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This Simple Change Could Help More Premature Babies Survive

According to the CDC, nearly one out of every eight infants born in the US every year is born prematurely — that means birth occurs prior to 37 weeks of pregnancy. Preterm-related causes of death together accounted for 35 percent of all infant deaths in 2009, more than any other single cause. Researchers at Texas […]

According to the CDC, nearly one out of every eight infants born in the US every year is born prematurely — that means birth occurs prior to 37 weeks of pregnancy. Preterm-related causes of death together accounted for 35 percent of all infant deaths in 2009, more than any other single cause.

Researchers at Texas Children's Hospital are hoping to improve the chances of a premature baby surviving by creating better nutrition.

Houston Matters' Maggie Martin spoke with Dr. Amy Hair, a Neonatologist at Texas Children's Hospital, and Baylor College of Medicine.

More: Tiny preemies thrive with cream supplement, study finds (Houston Chronicle)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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