Navigation Links
5 Steps Would Lower Preemie Rates in Richest Countries: Study
Date:11/16/2012

FRIDAY, Nov. 16 (HealthDay News) -- About 58,000 premature births could be prevented each year if the world's 39 richest nations implemented five recommended measures to prevent preterm birth, a new study suggests.

The study also said that the reduction in premature births would save those countries about $3 billion a year in related medical and economic costs. Nearly half of those savings would be in the United States, where there are more than half a million preterm babies delivered every year.

The researchers assessed the impact of five evidence-based interventions to reduce premature birth: reducing the use of elective cesarean sections and induced labor; getting pregnant women to stop smoking; limiting multiple embryo transfers in assisted reproductive technology; progesterone supplementation; and cervical cerclage, which is a surgical procedure that can prevent preterm birth in some women.

The impact of these interventions on premature births would vary from an 8 percent reduction in the United States to a 2 percent reduction in the U.K., according to the study, published Nov. 15 in The Lancet.

The average 5 percent reduction that could be achieved by implementing the five interventions is "shockingly small," study author Dr. Joy Lawn, of Save the Children, said in a journal news release. She added that more research is needed to find better ways to prevent preterm birth.

Each year, about 15 million babies are born preterm (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) and about 1.1 million of them die. Most of those deaths occur in poor countries, where the infants die from lack of simple care. The issue is the focus of World Prematurity Day, on Nov. 17.

In an editorial accompanying the study, two experts agreed that more research is needed to find more effective ways to reduce the number of premature births.

"Until considerable strides have been made in our understanding of how, why and when preterm births occur, and the effects that this has on both mother and baby, preterm births will remain a major public health problem, from which no country in the world is immune," Jane Norman and Andrew Shennan, of Tommy's Centre for Maternal and Fetal Health at the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland, said in the news release.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has more about preterm labor and birth.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: The Lancet, news release, Nov. 15, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. As Heat Builds, Take Steps to Protect Yourself
2. States' Next Steps on Health Reform - Will They Launch Exchanges?
3. Simple Steps Can Shield Children From Dog Bites
4. Faltering Steps May Indicate Oncoming Dementia
5. New report describes 7 essential steps toward an AIDS-free generation
6. NIH scientists map first steps in flu antibody development
7. Mayo Clinic suicide prevention expert outlines new steps to tackle military suicide
8. Further steps needed to reduce stigma and expand access to substance abuse
9. Extra Steps Urged to Cut Alcohol, Drug Use in Military: Report
10. MSU plan would control deadly tsetse fly
11. New process would make anti-malarial drug less costly
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
5 Steps Would Lower Preemie Rates in Richest Countries: Study
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Empower Brokerage, located in Southlake, Texas, intends ... , In February, 2017, Empower Brokerage introduced their new “Performance Partners” program to ... teach how to maximize their sales efforts, as well as how to best ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... 24, 2017 , ... “Vintage and Harvest A Cultivation of Christian Love” is ... residing in North Carolina with his wife, Anna Marie. He and his wife are ... David is also the author of “Shadow and Substance.” , “Love, the agape kind, ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... A recent report from the ... teacher preparation programs. The NCTQ report suggests, based on a review of GPA and ... improve teacher quality in the U.S. It argues that this higher bar should be ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... Oklahoma City Convention Center at 10 North Broadway Avenue, will be an educational ... of relevant, practical instruction in the management of chronic pain. , Oklahoma is ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... the families and businesses of the Norwalk and Vermillion areas, celebrates the ... Center (N.O.R.A.) is a nonprofit, community-based substance abuse prevention and peer recovery ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)... YORK , March 24, 2017 FinancialBuzz.com News ... Medical cannabis products ... View Research, Inc., projects that the global medical cannabis market will reach ... is a major market for the new growing industry. By ... place to legally buy and sell medical cannabis. More conservative states like ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... Today Stock-Callers.com have issued research reports ... Inc. (NASDAQ: NVCN), Hologic Inc. (NASDAQ: HOLX), Edwards Lifesciences Corp. ... ). These companies are part of the Healthcare sector, which ... 23 rd , 2017, with the NYSE Health Care Index ... companies in the S&P 500 were down about 0.4% as ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... , March 23, 2017  Mirabilis Medical, ... advanced medical technology for non-invasive surgery, announced today ... System for treatment of uterine fibroids throughout the ... had received approval from the US Food and ... the Mirabilis System in the United States.  The ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: