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US Congress adopts budget deal to help infants with opioid dependency 

The recent budget deal adopted by the US Congress would provide an estimated $1.5 billion over 10 years. The deal aims to support and keep families together when babies are born dependent on opioids. This deal is a step to address the well-being of a spiraling rate of US children born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. This rate has quadrupled over the past 15 years.

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 12:23PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

Every two minutes, a woman dies in childbirth

While the global maternal mortality rate is falling, one woman dies every 2 minutes in the world.  The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) 2017 report indicated that approximately 830 women die each day, and “most of these deaths and injuries are entirely preventable.”  The US rate is not nearly as high as third world countries, but the rate is increasing. Reasons are unclear, but studies show that low-income and rural women are more likely to die during pregnancy.  A non-Hispanic black woman is almost three times as likely to die during or shortly after childbirth as a white woman (56.3 versus 20.3 deaths per 100,000 live births in one analysis of 27 states and Washington, D.C.), according to a NEJM article. How does each person who cares about this distressing news make a difference in changing it? 

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 12:39PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference

Celebrating the life of Dr. Jerold Lucey, Well-known Neonatologist 

Dr. Jerold Lucey was an advocate for children’s health and a pioneer in neonatology.  He died at his home in Florida on December 10, 2017, at 91 years old. One of his many accomplishments was establishing “Hot Topics in Neonatology,” an international gathering of neonatologists that became a model for reviewing new clinical ideas with scientific rigor in a public forum. His life and accomplishments are being celebrated by all whose lives he touched.

Posted on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 12:04PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

Fracking and Babies

Science Advances published a study on-line Dec 13, 2017 that showed babies born to mothers residing within 3 km of a fracking (hydraulic fracturing) site had worse infant health and lower weight than other babies.  Babies within 1 km fared the worse with a 25% increase in the probability of low birthweight (<2500g). Researchers examined 1.1 million births and models were controlled for fixed mother effects.

This enlightening and concerning study estimated that approximately 29,000 babies are born near US fracking sites each year.

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 11:40AM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

US Children's Health Funding Approved by House

On Nov 3, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation to continue CHIP, a federal insurance program for approximately 9 million lower-income children and pregnant women. The funding continues to be debated, especially since the bill had riders added to it.  Passage is not guaranteed. A vote by the Senate could be held up until the December holidays or beyond.

Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 8:11PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment | References4 References