Tag "preterm birth"

A massive DNA analysis of pregnant women has identified six gene regions that influence the length of pregnancy and the timing of birth. The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, may lead to new ways to prevent › Continue Reading

The scientific world has been looking for the causes of preterm birth for decades. Yet it has remained one of the great mysteries of human biology. We know that preterm birth is a combination of both genetic and environmental factors, › Continue Reading

A recent study by Emily DeFranco, DO, MS, Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth, found that black women are more likely to have early preterm births, between 16 and 22 weeks. The racial disparity in what are known as “previable” › Continue Reading

The March of Dimes released its eight annual report card rating cities, states, and the United States as a whole on the percentage of preterm births. The US received a “C” rating with a 9.6 percent preterm birth rate while › Continue Reading

In many ways, prematurity is a mystery to both clinicians and researchers alike. For a long time, it was seen as unpredictable and inevitable. Over the last few decades, medical and research communities have focused their efforts on bettering the › Continue Reading

Each year, 15 million babies worldwide are born too soon. In the United States, 1 in every 9 babies is born preterm. And in an average week in Ohio, 322 babies arrive early. On Ohio’s most recent March of Dime’s › Continue Reading

In an opinion article on Cincinnati.com, Dr. Jim Greenberg, director of the Division of Neonatology at Cincinnati Children’s and co-founder and physician lead for Cradle Cincinnati, discusses the effects of preterm births on the Cincinnati community and calls for prevention › Continue Reading

A new study from Cincinnati Children’s provides important new insights into a major global health problem – preterm birth, researchers say. Reported in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the research provides evidence that gene-environment interactions are a major contributor to › Continue Reading

Saving NKY’s babies

The infant mortality rate in Northern Kentucky is far worse than the national average, far worse than in most developed countries and double what it was just a decade ago. It’s part of a larger  Tristate health problem that the › Continue Reading

Last we met the Vaughn family, they told a story of a fragile Christmas baby who was fighting for his life. When Lisa and Anthony Vaughn’s son was born on Christmas Day, 2008, they named him Immanuel. He weighed 1 › Continue Reading

We all know that mothers perform amazing feats every day. But did you know that biologically, the act of becoming a mother actually defies nature? That’s right. The process of successfully carrying a child to term, from a purely immunologic › Continue Reading