Tag Archives: Randomized Controlled Trials

Appropriate outcomes for neonatal research

Neil Marlow has published a thoughtful, and thought provoking, article to address the issue outlined in the title. What are the appropriate outcomes when designing neonatal research studies? It has become almost a rule, that a multi-center trial of an … Continue reading

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Probiotics: so what about those ELBW babies?

After a comment to my previous post about probiotics, I wanted to clarify what I said about the ELBW baby, that is, the newborn with a birth weight below 1001 grams. It is true that there are few studies that … Continue reading

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The Time for a Confirmative Necrotizing Enterocolitis Probiotics Prevention Trial in the Extremely Low Birth Weight Infant in North America Is Well Past

What on earth are these people waiting for? A number of authors from Toronto and elsewhere have written a ridiculous editorial (entitled ‘The Time for a Confirmative Necrotizing Enterocolitis Probiotics Prevention Trial in the Extremely Low Birth Weight Infant in … Continue reading

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Should we all be wearing gloves? Every time we touch a baby?

Two new articles over the summer suggest that the answer to that question may well be yes. The first is the best quality of the studies, an RCT in a single center in the USA. Kaufman DA, Blackman A, Conaway MR, Sinkin … Continue reading

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What to give before intubation

The blog has been quiet recently, for various personal and professional reasons, but I will be getting back into the groove. I got really concerned over the last couple of days, my usually reliable personal PubNeoMed in my brain told … Continue reading

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New Lactoferrin Data

Two new articles addressing effects of lactoferrin. Both used bovine lactoferrin (bLF), one was in humans, the other in piglets. In case you haven’t been following closely, lactoferrin is an iron transport protein that has multiple anti-infective properties, against bacteria, … Continue reading

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Probiotics in preterm infants: not just for NEC prevention any more

A new RCT in more mature preterm infants 32 to 37 weeks compared the incidence of viral respiratory infections during the first year of life between infants who received prebiotics (galacto-oligosaccharide and polydextrose) probiotics (lactobacillus rhamnosus) or placebo between the … Continue reading

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