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COVID-19 – Risks for preterm born infants: An interview with Professor Doctor Christoph Bührer

COVID-19 and its distribution is on everyone‘s lips and speculations run high. Especially older people and persons with a pre-existing medical condition appear to be develop a serious illness more often than others (WHO). This might leave parents-to-be, parents of preterm born infants and former preterms worrying. We talked to Professor Doctor Christoph Bührer, Medical Director Department of Neonatology, Charité Berlin about the risks he sees for unborn babies, preterm born infants and preterm born adults. …
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World Prematurity Day 2019 – A big campaign for small babies

“Born too Soon: Providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place” Worldwide, about 15 million babies are born preterm every year. That means approximately a baby out of 10 is a preterm baby and the numbers are rising. With the complications resulting from preterm birth being the leading cause of death among children under 5 years of age, which account for 1 million deaths per annum, preterm birth is a global, pressing issue. It puts emotional and…
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Putting prematurity on the agenda of the Brazilian Government

A guest article by Denise Suguitani, Executive Director of the Brazilian Parents of Preemies' Association Brazil is the 10th country in the world ranking of preterm birth. Since 2014 the nonprofit organisation 'Brazilian Parents of Preemies' Association', known as 'ONG Prematuridade.com' has been dedicating its work to address prematurity based on three pillars: raising awareness, prevention of preterm birth; permanent education to train health professionals, and advocating in the interests of families of preterm infants, acting in the area of…
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Collecting quality data is key: registries of babies treated for Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) can improve health, care, and science

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) is a disease of the eye affecting preterm born babies. It is characterised by changes in the developing blood vessels of the retina (the light-sensitive layer in the back of the eye that sends visual signals to the brain). All preterm babies born before around 31 weeks of pregnancy or having a birth weight of less than 1,250g to 1,500g need to have eye examinations by a specialised eye doctor, called ophthalmologist, to check how the…
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