Author Archives: keithbarrington

About keithbarrington

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

Oxygen is good for you

Of course you can have too much of a good thing, but you should also try and stay above the minimum. The COT trial investigators, led by Christian Poets, have published a secondary analysis of the results, examining in particular … Continue reading

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How the mighty are fallen

It is sad to see a venerable publication like Pediatric Research publishing total drivel. For reasons that escape me, the latest, August 2015, edition starts with an “overview of the systematic reviews of acupuncture in children“. The problem with a high … Continue reading

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Under Pressure….

Colm O’Donnell once wrote an article with a whole line from a David Bowie song embedded in the article’s title (O’Donnell CPF. Turn and face the strange – ch..ch..ch..changes to neonatal resuscitation guidelines in the past decade. Journal of Paediatrics … Continue reading

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Am I conflicted?

Are conflicts of interest a big deal? Although many of us, definitely including myself, think that conflicts of interest are a serious issue in medical and academic medical practice, a recent series of puff-pieces editorials in the previously prestigious New … Continue reading

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Politeness pays

Does being rude stimulate people to do better, or does it have adverse effects on performance, and team functioning? And how to prove it on way or another? This really interesting, innovative paper from a team in Israel has performed … Continue reading

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Growth in the VLBW; could do better!

Among over 300,000 VLBW infants in the Vermont Oxford Network database between 200 and 2013, the weights at discharge were plotted against the Fenton percentiles. Horbar JD, et al. Weight Growth Velocity and Postnatal Growth Failure in Infants 501 to 1500 … Continue reading

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Choosing Wisely

Many of you will have heard of the “Choosing Wisely” campaign, an attempt to improve decision making, by clarifying efficacy and risks of common procedures or therapies. Many specialty societies have come up with lists of the Top-5 questionable practices … Continue reading

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