Mahoning County in Ohio has a higher rate of preterm births than the state and national averages. According to the March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card, Ohio overall is slightly above average in its rate of preterm births and was given a grade of C. Mahoning County, however, received an F.
Most of the medical community believes that pre-eclampsia brings an increased risk of cerebral palsy to the infant, but not much was known about this relationship. A new study from Norway makes some new revelations about this mysterious link.
One of the biggest factors that jeopardizes newborn health is the degree to which the birth occurs early. Doctors and medical professionals can effectively manage a premature delivery-but medical malpractice mistakes can significantly raise the risk of a prematurity-related birth injury.
According to a class-action lawsuit recently filed in federal court, more than 1,300 premature babies were enrolled in a study that exposed them to blindness, brain injury and wrongful death. According to the complaint, the infants' parents weren't sufficiently warned of the risks and side effects when asked if their babies could participate.
Researchers are recommending that doctors use multiple tests to determine whether newborns are affected by birth infections. The study looked at 44 premature infants with low birth weights. Most of these infants received diagnoses of early onset sepsis - life-threatening bacterial blood infections.
According to a study of more than 1 million pregnant women, expecting mothers who experience severe morning sickness are statistically more likely to develop other serious complications over the course of the pregnancy. This research has big implications for expecting mothers in Columbus and around the nation.
One of the most comprehensive studies to date backed up previous conclusions that smoke-free laws help reduce the rate of preterm births. These researchers looked at a three-phase smoking ban and tracked how each new stage affected the rate of premature deliveries. This analysis showed a significant improvement - especially from the stages of the ban that reduced exposure to second-hand smoke.
Based on an analysis of more than 3 million births from around the world, researchers announced that more exposure to air pollution apparently correlates with low birth weights. This study has big implications for Ohio mothers - numerous complications and health conditions can affect babies with low birth weight.
Premature births can cause a number of dangerous conditions. One of these risks is a condition known as retinopathy of prematurity or ROP. ROP is an eye disease that results from developmental problems with the blood vessels that line the retina. In serious cases, ROP can cause permanent blindness.
Our last post introduced the story of a young man with cerebral palsy. After years of struggling with the everyday obstacles that affect cerebral palsy sufferers in Ohio and throughout the country, this boy wrote a letter to Nike. His letter explained the frustration of being unable to tie his own shoes and asked the company's CEO for a custom pair of Nikes.