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- Nurses battling coronavirus beg for protective gear and better planning
In the fight against the coronavirus, nurses play a critical role, but some on the front lines in the hardest-hit areas in the United States say they fear that their health is not being made a priority. Nurses in Washington state and California said they have had to beg for N95 masks and have faced ridicule from colleagues when expressing concerns about catching the highly contagious virus. Some have complained about being pulled out of quarantine early to treat patients because of staff shortages.
- Twins' early delivery tied to complications, now and later
Twins delivered before 37 weeks gestation had higher risks of short- and long-term complications, according to a population study in Scotland. Infants of twin pregnancies born from 34 to 37 weeks had a higher risk of perinatal death compared with twins born closer to normal term, reported Sarah Murray, PhD, of the University of Edinburgh, and colleagues.
- Babies born prematurely can rapidly acquire some adult immune functions after birth
Researchers from King's College London and Homerton University Hospital have found babies born before 32 weeks gestation can rapidly acquire some adult immune functions after birth, equivalent to that achieved by infants born at term.