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Newborn intensive care unit
Newborn intensive care unit: An intensive care unit designed for premature and ill newborn babies. Abbreviated NICU. Also called a neonatal intensive care unit....
Newborn screening: Tests of newborns to screen for serious treatable diseases most of which are genetic. The newborn screening tests done in the United States are decided on a state-by-state basis. The most common newborn screening tests in the US include
Newborn test, Brazelton
Newborn test, Brazelton: A widely used test of the newborn baby as to their neurologic status and developmental progress.
The Brazelton newborn test is formally called the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS). However, the NBAS which was devised by the Harvard pediatrician T. Berry
Nexus: A connection or link. A causal connection.
A connected series.
"Nexus" comes from the Latin "nectere" meaning "to bind." The same Latin root gave rise to "connect" and "annex."
"Nexus" achieved some currency as the title of a book by Henry Miller (1891-1980). Following "Sexus" (1949) and "Pl...
NF: Abbreviation for Neurofibromatosis and for National Formulary....
NF1 (neurofibromatosis type 1)
NF1 (neurofibromatosis type 1): See: Neurofibromatosis type 1....
NF2 (neurofibromatosis type 2)
NF2 (neurofibromatosis type 2): Neurofibromatosis type 2....
NG tube: See: Nasogastric tube....
NGF: Nerve growth factor....
NGFB: The beta polypeptide chain of nerve growth factor....
NHGRI: Stands for National Human
Genome Research Institute, one of the National Institutes
of Health (NIH) in the U.S. NHGRI's mission is to "support
the NIH component of the Human Genome Project, a worldwide
research effort designed to analyze the structure of human
DNA and determine the loc...
NHLBI: Stands for the National
Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, one of the National
Institutes of Health in the U.S. The NHLBI's mission is to
"provide leadership for a national research program in
diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lungs, and blood and
in transfusion medicine through sup...
NIA (National Institute on Aging)
NIA (National Institute on Aging): One of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). The
mission of the National Institute on Aging is to "lead a national
program of research on
the biomedical, social, and behavioral aspects of the aging
process; the prevention of age-related diseases and
NIAAA (Nat'l Inst. on Alcoh. Abuse and Alcoholism)
NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and
Alcoholism): The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and
Alcoholism is one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the
U.S. The mission of NIAAA is to "conduct research focused on
improving the treatment and prevention of alcoholism and alcoh...