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28 July 2010

Preemies risk breathing problems

Infants born even a few weeks early run the risk of developing breathing problems compared with full-term babies, a new study finds.

Infants born even a few weeks early run the risk of developing breathing problems compared with full-term babies, a new study finds.

"Our study verifies that late preterm birth neonates delivered from 34 to 37 weeks have much higher risks for respiratory complications than infants delivered from 38 to 40 weeks gestation," said lead researcher Dr Judith U. Hibbard, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. "The risk for respiratory [illness] decreases with each advancing week of gestation."

 
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