Parents' long-term quality of life unaffected by preterm births | Synbiotic may reduce sepsis risk in newborns, study finds | Preemies have increased survival but developmental delay risk persists
August 17, 2017
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Parents' long-term quality of life unaffected by preterm births
A study in Pediatrics found that parents of adults who were born very preterm or with a very low birth weight had similar overall quality of life as parents whose grown children were born full-term. However, parents whose grown children had experienced mental health and peer relationship difficulties as youths did have lower quality of life, compared with other parents.
Reuters (8/10),  Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (8/10) 
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Synbiotic may reduce sepsis risk in newborns, study finds
Infants who took a synbiotic, which contained a strain of probiotic Lactobacillus plantarum and sugars to feed the microbes, for one week were 40% less likely to develop sepsis during the first two months of life, compared with those who received placebo, according to a study in the journal Nature. The findings, based on data involving 4,557 Indian babies, also showed a nearly 30% lower risk of respiratory infections among those who took the synbiotic.
National Public Radio (8/16),  The Atlantic online (8/16) 
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Health Policy & Practice
Preemies have increased survival but developmental delay risk persists
French researchers found that rates of two-year survival and survival without sensory or neuromotor disabilities among infants born from 22 weeks to 31 weeks of gestation rose by 6% and more than 7%, respectively, between 1997 and 2001. However, the findings in The BMJ showed that 50.2% of those born at 24 weeks to 26 weeks, 40.7% of those born at 27 weeks to 31 weeks and 36.2% of those born at 32 weeks to 34 weeks scored below average in a test assessing neurodevelopment.
The Guardian (London) (8/16),  Healio (free registration) (8/16) 
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Incident diabetes risk higher among refugees with gestational diabetes
Canadian researchers found that refugee women with gestational diabetes had a 23% higher risk for developing incident postpartum type 2 diabetes four years after resettling in Ontario, Canada, compared with nonimmigrants with gestational diabetes. The findings in Diabetic Medicine, based on data from 40,902 women with gestational diabetes, revealed that non-refugee immigrants had a higher rate of neonatal hypoglycemia and low birth weight than nonimmigrants.
Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (8/11) 
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Trends & Technology
EHRs help improve coordination of care between health care settings
EHR access helps emergency medical services organizations improve clinical decision-making during high-stakes transitions of care and allows long-term post-acute care facilities to improve care coordination between providers and prescribers, experts say. Integrating EHR use and adopting health information exchange can also boost care management and collaboration among physicians in specialty care facilities.
EHR Intelligence (8/15) 
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13th Annual NANN Research Summit
Join us for the next Research Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona, April 10-12, 2018 by submitting a Research proposal or Evidence-Based Practice change project that you have implemented or are planning to implement and complete by early spring 2018. Learn more!
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