1 in 10 US births are premature and about 30,000 per year are critically premature. In addition, extreme prematurity is the leading cause of infant mortality and morbidity in the US. However, these values have the potential to decrease in the future thanks to researchers at the Center for Fetal Research in the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia who have developed a system that mimics the environment of a woman’s womb. The system consist has thus far kept premature lambs alive for four weeks.
-By Julia Watson: http://communitymappingforhealthequity.org/