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Amniotic fluid can cure viral gut disease in premature babies

The key to healing a particularly viral gut disease which has been fatal to premature babies has been found in amniotic fluid, say doctors who studied the topic. Because of severe inflammation called necrotising enterocolitis, what is typically a normal bodily function can turn deadly and destroy tissues in the gut, leading to organ failure.

Now early tests in animals show that stem cells inside amniotic fluid

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New research into preventing premature births yields positive results

Scientists from Sheffield University have made a new discovery that may help prevent premature births from occurring in the future. Dr. Neil Chapman was the leader of the research team at the medical school and helped to isolate key genes that might cause premature birth to start too early because of inflammation of the womb. He found that these genes get ‘turned off’ incorrectly when the

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Probiotics proven to reduce the chances of allergies in pregnant women and new babies

New research has shown probiotic supplements administered to new babies and pregnant mothers could reduce the likelihood of allergies developing. The UK ranks poorly for allergic reactions with over 20 million adults being afflicted with at least one kind of allergy.

The study, conducted by Welsh scientists at Swansea University included over 400 mothers and children and showed cases of atopic eczema and allergic sensitisation reduced by

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The Incubator – New Channel 4 Series on premature babies, starts Friday

As part of the First Cut strand, showcasing, bold, bright and original documentaries by up-and-coming film-makers, Lucy Morgan directs The Incubator a film that sensitively considers the story of children born too early to survive outside an incubator. For the 50,000 children who are born prematurely each year, the incubator provides them with a chance of survival. With unique access to a neonatal intensive care ward,

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Soft drinks with artificial sweeteners may cause premature birth

Research in Denmark carried out on 60,000 pregnant women discovered that pregnant women that consumed soft drinks with artificial sweeteners had an increased chance of premature birth.

The study found that those who consumed at least one serving daily had a 38% increased chance of giving birth 37 weeks prior to gestation while those that had more than four drinks per day had a 78% increased chance

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Mums broken arm saves unborn child

At six months pregnant Shona Stacey tripped and fell on her way to the post office, breaking her arm.  However, as she lay in the hospital bed she had no idea that her baby was starving due to a failed placenta.

However, staff at the Plymouth Derriford Hospital did a scan, which is routine, and found that her child would need to be delivered immediately in order

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Washing of premature babies brains tested

A new study suggests that premature babies may have better survival rates if a technique that in effect ‘washes out’ their brains when severely ill is used.

One of the highest complications associated with premature babies is bleeding in the brain because it can easily lead to either brain damage or death.  However, a new technique that drains out the blood while replacing it with new fluid

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Tom Thumb baby goes home

In June of 2009 doctors dubbed a small newborn who weighed just a little over 9.7 ounces and measured less than a sheet of A-4 paper length wise ‘Tom Thumb’ after his birth that came 15 weeks prematurely at the Gottingen, Germany University of Medicine.

After his birth, the baby was placed in an incubator, fed through feeding tubes, hooked up to a heart monitor, breathing tubes,

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Male preemies in more danger than females

In the case of premature births in which children are born before the mother reaches the 37th week, newborn girls have a better chance of survival and less defects than newborn boys.

In a dissertation at Sweden’s Lund University, Emma Elsmen Steen explored why male babies have a higher risk factor for death than their female counterparts.

There are many complications present in preterm birth including brain haemorrhaging,

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New simple test reveals if labour is real

Research suggests that there may be one simple test that can accurately predict whether premature labour pains will result in a delivery or a false alarm. Fewer than half of all women who show signs of premature labour actually give birth and often are still subject to many unnecessary tests.

The good news is that now UK researchers believe a test that looks for fFN (foetal fibronectin)

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