Study: Breast milk protein may reduce infections in preemies | Specialized incubators help NICU infants improve faster | Maternal chronic disease may increase heart disease risk in newborns
October 13, 2016
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Study: Breast milk protein may reduce infections in preemies
Preterm infants who received the breast milk protein lactoferrin had a 50% lower rate of hospital-acquired infections such as meningitis, pneumonia and urinary tract infections, compared with those who received placebo, according to a study in the Journal of Pediatrics. The findings, based on a randomized control trial and MedDRA data involving 120 premature babies, also showed that all adverse effects six and 12 months after the trial were linked to preterm birth complications and not lactoferrin. (India)/Asian News International (10/8) 
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Specialized incubators help NICU infants improve faster
New NICU incubators at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa, are helping infants improve faster, said neonatologist Pankaj Nagaraj. The specialized incubators monitor infants' temperature, weight, moisture, noise and touch, and have helped make it possible for the hospital NICU to care for babies delivered as early as 30 weeks' gestation.
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa) (10/10) 
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Compelling Evidence for Nursing Advocates for an Exclusive Human Milk Diet (EHMD) in the NICU
Join us for a breakfast symposium at the annual NANN educational conference on Saturday, Oct. 29. The program will cover immunological benefits of human milk, review current feeding practices and preterm nutrition, and the clinical and economical outcomes for the use of an EHMD. Register today
Health Policy & Practice
Maternal chronic disease may increase heart disease risk in newborns
Infants born to mothers with chronic diseases such as anemia, epilepsy, high blood pressure and type 1 diabetes were slightly more likely to develop mild congenital heart problems, compared with those born to mothers without such conditions, according to a Taiwanese study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The findings, based on data involving millions of births in Taiwan, also showed pregnant women who had been born with heart defects or who developed type 2 diabetes had a higher risk of having babies born with severe heart disease.
HealthDay News (10/11) 
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Zika infection in late pregnancy can still affect fetus, study finds
A study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases that observed 55 Brazilian Zika-infected pregnant women found that four of the infants whose mothers were infected one to two weeks prior to giving birth had central nervous system lesions discovered through medical imaging. The babies did not have microcephaly and were born with a normal length and weight, and researchers say they will continue to monitor the infants to determine the future effects of Zika in these children.
HealthDay News (10/12) 
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Trends & Technology
Preemies may benefit from partial antenatal steroid treatment
Researchers found that extremely preterm infants who underwent complete steroid treatment had the lowest rates of mortality and complications such as bronchopulmonary dysplasia, necrotizing enterocolitis, neurodevelopmental impairment and severe intracranial hemorrhage, but those who received partial treatment had better outcomes than those who didn't receive steroid treatment. The findings in JAMA Pediatrics "support prompt administration of antenatal steroids, with the goal of a complete course prior to delivery," researchers wrote.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (10/10) 
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Review: DEET insect repellents may safely curb Zika virus in pregnancy
Pregnant women who properly apply insect repellents containing DEET can safely prevent Zika virus infections with few side effects, according to a review in Obstetrics & Gynecology. However, DEET products with concentrations of over 30% aren't advisable "because their effectiveness at repelling insects plateaus around there," said researcher Blair Wylie, M.D., of Harvard Medical School.
HealthDay News (10/11) 
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Late-breaking general session added to NANN's Conference!
Do you need another reason to attend NANN's Conference this year? We have a good one for you. Get ready to be inspired as we've added a late breaking session to our conference lineup! On Friday, October 28th, Kelley French, author of the neonatal memoir Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born too Soon, will be speaking at NANN's 32nd Annual Conference. Sunrise General Session: The Human Touch -- The Healing Forces of Attention, Instinct and Love. French is the author, with her husband, of Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon, published in September by Little, Brown. The book tells the story of her daughter, born barely viable at 23 weeks gestation. French was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for "Never Let Go," the newspaper series about Juniper's survival, which appeared in the Tampa Bay Times. She is a Professor of Practice in journalism in The Media School at Indiana University. French will open the day on Friday as a special Sunrise Session, supported by Draeger, 7-7:45 a.m. in the Primrose Ballroom. No CNE will be offered. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind session that takes you through the journey of two parents and their 23 week old preemie daughter's fight for her life in the NICU. Learn how these inspirational parents marvel at the science that conceived and sustained their daughter and the love that made the difference. There's still time to register for the meeting. Secure your spot and hear this incredible story!
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Submit your Abstracts for NANN's 2017 Conference
The National Association of Neonatal Nurses Program Planning Committee invites you to submit an abstract to present at its 33rd Annual Educational Conference taking place Oct. 11-14 in Providence, R.I. The planning committee and Education Provider Committee have identified the need to cover a wide range of topics that will appeal to both the novice and expert neonatal nurse. As a result, we have provided a list of topics and areas of interest in order to make the application selection process less cumbersome and more diverse to better meet the educational needs of the conference attendees. We encourage you to suggest your own ideas, present your own research findings, or share your knowledge on a topic of interest. Please keep in mind that application submissions should focus on nursing, be state-of-the-art, evidence-based and challenge neonatal nurses at all levels of expertise. Abstract Submission Deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 at 5 p.m. Central Time. Late submissions will not be accepted. There will be no deadline extensions.
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