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- Behold the Bili-ruler: A novel, low-cost device for screening neonatal hyperbilirubinemia. Neonatal hyperbilirubinemia, commonly known as newborn jaundice, is a condition that affects up to 80 percent of newborns in the first week of life. Severe hyperbilirubinemia affects an estimated 1 million infants around the world annually. If diagnosed early, severe hyperbilirubinemia is largely treatable with high-intensity phototherapy, resulting in recovery without long-term consequences.
- Quieter NICUs a good Rx for premature babies. Shhhhh. Preterm infants can benefit from quiet times in hospital neonatal intensive care units, a new study says. High noise levels are known to harm health, and infants in NICUs are especially vulnerable, so some NICUs have created quiet times to limit potentially dangerous noise levels, according to the Acoustical Society of America.
- New technology helps NICU babies get individual treatment. Babies in the NICU need nutrients to help them grow and develop, and a new technology at Brenner Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, will help them get care for their individual needs. The Brenner NICU is the first in the country to use the Food and Drug Administration-approved breast milk analyzer. In just a minute the machine details the percentage of nutrients in the mother's milk.