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Enhanced Nutrition

Strømmen K, et al. Enhanced Nutrient Supply to Very Low Birth Weight Infants is Associated with Improved White Matter Maturation and Head Growth. Neonatology. 2015;107(1):68-75. This is a report of a secondary outcome of a small RCT, there were only … Continue reading

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The best outcome variable for very preterm newborns?

Death or ‘neurodevelopmental impairment’ (NDI) as a combined outcome has become a sort of de facto standard as the primary outcome for neonatal clinical trials. Because many very preterm infants have developmental delay, intellectual and learning difficulties, and some have … Continue reading

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Endotracheal intubation is hazardous

Which is no surprise, I hope, to any of us. Neil Finer has been a leader in the field of recognizing and quantifying the adverse physiologic effects of endotracheal intubation, and of finding ways to reduce those effects using premedication. … Continue reading

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Another extremely flawed guideline on periviable deliveries

Oh Dear, here we go again… This is a joint statement from ACOG and the SMFM. There is some good in here, but you’d think they could at least get the facts right. “Delivery before 23 weeks of gestation typically … Continue reading

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Can we stop worrying about neonatal hypoglycaemia?

In the same, neonatal, issue of the Formerly Prestigious New England Journal of Medicine as my recent post about inhaled steroids, is a fascinating cohort study of serial blood glucose monitoring in 404 at-risk term infants (the CHYLD study). The infants … Continue reading

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How long is too long?

When a baby is unexpectedly born without a heart beat, and resuscitation is initiated, the outcome may be a failed resuscitation. Even if everything is done correctly. If you are doing everything correctly, and the baby doesn’t respond right away, … Continue reading

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The new AAP position statement concerning extremely preterm birth decision making. A great leap… sideways.

To me, this new ‘clinical report’ was a major disappointment. Even though there are some good parts to this statement, there is one huge, major failing: there is absolutely no evidence that parents were consulted or included in the process of … Continue reading

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