Friday, June 17, 2011

Health of premature infants through adulthood

URI Nursing Professor Mary Sullivan has shared some of her latest findings in the longest running U.S. study of premature infants who were born in the 1980s. Her study has found the infants may face a greater risk of heart-health problems in adulthood. Her latest research shows that the stress response of pre-term infants produces increased levels of the hormone cortisol that becomes a mechanism underlying adult chronic diseases. Several media and blogs have carried reports worldwide, including Time, the Toronto Sun, London Free Press, Science Daily, UPI, Fars News (Iran), Newsday, MSN Health and Fitness, HealthJockey,, and HealthCanal. Many medical, health professional journals reported on the research, including Contemporary Pediatrics. Numerous television stations around the country also reported on the story. Link to the URI Today piece about her research.