Monthly Archives: May 2015

Neonatal Updates

Gaynor JW, et al. Neurodevelopmental Outcomes After Cardiac Surgery in Infancy. Pediatrics. 2015. This is an important study of the issue detailed in the title including 1770 infants who had surgery between 1996 and 2009, and who had Bayley II tests performed … Continue reading

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Keeping Central Lines clean, very clean.

Shepherd EG, et al. Significant Reduction of Central-Line Associated Bloodstream Infections in a Network of Diverse Neonatal Nurseries. The Journal of pediatrics. 2015. This is an observational study from a group which includes a large number of neonatal beds. They … Continue reading

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Annie on the Radio

Annie was interviewed live on air this morning on a CBC radio show called ‘The Current’. She was asked to discuss the NEJM publication from the Neonatal Research Network that I have been blogging about. I don’t know if this … Continue reading

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The meaning of life

At the end of the article written by a parent that I blogged about recently, there was a link to their blog. Their latest post is a musing about the answer to the question “what is life all about?” It … Continue reading

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The Swedish Express

To follow on somewhat from the last post, I wanted to discuss the most recent data from the Swedish EXPRESS study. If you remember, this study has examined the outcomes of less than 27 weeks babies from across Sweden, and … Continue reading

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Before 24

The latest New England Journal of Medicine has a fascinating article the first author of which was a medical student who was working with Ed Bell in Iowa (I say was a medical student as I believe he has now … Continue reading

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How to deal with mortality in Perinatal Research: Part 2

When we consider prospective research, there are a couple of other issues to add into the conundrum. One is that, as many neonatal deaths follow a decision to limit the intensity of care, any intervention being studied risks affecting decision-making, and … Continue reading

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How to deal with mortality in perinatal research: Part 1.

At the PAS-meeting that just finished, we had a very well received topic symposium which was all to do with how death and dying has changed in neonatology over the last decade. My part of the symposium was to discuss … Continue reading

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A Parent writes in the BMJ

Published today, a brief article by a parent of a child with trisomy 18. Please read it, it won’t take more than a few minutes, but it could make a difference to how you interact with the next parent who … Continue reading

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Profiteering from sick patients

I strongly recommend the blog of Richard Lehman at the BMJ. Each week he surveys the major general medical journals, and provides insightful commentary (e.g. on mesothelioma explained), which is always perceptive, and often bitingly funny and critical. His hilarious … Continue reading

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