Md. hospital transfers NICU patients after 3 test positive for deadly bacteria | Researchers evaluate different PCV13 schedules for preemies | Zika virus caused death of Texas infant, state HHS says
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August 11, 2016
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Md. hospital transfers NICU patients after 3 test positive for deadly bacteria
Nasal swabs from three infants in the neonatal intensive care unit at Maryland's Prince George's Hospital Center tested positive for bacteria pseudomonas, which can cause fatal infections. The hospital has shut down its NICU temporarily and transferred patients to the NICU at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/9),  KNTV-TV (San Francisco) (8/10) 
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Researchers evaluate different PCV13 schedules for preemies
Ninety-seven percent of preterm infants who received primary dosage of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine on an extended schedule had seroprotection for more than 50% of PCV serotypes, compared with 88% and 75% of those who were on accelerated and reduced schedules, respectively, with antibody concentrations highest among those on the extended schedule prior to the 12-month booster and those on the reduced schedule after the booster. The findings in Pediatrics, based on a randomized control trial of about 200 premature infants, suggest that the ideal vaccine schedule will depend on the timing of an infant's risk of invasive pneumococcal disease, researchers said.
AAP News (8/9) 
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Parents of newborns with encephalopathy share communication challenges
Semi-structured interviews of parents of infants in a study of therapeutic hypothermia for neonatal encephalopathy identified three communication challenges, researchers report in Pediatrics. The process of sharing health care information is often fragmented between maternal and infant care, complex and technical information is difficult for family members to absorb, and uncertain prognoses leave parents with a need for specific expectations related to long-term development, according to researchers.
PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (8/8) 
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Early exclusive breast-feeding tied to longer telomeres in children
Youths who were exclusively breast-fed during the first 4 to 6 weeks of life had 5% longer telomeres compared with those who received formula, juices, sugar water or teas. The findings in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, based on 2006 to 2007 data involving 201 Hispanic infants born in San Francisco who were followed until ages 4 to 5, also showed that those who consumed fruit juice daily during early childhood and those who regularly drank soft drinks at age 4 had shorter telomeres than those who didn't.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (8/4) 
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Study: Zika possibly associated with severe joint condition in infants
An analysis by Brazilian researchers of seven cases of children diagnosed with arthrogryposis, an abnormality that causes joint deformities, and whose mothers were thought to be infected by Zika during pregnancy, suggested that the virus could affect a developing fetus' motor neurons, according to an observational study in The BMJ. More cases need to be studied to prove an association between Zika and other possible harmful effects, the researchers noted.
Reuters (8/10) 
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CDC reports record low fertility rates in the US
CDC researchers found that fertility rates in the US declined from 60 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 in the first quarter of 2015 to 59.8 in the first quarter of this year, a record low since tracking began. The findings also showed that birth rates for mothers ages 15 to 29 dropped, with teen births declining from 22.7 per 1,000 women to 20.8, while pregnancy rates for those ages 30 to 44 rose.
ABC News (8/9) 
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Submit your photo to the Faces of Neonatal Nursing Photo Contest
Every baby is beautiful and we want to see the inspirational images of the previous babies you care for each and every day. Submit your photos to the Faces of Neonatal Nursing photo contest! NANN members will vote online for their favorites beginning in mid-September with a winner announced during the Annual Educational Conference where the photo submissions and narratives will be also be displayed. The contest winner will receive a complimentary registration to NANN's 2017 Annual Conference and the photo will be considered for use on the cover of an issue of Advances in Neonatal Care. All photos must be submitted in high-resolution electronic format, preferably 300 DPI, to cbunschoten@nann.org by Aug. 31.
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