Navigation Links
High birth weight in First Nations babies linked to a higher risk of postneonatal death
Date:1/17/2011

High birth weight in First Nations (North American Indian) babies are linked to a higher risk of postneonatal death (infant deaths that occur from 4 weeks to 1 year of age), according to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/embargo/cmaj100837.pdf.

High birth weight or infant macrosomia is defined as a child being born above the 90th percentile relative to a fetal growth standard. Maternal obesity, impaired glucose tolerance and gestational diabetes can all contribute to infant macrosomia and these risks affect a greater proportion of Aboriginal populations.

This study was conducted to determine if the high incidence of macrosomia is a risk factor for perinatal and postneonatal death among First Nations in Quebec. It compared 5193 births to First Nations mothers versus 633,424 births to French mother tongue women from 1991 to 2000 in Quebec.

"We found that macrosomia was not associated with increased risk of perinatal death among births to First Nations women, although its [macrosomia's] prevalence was three times higher than among births to women whose mother tongue women is French," writes Dr. Zhong-Cheng Luo, of the University of Montreal's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre in Montreal, Quebec with coauthors. "Unexpectedly, macrosomia was associated with a much greater risk of postneonatal death (8.3 times as high) among infants of First Nations versus French mother tongue women."

The authors conclude that parents and caregivers should be watchful for the potential high risk of postneonatal death among infants with macrosomia from First Nations women. Further research is needed into determining cause and effective prevention programs must be developed.

In a related commentary (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/embargo/cmaj101700.pdf, Katherine Dray-Donald, Dietetics and Human Nutrition, McGill University, writes, "despite these intriguing results concerning possible protective effects of large-for-gestational-age on infant mortality, the factors leading women to have large-for-gestational-age infants are serious for their health; pregravid obesity, weight gain during pregnancy and gestational diabetes. High birthweights in infants pose their own risks in relation to obesity as well. Good nutrition and healthy weight gains in pregnancy, food security for all, and encouraging breastfeeding and many other factors are needed to close the health disparities between infants of First Nations families and those of other Canadians."


'/>"/>

Contact: Kim Barnhardt
kim.barnhardt@cmaj.ca
613-520-7116 x2224
Canadian Medical Association Journal
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. True Signs of Autism May Not Appear Until 1st Birthday
2. UAB-led study shows simple steps could reduce stillbirths by up to 1 million
3. March of Dimes Provides $2.6 Million in New Funding for Preterm Birth Research
4. Experts call for acceleration of research and interventions for prematurity and stillbirth
5. Black Women at Higher Risk of Birth-Related Heart Problem
6. HIV drug that protects a fetus should be avoided for one year after childbirth, researchers say
7. Successful treatment of periodontal disease lowered preterm birth incidences
8. Improving care for low-birth-weight infants
9. Treating Gum Disease May Thwart Preterm Births
10. Ford CEO Asks Nation to March to Prevent Preterm Birth
11. Amnesty International Urges Congress to Turn Attention to Needed Reforms on Maternal and Childbirth Care
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... ... personal financial planning to families and business owners in North Central West Virginia, ... help provide services to differently abled residents in the region. , The Stepping ...
(Date:6/22/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Plastic Surgery Associates is proud to report that founding surgeon, ... research and information firm, Castle Connolly, releases their list of the most notable and ... 3rd time that Dr. Canales has been recognized by Castle Connolly. , ...
(Date:6/22/2017)... ... June 22, 2017 , ... ... grant from the American Heart Association (AHA) to launch a Rheumatic Heart Disease ... the prevention and diagnosis of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in high-risk, financially disadvantaged ...
(Date:6/22/2017)... ... June 22, 2017 , ... Vighter, a premier provider ... certification for ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012. The company’s work in countries throughout Southwest Asia, South ... law has been degraded. The PSC.1 standard was created to protect fundamental freedoms ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... ... June 20, 2017 , ... TwelveStone Health Partners, a premier ... private equity firm, has invested $3.35 million in the company. , “We ... Capital offers the smart money, speed to market and accountability we had been ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/8/2017)... 2017   Responding to Heath Ledger,s father,s ... of singer Chris Cornell in May, the mental ... a free online psychiatric drug side effects ... about psychotropic drug risks. The father of ... an accidental overdose, has called for tighter rules on prescription ...
(Date:6/7/2017)... June 7, 2017  Novavax, Inc., (Nasdaq: NVAX ... Phase 2 trials of its RSV F protein recombinant nanoparticle ... age have been published in the journal Vaccine ... shared in prior scientific conferences). The Company previously announced ... Novavax is developing the RSV F Vaccine with the goal ...
(Date:6/5/2017)... June 5, 2017 Kohll,s Pharmacy & Homecare is the ... the United States . The Raizer is a simple ... person up to an almost-standing position within a ... by one assistant and does not require any ... that a child can operate it, and lightweight ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: