Monthly Archives: March 2013

Weekly Updates #27 or whatever… I’ll have to think of a new title for these posts…

Troger B, Muller T, Faust K, Bendiks M, Bohlmann MK, Thonnissen S, Herting E, Gopel W, Hartel C: Intrauterine Growth Restriction and the Innate Immune System in Preterm Infants of </=32 Weeks Gestation. Neonatology 2012, 103(3):199-204. Infants born with IUGR … Continue reading

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To blindly go where no man….

Do we really need to blind research projects? And if so which parts of them? There is good empirical data that randomization must be masked, it is important that at the moment a patient is enrolled in a study the … Continue reading

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Breast = best: past your eyes?

The title is from one of those bad punny jokes that you never forget, about taking a bath in milk (pasteurized? No just up to my chin. Boom, boom). For the readers of this blog who are not native English … Continue reading

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Extremely Preterm Infants, long term outcomes

A new publication examines in great detail the cognitive outcomes of preterm babies less than 29 weeks gestation. The group from Melbourne, the Victorian Infant Collaborative, has published another study. (Hutchinson EA, De Luca CR, Doyle LW, et al: School-age … Continue reading

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Prepuce wars

A commentary written by a very long list of authors in response to the AAP’s position on circumcision. (Frisch M, Aigrain Y, Barauskas V, et al: Cultural Bias in the AAP’s 2012 Technical Report and Policy Statement on Male Circumcision. … Continue reading

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Pacifiers (soothers, dummies) are friendly to babies

The baby friendly initiative has been a force for improving breast-feeding rates, with many sensible parts to the program. Unfortunately some of it isn’t evidence based, such as the prohibition of what I will call soothers. I’m originally from England … Continue reading

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Weekly Updates #0

I know this is out of sequence, and my weekly updates aren’t in any way weekly, but I thought I’d direct anyone who is interested in keeping an eye on general medical issues to Richard Lehman’s journal review. He is … Continue reading

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