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Abortion Survivor Meets Nurse Who Saved Her Life

Abortion Survivor Meets Nurse Who Saved Her Life | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
The abortion survivor steps into the room and comes face to face with a nurse volunteer that held and rocked her nearly thirty-five years ago when she was in a
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Rapid genomic deep-sequencing testing pinpoints newborns' genetic diseases in a few days

Rapid genomic deep-sequencing testing pinpoints newborns' genetic diseases in a few days | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it

A faster DNA sequencing machine and streamlined analysis of the results can diagnose genetic disorders in days rather than weeks. 

 

Up to a third of the babies admitted to neonatal intensive care units have a genetic disease. Although symptoms may be severe, the genetic cause can be hard to pin down. Thousands of genetic diseases have been described, but relatively few tests are available, and even these may detect only the most common mutations.

 

Whole-genome sequencing could test for many diseases at once, but its cost, the complexity of the results and the turnaround time are prohibitive. In what they hope will be a prototype for other hospitals, a research team led by Stephen Kingsmore at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, has implemented a much faster, simpler system for finding relevant mutations in whole-genome sequences that is designed for physicians without specialized genetic training.

 

These kinds of innovation will help more hospitals bring sequencing into clinical care, says Richard Gibbs, director of the human genome sequencing centre at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. “A lot of people are going to realize from this that the future is now.”

 

Sequencing has been used before to pinpoint the cause of mysterious diseases. In 2011, Gibbs led a team that sequenced 14-year-old twins with a neurological movement disorder and found a way to improve their treatment2. In another instance, whole-genome sequencing suggested that a mysterious case of severe inflammatory bowel disease had a genetic cause and could be relieved through a bone marrow transplant3. But both these examples required several weeks and a team of experts to resolve. The Children’s Mercy Hospital plans to offer routine sequencing in the neonatal intensive care unit by the end of the year.

 

To order a test, physicians will choose terms from pull-down boxes to describe the infant's symptoms. Software then compiles a list of potential suspect genes. After the genome is sequenced, the software hunts for and analyses mutations in only those genes, which allows it to compile a list of possible causative mutations more quickly. The team had early access to a new DNA sequencing machine from sequencing company Illumina, based in San DIego, California, that could generate a whole genome within 25 hours. The entire process, from obtaining consent to preliminary diagnosis, took 50 hours, not counting the time taken to ship DNA samples and computer hard drives between Illumina's lab in the UK, where the DNA sequencing was carried out, and the hospital, where analysis was conducted. Kingsmore estimates that the cost of sequence and analysis is $13,500 per child, including costs to verify variants in a laboratory certified to perform clinical tests.

 

Fast sequencing cannot diagnose all genetic diseases. Current sequencing technology tend to overlook mutations such as duplicated genes, for example. Nonetheless, deep sequencing will be able to provide diagnoses for many cases that would otherwise remain harrowing mysteries.


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#Gosnell Showed Us That if America Sees Abortion, It Will Oppose Abortion

#Gosnell Showed Us That if America Sees Abortion, It Will Oppose Abortion | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
We have been saying for a long time that if America could see abortion, she would end abortion. Those words are proving to be true and we must continue fighting

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Gosnell 'Story' Not New, Babies Born Alive Left to Die for Years

Gosnell 'Story' Not New, Babies Born Alive Left to Die for Years | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it

 

Following the decriminalization of abortion by Roe v. Wade in 1973, the brutality of abortion and the unsanitary conditions of abortion clinics have remained suppressed by the media. In fact, pro-life activist Nancy Creger says that what Kermit Gosnell has been doing at his clinic in Philadelphia, had been happening for years elsewhere.

In 1998, the Georgia Bulletin published a story about Midtown Hospital in Atlanta, which had been the subject of an investigation in 1983 after Creger exposed death certificates revealing that 14 babies had survived second trimester abortions in a three-year period at the facility.

The death certificates showed that the babies had lived for various amounts of time, ranging from 20 minutes to 13 hours, yet there was no indication that the infants were transported to the neonatal unit of a hospital that cares for premature babies. At the time, Midtown Hospital claimed that transporting a baby that survived abortion was a decision to be made by the attending physician.

According to the Bulletin, nine of the death certificates listed “hospital disposal” or “Midtown Hospital” under the category of “Cemetery or Crematory Name.”

“Midtown, I learned, specialized in late-term abortions, and advertised in newspapers up and down the East Coast,” writes Creger in LifeNews. She reports that after she was given copies of the death certificates, she decided to call CNN.

“I knew this was a huge scandal, and that CNN would give it national coverage,” Creger states. She relates that the CNN reporter was all set to go with filming the story, but then suddenly informed Creger that it had been cancelled.

“Someone at CNN wanted the story buried, just like today with the abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell story of the massacre of babies at his clinic,” Creger writes.

Creger states that she then teamed up with Father Noel Burtenshaw, who asked her to write her story. Burtenshaw interviewed regulatory affairs and health department officials. He and the staff at the Georgia Bulletin, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, published her discovery, and the story was out on television, in newspapers, and in national pro-life organizations.

“The relevant section of the Georgia Code in 1983 referred to the possibility of a baby surviving an abortion in the third trimester of pregnancy, and said if this happened medical aid must be rendered,” Creger writes. “There was no reference in the Code to a baby surviving a second trimester abortion.”

Creger states that interviews in 1983 with Department of Human Resources (DHR) officials revealed no clear rules for treating infants who had survived abortions. As a result of her expose, Midtown Hospital was asked by DHR to draft new guidelines for caring for surviving babies, though the decision as to how to handle a born-alive infant was ultimately left to the physician.

“Today, when asked about the Gosnell case, Planned Parenthood states that it’s up to a woman and her doctor,” comments Creger. She says, however, “the possibility of ‘live births’ at Midtown was being eliminated a year after her 1983 expose.

Creger writes that, in August of 1984, the Bulletin reported that an experimental procedure had been developed at Midtown Hospital in which an adult dosage of digoxin was injected directly into the heart of a five-month-old baby in the uterus, with the aim of killing the infant prior to abortion. Essentially, the injection would induce a massive heart attack in the baby.

The Bulletin indicates that, at the time, the administrator of Midtown Hospital refused to discuss the procedure or whether the women patients, whose unborn babies received digoxin injection abortions, were aware they were taking part of an experimental procedure or had given their consent.

Creger reports that she learned the abortion doctors at Midtown were going to Kansas to be instructed in the digoxin procedure by late-term abortionist George Tiller.

In May of 1998, Midtown Hospital was shut down, according to the Bulletin, after the state documented conditions at the abortion facility which “shocked inspectors and revealed women patients were being treated in unsanitary, overcrowded, poorly staffed and dangerous conditions.”

Affidavits filed by the state included reports from two patients and several former employees, in addition to those by DHR.

A 31 year-old patient said that, when she went for an abortion in February of 1998, conditions at Midtown “were so crowded that women were lying on the floor and on chairs after labor had been induced, screaming in pain without any monitoring by staff.” She reported that one woman gave birth in a bathroom that day.

The woman, who said that she was at Midtown from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., stated in her affidavit that blood and urine were everywhere, and that staff stepped over patients who were lying on the floor.

Another woman who went to Midtown for an abortion in April of 1998, had to be admitted to a hospital several days later on an emergency basis. She was reportedly suffering from severe pain, bleeding, and vomiting. She was later diagnosed as having had an “incomplete abortion,” according to the affidavit, and ultimately required surgery.


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littlebytesnews's curator insight, May 7, 2013 2:08 AM

Horrific, I'm sure this has been happening for many years. Anyone who would kill a perfectly healthy human being in utero is an animal, not a doctor! 

