Combined glucocorticoid steroids and statin therapy may be safer for the treatment of preterm birth

Potentially life-saving steroids commonly given to preterm babies also increase the risk of long-term cardiovascular problems, but a new study in rats has found that if given in conjunction with…

Smoking during pregnancy reduces childhood brain growth in very preterm babies

Women who smoke during pregnancy run the risk of injuring brain development in their babies. Earlier research showed that the size of the brain was reduced in preterm babies born…

Vaginal swabs could be used to predict likelihood of preterm births

We often don’t know the causes of preterm birth – but analysing metabolic substances in the vaginal microbiome may be a way to predict the risk of premature labour Health…

Antenatal steroid therapy for pregnant women may improve survival among extremely preterm infants

Steroid treatment before birth appears to improve survival and reduce complications among extremely preterm infants, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Antenatal steroid therapy, given…

Review may lead to improvements in therapeutic options for preterm infants

One in two premature babies receives transfusions of red blood cells (RBC) due to anemia. There are no generally accepted clinical guidelines for the degree of anemia necessitating blood transfusions.…

Attending daycare may increase lung complications in preterm children with bronchopulmonary dysplasia

Attending daycare in the first three years of life is linked with an increase in lung complications in children who were born prematurely and diagnosed with a form of chronic…

COVID-19 infection in late pregnancy associated with higher rates of preterm birth

SARS-CoV-2 infection is associated with an increased risk of preterm birth, but only for women infected in their final trimester, according to research published in the open access journal PLOS…

Fortified breastmilk does not influence IQ in preterm infants

In a recent Nutrients study, scientists compare the cognitive and psychological development of preterm infants who were breastfed with or without fortification. Study: IQ Was Not Improved by Post-Discharge Fortification of…

Exposure to multiple phthalates during pregnancy increases risk of preterm birth

Pregnant women who were exposed to multiple phthalates during pregnancy had an increased risk of preterm birth, according to new research by the National Institutes of Health. Phthalates are chemicals…

Stillbirths and preterm births significantly lower in COVID vaccinated women

In a recent study posted to the medRxiv* preprint server, researchers determined the association between messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccinations and perinatal outcomes including congenital abnormalities,…