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Premature Babies Study

KUHF-FM (NPR) Freq. 88.7 (Internet / Radio) 05/09/06 http://www.kuhf.org/site/News2?JServSessionIdr001=vwjgcuzjt2.app5b&page=NewsArticle&id=16374&news_iv_ctrl=1521 Researchers at UTMB Galveston and UT Medical School Houston have been following the progress of a group of children for more than a decade. UTMB Neurology Professor Dr. Karen Smith says the study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and tracked the long-term development of premature children. Smith, along with Dr. Susan Landry from UT Medical School, monitored parents and children in the families' homes. Smith says things like talking to babies, positive feedback and stimulating activities all help preemies. But she adds these parenting techniques can be difficult for some families. Smith says this study, which was published in the journal Pediatrics, may indicate doctors need to do more in the way of offering education and direction for the parents of preemies. UTMB and UT Medical School are seeking additional funding from the NIH to continue to monitor these children up to the age of 20.



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