This is the second of two posts in which we are looking at new research highlighting the different health risks that exist for mothers who are either older or younger than average.
For many Ohio mothers, it might seem like common sense that some aspects of prenatal preparation and neonatal care depends upon the age of the mother. According to new research from the University of Dublin, this is more than common sense-it is a statistical reality.
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.
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.
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.
New research suggests that a common drug used to delay preterm births might not offer any real benefits for newborns. Because the doctor does not think that these drugs help prevent problems, he also mentioned the risk of causing worse harms by trying to delay deliveries.
Potential complications are a big source of worry for expectant mothers. A new study concludes that some mothers are born at significantly higher risk than others. Women who were born premature face a much higher rate of pregnancy complications than mothers who were themselves carried to full term. Ohio birth injury lawyers often see serious harms result from complications when doctors fail to respond appropriately.
A 17-year-old girl recently won more than $100 million in damages against the hospital where she was born. Because the hospital has since gone bankrupt, the teen will only recover a fraction of the damages award, about $16 million. Either figure may initially seem lofty, but it must be put into context.
A new psychiatric study believes that premature birth may be associated with mental disorders later in life. The research, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, took a different angle from prior studies linking mental problems and early birth because it examined the manifestation of psychiatric disorders during adulthood.