Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Despite Advances, Many Preemies Still Face Severe Disabilities

More babies born premature are surviving, but they are just as likely to experience serious disabilities, researchers say.
In two new studies comparing the experiences of children born premature in 1995 versus 2006, British researchers found that medical advances led to a 13 percent increase in the survival rate for babies in their first week after birth.
What’s more, when the kids were assessed around age 3, those born in 2006 were 11 percent more likely to have no disability at all.
However, the chance that children born premature in either year had developed some type of severe disability was virtually no different, according to the studies published this month in the British Medical Journal.
Read more of Michelle Diament's Disability Scoop article HERE.
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