Prem babies at greater risk of kidney disease

Babies born prematurely could be at greater risk of developing kidney diseases later in life. The Monash University study is identifying new strategies for minimising the consequences of being born preterm, which accounts for around eight per cent of births each year in Australia.

By comparing the kidneys of babies born prematurely with those born after the full nine-month gestation, the research tea, identified that preterm babies had far fewer nephrons – the “building blocks” that make our kidneys.

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