BOSTON, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MedImmune announced today it will present four abstracts at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2008 National Conference & Exhibition that add to the company's growing body of research into the prevention of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a leading cause of viral respiratory infection among preterm infants.
"As we gain data that further demonstrate the burden of RSV disease on preterm babies, the benefits of preventive care become more evident," said Jessie R. Groothius, M.D., vice president, medical and scientific affairs, infectious disease. "We look forward to presenting studies that demonstrate the importance of better identifying and helping to protect preterm infants from of RSV."
MedImmune abstracts to be presented at AAP include:
-- Increased Burden from Late-Preterm Births During the First Year of
Life - Kimmie K. McLaurin, MS, Saturday, October 11, 2008, from 10:20 -
BACKGROUND: Recent studies suggest that late-preterm infants (between
33 and 35 weeks gestation) are associated with higher medical costs and
greater morbidity than full-term infants during and shortly after
birth. The effects of late-preterm births beyond this period, however,
are unknown. This retrospective cohort study examined the use of
medical resources by late-preterm and full-term infants through their
first year of life to determine whether differences in medical costs
-- A Multi-Center Prospective Study of the Occurrence and Burden of RSV-
Associated Illness in the Emergency Department: September-October 2006
and 2007(Poster #927) - Aleta B. Bonner, MD, Friday, October 10, 2008,
from 2:45 p.m.
BACKGROUND: According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, RSV activity is considered widespread in a community when
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