Roche said two-thirds of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patients taking the Swiss drugmaker’s newly approved medicine Evrysdi have previously received rival treatments Zolgensma from Novartis or Biogen’s Spinraza.

A new wireless system for monitoring the vital signs of the most fragile newborns – those born prematurely or with debilitating diseases – could make it easier for parents to have skin to skin contact with their babies, a preliminary study suggests.

Abbott announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Amplatzer Piccolo Occluder, the world’s first medical device that can be implanted in the tiniest babies using a minimally invasive procedure to treat patent ductus arteriosus (PDA).

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first test – a diagnostic from Meridian Bioscience Inc. – to help detect a type of herpes virus in newborns.

An estimated 6.3 million children died before their 15th birthdays in 2017 – or one every five seconds – mostly due to a lack of water, sanitation, nutrition and basic healthcare, according to report by United Nations agencies.

China has overtaken the United States in healthy life expectancy at birth for the first time, according to World Health Organization data.

By Jilian Mincer Bay Minette, Alabama (Reuters) – Dr. Nicole Arthur, a family practice physician, was trained to avoid Cesarean deliveries in child-birth, unless medically necessary, because surgery increases risks and recovery time. But she has adjusted her approach since arriving last year at the 70-bed North Baldwin Infirmary in rural, southern Alabama. Low patient […]

Novavax Inc said data from a mid-stage study showed that immunizing pregnant women with its RSV vaccine was safe for fetuses and could protect infants against the common respiratory virus. The Maryland-based biotechnology company, whose stock jumped about 8.5 percent in premarket trading on Tuesday, reported last month that a separate mid-stage study showed the […]

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Children are half as likely to die before their fifth birthday now than they were in 1990, researchers said on Wednesday, but a United Nations target has not been met.   Of all under-five deaths, almost half occur during a baby’s first four weeks, said a new report by the […]