June 24, 2010

Nashville Public Television series, "Children's Health Crisis" Featuring VUMC Researchers Airs Tonight at 8 p.m.

Each year half a million babies in the United States are born too soon. Premature infants are at significantly increased risk of developing chronic lung disease, cerebral palsy, and other severe and life-long health problems.

For nearly 50 years, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have pioneered the treatment of premature and critically ill babies. Now they’re tackling the problem at its source: what causes preterm delivery and how can it be prevented?

Follow the paths to discovery in the June issue of On Their Way http://ontheirway.vanderbiltchildrens.org/, on the website of Lens magazine www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/lens and through the Nashville Public Television series, “Children’s Health Crisis”http://www.wnpt.org/productions/chc/.

The second installment of the series is scheduled to be broadcast at 8 p.m. tonight (June 24) on WNPT (Channel 8).