Navigation Links
Helping preterm babies get the best start
Date:6/27/2011

Babies born prematurely could be at greater risk of developing kidney diseases later in life according to a landmark study investigating the impacts of preterm birth on kidney development.

The Monash University study is identifying new strategies for minimising the consequences of being born preterm, which accounts for around eight per cent of births each year in Australia.

By comparing the kidneys of babies born prematurely with those born after the full nine-month gestation, the research team, led by Associate Professor Jane Black from the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, identified that preterm babies had far fewer nephrons the 'building blocks' that make our kidneys.

"An average person has around 800,000 to 1.5 million nephrons and the number we have at birth is the number we have for life," Associate Professor Black said.

"We have shown that babies born preterm have less nephrons, in the range of 400,000 600,000. This is because nephron development occurs in the last few weeks of pregnancy, so babies born preterm have not had time to complete the developmental process."

"Even moderate preterm babies, those born within four weeks of full gestation, who were previously considered to have achieved 'normal' development, were found to have far fewer nephrons and underdeveloped kidneys."

Associate Professor Black said the findings were of critical importance because of the known link between having fewer nephrons and renal, or kidney, diseases.

"The more nephrons you have the more 'solid' a structure your kidneys will have. When we look at kidneys that have fewer nephrons, abnormalities are present, which indicates that preterm babies could be much more susceptible to renal disease and possible kidney failure later in life," Associate Professor Black said.

"Particularly in the last 30 years, we have had great successes with preterm births and today even babies born 26 weeks premature have an 80 per cent chance of survival. Preterm babies now account for around eight per cent of births in Australia and 12-14 per cent in the USA."

"Because the improvements in survival rates are only recent, we have not yet witnessed the impact of premature births on the health system."

Associate Professor Black has received two prestigious grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) administered by Monash University.

"The NHMRC funding will enable Monash researchers to study the development of kidneys and hearts in preterm babies," Associate Professor Black said.

"With the kidney studies, our aim is to develop strategies that will ensure these babies have the highest number of nephrons possible, in order to give them the best start in life."

"We need to know the things that restrict nephron development and are looking at a range of factors, including blood pressure, respiration, medications taken during pregnancy, and care following birth."

"We are also working with Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory so we can make a comparison between the renal development of Indigenous and non-Indigenous babies. This is timely as Indigenous people have 17 times greater incidence of renal disease than the non-Indigenous population," said Associate Professor Black.


'/>"/>

Contact: Monash Media and Communciations
media@monash.edu
61-399-034-840
Monash University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Helping deaf people to enjoy music again
2. Helping the aged during natural disasters
3. Sedentary Jobs Helping to Drive Obesity Epidemic
4. New UTHealth trial aimed at helping pregnant women stop smoking
5. Wii key to helping kids balance
6. U. of Colorado study shows acupressure effective in helping to treat traumatic brain injury
7. Helping Fellow Addicts Can Help Maintain Sobriety
8. Helping others helps alcoholics stay on the road to recovery, Case Western Reserve shows
9. FSU researchers helping electric-wheelchair users move more easily
10. School-based program effective in helping adolescents
11. States Urged to Fill Gap in Helping Smokers Quit
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/12/2017)... , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... to meet the demand of today’s consumer and regulatory authorities worldwide. From Children’s ... experts and tested to meet the highest standard. , These products are ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Asante, a nationally recognized ... have expanded their existing home health joint venture through an agreement, effective October ... a joint venture home health company with Asante, delivering clinically integrated care, for ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... PA (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... is the recipient of a 2017 Folio Magazine Eddie Digital Award for ‘Best B-to-B ... York City on October 11, 2017. , The annual award competition recognizes editorial and ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Women-owned and Grand Rapids-based workplace ... Brightest in Wellness® by Best and Brightest. OnSite Wellness will be honored at ... from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henry Autograph Collection Hotel, located ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 12, 2017 , ... Vohra Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shark ... skilled nursing facility medical directors and other clinicians at various events in October. ... "At many of these conferences we get to educate other physicians, facility nurses, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/25/2017)... AMSTERDAM , Sept. 25, 2017   ... Trial Master File solutions, today—from the IQPC Trial ... Amsterdam , NL)—announced that EastHORN Clinical Services ... its clinical programs and TMF management. EastHORN, a ... Montrium,s eTMF platform to increase transparency to enable ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... -- HistoSonics, Inc., a venture-backed medical device company developing a non-invasive, robotically assisted, platform therapy ... team developments today:   ... ... Tom Tefft ... Veteran medical device executive Josh Stopek , PhD, who has led R&D ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... NEW YORK , Sept. 12, 2017   EcoVadis ... global supply chains, has published the first annual edition of its Global ... more than 20,400 companies evaluated by EcoVadis, based on Scorecard Ratings that ... ... Risk & Performance Index ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: