Prematurity and potential predictors

Tiffany M Field, Miguel A Diego, Maria Hernandez-Reif

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Abstract

Prematurity continues to be the leading cause of neonatal death and developmental disability, highlighting the importance of identifying potential predictors of prematurity as well as interventions that can be linked to the predictors. This review covers recent research on potential psychological, physiological, and biochemical predictors. Among the psychological stressors are depression, anxiety, difficult relationships, and lack of social support. Biochemical predictors include corticotropin-releasing hormone, cortisol, and fetal fibronectin. A program of research that links an intervention for prematurity with a predictor for prematurity, that is, massage therapy to reduce cortisol and, in turn, reduce prematurity, is then presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-289
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Neuroscience
Volume118
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2008

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Keywords

  • Corticotropin-releasing hormone
  • Cortisol
  • Fetal fibronectin
  • Prematurity

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  • Neuroscience(all)

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Prematurity and potential predictors. / Field, Tiffany M; Diego, Miguel A; Hernandez-Reif, Maria.

In: International Journal of Neuroscience, Vol. 118, No. 2, 01.02.2008, p. 277-289.

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Field, Tiffany M ; Diego, Miguel A ; Hernandez-Reif, Maria. / Prematurity and potential predictors. In: International Journal of Neuroscience. 2008 ; Vol. 118, No. 2. pp. 277-289.
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