Medicine: Packaging for Preemies

THRUST out into the world before they are ready, premature babies must be kept warmer than full-term infants if they are to survive. Thus, hospitals have long placed preemies in temperature-controlled incubators, where some cooling occurs each time the baby is fed or treated. Now there is another way. After experiments with hooded bags of the bubbled, air-pocketed polyethylene material used to package glassware, a team of researchers at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center has found that the stuff can prevent damage to kids as well as to merchandise. In a test...

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