Monthly Archives: June 2012

EEGs for preterm infants: Predicting Long Term Outcomes part 3

In some parts of the world EEGs are frequently performed in very preterm infants in the first few days of life as a screening test, and occasionally used to redirect care if abnormalities are found. Is this justified? Are there abnormalities which … Continue reading

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Pulmonary compliance changes after surfactant

This blog is a bit different: not a review of a recent publication, but rather a teaching point for my junior trainees (and maybe some seniors). The question is this: when you have preterm infant with typical HMD and respiratory … Continue reading

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This is what it’s all about: Bad Astronomy

This has nothing directly to do with neonatology. I just thought it was a wonderful 5 minute explanation of what science is all about. Thanks to Phil Plait at his blog Bad Astronomy. It is a brief speech he made … Continue reading

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Long Term outcomes after Therapeutic Hypothermia for HIE

Two new publications from multicenter trials of hypothermia as a treatment for post-asphyxial encephalopathy. The first from the NICHD network, and the whole body cooling study led by Seetha Shankaran. They examined the children and performed IQ testing at 6 to 7 … Continue reading

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Desperately Seeking Problems with Premies

I don’t know about you, but I am getting really irritated with people searching desperately to find problems with the long term outcomes of preterm infants. A new publication exemplifies this. A linked database study from Sweden has compared the … Continue reading

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Head Ultrasound lesions and developmental progress: Predicting Long-Term Outcomes part 2

Two recent articles that give much more information about the predictive capacity of head ultrasounds. Many articles about head ultrasounds and outcomes use the Papile classification. This classification was developed for simple classification of periventricular hemorrhage types as seen on … Continue reading

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Predicting Long Term Outcomes, General Observations

Just back to blogging from a few days at a very successful conference in Geneva, organized by Annie Janvier. At the conference I gave a presentation about prediction of long term outcomes in preterm infants. Some of the issues that … Continue reading

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