June 25, 2010

Prematurity focus of VUMC publications

Each year half a million babies in the United States are born too soon. Premature infants are at significantly increased risk of developing chronic lung disease, cerebral palsy, and other severe and life-long health problems.

For nearly 50 years, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have pioneered the treatment of premature and critically ill babies. Now they’re tackling the problem at its source: what causes preterm delivery and how can it be prevented?

Follow the paths to discovery in the June issue of On Their Way (http://ontheirway.vanderbiltchildrens.org/), on the website of Lens magazine (www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/lens) and through the Nashville Public Television series, “Children’s Health Crisis” (http://www.wnpt.org/productions/chc/).

The second installment of the series was broadcast at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, on WNPT (Channel 8).