicum that was developed by the Interactive Media Laboratory, Dartmouth Medical School in collaboration with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The program includes interactive case simulations and mini-lectures from leading experts on motivational interviewing and pharmacotherapy use during pregnancy and beyond. The online training is available for free for a limited time (expires August 2014).

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Study: Prenatal Folic Acid and Risk of Asthma in Children

A study appearing online September 4th in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition includes a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) systematic review and meta-analysis on the association of folate and folic acid intake during pregnancy and the risk of asthma and other allergic outcomes in children. If a woman has enough folic acid in her body before and during pregnancy, it can help prevent major birth defects of the baby's brain and spine. The CDC's meta-analysis showed no evidence of an association between childhood asthma and maternal use of folic acid supplements in the prepregnancy period through the first trimester.

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Protect Your Preemie or Newborn from RSV Disease

Protect Your Preemie or Newborn from RSV Disease

Now that I'm a mom, I can't even begin to imagine what I'd do without my daughter. If anything were to happen to her, I know that it would break me. Moms form such strong bonds with their children, beginning in the womb, yet there is a silent enemy out there which threatens to break that bond and bring serious injury to your newborn. I want to share more information with you about a potentially life-threatening risk to babies called RSV disease.

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National Premature Infant Health Coalition
National Premature Infant Health Coalition unites with the Perinatal Section at PAS

National Premature Infant Health Coalition unites with the AAP Perinatal Section at PAS

The National Preemie Health Coalition linked hands with the AAP's Perinatal Section May 4th 2013 in Washington, D.C. to host a welcome reception at the Academy of Pediatrics Academic Societies meeting (PAS). Take a look at the video showcasing the work of The National Preemie Health Coalition -- a thriving vital "voice for the voiceless" premature infants. View the video.

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Risk Factors for Retinopathy of Prematurity Identified

Birth weight and gestational age are risk factors for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) – a potentially blinding disease caused by abnormal development of retina blood vessels in premature infants – and should be considered when screening infants for the condition, a study by Turkish researchers shows.

"To prevent the irreversible visual loss, the population at risk should be better identified, risk factors should be recognized, and appropriate screening criteria adopted," say Bilge Araz-Ersan (Kanuni Sultan Suleyman Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul) and co-authors writing in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

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Tissue Engineers Develop Novel Treatment for Necrotizing Enterocolitis

To better treat children suffering from necrotizing enterocolitis, a disorder that results in intestinal tissue death, Dr. Tracy Griksheit and her colleagues at the Saban Research Institute have been engineering tissue to decrease morbidity. To treat this disease, dead intestinal tissue must be removed, significantly shortening the intestinal tract, which requires lifelong intravenous feeding. Dr. Griksheit has used human donor cells to extract stem cells that are grafted onto a biodegradable scaffold. As the cells differentiate in a bioreactor, intestinal-like tissue forms. Rat trials, in which the generated tissue was transplanted into the intestine, were promising. Dr. Griksheit anticipates that, in the future, this may be a successful treatment.

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In Preemies, Maternal Smoking Tied to Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Maternal smoking has been identified as a risk factor associated with the development of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature infants, according to a study published in Pediatrics. NEC is the death of intestinal tissue and most often affects premature or sick babies.

Cynthia D. Downard, M.D., from the University of Louisville in Kentucky, and colleagues reviewed the medical records of infants with NEC identified from a neonatal intensive care unit database as well as the prenatal and delivery record of the patient's mother. Each of 73 neonates with NEC was matched to two neonate controls who were treated at the same institution.

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Text-Messaging Service Keeps NICU Parents Connected 24/7

At the University of South Alabama Children's & Women's Hospital in Mobile, a new "Crib Notes" program is keeping the parents of NICU infants informed about and connected to their babies around the clock. As physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists care for the tiniest neonatal ICU patients, they type details about their days and nights and other health data into computers stationed in the unit. The information is used to generate text messages sent to the mobile phones of parents who choose to receive them, written from the baby's point of view and typically dispatched around 5 a.m. - in time to be read by a parent who has been away from baby overnight.

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Prematurity Summits - Small Steps...Big Changes

2011 Premature Infant Summit

MedImmune Advocacy conducted 14 Premature Infant Health Summits across the country presenting information and driving dialogue on the "cornerstone issues" facing premature infants and their families. To read the full report from the summit, click here.

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Preemies Today

Preemies Today

Preemies Today is a non profit organization with a mission to provide outreach and support programs to families of infants born prematurely. To view their list of resources for families of preemies click here. To view the Preemie Today newsletter achive, click here.

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Preemie World

Preemie World

Preemie World was created to help bridge the gap between parent and professional in the NICU, at home and beyond. With books, videos, and other products and tools, the hope is to make everyone’s life just a little bit easier as the “new normal” is created in the life of the preemie and his/her family.

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A Calendar of Recent and Upcoming Events

2014 NAHN Leadership Meeting
Date: January 22-24, 2014
Location: Embassy Suites Downtown, Washington, DC
For more information: www.nahnnet.org

AMCHP Annual Conference
Date: January 25-28, 2014
Location: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
For more information: www.amchp.org/Calendar/Conferences/amchp-conference

NEO Conference
Date: February 20-23, 2014
Location: Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort, Orlando, FL
For more information: www.neoconference.com

35th Annual Conference on Pediatric Health Care
Date: March 11-14, 2014
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA
For more information: www.NapNap.org

11th National Advanced Practice Neonatal Nurses Conference
Date: April 23-26, 2014
Location: Sheraton Waikiki, Honolulu, HI
For more information: www.academyonline.org
 

38th Annual NAPSW National Conference
Deep in the Heart of Perinatal Social Work

Date: May 7-10, 2014
Location: San Antonio, TX
For more information: www.napsw.org

Time for ACTion National Conference
Date: June 2-3, 2014
Location: Washington, DC
For more information: www.daybeforebirth.org

2014 AWHONN Convention
Date: June 14-18, 2014
Location: Disney Coronado Spring Resort, Orlando, FL
For more information: www.awhonnconvention.org

CMSA 2014 Conference & Expo
Date: June 17-20, 2014
Location: Cleveland Convention Center & Global Center for Health Innovation, Cleveland, OH
For more information: www.cmsa.org

2014 NAHN Annual Conference
Date: July 15-18, 2014
Location: Hyatt Regency, Miami, FL
For more information: www.nahnnet.org

NMA Annual Convention & Scientific Assembly
Date: August 2-6, 2014
Location: Honolulu, HI
For more information: www.nmanet.org

42nd NBNA Annual Institute and Conference
Date: August 6-10, 2014
Location: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA
For more information: www.nbna.org

2014 AAFP National Conference
Date: August 7-9, 2014
Location: Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City, MO
For more information: www.aafp.org

14th National Neonatal Nurses Conference
Date: September 4-6, 2014
Location: Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, LA
For more information: www.academyonline.org
 

17th National Mother Baby Nurses Conference
Date: September 4-6, 2014
Location: Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, LA
For more information: www.academyonline.org
 

NANN 30th Annual Educational Conference
Date: September 10-13, 2014
Location: Phoenix Convention Center & Hyatt Regency Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
For more information: www.nann.org

American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition
Date: October 11-14, 2014
Location: San Diego, CA
For more information: www.aapexperience.org

National Perinatal Association's 35th Annual Conference
Date: October 16-17, 2014
Location: St. Louis, MO
For more information: www.NationalPerinatal.org

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