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Giving caffeine to premature babies may improve their breathing ability and lung function: Study

Giving caffeine to premature babies may improve their breathing ability and lung function: Study

The findings found that premature babies who are given caffeine perform significantly better in tests that measure their ability to breathe out at 11 years old.

Premature babies often catch up to peers in school: Study

A study following more than 1.3 million premature babies born in Florida found that two-thirds of those born at only 23 or 24 weeks were ready for kindergarten on time, and almost 2 percent of those infants later achieved gifted status in school.

This is why preemies are more vulnerable to flu as adults

This is why preemies are more vulnerable to flu as adults

Researchers say that premature babies who get exposed to hyperoxia -- excess supply of oxygen -- are more likely to lack key lung cells and may have an increased risk of experiencing severe respiratory viral infections later in life.

Premature birth puts babies at increased risk of heart failure in childhood!

Premature birth puts babies at increased risk of heart failure in childhood!

The registry-based study, published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), involved 2.6 million individuals born between 1987 and 2012.

Artificial womb for premature babies? This baby sheep is growing inside a plastic bag

Artificial womb for premature babies? This baby sheep is growing inside a plastic bag

The approach might one day help nurture and protect premature babies outside the uterus, providing a better chance for survival and eliminating the health risk of pregnancy.

Scientists successfully test artificial womb in animals; say it could help increase survival chances in human preemies!

Scientists successfully test artificial womb in animals; say it could help increase survival chances in human preemies!

The plastic 'womb' consists of a mixture of warm water and added salts, similar to amniotic fluid, to support and protect the foetus.

Premature newborns' vital signs to be monitored by new wireless camera system

Premature newborns' vital signs to be monitored by new wireless camera system

The optical system cameras are sensitive enough to detect minute changes in skin colour.

Karan Johar's emotional post on his kids Yash-Roohi being premature will move you to tears – Read

Karan Johar's emotional post on his kids Yash-Roohi being premature will move you to tears – Read

In an emotional post shared on social media, the filmmaker whose children were born almost 10 weeks before full-term, jotted down a heart-whelming note revealing that he was terrified initially on learning that there were complications with his babies' birth. 

Drug used to prevent preterm births may do more harm than good

Drug used to prevent preterm births may do more harm than good

The drug, a synthetic progestogen hormone called 17-alpha hydroxyprogesterone caproate, was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011.

Over a million premature births in India caused by expectant mothers breathing polluted air: Study

Over a million premature births in India caused by expectant mothers breathing polluted air: Study

There are many risk factors for preterm birth – from the mother's age, to illness, to poverty and other social factors and recent research has suggested that exposure to air pollution could also be a risk factor.

Premature babies more likely to face anxiety issues later

Premature babies more likely to face anxiety issues later

Extremely low birth weight babies were found to be at increased risk for particular mental health problems, beginning in childhood and extending at least into their 30s, according to the study.

Vitamin B12 deficiency during pregnancy linked to increased risk of preterm birth

Vitamin B12 deficiency during pregnancy linked to increased risk of preterm birth

But Vitamin B12 deficiency during pregnancy was associated with a 21 per cent increased risk of giving birth prematurely.

Preterm birth: Causes and risk factors you need to know!

Preterm birth: Causes and risk factors you need to know!

Although the specific cause of premature birth is unclear, certain factors may increase the risk of premature birth.

Calcium deposits in fetal membranes may cause preterm births

Calcium deposits in fetal membranes may cause preterm births

The study suggests that dietary or other interventions may prevent those preterm births.

Preemies may be at osteoporosis risk in adulthood: Study

During the last few weeks of pregnancy, the mother's body transfers calcium to the growing foetus to boost its bone development. 

Premature babies at greater of risk of osteoporosis in adulthood

Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become weak and brittle.

Parents stay more worried about kids born premature

 Parents of very premature babies are more worried about their grown-up child's lives than parents whose babies are born in full term, says a study.

Bullying puts preemies at high depression, anxiety risk

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, cautions parents, teachers and clinicians who need to be aware of the long-term effects of peer victimisation on mental health. 

Preemies at greater risk of mental illness

One of every nine infants in the United States is born early and, thus, with increased risk of cognitive difficulties, problems with motor skills, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders and anxiety.

Blocking light can brighten preemies' survival chances

 The survival rate of preemies -- premature babies -- born between 26 to 31 weeks of gestation can be improved by blocking light from reaching the intravenously-fed infused nutritious mixture they depend on for survival, says a new study.