Tag Archives: Systematic Reviews

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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Retraction of a systematic review

Exactly when should an article be retracted? That is not so easy a question to answer, fraud and significant data or image manipulation are one fairly obvious group of reasons. Making errors and/or poor research design are more tricky. When … Continue reading

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Resuscitating preterm infants: how many O’s

Very often in neonatology (and in life) we have to make a decision based on inadequate data. For example, when resuscitating a very preterm baby you have to decide where to set the starting FiO2, even if there are no … Continue reading

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Three new publications

The latest issue of Seminars in Perinatology has just appeared on line. This is second part of the report of the NICHD, SMFM, ACOG, AAP joint workshop where Annie and I presented. I think these articles are all free access: … Continue reading

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NIDCAP, battling systematic reviews.

I mentioned Arne Ohlsson’s review of the NIDCAP studies in a previous post. A new systematic review comes to different conclusions. This review (Fazilleau L, Parienti JJ, Bellot A, Guillois B: Nidcap in preterm infants and the neurodevelopmental effect in … Continue reading

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Reducing BPD by Avoiding Intubation

Sometimes more than one article gets published almost simultaneously on the same topic, sometimes with similar methodology. Two systematic reviews of the effects of trying to avoid or curtail endotracheal intubation in order to protect the lungs have just been … Continue reading

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