Monthly Archives: October 2018

Active intervention at 22 weeks gestation, is it futile?

In order to respond to the question posed in the title we need first to agree on what “futile” means. It could mean “it never works” or, “it can work but the ultimate result is so bad that it isn’t … Continue reading

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Prebiotics and preterms and probiotics.

A selection of recent publications, regarding the issues in the title, that I find interesting and which seem to tell a consistent story. From Nick Embleton’s group the following interesting study (Stewart CJ, et al. Longitudinal development of the gut … Continue reading

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Supporting breast feeding : don’t dump the domperidone.

Breast is best, as I say repeatedly, and mother’s breast milk is the best of the lot; we should do all we can that is effective and safe to ensure that mothers of preterm babies can supply adequate milk for … Continue reading

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Not neonatology: Snow Goose migration

Every year at least 1 million Snow Geese migrate from the Canadian arctic tundra towards the Carolinas. Many of them stop in Quebec especially around the region of Cap Tourmente, not far from Quebec city. There they eat the rhizomes … Continue reading

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Clunk/click every hip

For those of you who are not of a certain age, and brought up in England, that title will not mean very much. When seat belts in cars were first made compulsory in the UK there was a widely quoted … Continue reading

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Moral Distress in the NICU, a webinar.

Trisha Prentice is a neonatologist in Melbourne who has been working with Annie Janvier and Peter Davis examining the occurrence and causes of moral distress in the NICU. They have already published a systematic review of the subject (Prentice T, … Continue reading

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All that pneumatoses is not NEC

OK, I know pneumatose is not a verb, but I thought it was a cute title. What is NEC, anyway? Necrotizing Enterocolitis, of course, you might reply. But it’s not as simple as that. The very preterm baby who deteriorates … Continue reading

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