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Postnatal Lung Development and Chronic Lung Disease in Premature Newborns: Chronic lung disease (also known as bronchopulmonary dysplasia) is a major cause of death and disability in premature babies. While improvements in neonatal care mean that morebabies survive premature birth, about half of these premature infants (born at ~26 weeks gestation) go on to develop chronic lung disease. In a normal baby, lung development continues for at least the first 2 years of life. The problem with prematu...