Healthy Preterm Infants Show Reduced Lung Function

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Tests of healthy preterm infants younger than 12 weeks of age show prematurity to be independently associated with reduced lung function. Predictors of this reduced expiratory flow during the first months of life include male sex, low gestational age and increased weight gain.

The results appear in the second issue for February 2006 of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, published by the American Thoracic Society.

Marcus H. Jones, M.D., Ph.D., of the Department of Pediatrics at the Hospital S

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