Kayli Ciongoli's comment, March 6, 2014 9:33 AM
Babies who survive abortions have no clear treatments after surviving. At Midtown Hostpital we see that their neonatal care unit does not do its job properly. With many accounts of babies who survived abortion not being taking care of and babies that were tried to be abortated unmoraly
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Very sad...
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More babies being born addicted to prescription drugs

More babies being born addicted to prescription drugs | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
At East Tennessee Children's Hospital in Knoxville, nurses and doctors are scrambling to deal with a problem that is quickly becoming an epidemic: babies who are born addicted to prescription drugs.
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Babies born addicted to drugs: more than 20 newborn addicts every week in England - Telegraph

Babies born addicted to drugs: more than 20 newborn addicts every week in England - Telegraph | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
The number of newborn babies diagnosed with “neonatal drug withdrawal symptoms” has risen by 11 per cent in the past four years, to 1,129 last year

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Tim Pope's curator insight, December 23, 2013 3:55 AM

Is it me, or is calling them 'addicted' scaremongering? I agree it is not good by any means, and they will go through some sort of withdrawel, but addicted? Surely they won't be out scoring anytime soon?

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Q&A with Joy Lawn: Kangaroo Mother Care - Voice of America

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A mother's touch really cam save a child's life. That's the claim behind Kangaroo Mother Care.

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Nicole Coddington's curator insight, March 4, 2014 11:07 AM
This article once again highlights the importance of kangaroo care,and also shows that through studies when babies are part of kangaroo care,they pick up certain protections from their mothers skin,that then protect them from other infections in the NICU. It is also shown to help brain development and stabilize vital signs.
Kayla Hood's curator insight, March 26, 2014 10:21 AM

Kangaroo Mother care is very beneficial to the baby and the mothers touch helps it to feel more safe then being seperated from their mom. Studies have shown that the mothers touch of skin has prevented infections, protect the baby from other bugs, and helped the effect on the brain. Asia has the highest rate of small premature babies weighing only 2.5 kilograms.

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Neonatal Nursing: Making a Difference, Changing Lives

Academy of Neonatal Nursing - 2011 Anniversary Video.
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How to get ahead in ... neonatal nursing

How to get ahead in ... neonatal nursing | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
Despite attractions of the role and a demand for services, there is a national shortage of neonatal nurses
Denise Evans has nearly 40 years experience of neonatal nursing caring for premature and very sick new born babies.

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This article talks about someone who has experienced being a neonatal nurse, and how emotionally draining it is yet has a rewarding outcome for those who become better and experiencing their role in the child's life and their families.

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Babies Gosnell Killed in Abortion, Infanticide Taken to State Landfills

Babies Gosnell Killed in Abortion, Infanticide Taken to State Landfills | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
What became of many of the babies abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell killed in horrific abortions and infanticides? One researcher has the answers. Michael

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Dr. Kermit Gosnell Sentenced — Abortion Doctor Gets Life In Prison - TV Balla

Dr. Kermit Gosnell Sentenced — Abortion Doctor Gets Life In Prison - TV Balla | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it

The nightmare abortion doctor, who was found guilty of snipping the necks of babies born alive at his run-down Philadelphia clinic, was sentenced to life in prison on May 14. Do YOU think that’s an...
Read more at http://www.tvballa.com/2013/05/89660/dr-kermit-gosnell-sentenced-abortion-doctor-gets-life-prison#LyYfcBfLH0fowiRM.99


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Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse

Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
Save newborns. Care for premature and critically ill babies in the neonatal intensive care unit. You’ll monitor them, administer medication, and hold the ones in distress.
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Cape facing epidemic of drug-addicted newborns

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It's an unexpected problem in the most unexpected place: babies addicted to powerful and illegal drugs when they’re born. 

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No. of Ky babies born addicted to drugs increases - Cincinnati.com

No. of Ky babies born addicted to drugs increases - Cincinnati.com | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
No. of Ky babies born addicted to drugs increases Cincinnati.com But David Hopkins, program manager of the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting program, or KASPER, said the prescription drug abuse law passed last year by the...
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The Importance of Neonatal Nursing | neonatology-outreach.org

A profession in neonatal nursing poses a special set of challenges, as neonatal specialists work in conjunction with neonatologists, moms and dads, and a host of various other medical workers to offer a team-oriented ...
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How to Get Medical Jobs : How to Become a Neonatal Nurse

A neonatal nurse has training as either a registered nurse or an advanced practice nurse, and works with newborn babies. Become a neonatal nurse with tips fr...
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This video explains what a neonatal nurse is and the process of becoming a neonatal nurse, also different ways to do it. There are many different requirements and this video tells us what they are.