Science Cafe to explore problems of preterm birthsIt's estimated that preterm births cost society more than $26.2 billion per year.
It's a huge problem and lowering the number of preterm births is certainly a major goal among health professionals. A preterm birth is considered to be anything less than 37 weeks gestation.
|Jack Turman Jr. Ph.D.|
Jack Turman Jr., Ph.D., director of physical therapy education in the School of Allied Health Professions, will be the presenter. He will explore:
- Why the infant mortality rate for blacks in Nebraska is nearly twice as high as the state's overall infant mortality rate;
- How nearly one-third of brain development occurs in the final four weeks of a full-term pregnancy; and
- How Nebraska's goal is to reduce its preterm births by 5 percent.
Free pizza, provided by the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, will be available for the first 50 attendees.