Image source: SlideShare AAP, ACOG recommend improved use of Apgar score A joint policy statement issued today by the AAP and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends improvements for and defines appropriate use of the Apgar score. The statement — in which the organizations emphasized the importance and convenience of the Apgar score […]

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Photo source: library.buffalo.edu September 7th, 1888, for the first time, a premature baby is treated in an incubator in America.  Her name is Edith Eleanor McLean and, though she weighs only two and a half pounds, she’s nursed to health at State Emigrant Hospital in New York in a 3-ft. square, 4-ft. high box called […]

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Researchers have long hailed breast milk for its ability to boost an infant’s immune system. Now, a new study led by Johns Hopkins researchers provides further evidence of this after discovering how breast milk can protect against a severe intestinal disease that affects preterm babies. NEC is most common in preterm babies, who account for […]

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Breastfeeding a premature infant may help reduce the risk of a serious eye problem known as retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), new research suggests. The researchers said that when babies were exclusively fed breastmilk, the risk of any-stage ROP appeared to drop by about 75 percent. And the risk of severe ROP seemed to be reduced […]

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