Research news

19 December 2023

Predicting the neurodevelopment of preterm born children: Is a low Apgar score associated with impaired development?

The Apgar score is a tool to quickly evaluate a newborn’s health status right after birth. It helps healthcare professionals to quickly make treatment decicions for the infant only minutes...
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12 December 2023

Good practice recommendations for term and preterm infants: A call for global cooperation

Worldwide, about 2.4 million neonatal deaths are reported annually, even though two-thirds of these infant deaths are preventable. Therefore, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) published a guidline...
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24 November 2023

Research priorities for care of preterm or low birth-weight infants: Health policy

The outcomes of preterm birth remain concerning in many countries: Approximately 11% of infants worldwide are born preterm, and preterm birth complications are still the leading cause of death among...
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10 November 2023

Examining the positive effects of family involvement at the neonatal intensive care unit for newborns and their parents

The stay in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) demands a lot from new parents. The physical and emotional separation between the newborn and their parents often creates feelings of...
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25 October 2023

Infection prevention and control in neonatal units: interactions between healthcare providers and mothers

Aiming to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections, a study from Ghana explored the role of mothers and healthcare providers (HPs) in infection prevention and control (IPC) for newborns in...
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26 September 2023

Listening to the fathers of twins – Being sensitive to fathers’ needs in maternity and child healthcare

Currently, the number of twin births worldwide is higher than ever before. For parents, this can be challenging. So far, research has mostly focused on mothers and their experiences. However,...
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06 September 2023

Family reflections: preterm birth and the power of parent involvement in research

In a heart-touching testimony that emphasises the power of patient and family involvement in neonatal research, Fabiana Bacchini's journey with her preterm-born child leads to significant insights into the care...
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23 August 2023

Evaluating the success of preconception and pregnancy lifestyle interventions in preventing obesity in children: A scoping review protocol

Childhood obesity leads to many health problems and needs to be addressed. However, there are mixed results from lifestyle interventions that target the periods of preconception and pregnancy, motivating researchers...
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10 August 2023

Exclusive Human Milk Diet for Extremely Premature Infants: A Novel Fortification Strategy with Human Milk-Derived Fortifiers to Enhance the Bioactive Properties of Donor Milk

A recent study at the University Maternity Hospital Limerick in Ireland sheds light on the benefits of human milk-derived fortifiers (HMDF) for extremely preterm and low-birthweight infants. Results show that,...
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18 July 2023

An ethical examination of twin anemia polycythemia sequence screening

In a recent US case study, researchers have shed light on the ethical challenges surrounding diagnosing and managing Twin Anemia Polycythemia Sequence (TAPS), a rare condition affecting monochorionic twin pregnancies....
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