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MedImmune Expands Access for Eligible Premature Infants to Receive Synagis(R) at No Cost

Company Increases Eligibility to Its Patient Assistance Program to 400 Percent of Federal Poverty; as Many as 75 Percent of U.S. Households May Now Qualify for This Program GAITHERSBURG, Md., June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- MedImmune today announced the expansion of the MedImmune Assistance Program f...

Institution of a bedtime routine improves sleep in infants and toddlers, maternal mood

Westchester, Ill. A study in the May 1 issue of the journal SLEEP demonstrates that the use of a consistent bedtime routine contributes to improvements in multiple aspects of infant and toddler sleep, bedtime behavior and maternal mood. Results indicate that the establishment of a nightly be...

New, simple method identifies preterm infants at risk of eye disease

A simple way of establishing which preterm infants are at risk of developing the eye disease ROP is to follow their weight gain. A new study from the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, suggests that following weekly weight development might replace the need for considerably mor...

Test allows early detection of vision problems in infants with hemangiomas of eyelids

Philadelphia, 1 April 2009 In children with vascular birthmarks around the eye, even partial blockage of vision can lead to visual loss due to amblyopia. Now a simple test can detect early evidence of amblyopia in infants too young for conventional vision testing, reports a study in the April is...

Wyeth Submits Marketing Application to FDA for its 13-Valent Vaccine for the Prevention of Pneumococcal Disease in Infants and Toddlers

- Candidate vaccine designed to protect against the 13 most prevalent serotypes associated with pneumococcal disease - COLLEGEVILLE, Pa., March 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, a division of Wyeth (NYSE: WYE ), announced today that it has submitted a Biologic License Ap...

Spinal taps carry higher risks for infants and elderly, study shows

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. An X-ray-guided spinal tap procedure fails more than half of the time in young infants and should be used sparingly, if at all, for those patients, according to a new study done by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. The study also shows that the X-ray...

Controversial medication may decrease spasms for infants with epilepsy

Helsinki, Finland February 02, 2009 The antiepileptic drug vigabatrin (VGB) has been shown to be one of the best treatments against a special form of epilepsy in infants, called infantile spasm. However, its use has been limited in many countries because it has been shown to cause a permanent na...

Letting infants watch TV can do more harm than good says wide-ranging international review

A leading child expert is warning parents to limit the amount of television children watch before the age of two, after an extensive review published in the January issue of Acta Paediatrica showed that it can do more harm than good to their ongoing development. Professor Dimitri A Christaki...

Misuse of Vicks VapoRub may harm infants and toddlers

Vicks VapoRub, the popular salve used to relieve symptoms of cough and congestion, may be harmful for infants and toddlers. New research appearing in the January issue of CHEST , the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), shows that Vicks VapoRub (VVR) may stimu...

Vitamin D Deficiency in Infants and Nursing Mothers Carries Long-Term Disease Risks

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Once believed to be important only for bone health, vitamin D is now seen as having a critical function in maintaining the immune system throughout life. The newly recognized disease risks associated with vitamin D deficiency are clearly documented in ...

Intervention in infants with cystic fibrosis key to slowing progression

Early detection of lung disease in cystic fibrosis (CF), combined with aggressive treatment in infants, may be the key to controlling the progression of the disease, according to a recent study. New research shows that contrary to previous scientific opinion, progressive lung damage in CF patients...

Obama Blurs the Facts on Born Alive Infants Protection Act

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins reacts to comments Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.) made during last night's Presidential debate regarding his opposition as an Illinois State Senator to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. (L...

Diet may eliminate spasms for infants with epilepsy

Baltimore, Md. September 08, 2008 Infantile spasms are a severe and potentially devastating epilepsy condition affecting children aged typically 4-8 months. In a new study appearing in Epilepsia, researchers have found that the ketogenic diet, a high fat, low carbohydrate diet more traditional...

