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- Study finds gaps between CDC recommendations, NICU antibiotic use. Researchers looked at antibiotic use at neonatal intensive care units in 143 hospitals and found that none of the facilities addressed all components of the CDC's Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs, and compliance for most components was below 50%, suggesting substantial gaps between recommendations and practice. The study, reported in Pediatrics, also found that only 26% of NICU patients who received more than 48 hours of antibiotics had positive cultures.
- Infant head growth may better predict later intelligence. Researchers found babies born very preterm and/or with very low birth weight had smaller heads at birth but faster head growth between birth and age 20 months compared with those born full term, and infants with faster head growth, regardless of gestational age at birth, had better IQ scores at age 26 years. The findings in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society also showed that catch-up head growth better predicted later intelligence among premature and VLBW infant compared with gestational age or weight.