Perinatal

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Each year in New Zealand, approximately 500 babies are born very preterm, exposing them to a higher risk of a number of neuro developmental problems, including cerebral palsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). We also experience a dramatically high number of stillborn babies.

Are babies treated with dextrose gel, a measure for reducing low blood sugar in babies, symptom-free at two years of age?

A study of children at two years of age assessing whether there are any adverse effects eventuating from the dextrose gel used to treat their hypoglycaemia at birth.

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A computer model to adjust the insulin dose in preterm babies with high blood sugar levels

A computer programme that helps to keep blood sugar levels in a safe range for preterm babies treated with insulin, to help avoid brain damage after preterm birth.

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The effects of vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy and infancy on dental health in early childhood

The two and half year follow up into the effects of vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy and infancy on tooth decay in socioeconomically deprived children.

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A follow-up of a national birth cohort from 1986. An investigation into the long-term effects associated with being born very preterm with very low birthweight (VLBW).

A follow-up of a national birth cohort from 1986. An investigation into the long-term effects associated with being born very preterm with very low birthweight (VLBW).

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Monitoring fetal movement to reduce the number of stillborn babies

The use of a complex software programme isolating a mother͛s movement from that of the fetus, to determine if this could be a predictor of increased risk of stillbirth

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Multi-centre case control stillbirth study

Extending an Auckland study that found a link between sleep position and prolonged sleep in the late stage of pregnancy and stillbirths.

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Personalising mechanical ventilation in neonatal intensive care units (NICU)

An observational trial in current and retrospective NICU patients undergoing mechanical ventilation to augment breathing, with the data used to inform patient-specific respiratory mechanics

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Promoting Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cell Maturation as a Treatment for Preterm Brain Injury

Can stimulating the maturation of brain cells which produce myelin – a fatty insulation that ensures effective transfer of information in the brain – reverse brain injury in preterm babies?

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