June 10, 1996 |
Few women are aware that bacteria they commonly harbor in their bodies is the chief cause of life-threatening infection and death in newborns. Or that the devastating infections can be avoided. But that's about to change. Federal authorities last week issued guidelines for screening and treating pregnant women for Group B streptococcus to prevent infection of their babies during delivery. "The infections are so tragic because the pregnancy and delivery can go fine and then, a couple hours after delivery, the babies get very sick," said Anne Schuchat, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who helped develop the guidelines.
July 5, 2014 |
Pennsylvania has joined most states in requiring that newborns have their blood oxygen levels measured - a simple test that allows doctors to catch rare heart defects missed during prenatal screening. The test, known as pulse oximetry, consists of placing a small sensor on the infant's foot. It is common practice at birthing hospitals, but was not mandated in Pennsylvania. On Wednesday, Gov. Corbett signed the requirement, which takes effect in 90 days. Physicians say the test can detect problems while newborns are still in the hospital, in case they need surgery.
September 27, 1995 |
During the past year, 23 Philadelphia children under age 4 developed AIDS, representing an alarming increase of a third over the previous year's pediatric AIDS cases. Each of the 23 cases was transmitted by a mother infected with HIV, the AIDS virus. Since 1981, 89 children under age 4 have been diagnosed with AIDS. The local explosion in cases contradicts a study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released today that finds a "leveling" nationwide in the number of HIV-infected newborns since 1990.
May 22, 1990 |
Armed with a $170,710 federal grant, the state Health Department announced yesterday that it would begin testing all babies born in Philadelphia for sickle cell anemia and expand testing statewide next year. Starting June 1, newborns in Philadelphia will be tested for sickle cell in addition to hypothyroidism and phenylketonuria, two potentially serious disorders for which babies are already tested. Sickle cell anemia is a blood disorder that not only causes anemia, or weakness, but also can lead to blocked blood vessels, infections and other complications.
October 20, 1987 |
Somewhere out there is a girl named "Bong" and a boy named "Porsche. " There are infants somewhere in Pennsylvania named "Rayon," "Cosmo" and "Knowledge. " There is even, if you can believe it, a baby girl named "Genie" and a baby boy named "Aladdin. " Those are among the more eye-grabbing names given newborns in the state last year, according to the Department of Health. The agency maintains a sort of head count of what's happening in the name game from year to year.
July 8, 1993 |
Two Bucks County hospitals recently added services for mothers and newborns. Medical College Hospital's Bucks County Campus in Warminster opened a 12- room maternity suite June 7. Each expectant mother is assigned a room where she goes through labor and delivery. After the birth, the mother remains in that room and has the option of keeping her baby with her. Fathers are invited to stay overnight and siblings are allowed to visit as frequently as the family wishes. Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol opened a four-bed newborn intensive-care unit June 28. A specialized team of physicians and nurses cares for infants who have been born prematurely or with disorders that require immediate and intensive care.
January 10, 2016
Might extensive skin-to-skin contact between newborns and their mothers - dubbed "kangaroo care" - offer health benefits for the babies? A study in the current issue of the journal Pediatrics analyzed data on more than 215,000 newborns, gleaned from 124 studies that examined the relationship between various measures of neonatal health and kangaroo care, the snuggling of a newborn against its mother's chest, either under her clothing or with a blanket...
March 21, 2011 |
TRENTON - Newborns in New Jersey would have to be tested for congenital heart disease under legislation that continues to advance in the Legislature. It would require that pulse oximetry - a noninvasive and painless test - be administered at least 24 hours after a child's birth. Proponents call it a commonsense way to potentially save lives, and note that some hospitals already require it. Experts say roughly one child in 100 is born with structural problems in the heart, most of which are not diagnosed before birth.
October 17, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Before the end of the year, hospitals in Pennsylvania will be required to test newborns for certain rare disorders where early detection could help save lives. Gov. Corbett on Wednesday signed a bill to expand newborn screenings to include six disorders. "We owe these children and their families a fighting chance," Corbett said at a news conference in the Capitol. The bill signing came amid a busy end-of-session legislative schedule. The General Assembly sent to Corbett's desk a child-protection bill that would prevent school employees in Pennsylvania who have been caught having sexual relationships with students from being hired by another school.
September 29, 1988 |
Legislation that would expand the legal definition of child abuse to include children born with drug or alcohol problems was unanimously approved by the state Senate yesterday. The bill's sponsor, Sen. James C. Greenwood (R., Bucks), said that he would work to get the bill adopted in the House but that it was unlikely to pass before the legislative session ends Nov. 30. That would mean that he would have to start the legislative process anew when the next session begins in January.