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January 24, 2013
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  Neonatal Care 
  • Study assesses newborn hearing tests
    Newborns who pass hearing tests may still develop deafness or hearing impairment, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Hearing issues may be caused by genetics, structural problems with the ears or infections early in life, researchers noted. Of 923 children with hearing loss in the study, 78 passed newborn hearing tests. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Intervention helps reduce infant deaths, stillbirths in Tanzania
    The use of a program called Helping Babies Breathe was associated with a decline in the number of newborn deaths and stillbirths in Tanzania, researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. A second study in Southern India showed that the program yielded no change in neonatal mortality rates, but was linked to a drop in stillbirth rates. Reuters (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Practice 
  • Nurses' survey finds mothers can have privacy issues in NICU
    A small survey of new mothers found they can have trouble finding a private place to express milk for their infants in the NICU, according to nurse researchers at Case Western Reserve University. The study, published in Advances in Neonatal Care, found mothers preferred to express breast milk at home for greater privacy and comfort but also because they did not want to risk missing progress reports during rounds when they were in the NICU. Nurse.com (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Insurers push hospitals to reduce nonmedical early births
    Some health insurers have stopped paying for early elective deliveries, while UnitedHealthcare is increasing payments to hospitals that reduce their numbers in an effort to avoid NICU stays and the risk of complications. Medicare plans to begin a program in July requiring hospitals to report elective deliveries before 39 weeks and may issue penalties for high rates beginning in 2015. Kaiser Health News/The Washington Post (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study suggests treatments are possible for preemie brain injuries
    The disruption of blood and oxygen flow to the brain of premature infants disrupts the development of neural cells but doesn't cause their irreversible loss, according to a study from the Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher Children's Hospital. "As a result, we can focus greater attention on developing the right interventions, at the right time early in development," said lead researcher Dr. Stephen Back. News-Medical.Net (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NANN News 
  • Join us in our effort to grow NANN membership!
    If you are a member of NANN, you know that you are part of a vibrant community of more than 7,500 neonatal nurses who seek to optimize care for neonates and their families. If you and every NANN member could just get one colleague to join, NANN could double the size of its membership. With more members and resources, you win, your colleagues win, and neonates and their families win! Invite one of your colleagues to join today! Learn more about NANN membership and join. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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