Learn how very premature babies, born between 24 to 33 weeks, are at high risk of developing a moderate and severe disability in this medical report.
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Dr. Susan Sharma: For insider medicine in 60 I am Dr. Susan Sharma, from Paris - Very premature babies, those born between 24 to 33 weeks, are at high risk of developing moderate and severe disability. In a study comparing over 2000 very premature babies to a reference group, those born prematurely were 15 times more likely to have severe disabilities in later life and 3 times more likely to have moderate disabilities like vision or hearing impairment or cerebral palsy. From San Diego - The creation of a variant of a protein located on the surface of the bacteria streptococcus may lead to the development of a vaccine for strep throat and rheumatic fever. Researchers identified the structure of the M protein on the surface of group A strep, a part of the bacteria that is particularly important in its virulence. The researchers were able to create a variant of the M protein, and noted that it was effective at eliciting an immune reaction in mice. And finally, from Atlanta - The US Department of Health and Human Services has conceded that a series of vaccines may have played a part in unmasking an underlying medical condition. The case involved a previously well 18 month old who almost immediately after receiving a series of vaccines developed autism-like symptoms. Testing has noted that the child and her mother both have a mitochondrial disorder, which are known to present with neurological symptoms. To date, most scientifically valid studies have failed to demonstrate a link between autism and vaccines. For Insidermedicine in 60, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.