Obstetrics & gynaecology

Study questions utility of universal cervical length screens

(HealthDay)—Patients with a short cervix who deliver prematurely have a significantly longer interval from antenatal corticosteroid administration, and fewer receive antenatal corticosteroids within seven days of birth, ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Very premature babies benefit most from corticosteroids before birth

Giving corticosteroid drugs to mothers at risk of preterm delivery - from as early as 23 weeks of pregnancy - is associated with a lower rate of death and serious illness for their babies, finds a study published by The BMJ ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Antenatal steroids don't cut morbidity in preterm twins

(HealthDay)—Antenatal administration of corticosteroids is not associated with a reduction in the incidence of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in preterm twins, according to research published in the September issue ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Antenatal corticosteroids cut mortality for early preemies

(HealthDay)—For neonates born before 24 weeks of gestation, receipt of antenatal corticosteroids and active intensive treatment is associated with reduced odds of mortality to discharge, according to a review published ...

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Research shows efficacy of steroid use in late preterm delivery

Current recommendations are for all women who go into labor prior to 34 weeks gestation to be given antenatal corticosteroids (betamethasone) to help mature the baby's lungs. However, many babies born in the late preterm ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Antenatal corticosteroid use up, even when not optimal

(HealthDay)—From 1988 to 2012, there were increases in the rates of optimal, suboptimal, and questionably appropriate administration of antenatal corticosteroids, according to a study published online Jan. 7 in Obstetrics ...

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