Increased NICU Admissions Raise Concerns
A recent study from Dartmouth University found a 23 percent increase in NICU admissions
in just five years; more than half of those for normal birth weight infants. Researcher
Dr. David Goodman shared: "very little work has been done to identify overuse and underuse."
Extreme Prematurity May Increase Autism Risk
from Sweden examined the differences in the brains of children born v
ery premature compared to full term and found that those extremely premature ran a much higher risk of developing autism. The results suggest that birth weight and complications may increase autism risk.
Breast Milk Prevents ROP in Preemies
showed that feeding human milk to very preterm babies may help prevent ROP. The theory is that
breast milk's protective power lies in its antioxidant and immune-protective properties. "Human milk plays a strong role in protecting very preterm newborns from any-stage ROP and severe ROP," the authors conclude.