Brain mapping premature babies helps predicting disability

Research shows that prematurely born babies are more prone to developing disabilities. A new study, however, suggests that brain mapping in preemies may help to predict and prevent the negative consequences of early brain injury

Brain mapping premature babies helps predicting disabilityPreterm birth occurs when a baby is born before the 37th week of pregnancy – 3 weeks before term. Worldwide, premature births are the leading cause of death in children younger than 5 years old. In the United States, prematurity affects 1 in 10 infants, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). […]

How caffeine helps in reducing oxidative stress and improves oxygen-induced lung injury

Long-term oxygen therapy increases oxidative stress in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), a network of membranes involved in protein building. The increase in ER stress leads to inflammation and problems with the formation of too few blood vessels and air sacs in the lungs

How caffeine helps in reducing oxidative stress and improves oxygen-induced lung injuryA new study finds that caffeine may protect the lungs from damage caused by prolonged oxygen therapy, such as oxygen supplementation given to premature babies. The article is the first of its kind to study the positive effects of caffeine on the lungs’ minute tissue structures. It is published ahead of print in the American […]

Scottish twins born at 23 weeks are ‘little miracles’

Imogen and Annabelle Weir were born weighing about a pound each. Born three days under the 24-week legal limit for abortion in the UK, they are the youngest and smallest surviving twins in Scotland

Scottish twins born at 23 weeks are ‘little miracles’Identical twins, thought to be among the most premature ever recorded in Britain, have been described by their parents as “little miracles”. Imogen and Annabelle Weir were born at just 23 weeks and four days, weighing about a pound each. They spent four months in hospital enduring blood transfusions and emergency surgery. The girls have […]