Meeting the challenges of preterm birth

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have been pioneers in the treatment of premature and critically ill infants for nearly 50 years. Today they're tackling one of their greatest challenges -- stopping premature labor before it starts.  read article

Born too soon

Why are so many babies born prematurely? One driver may be evolution. As our heads enlarged and our hips narrowed when we began to walk upright, nature pushed for an earlier birth. Researchers hope that by identifying the genes, hormones and other factors that control birth timing, they may be able to prevent "too early" births.  read article

The quality revolution

Health care reform is not a legislative invention. It’s a quiet revolution that is occurring in hospitals and clinics throughout the country. “We need to share what we do with others, and we need to learn from each other,” says Vanderbilt neonatologist Judy Aschner, M.D.  read article