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Neonatology Research

Skin hydration research has proven to be a significant area of interest with newborns, especially those born premature. Premature babies are born with immature barrier function in the skin, a critical health risk for infants for two reasons: babies can quickly become dehydrated by easily losing water through the skin, and they are much more prone to infection without sufficient protective barrier function.

Researchers utilize NOVA instrumentation as a non-invasive means of indexing the development of the barrier function of the baby's skin. Research indicates that baseline surface hydration is significantly related to the integrity of the barrier function of the skin. Use of NOVA instrumentation provides a quantitative means of evaluating the changing skin hydration levels of the newborns through the measure of DPM units. For additional information, please contact NOVA at

For research use only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.