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Zinc supplementation: should we be galvanized into action?

I wasn’t sure how many non native-English speakers would get that joke, and jokes are rarely improved by explaining them, so if you don’t get it, just keep on reading. Terrin G, Berni Canani R, Passariello A, Messina F, Conti … Continue reading

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Bugs and Breast Milk

Neonatology recently published a commentary asking the following question about routine probiotic supplementation, ‘what will it take to change practice?‘ This was immediately followed by another commentary, from Neena Modi, explaining why she is still reluctant. Although I have a … Continue reading

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On the radio

I was interviewed for the excellent Radio-Canada program on science, known as ‘les années lumières’ recently. The subject was about whether breast feeding is really best for babies. The reason for them doing the story was a recent publication by … Continue reading

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Your mother is the source of your microbiome

An interesting review article from last year (free access) which discusses information from many different species, several non-mammalian, that show that, not too surprisingly, our mothers are the source of our microbiome. They speculate that the bacterial contamination of breast … Continue reading

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Are we Civilized?

I have always thought that one very important test of a truly civilized culture is how a society treats those who are less fortunate. An editorial in the Lancet (thanks to Nick Embleton for alerting me to it) takes up … Continue reading

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Feeding during PDA treatment

Ron Clyman and a multicenter group have just published this DAFFII trial. Which is a rather tortuous light-hearted acronym for Ductus Arteriosus Feed or Fast with Indomethcain or Ibuprofen.   (Clyman R, Wickremasinghe A, Jhaveri N, Hassinger DC, Attridge JT, Sanocka … Continue reading

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The Microbiome and NecrotiSing Enterocolitis

Fortunately Pubmed speaks both English and American, if you search on Pubmed for necrotizing enterocolitis it also gives you articles about correctly spelt gut diseases in preterm infants as well. As a North American transplant my spelling has become a … Continue reading

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Is cows milk just for cows?

A new publication from the trial funded by Prolacta looking at possible benefits of their donor-human-milk derived preparations. This time it is the other comparison from the registered trial. That is; mothers who did not plan to breast feed were approached to … Continue reading

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We didn’t find what we wanted to find, so we thought we’d re-analyze the data until we found it.

…oh and by the way, we are the manufacturers making the product in question, so we had objective scientific reasons for doing this, no conflict of interest whatever. The commercial sponsors of a negative trial decided that they didn’t like … Continue reading

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Breast-feeding the preterm

In order to catch up a little with the last month’s publications, I will post a few things with grouped studies that seem to me to be related. Alves E, Rodrigues C, Fraga S, Barros H, Silva S: Parents’ views … Continue reading

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