Non-parental care of infants tied to unfavorable feeding practices

With more new mothers in the workplace than ever before, there has been a corresponding increase in the number of child-care facilities in the United States. At the same time, data from a variety of sources point to a growing prevalence of overweight infants and toddlers. Is there a connecti...

Vaccinated infants well-protected against severe pneumococcal infection in Norway

In 2006, a pneumococcal vaccine (Prevenar) was introduced in the childhood vaccination programme in Norway. Two years later, the experiences have been published in the journal Vaccine . The results show a strong decline in serious pneumococcal infections among young children. Pneumococcus is ...

Vitamin D Deficiency Puts 40% of U.S. Infants and Toddlers At Risk

About 12 percent already are deficient, study finds,,,, TUESDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- At least 40 percent of American infants and toddlers aren't getting enough vitamin D, according to researchers from Children's Hospital in Boston. Twelve percent of the youngest children in ...

Low-Income Moms Rarely Speak to Infants During TV/Video Time

What they're watching impacts frequency of verbal interactions, study finds MONDAY, May 5 (HealthDay News) -- When infants in low-income families are watching television or videos, their mothers seldom speak to them, a U.S. study finds. "There has been a dramatic increase in televi...

Iron supplements might harm infants who have enough

ANN ARBOR, Mich.---A new study suggests that extra iron for infants who don't need it might delay development -- results that fuel the debate over optimal iron supplement levels and could have huge implications for the baby formula and food industry. "Our results for 25 years of research show p...

Factors affecting survival, disability of extremely premature infants identified

Gestational age has long been the factor most commonly used to predict whether an extremely low-birth-weight infant survives and thrives, but four additional factors that can help predict a preemies outcome have been identified by the National Institutes of Health Neonatal Research Network, of whi...

Impairments in language development can be detected in infants as young as 3 months

Uncover how the brains of infants distinguish differences in sounds and it may become possible to correct language problems even before children start to speak, sparing them the difficulties that come from struggling with language. New studies conducted by Professor of Neuroscience April Benasi...

More Than 90,000 U.S. Infants Are Victims of Abuse or Neglect

Effects of maltreatment can damage a child for a lifetime, researchers say,,,, THURSDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) -- An estimated 91,000 babies in the United States were victims of maltreatment in 2006 during their first year of life, including 29,181 infants who suffered abuse or negl...

Black Infants Are More Likely to Be Born Preterm and to Die at Birth

PBS Documentary "When the Bough Breaks" Examines Racial Health Disparities WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The African-American infant mortality rate is more than twice as high as white Americans and the preterm birth rate for black women averaged 17.6 percent, comp...

Anti-Clotting Drug Helps Infants With Heart Ills

Study shows use for small doses of Plavix in children under 2 TUESDAY, Jan. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Small doses of the anti-clotting drug clopidogrel (Plavix) can benefit children under age 2 with heart problems, a new study says. "We were astonished at how little of the drug they n...

Unrelated Cord Blood Helps Infants With Metabolic Disorders

It's a viable option with lower risk of complications, study finds MONDAY, Dec. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Umbilical cord transplants from unrelated donors can benefit infants born with life-threatening metabolic disorders such as Hurler disease and Krabbe leukodystrophy, according to a study led by...

MedImmune presents new pharmaco-economic data at AAP regarding infants at high risk for RSV

SAN FRANCISCO, October 29, 2007 MedImmune today announced results from a recent economic analysis of Synagis (palivizumab), a monoclonal antibody (MAb) that is the standard of care for prevention of severe lower respiratory tract infection due to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in high-risk inf...

Fires Put Pregnant Women, Infants at Risk

March of Dimes provides tips to protect those most vulnerable during disaster SAN DIEGO, Oct 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- March of Dimes urges pregnant women and families with young infants to take special precautions as fires burn throughout Southern Californ...

AAAAI: Early Day Care Attendance May Protect Infants From Later Developing Asthma, From the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

MILWAUKEE, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Day care attendance early in life seems to protect infants and young children from later developing asthma, from the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI). The study, "Influence of early day care exposure on total IgE levels through age 3 years" ...

