Tag Archives: long term outcomes

Single baby rooms?

Terrie Inder and her colleagues have put the cat among the pigeons (as we say in England, I guess we are not keen on pigeons). Her (non-randomized) study suggests that babies who were treated in single rooms had poorer language skills … Continue reading

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Do preterm babies need their thyroid?

Now I am very confused. I thought I knew that many very preterm babies had low serum thyroxine levels (this study confirms that). It seems to be a variant of sick euthyroid syndrome, levels tend to fall for about the … Continue reading

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Apneas are bad for you (probably), this might be part of the reason

I have published two articles that looked a the relationship between apneas and long term outcome. One was taken from pre-discharge recordings of very preterm babies. We compared the long term neurodevelopmental abilities of preterm babies 18 months later, and … 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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Does being ventilated hurt? It depends who you ask

Ruth Guinsburg is a neonatologist in Sao Paulo who has been super-productive, especially in the area of pain control in the newborn. Her latest is an interesting comparison of how caregivers and parents rate pain in infants on ventilators. Elias … Continue reading

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Talk to me!

A new review article and a new research publication address the same issues, the first is a thoughtful review article: (Rand K, Lahav A. Impact of the NICU environment on language deprivation in preterm infants. Acta Paediatrica. 2014;103(3):243-8.), the authors … Continue reading

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Communicating with parents, and decision making for the extremely immature infant

The other two articles that I mentioned in the last post, from the new issue of Seminars in Perinatology, were written to discuss a framework for decision making for the extremely immature infant. (Dupont-Thibodeau A, Barrington KJ, Farlow B, Janvier … Continue reading

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Long term outcomes after Very Extremely Preterm Delivery

Another blog post suggested by a reader, this time from Jim Goodmar from San Diego. This study of neurological and developmental outcomes of babies born before 25 weeks is remarkable in a number of ways. (Herber-Jonat S, Streiftau S, Knauss … Continue reading

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Perpetuating Prejudice against Preterms; where should we go from here?

Do we really need a position statement? There is no position statement of the CPS about counselling parents when their child presents with meningococcal disease. There is no position statement for the child with serious brain trauma. A position statement … Continue reading

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Perpetuating Prejudice against Preterms: 6 Conflating Death and Disability

Towards the end of last year the Canadian Pediatric Society published a new ‘position statement’. These are official proclamations of the society, supposedly based on the best available evidence to guide practice, and which become de facto standards of care. This particular … Continue reading

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