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2010-02-23 11:15:38

New GAPPS Repository of data, tissue specimens will be resource for researchers worldwide A new report issued Feb. 22 identifies the enormous global impact of preterm birth and stillbirth"”and what can be done to decrease it. Globally, an estimated 13 million babies are born preterm each year. Newborn deaths now account for more than 42 percent of mortality in children under the age of five, a rise from 37 percent in the year 2000. Additionally, an estimated 3.2 million are...

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2010-02-18 09:40:00

The rate of stillbirths in rural areas of six developing countries fell more than 30 percent following a basic training program in newborn care for birth attendants, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The study tracked more than 120,000 births. The study tested the efficacy of a three-day Essential Newborn Care training regimen that covers basic newborn care techniques, the importance of early breastfeeding, how to keep...

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2010-02-07 11:02:20

In a study presented Saturday at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting â“ž¢, in Chicago, researchers unveiled findings that show that there is an increased risk of intrauterine fetal death (IUFD), commonly known as stillbirth, in women who have fibroids. IUFD, or still birth, is rare and affects only six to seven out of every thousand births. The study, conducted by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis,...

2010-01-22 13:08:58

Yiping Han, a researcher from Department of Periodontics at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, reports the first documented link between a mother with pregnancy-associated gum disease to the death of her fetus. The findings are discussed in the article, "Term Stillbirth Caused by Oral Fusobacterium nucleatum," in the February issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. An internet search in 2008 led a friend of a mother, who had just delivered a stillborn baby, to Han's...

2009-09-22 07:36:29

Research published this week in the open access journal PLoS Medicine shows that the rising rate of preterm birth in Scotland is as much a result of an increase in spontaneous preterm birth as it is of preterm birth that is medically-induced to avoid risking the lives of the mother and child. The results emphasize that preterm birth, which remains the single biggest cause of infant death in many developed countries, continues to be a major obstetric and neonatal problem despite the reductions...

2009-08-28 10:02:19

A new type of fetal heart monitor could save the lives of unborn infants in complicated pregnancies, according to a study published in the International Journal of Engineering Systems Modelling and Simulation.A.K. Mittra of the Department of Electronics Engineering, at the Manoharbhai Patel Institute of Engineering & Technology, in Gondia, India, and colleagues have developed a simple device based on a two-microphone system that can monitor fetal heart rate during the mother's rest times...

2009-08-11 16:12:19

During about the last 20 years, the risk of delivery-related death at birth or shortly thereafter for term infants has decreased nearly 40 percent in Scotland, with the largest contributing factor being a decrease in the number of deaths caused by a lack of oxygen for the baby during the childbirth process, according to a study in the August 12 issue of JAMA.Rates of obstetric intervention in labor, including cesarean delivery, have increased significantly in most developed countries. "It is,...

2009-07-09 08:08:50

There is no evidence that children next-born after stillbirth are clinically at risk compared to children of non-bereaved mothers, according to a study published today in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. However, the study did find evidence of less optimal mother-child interaction.Stillbirth can be a major psychological trauma to parents. Anecdotal accounts have suggested that children born subsequent to stillbirth of a sibling may be psychologically vulnerable. This study is...

2009-05-09 16:39:03

Premature birth can happen to any woman anywhere and some 200 experts met in Seattle this week to discuss ways to help more of the early arrivals survive. Although technology helps save many preemies, more than 1 million die worldwide each year and an additional 3 million babies are stillborn, The Seattle Times reported Saturday. It happens to women in Seattle and Sri Lanka, said Dr. Craig Rubens, of Seattle Children's hospital and executive director of the Global Alliance to Prevent...

2009-05-07 23:11:01

An estimated 3.2 million stillbirths occur worldwide each year, with 98 percent occurring in low- to middle-income countries, U.S. researchers said. The global burden of intrapartum stillbirths -- stillbirths that happen during labor -- is around 1 million, again mostly in low- and middle-income countries. However, the investment and attention given to tackling stillbirths is low, the researchers said. A supplement published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth provides an in-depth analysis of the...


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