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Study Confirms that Infants Born Extremely Premature Should Adhere to Normal Immunization Schedule
A study in the April issue of Pediatrics confirms that premature and low-birth weight infants should receive their immunizations at the same ages recommended for healthy, full- term babies. The University of Rochester study, which validates the current practice, represents the first long- term research on the topic. (1998-04-07)

Women Who Smoke While Pregnant Pass Along Genetic Mutations To Their Babies, According To Pitt Researchers
Certain mothers who smoke while pregnant are at high risk of passing along genetic damage to their babies, according to study results presented by University of Pittsburgh scientists on Tuesday, March 31, at the annual American Association for Cancer Research meeting in New Orleans (1998-03-31)

X-Rays: How Big A Risk To Kids? UF Researchers Seek Answers
A team of University of Florida researchers is trying to come up with definitive predictions of the risks to children from different types of X-ray exams, an area that often leaves worried parents with unanswered questions since no one knows the actual dose of radiation given children or its long-term risks. (1998-03-18)

Legislating Quality Of Care Will Not Work
Legislative decisions do not result in the best quality of care for patients. Three separate pieces make the case: the results of research into the influences on the state legislators who introduced bills to curb drive-by deliveries; a viewpoint by Ruth Watson Lubic--former director of the Maternity Center Association--who writes that an important opportunity was missed; and a commentary by Senator James M. Jeffords (R-VT) who speaks of constituent pressures. (1997-07-01)

Tracking Blood Levels Of HIV Improves Treatment Of Infants
Scientists at Johns Hopkins and other institutions report that a test that counts AIDS viruses in blood should be routinely used on newborns whose mothers are HIV-positive so The study cited in the May 6 press release (1997-05-08)

Congenital Glaucoma Gene Discovered
InSite Vision Incorporated and the University of Connecticut Health Center today announced the identification of the major gene responsible for primary congenital glaucoma. The findings of the study will bepublished in the April issue of Human Molecular Genetics. (1997-03-20)

Sex Hormone Disorder Yields Important Clues To Mechanisms Underlying Steroid Hormone Synthesis
Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and UCSF have clarified the molecular mechanisms underlying a rare disease in which genetically male newborns are born with female external genitalia. The study provides clues to the biosynthesis of all steroid hormones, including sex and adrenal hormones (1996-12-20)

Differences Found Between Expectant Women With High Blood Pressure
Although an expectant mother's high blood pressure may cause fetal stress and premature birth, a new study provides evidence that mild maternal hypertension actually accelerates maturation of the lungs and nervous system in infants. (1996-11-14)

Northwestern Scientists Discover How Herpes Simplex Virus Infects Cells
Researchers at Northwestern University have discovered a human protein that provides a pathway for herpes simplex virus to infect certain types of human cells. This human protein is not only the first (1996-10-31)

Maternal Exposure To Crack Cocaine Produces Stressed Newborns
New testing techniques help resolve confusion about infants born to women who smoke crack cocaine during pregnancy. Crack produces excitable, stressed infants but might not cause hemorrhages, lesions and brain damage as previously thought (1996-08-14)

Use Of Surfectant Therapy Widens Gap In Death Rate Of Black And White Newborns
After FDA approval in 1990 of surfactant therapy to treat breathing problems of premature infants, the death rate of these babies dropped significantly. But a study by Washington University School of Medicine researchers found surfectant therapy use widens the gap in the death rate of black and white newborns (1996-06-20)

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