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About keithbarrington

I am a neonatologist and clinical researcher and chief of service at Sainte Justine University Health Center in Montréal

The Time for a Confirmative Necrotizing Enterocolitis Probiotics Prevention Trial in the Extremely Low Birth Weight Infant in North America Is Well Past

What on earth are these people waiting for? A number of authors from Toronto and elsewhere have written a ridiculous editorial (entitled ‘The Time for a Confirmative Necrotizing Enterocolitis Probiotics Prevention Trial in the Extremely Low Birth Weight Infant in … Continue reading

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Buenos Aires

On my way home from a great, but too short, trip to Buenos Aires. Spoke at a conference there. I had an afternoon off and was able to take a long walking tour, including taking the Avenida de Mayo. Where … Continue reading

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Probiotics; why not? Too cheap, too easy?

A nice new commentary piece in the Canadian Paediatric Journal (currently behind a paywall, should be free access in 6 months, if you want a copy I am sure that a judicious request could obtain one) asks exactly that question. Richard … Continue reading

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Dying Later

Several people have noted that the enormous gains in neonatal survival between the 60’s and the 90’s have levelled off. A new publication from our group (not me this time, but Amélie, Rosalie, and Annie, and no, all french-canadian women … Continue reading

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Does massage help preterm infants?

I think the answer to the question posed in the title of the post is the usual answer: ‘it depends‘. In this case it depends on what you mean by massage, and what you mean by ‘help’. All massage is … Continue reading

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Spitzer’s rules

Alan Spitzer is a name well known to most neonatologists.  For several reasons: he has been a vital force in neonatology for many years, he is one of those good-natured, but intellectually rigorous physicians that neonatology has been blessed with. … Continue reading

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How should we feed preterm babies?

Two new interesting articles to address this important question. Corvaglia, L., et al. (2014). “Cardiorespiratory Events with Bolus versus Continuous Enteral Feeding in Healthy Preterm Infants.” J Pediatr. The authors evaluated the effects of bolus vs continuous tube feeding in … Continue reading

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