Monthly Archives: November 2013

Why we care

Many of you will have already seen this video, but watch it anyway. I hesitated before putting this link, as every time I watch this it brings back painful, but wonderful memories. Anyway, this is why we do what we … Continue reading

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Parents advocate for equality for preterm infants

The president of the Canadian Premature Babies Foundation, Katharina Staub, has just had a letter published in the CMAJ. The letter was in response to the article by Dan and Beau Batton, and emphasizes many of the points that they … Continue reading

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Probiotics work, they really, really, work! (And they are safe)

The Proprems study that I have referred to a couple of times before has now been published. This was a multicenter RCT of a probiotic preparation in 1100 very preterm infants less than 1500 grams and less than 32 weeks. … Continue reading

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GE Reflux… again

Esomeprazole is one of the Proton pump inhibitors that is quite effective at reducing gastric acid production. This RCT of 51 infants (preterms to 1 month of age) randomized babies that had symptoms that were interpreted as being due to … Continue reading

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Personalized Medicine in the NICU

An article I wrote, with that title, as an open peer commentary in the American Journal of Bioethics has just appeared on-line. The first 50 people to click on the link at the bottom of this post below can get a free full … Continue reading

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Are we Civilized?

I have always thought that one very important test of a truly civilized culture is how a society treats those who are less fortunate. An editorial in the Lancet (thanks to Nick Embleton for alerting me to it) takes up … Continue reading

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Perpetuating Prejudice against Preterms; where should we go from here?

Do we really need a position statement? There is no position statement of the CPS about counselling parents when their child presents with meningococcal disease. There is no position statement for the child with serious brain trauma. A position statement … Continue reading

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