Monthly Archives: May 2013

Unexpected Collapse shortly after Term Delivery

Pejovic NJ, Herlenius E: Unexpected collapse of healthy newborn infants: risk factors, supervision and hypothermia treatment. Acta Paediatrica 2013, 102(7):680-688. There are now a few similar studies and some case reports of this phenomenon. Otherwise healthy normal full term babies … Continue reading

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Etiquette-Based Neonatology

Keir A: “Please call my baby by her name…”. Acta Paediatrica 2013. This should be self-evident, but this publication in the Acta Paediatrica ‘different view’ section notes that it is not. Knowing whether the baby is a boy or a … Continue reading

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Public Citizen, still full of shit

Sorry to any of my readers who are offended by the ‘olde englishe’ term for solid waste matter, I could have said s**t or crap I guess, but I am getting a bit irritated by the stream of b******s (liquid … Continue reading

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Needless

One of the blogs that I follow, and which does not post very frequently, is by David Colquhoun, he is (or was) a professor of pharmacology at University College London, who writes mostly about the inappropriate teaching of quackery as … Continue reading

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Adaptation at birth and cord clamping

The guys in Melbourne have a great set up, the 2 universities collaborate, as well as working with colleagues from Sydney also. Stuart Hopper is a very innovative thinker who has re-examined a lot of older data about what happens … Continue reading

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Neonatal Updates #33

McElroy SJ, Underwood MA, Sherman MP: Paneth Cells and Necrotizing Enterocolitis: A Novel Hypothesis for Disease Pathogenesis. Neonatology 2013, 103(1):10-20. (free access)I think this is an interesting idea that might be fruitful for the future. If the hypothesis is correct, … Continue reading

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Travelling, again

Posting has been light last week and will continue to be for the next week. I was at a conference in St John, New Brunswick, last week (presentations now available on the blog, under New Brunswick 2013) and I am … Continue reading

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Probiotics in the NICU: a ‘how-to’ guide

I have had several communications from people interested in starting the use of probiotics in their nurseries. There are often roadblocks, and some reluctance from either infection control, or pharmacy and therapeutics committees (or both). I will recount what we … Continue reading

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What we don’t know about neonatal endocrinology #3, the thyroid.

To finalize this litany of the unknown… We also need to know whether low thyroxine levels are common in the preterm (they are) what the consequences are (associated with worse long term outcomes) whether they are causative (don’t know) and … Continue reading

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What we don’t know about neonatal endocrinology #2, blood sugar regulation.

As a follow on to the previous post, also to highlight a thoughtful review article, we could ask whether blood sugar can be too low to be good for you  (I think there is not much doubt about that) how … Continue reading

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