Improved Survival Seen For Premature Infants

Improved Survival Seen For Premature Infants

–Better maternal care practices credited with better outcomes While overall survival rates for premature infants remained relatively stable, survival rates to discharge and survival rates without major morbidities have exhibited slight increases over time, according to a large prospective, longitudinal study of data from extremely premature infants over the last 20 years. Barbara J. Stoll, MD, of Emory University in Atlanta, and colleagues found that overall survival to discharge for infants at 23 and 24 weeks gestation increased slightly from 2009 to 2012 (27% to 33%, P<0.001 and 63% to 65%, P<0.001, respectively), with smaller increases reported for infants born at 25 and 27 weeks gestation. In addition, the portion of infants surviving without any major morbidity increased from 43% in 1993 to almost 60% (59%) in 2012 (P<0.001), they wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association. There was no change in survival rates for infants born at 22, 26, or 28 weeks, though researchers noted slight year-to-year increases for infants born from 25 to 28 weeks gestation (approximately 2% per year). Not surprisingly, trends in overall survival and survival without major morbidity varied by gestational age. Stoll told MedPage Today she was not exactly surprised by the findings, but was pleased to see these steady increases in survival rates. “We’re cautiously optimistic that outcomes are improving, that a number of morbidities have decreased,” she said. “Although this study doesn’t report long-term outcomes, we hope that the improvements in survival without hospital complications will result in an improvement in long-term outcomes.” Along with improved survival rates, the authors observed improvements in maternal care practices. The most significant...
Tips for Keeping Your Eyes Healthy

Tips for Keeping Your Eyes Healthy

The human eye is composed of two million working parts and is an important part of our health. But how do you keep them that way? There are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you #SeeLifeClearly. Below is an infographic that will allow you to protect your eyes and make sure you are seeing your best....
Reading From Your Smartphone/Tablet Before Bedtime Can Adversely Impact Sleep

Reading From Your Smartphone/Tablet Before Bedtime Can Adversely Impact Sleep

BOSTON, MA – Use of a light-emitting electronic device (LE-eBook) in the hours before bedtime can adversely impact overall health, alertness, and the circadian clock which synchronizes the daily rhythm of sleep to external environmental time cues, according to researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) who compared the biological effects of reading an LE-eBook compared to a printed book.  These findings of the study are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on December 22, 2014. “We found the body’s natural circadian rhythms were interrupted by the short-wavelength enriched light, otherwise known as blue light, from these electronic devices,” said Anne-Marie Chang, PhD, corresponding author, and associate neuroscientist in BWH’s Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders. “Participants reading an LE-eBook took longer to fall asleep and had reduced evening sleepiness, reduced melatonin secretion, later timing of their circadian clock and reduced next-morning alertness than when reading a printed book.” Previous research has shown that blue light suppresses melatonin, impacts the circadian clock and increase alertness, but little was known about the effects of this popular technology on sleep.   The use of light emitting devices immediately before bedtime is a concern because of the extremely powerful effect that light has on the body’s natural sleep/wake pattern, and may thereby play a role in perpetuating sleep deficiency. During the two-week inpatient study, twelve participants read LE-e-Books on an iPad for four hours before bedtime each night for five consecutive nights. This was repeated with printed books.  The order was randomized with some reading the iPad first and others reading the printed book first.  Participants reading on...
A guide to travel nursing jobs

A guide to travel nursing jobs

Are you a nurse? Have you considered where you would like to specialize? You may have thought about working as an ICU nurse, Recovery Room nurse, Emergency Room nurse, Operating Room nurse, Pedia nurse or may have thought about a more specialized job like Oncology nurse, etc. Or you may have had the interest to work overseas as a nurse to compare current practice set up from your home country to the other. But one of the most underrated field of nursing is working as a Travel nurse. Travel nursing is a unique and exciting career that allows you to explore the country while doing the job that you love.  Why? Because you get to work in some of the best medical facilities in the country and build your portfolio while making professional connections and forming lifelong friendships too. To help you decide if this is the career path you want to take, here is our ultimate guide to getting a travel nursing job. Confucius once said, “Choose a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Do you agree with this? Got something to add? Let us know by commenting...
Ideal meal after an intense workout

Ideal meal after an intense workout

Is there really such a thing like recommended diet after an intense workout? If yes, is it specific? Should you look at the caloric requirement? How about your BMI? Well, these are just some of the questions one might ask when you know they are really serious about it. Heres’s the thing, the ideal meal should contain this food group distribution to keep your body toned and healthy. Most of all, here are some tips you may want to consider: 1. Eat your largest meal of the day after exercise. 2. Eat more vegetables than fruits with this meal. 3. Choose mostly whole foods with minimal processing. 4. Choose local or organic foods whenever possible. 5. Use smaller or larger plates based on your own body size.   If you are curious with the types of food you should eat, you can refer to out 20 post work-out...

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