May 2016
NCfIH RELEASES FAST FACTS HEALTH BULLETIN

The National Coalition for Infant Health released a new Fast Facts health bulletin, "Fish Consumption for Pregnant Women."   The bulletin highlights guidance from the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. Together, these authorities shape a unified message: two to three servings of cooked fish each week offer pregnant women and growing children proven health benefits. You can read a summary blog post HERE.

 
 
STEERING COMMITTEE CONVENES IN BALTIMORE
The NCfIH Steering Committee came together at 
P.A.S. in Baltimore, Maryland on May 2  to discuss pressing issues including wa ys to improve the Baby Steps to Home program and a renewed focus on mental health resources for preemie caregivers. They also  heard briefings on brand new SENTINEL 1 (RSV) data, seafood nutrition for pregnant and breastfeeding moms, and the clinical and economic benefits of an exclusive human milk diet for premature infants less than 1,250 grams.
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ZIKA VIRUS UPDATE
"The CDC has concluded that Zika does cause microcephaly," said Tom Frieden, CDC Director at an April media briefing. The statement was made after an evidence review was published on an expedited basis in the New England Journal of Medicine
Women living in active Zika regions should wear long shirts and pants, stay indoors with screens, and use insect repellant. 

RESEARCH
Preterm Babies Have Higher Chance of Survival
P remature infant survival rates have improved  due to better care and advanced technologies.
Neonatal medicine expanded in the 1980's with chances of survival around 50 percent.  In 2012, the survival rate for births at 22 to 28 weeks had reached 79 percent,  according to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association .

Cronobacter in Powdered Milk, Infant Formula
The CDC recently reminded the public of contamination from Cronobacter, a substance sometimes found in powdered infant formulas, and occasionally in herbal teas, starches, and powdered milk.  Formerly known as Enterobacter sakazakii, the pathogen can be particularly dangerous to infants, the CDC  reports

Vaccination Safe in Preterm Babies
According to recent results published in Pediatrics, immunization of preterm infants can be performed safely without an increased risk for respiratory decompensation or need to alter standard vaccination schedules.  "Consideration to immunize this high-risk group should not be delayed out of concern for clinical deterioration," conclude the researchers. 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
  • NCfIH Medical Director Dr. Mitchell Goldstein recently wrote to the Senate Health Committee in opposition to California Senate Bill 1316. The bill creates barriers to an exclusive human milk diet for the premature infants who need it most.
  • In late April, with the support of Senator McCaskill (D-Missouri), the Senate approved a bill requiring airports to provide lactation rooms. Under the bill, large and medium hub airports have two years to install rooms and can use federal funds from the Airport Improvement Program.
NEW RESOURCES
  • Researchers from Kings College London developed a new app to assess individual risk of preterm birth. An algorithm combines gestation period of previous pregnancies with fetal fibronectin levels and cervix length to provide a comprehensive estimate of risk.
  • Peekaboo ICU recently expanded its PeekabooICU.com, featuring new info focused on the growth and development of premature infants in the NICU.
     

EVENTS

June 11-15, 2016
Grapevine, TX


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