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In Brief | Division News
READING TO PREEMIES HELPS THEM BREATHE EASIER: Melissa Scala, MD, is first author of a paper in the Journal of Perinatologythat explores the effects of reading to preterm infants on measures of cardiorespiratory stability in the neonatal intensive care unit. Preterm infants experienced significantly fewer desaturation events during parental bedside reading and one hour after reading exposure as compared to periods three hours and one hour prior to reading exposure. Separate analyses showed there were fewer desaturation events in a cohort exposed to live readings versus recorded readings, and in a cohort exposed to maternal reading only versus paternal reading only. Study findings were discussed in a recent post on the blog All Things Neonatal.