Monthly Archives: September 2014

Can Paracetamol (acetaminophen) close the ductus arteriosus?

A new publication by Afif El-Khuffash and his colleagues (El-Khuffash A et al. Efficacy of paracetamol on patent ductus arteriosus closure may be dose dependent: evidence from human and murine studies. Pediatr Res. 2014;76(3):238-44) describes a retrospective review of paracetamol use in newborn … 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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Not neonatology, not directly at least

I am a constant follower of the Science-based medicine blogs.  They have several excellent writers including Mark Crislip who coined a widely quoted phrase about so-called integrative medicine, where science based medicine is mixed with all sorts of woo; acupuncture, … Continue reading

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Buenos Aires

On my way home from a great, but too short, trip to Buenos Aires. Spoke at a conference there. I had an afternoon off and was able to take a long walking tour, including taking the Avenida de Mayo. Where … Continue reading

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Probiotics; why not? Too cheap, too easy?

A nice new commentary piece in the Canadian Paediatric Journal (currently behind a paywall, should be free access in 6 months, if you want a copy I am sure that a judicious request could obtain one) asks exactly that question. Richard … Continue reading

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Dying Later

Several people have noted that the enormous gains in neonatal survival between the 60’s and the 90’s have levelled off. A new publication from our group (not me this time, but Amélie, Rosalie, and Annie, and no, all french-canadian women … Continue reading

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