Monthly Archives: March 2014

Publishing research results, can do better.

Trial registration was supposed to reduce publication bias, and also improve the quality of publications. Ensuring that what investigators say they did, is what they actually did. Becker JE, Krumholz HM, Ben-Josef G, Ross JS. Reporting of results in ClinicalTrials.gov … Continue reading

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Neonatal Updates : Therapeutic hypothermia

Three recent articles dealing with the effects of therapeutic hypothermia: Drury PP, Gunn ER, Bennet L, Gunn AJ. Mechanisms of Hypothermic Neuroprotection. Clin Perinatol. 2014;41(1):161-75. the first is an excellent review article describing how hypothermia works, SPOILER ALERT, its mostly … Continue reading

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Hypotension after PDA ligation

A new prospective multi-center evaluation, of cardiac function and the causes of hypotension after PDA ligation, has just published data about adrenal function. Clyman RI, et al: Hypotension following patent ductus arteriosus ligation: The role of adrenal hormones. The Journal … Continue reading

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S’il suffisait d’aimer

Sainte Justine is a unique hospital, we are a ‘full-service’ children’s hospital with an integrated maternity service. The obstetricians, of course, think that we are a maternity hospital with a children’s hospital tacked on! We have a fund-raiser at the … Continue reading

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Please, please, not ABBA!

I think whoever designed this study should be subjected to prolonged and unrelenting auditory torture. the only thing worse than ABBA that I can think of would have been Rolf Harris’s 2 little boys; so that is the sentence I … Continue reading

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Sticking needles into babies doesn’t reduce colic. Who’d have thought…

More nonsense, this time acupuncture for babies! Ninety babies were randomized in a multicenter trial of sticking needles into non-existent meridians to channel imaginary Qi energy. Unfortunately the condition they were investigating, infantile colic, causes a lot of real distress … Continue reading

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Waving your hands around is not analgesic! Who’d have thought…

Really, who’d have thought it was worth testing. I have a lot of respect for several of the authors of this trial, but I can’t for the life of me understand why they did this study. Celeste Johnston, Marsha Campbell-Yeo, … Continue reading

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