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June 3, 2019

Around the Nation: Meet the 'smallest baby ever'

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    Saybie, who weighed just 8.6 ounces, is believed to be the smallest baby to survive a premature birth, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Missouri, and Ohio. 
    • California: Sharp HealthCare on Wednesday announced that an infant girl was born at 8.6 ounces in December 2018, making her the smallest premature baby to survive a premature birth. Saybie was born at 23 weeks with under developed lungs. Saybie survived with the help of a breathing tube and was able to go home for the first time on Wednesday. Now five months old, Saybie weighs five pounds and six ounces (Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5/29; Watson/Antczak, Time, 5/29).

    • Missouri: Pfizer just opened a $236 million, 295,000-square-foot facility research facility in Chesterfield that will house the company's BioTherapeutics Pharmaceutical Sciences group. Pfizer said the facility the company develop new vaccines and medications by creating dosage forms, manufacturing processes, and analytics for oncology and internal medicine drugs and vaccines. The facility also will work on developing gene therapies, Pfizer officials said (Kukuljan, New York Business Journal, 5/30).

    • Ohio: Kroger is offering no-cost diabetes screenings and risk assessments at clinics and pharmacies located in Kroger stores across the country. The company said it plans to offer the no-cost screenings at more than 2,000 pharmacies and 200 clinics in 35 states through June 22. Colleen Lindholz—president of Kroger Health, the grocery chain's health care arm—said making risk assessments "affordable and accessible for … customers" will help patients prevent and detect diabetes (Brunsman, Milwaukee Business Journal, 5/30).

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