For Immediate Release

February 18, 2013

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John Moore
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MFH NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT PHYSICIANS PUBLISHED NATIONALLY

TYLER, TX – Two physicians with Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit authored articles that recently appeared in national publications.

Dr. Tiffany Taylor co-authored "Randomized Trial of Iron Supplementation versus Routine Iron Intake in VLBW Infants” with Dr. Kathleen Kennedy of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School. The article appeared in the January 21 online edition of Pediatrics (the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics). The authors found that giving additional iron to infants with a birth weight of less than 1500 grams (3.3 lbs) did not increase their hematocrits (the ratio of red blood cells to the total volume of blood) at 36 weeks post menstrual age.

Dr. Brenda Morris’ article "Efficacy of Phototherapy Devices and Outcomes Among Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants: Multi-Center Observational Study" appeared in the February issue of the Journal of Perinatology. The study evaluated how quickly bilirubin (an orange-yellow pigment formed in the liver) dropped when using different types of phototherapy lights. The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network sponsored and performed the study.

Dr. Morris also had an abstract accepted as a poster symposium presentation in the Historical Perspectives Section at the Society for Pediatric Research/Pediatric Academic Societies meeting scheduled May 3-7, 2013. "The New London School Explosion and the Addition of Odorant to Natural Gas Production" highlights the tragedy that occurred in New London, Texas, in March of 1937, the aftermath, the role Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler played in treating the injured, and the explosion’s role as the catalyst for the addition of odorant to natural gas to prevent further tragedies.

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