Early transplant boosts survival in children with immune disorder | R.I. expands screening for severe combined immunodeficiency | Hospital teaches parents of NICU babies to provide home care
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August 7, 2014
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Early transplant boosts survival in children with immune disorder
Pediatric severe combined immunodeficiency patients who received hematopoietic-cell transplantation from matched sibling donors or before the onset of infection had high five-year survival rates, researchers reported in The New England Journal of Medicine. "All available graft sources are expected to lead to excellent survival among asymptomatic infants," researchers wrote. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (7/30)
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R.I. expands screening for severe combined immunodeficiency
Under a policy that went into effect last week, all newborns in Rhode Island will be tested for severe combined immunodeficiency, a condition characterized by very low levels of white blood cells. The inclusion of SCID in the state's screening program was recommended by the federal government and endorsed by a state newborn screening advisory panel. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.)/The Associated Press (8/3)
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Hospital teaches parents of NICU babies to provide home care
Texas Children's Hospital's simulation center teaches parents of NICU infants how to care for them at home if they are discharged with ventilators or tracheostomies. Parents use infant mannequins to learn how to handle airway emergencies, tube obstruction, dislodged tracheostomies and power outages. KHOU-TV (Houston) (8/4)
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Low pregnancy weight gain in obese women linked to smaller babies
Overweight and obese women who lost weight or gained 5 kilograms or less during pregnancy had an increased likelihood of having small for gestational age infants, a study says. Newborns born to these women also had substantially lower lean body mass, fat mass, head circumference and length compared with babies whose mothers gained adequate pregnancy weight. The findings appear in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (8/5)
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Health Policy & Practice
Adherence to CLABSI preventive protocols yields fewer infections in NICUs
Neonatal intensive care units that reported more than 95% compliance with insertion checklist and assessment of daily line necessity had substantially fewer central line-associated bloodstream infections than units with lower compliance rates, researchers found. Among 190 NICUs, 84% to 93% had written CLABSI policies, while 50% to 63% had more than 95% compliance for certain preventive practices, according to the study in the American Journal of Infection Control. BeckersHospitalReview.com (8/1)
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Trends & Technology
Fish-oil supplements may benefit pregnant women with diabetes and their babies
Pregnant women with diabetes who took a fish-oil supplement were able to correct shortfalls of DHA and raise DHA levels in their babies, according to a trial. U.K. researchers found the DHA levels of pregnant women with diabetes were nearly 40% lower than those of healthy pregnant women and that the deficit was passed to their infants. Pregnant women with diabetes who took two capsules of a supplement containing a combination of omega-3 and omega-6 had 53% more DHA than those who took a placebo, as did their babies. Daily Express (London) (7/29)
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