Premature babies more prone to virus infections

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) causes chest infections and is the leading cause of hospitalizations among children under one in the U.S. This study – led by K.K. McLaurin, from AstraZeneca in Gaithersburg, Maryland – looked at whether premature babies are more likely than full-term ones to be admitted to hospital with RSV in their first year. The study looked at four million babies born between 2003 and 2013 and found that children born prematurely and those hospitalized at less than 90 days old had more severe and more costly RSV hospitalizations during their first year of life.

You can read the abstract of this article here.


About John Gale

I work as a medical librarian in the Joint Education and Training (JET) library at Leighton Hospital, Crewe. I keep clinicians up to date with the latest research, help them to find the best information about treatment and train them to find - and assess - high-quality information for themselves. I also help doctors and nurses find and write high-quality information for patients.
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