Latest Causes of Prematurity

Maternal Risks of Prematurity Update

Posted by on Jun 8, 2010 in Articles, Latest Causes of Prematurity, March of Dimes, Preemies in the News | 0 comments

Last week two stories in the news broke my heart. The first, from the June issue of Pediatrics, mentions a study which found C-Sections may increase the risk of celiac disease, as opposed to  those infants born vaginally. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder which leads to inflammation of the gut when the person consumes any foods containing gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley and rye). In terms of the western diet, that’s a toughie. The researchers have no certain understanding of the process at this point, but hypothesize that  perhaps the phenomenon is linked to the fact...

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Latest Causes of Prematurity

Posted by on Jul 3, 2009 in Articles, Latest Causes of Prematurity | 0 comments

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, preterm birth in this country has risen 36% since the 1980’s, resulting in roughly 540,000 preterm births in 2006. That number rose in 2007 and decreased slightly (0.1%)  in 2008, despite the March of Dimes’ excellent program (began in 2003) highlighting the problem and funding research to combat it. Certainly, the alarm bell should be sounding, nationwide!  Why is this happening? For years, it has been known that certain physiological events will trigger a preterm birth: trauma or injury to the mother is one, infection is...

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