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Newborn Screening Tests for Babies

... very good news for families, the lives of 500,000 newborns who still arent tested hang in the balance, said D... it became the first state to routinely screen all newborns for PKU (phenylketonuria), an inherited metabolic disorder that, if untreated, causes severe mental ...

Food Fortification With Folic Acid Does The Trick

... in Quebec found that the rate of major defects in newborns like spinal bifida and anencephaly fell from 0.158 percent before folic acid fortification became mandatory in 1998, to 0.086 percent afterward. The scientists were reported: "Marked reductions in rates of neural-tube defects have occurred across ...

All Babies in Massachusetts Should Be Screened for Life-Threatening Disorders

... it became the first state to routinely screen all newborns for PKU (phenylketonuria), an inherited metabolic ... very good news for families, the lives of 500,000 newborns who still aren't tested hang in the balance," said March of Dimes President Dr. Jennifer L. Howse. "...

Pregnant Women's Contest to Curb Infant Mortality

... "A couple of years back, six to seven out of 10 newborns in our slums used to die during childbirth or within a few months but things have changed now. We are organising such competitions every two months and giving women prizes like utensils and plastic cycles for their ready use," said Babita, another co...

The Custom of Circumcision Decline in the US

...igures are available, about 57 percent of all male newborns delivered in hospitals were circumcised. In some states, the rate is well below 50 percent. Experts believe that immigration from other countries like Asia and Latin America into the United States is one of the reasons for the decline of Circumcisio...

Protein That may Prevent Eye Damage in Premature Babies Identified

... that affects about 15,000 babies every year. In newborns with the disease, oxygen-starved areas of the retina compensate by rapidly growing new blood vessels, but these new vessels are brittle and permeable. "We've identified a protein that is part of the body's natural defenses in oxygen-deprived condit...

Fine Particulate Matter from Traffic may Reduce Unborn Babies Birth Weight

...ender could be controlled for. The proportion of newborns with a birth weight below 3,000 grams increased with rising concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2,5) during pregnancy. A similar alliance was observed between the absorbance of fine particulate matter and birth weight. The absorbance of part...

UN Agencys Checklist on Health Care Error

...ne person getting medicine intended for another or newborns being given to the wrong parents; Ensure operations are performed on the right body parts; Double-check similar-sounding medication names and resolve the problem of illegible prescriptions; Ban reuse of needles to prevent transmission of vir...

Kerala Health Minister Charged for Infant Deaths in a Hospital

...cide not amounting to murder over the death of 38 newborns in a hospital due to infection. The court of additional chief judicial magistrate here passed the judgement on a complaint by a person regarding infant deaths at the state-owned Sree Avittam Tirunal (SAT) Hospital. The deaths were due to infecti...

Kerala Government Bears the Brunt for Infant Deaths

... charges that it is to blame for the deaths of 38 newborns in a state-run hospital. The children contracted infection in the labour room of the Sree Avittam Tirunal (SAT) Hospital in the last two months. A court has charged Health Minister P.K. Sreeemathi and seven others with culpable homicide not amoun...

Experts Stress Need for Follow-up Evaluation of Children Who Fail Hearing Loss Screening

The proportion of newborns screened for hearing loss in the US has climbed st...ment at Utah State University. About 3.8 million newborns are screened for hearing loss each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Late Clamping of Umbilical Cord may Reduce Anemia in Children

In the past, the newborns umbilical cord was not clamped right after birth, ...a shows that the clamping of the umbilical cord of newborns from full-term pregnancies (that is, infants born after a nine-month pregnancy) two minutes after th...

Students Devise Oral Quick-dissolve Strips for Rotavirus Vaccine

...ensive for use in impoverished areas. In addition, newborns sometimes spit out the liquid, a problem that is less likely to occur with a strip that sticks to and dissolves on the tongue in less than a minute. To address the drawbacks of the liquid vaccine, the Johns Hopkins students developed a thin film de...

Researcher Studying Disease That Cripples Newborns

...ch year, the parents of an estimated one in 20,000 newborns are shocked to learn their child has type 1 congen...rm of DM. Because they lack muscle tone, afflicted newborns are floppy like rag dolls. Typically, they suffer from poor sucking and swallowing responses, respir...

Low Weight Newborns at Greater Risk in Community Hospitals

...tal ICU at all, we found that these extremely tiny newborns were significantly more likely to survive in hospitals that cared for at least 100 such infants each year." Phibbs is the lead author of the study, which will be published in the May 24 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The risks are re...

High Level ICU Facilities Afford Greater Survival Chances for Small Infants

...chers found that an increasing number of high-risk newborns are receiving care in low-volume, mid-level units. In the past 20 years, a growing number of community hospitals have built NICUs, but most have been lower level facilities that see only a few very low birth weight infants. "While lower-level NIC...

Understanding and Treating Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

...ominal contents. CDH affects as many as 1 in 3,000 newborns and continues to have a mortality rate as high as 50 percent. Scientists have come to understand that it is not limited to a single or specific defect in the diaphragm and is often accompanied by other major malformations, usually relating to the lun...

Kerala Health Minister Charged for Infant Deaths in a Hospital

...ide not amounting to murder// over the death of 38 newborns in a hospital due to infection. The court of additional chief judicial magistrate here passed the judgement on a complaint by a person regarding infant deaths at the state-owned Sree Avittam Tirunal (SAT) Hospital. The deaths were due to infecti...

UN Agency’s Checklist on Health Care Erro

...ne person getting medicine intended for another or newborns being given to the wrong parents; · Ensure operations are performed on the right body parts; · Double-check similar-sounding medication names and resolve the problem of illegible prescriptions; · Ban reuse of needles to prevent transmission of ...

Women Deliver Babies With Eye Defects in Jharkhand Villages

...00 km from here, were brought to Ranchi with their newborns Saturday. The babies were admitted to an eye hospi...said Bharati Kashyap, the doctor treating the four newborns here. State Health Minister Bhanu Pratap Shahi also visited the hospital. "We have asked the civi...

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