Tag Archives: nutrition

Brain Food for Preterms

All food is brain food when your brain is making 250,000 new neurones every minute. In a small two-center trial first published in 2013 50 very preterm babies were randomized to different parenteral nutritional intakes. The main differences between the groups … Continue reading

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Feeding and NEC

Necrotizing Enterocolitis remains a devastating disease. One of the major causes of mortality in Very Low Birth Weight Infants, it often strikes when babies are starting to do well. Because it is relatively unpredictable, observational studies are potentially useful, but can … Continue reading

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Neonatal Updates: more nutrition

It is not surprising when I write a blog post about nutrition in the preterm neonate to find that at least one, and on this occasion two, of the articles are from the productive pen of Johannes van Goudoever. Vlaardingerbroek H, … Continue reading

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Insulin, nutrition, insulin-like growth factors and the retina

I’d really like to see a good quality review article with that title, there are several that touch on these issues (for example, here and here), but I find the data hard to digest, probably because it is relatively novel … Continue reading

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Omega 3 containing lipid emulsions for the preterm: time for a large RCT

A recent small RCT from Turkey, n=80 (Beken S, Dilli D, Fettah ND, Kabatas EU, Zenciroglu A, Okumus N: The influence of fish-oil lipid emulsions on retinopathy of prematurity in very low birth weight infants: A randomized controlled trial. Early … 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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