Does birth order make a difference in premature twins?

This study – led by Elad Mei-Dan from the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto – looked at whether birth order made a difference to the health of very premature twins. 6,636 babies were involved in the study which found that second-born twins were more likely to be small for the gestational age and suffer from respiratory distress syndrome and severe retinopathy. However second-born twins did have a reduced rate of mortality compared to first-born ones.

You can read the abstract of this article here.

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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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