2 million Chinese mothers carry strep bacteria that can be fatal to newborns, study finds

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Nearly 2 million pregnant women in China are estimated to be carrying a strain of bacteria that can cause severe health problems or even prove fatal to newborn babies, according to an international study. The figure represents about 11 per cent of total annual births in China, and puts the country second globally in the … Continued

Postnatal depression less likely after winter or spring births

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Study finds risk of postpartum depression among new mothers also affected by other factors such as length of pregnancy Women who give birth in winter or spring are less likely to suffer postnatal depression than at other times of year, a study has shown. Other factors affecting the risk of postnatal depression, also known as … Continued

30 Million newborns could die by 2030, UN study says

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The fight against child mortality worldwide is succeeding—but millions of kids are still dying from preventable diseases, malnutrition and a lack of access to adequate hygiene and sanitation. In 2016, the number of children who died before age 5 reached a new low: 5.6 million. That’s a devastating number—it comes to 15,000 kids dying before … Continued

Tanzania gallery: the struggle for life without water at the Nyarugusu Dispensary

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At Nyarugusu in the Geita district in north-west Tanzania, life is a constant struggle, one that is made infinitely harden by the absence of running water. Photographer Sameer Satchu travelled to the area and recorded these images of daily events at a medical facility, the Nyarugusu Dispensary, for Water Aid.

Why Did India Have Ten Million Fewer Childhood Deaths Than Predicted?

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The study has a depressing name: The Million Death Study. But its latest set of data, published in the journal The Lancet on Wednesday, is anything but depressing when it comes to the topic of childhood deaths in India. India has the tragic distinction of being a world leader in childhood deaths. Between 2000 and 2015, the … Continued

How Mbale Regional Hospital reduced newborn mortality from 52 to 11% in under 3 years

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Ms Barbara Auma (right) of Tororo would now be in her final two weeks of pregnancy but her baby came almost three months earlier, writes Kakaire Ayub Kirunda. Prior to her ‘delivery’ Barbara bled for two days and the attending doctor had already written off the viability of the pregnancy outcome, documenting it as an abortion. … Continued

Better data and health worker training may cut stillbirths: study

The Hindu Business Line India HNN Admin

Stillbirth, which is defined as a baby born without life at or after 28 weeks gestation, is one of the major problems facing the health sector across the world. It is estimated that about 26 lakh stillbirths occurred globally every year and India accounted for the largest proportion with 5.9 lakh cases. While the number … Continued

State Of Newborn In India

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By Aarti Dhar India contributes to one-fifth of global live births and more than a quarter of neonatal deaths. Nearly, 0.75 million neonates died in India in 2013, the highest for any country in the world. The current Neonatal Mortality Rate is 28 per 1000 live births. Given the infant and under-five child mortality rates of … Continued

Health facilities struggle to implement ‘kangaroo care’

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Reuters Health – Making sure mothers have skin-to-skin contact with newborns is known to benefit babies, especially premature infants, but the practice is slow to catch on in healthcare facilities, researchers say. Known as “Kangaroo Mother Care,” or skin-to-skin, this simple strategy can reduce newborn deaths and sickness, but hospitals often struggle to implement it … Continued

Breast-Feeding May Lower Risk of Endometriosis

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By NICHOLAS BAKALAR Breast-feeding is linked to a reduced risk for endometriosis, a new study reports. Endometriosis — the growth of uterine tissue outside the uterus — can cause severe pain and excessive bleeding during menstruation, among other problems. It is a chronic disorder with an unknown cause. Researchers studied 72,394 women who had had one … Continued