Babies raised in bilingual homes learn new words differently than infants learning one language

Infants who are raised in bilingual homes learned two similar-sounding words in a laboratory task at a later age than babies who are raised in homes where only one language is spoken. This difference, which is thought to be advantageous for bilingual infants, appears to be due to the fact that bil...

Repeat steroids to premature infants linked to cerebral palsy

NEW YORK Repeated courses of a drug that is used to improve the survival of unborn premature babies also may increase the risk of cerebral palsy in those children, according to results from a multi-center study, funded by the National Institutes of Health and led by Ronald Wapner, M.D., professor...

New STAR Cranial Center of Excellence Offers Cutting-Edge Treatment to Central Florida Infants

MAITLAND, Fla. , July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The STAR Cranial Center of Excellence, a specialized provider of treatment for infants with plagiocephaly and other head shape abnormalities, opened a third location on June 1, 2009 in Maitland, Florida. The Center currently also has offices in ...

Omega-3s Benefit Heart Attack Survivors, Healthy Adults, Mothers and Infants

DENVER, July 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Omega-3 fatty acids (omega-3s) found in seafood and fish oil are again linked to a range of health benefits in the June 2009 Fats of Life and PUFA Newsletter . New studies show that omega-3s may reduce the risk of heart attack survivors developing prema...

Sad Dads May Lead to Crying Infants

More factors should be considered than depression among moms, experts say TUESDAY, June 30 (HealthDay News) -- Don't automatically blame mom: A crying, colicky baby can be just as much the result of dad's state of mind, Dutch researchers report. Other studies have found that depress...

Exposure to phthalates may be a risk factor for low birth weight in infants

Cincinnati, OH, June 25, 2009 -- Many parents worry about their child's exposure to phthalates, the chemical compounds used as plasticizers in a wide variety of personal care products, children's toys, and medical devices. Phthalate exposure can begin in the womb and has been associated with nega...

Findings in Epilepsy Gene in Animals May Guide Treatment Directions for Infants

PHILADELPHIA, June 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers studying a difficult-to-treat form of childhood epilepsy called infantile spasms have developed a line of mice that experiences seizures with features closely resembling those occurring in patients with infantile seizures. These genetical...

Findings in epilepsy gene in animals may guide treatment directions for infants

Researchers studying a difficult-to-treat form of childhood epilepsy called infantile spasms have developed a line of mice that experiences seizures with features closely resembling those occurring in patients with infantile seizures. These genetically engineered mice provide a new opportunity for...

Maternal depression is associated with significant sleep disturbance in infants

Westchester, Ill. A study in the May 1 issue of the journal SLEEP suggests that babies born to mothers with depression are more likely to suffer from significant sleep disturbances at 2 weeks postpartum that continue until 6 months of age. Findings of the study are of particular importance, as ...

Packard/Stanford study suggests two causes for bowel disease in infants

STANFORD, Calif. New research from Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and the Stanford University School of Medicine is helping physicians unravel the cause of a deadly and mysterious bowel disease that strikes medically fragile newborn babies. The findings could lead to a better understanding of...

Philippine Birthing Centers Help New Mothers, Healthy Infants

RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Access to high quality health care facilities is important for mothers to have healthy newborns. In the Philippines, six new birthing centers have made giving birth much safer and less worrisome for women in Pili, Camarines Sur. "We want to e...

Insmed and Premacure Announce European Orphan Designation for IPLEX(TM) in Retinopathy of Prematurity in Infants

RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Insmed Inc. (Nasdaq: INSM ), a developer of follow-on biologics and biopharmaceuticals, and Premacure AB, a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of, diagnosis and prevention of complications in neonates due to premature birth, t...

HIV Drug a Double-Edged Sword for Infants

Nevirapine protects during breast-feeding, but resistant disease can develop in first year, study shows,,,, SUNDAY, Jan. 18 (HealthDay News) -- The antiretroviral drug nevirapine may help prevent babies of HIV-positive mothers from getting the virus through breast-feeding, but it also ...
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