Caffeine therapy may benefit VLBW infants with apnea of prematurity | Telemedicine shows promise in diagnosing ROP | Hospital uses tool to determine risk for chorioamnionitis
April 12, 2018
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Caffeine therapy may benefit VLBW infants with apnea of prematurity
Australian researchers found that very low birth weight infants who received neonatal caffeine therapy had similar neurobehavioral outcomes but improved fine motor coordination, visual perception, visuomotor integration and visuospatial organization at age 11, compared with those who received placebo. The findings were published in Pediatrics.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (4/11) 
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Telemedicine shows promise in diagnosing ROP
Researchers found that telemedicine yielded similar sensitivity as ophthalmoscopy in diagnosing retinopathy of prematurity zone I disease, plus disease and type 2 ROP in preterm infants. However, the findings in JAMA Ophthalmology showed that ophthalmoscopy had slightly higher sensitivity in identifying stage 3 ROP.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (4/6) 
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Hospital uses tool to determine risk for chorioamnionitis
Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas, has used a sepsis calculator for the past year to determine an infant's risk of chorioamnionitis in the womb, which allows physicians to determine if NICU care is required. The hospital said use of the tool has kept about 200 infants from needing NICU care.
KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas) (4/9) 
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Health Policy & Practice
WHO, UNICEF urge health providers to increase breastfeeding support
Health care providers providing maternity and newborn services should have written breastfeeding policies, antenatal and post-birth care, and competent staff; should encourage rooming-in and responsive feeding; educate parents on bottle and pacifier use; limit breast milk substitutes; and provide maternal and infant support upon discharge, according to joint recommendations from the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Proper implementation of the guidelines "can significantly improve breastfeeding rates around the world and give children the best possible start in life," said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.
Reuters (4/11),  Xinhua News Agency (China) (4/12) 
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Trends & Technology
Study examines phenotypes of severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia in preemies
Preterm babies with severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia had obstructive, restrictive or mixed phenotypes, based on infant pulmonary function testing, with the obstructive phenotype being the most prevalent, researchers reported in Pediatrics. The findings also showed moderate or severe obstruction among most of those in the obstructive and mixed cohorts, while bronchodilator response was highest among those with the obstructive phenotype.
Healio (free registration)/Infectious Diseases in Children (4/5) 
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Brain development changes found in infants with prenatal SSRI exposure
A study in JAMA Pediatrics showed that babies whose mothers took selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors for depression during pregnancy had significantly increased brain volume in the right amygdala and right insula, which are involved in emotional processing, as well as significantly greater connectivity between both brain regions, compared with those whose mothers had untreated depression and those whose mothers didn't have depression. The findings should prompt "further research on the potential long-term behavioral and psychological outcomes of these neurodevelopmental changes," researchers said.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (4/9),  Reuters (4/9) 
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Last chance to apply for a NANN or NANNP leadership position
NANN and NANNP are looking for leaders to support the association and the professional needs of neonatal nurses and practitioners. Do you have what it takes to be a NANN leader? NANN and NANNP are now accepting applications for leadership positions through tomorrow, Friday, April 13. Apply today! (Login required)
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Calling for additional abstracts!
NANN's Program Planning Committee has opened an additional call for abstracts and invites you to submit a poster to present at its 34th Annual Conference Oct. 17-20, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. If your research was not concluded in 2017, now is your chance to submit your work! 15 additional posters will be accepted, please visit NANN's website for more information and the topics that will be considered. Call for additional abstracts closes May 1, 2018.
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