Monthly Archives: December 2016

Can fish oil prevent eye problems in premature babies

Premature babies often suffer from eye problems (retinopathy of prematurity). In this study – led by Sakeer Vayalthrikkovil from the University of Calgary in Canada – a team of researchers looked into the evidence about the effect of omega-3 fatty … Continue reading

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Big babies. What are the risks?

Researchers know that large babies can damage mothers while they’re being born but little is known what other risks they might be subject to. In this study Hector Mendez-Figueroa, from the University of Texas Health Science Centre, led a team … Continue reading

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Pre-eclampsia and lung problems in new-born babies

Pregnant women sometimes suffer from high blood pressure (pre-eclampsia) which can affect the formation of blood vessels (angiogenesis). This study looked at whether pre-eclampsia increased the risk of lung problems (bronchopulmonary dysplasia) in new-born babies. 319 babies were included in … Continue reading

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Jaundice in newborn babies under 28 days

Some newborn babies can develop jaundice which is caused by an increased level of bilirubin in the blood. This guideline covers the diagnosis and treatment of jaundice. The aim is to detect very high levels of bilirubin which can cause … Continue reading

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Effectiveness of Delayed Cord Clamping in Reducing Postdelivery Complications in Preterm Infants: A Systematic Review

Cord clamping can be used in preterm infants to reduce the following complications: Anaemia Hemodynamic instability Development of intraventricular haemorrhages This systematic review evaluates the evidence on the effectiveness of delayed cord clamping in reducing these complications. There are a … Continue reading

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How does mothers’ high blood pressure affect premature babies?

Some women develop high blood pressure while they are pregnant. This study looked at 27,846 premature babies born between 2007 and 2010 to see how mothers’ high blood pressure affected the babies’ health. The study found that 13% of the … Continue reading

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Chorioamnionitis, sepsis and lung problems

Chorioamnionitis, also known as intra-amniotic infection (IAI) is an inflammation of the fetal membranes (amnion and chorion) due to a bacterial infection. This study looked at 25 years’ worth of medical records to see if chorioamnionitis and/or sepsis were linked … Continue reading

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