Monthly Archives: January 2020

Giving bad news as it happens

A new publication from my great group at Sainte Justine. Lizotte MH, et al. Techniques to Communicate Better With Parents During End-of-Life Scenarios in Neonatology. Pediatrics. 2020:e20191925. We have already published about what residents think about being part of a … Continue reading

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Preventing prematurity for pennies, and perinatal death.

This is amazing and somewhat surprising, at least to me. When I saw the title of this article, Low-dose aspirin for the prevention of preterm delivery in nulliparous women with a singleton pregnancy (ASPIRIN): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. I … Continue reading

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Cephalhaematomas, just leave them alone?

I remember going from Edmonton to Ukraine, to Kiev, not long after Chernobyl, as part of what started as the Chernobyl Children’s Project and had by then been renamed “Osvita”, “education” in Ukrainian. There are many Albertans of Ukrainian background, … Continue reading

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Does acidosis affect contractility of the neonatal heart? And does bicarbonate help?

I sometimes write posts which are not based on a new publication but to address a clinical issue that I think is important, and may not be clear to everyone. Often triggered by something that has happened in my own … Continue reading

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Do Probiotics work in the UK?

Seems like a dumb question I know, if they work in one country, surely they should work everywhere? It is sometimes difficult, however, to institute change based on studies that are done elsewhere, usually because there is an idea, or … Continue reading

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Breathe baby, breathe!

Annie’s book is now available in English. It is a distillation of the notes she made while our daughter was in the NICU, as well as additions written later, chapters written by caregivers, reprints of some of Annie’s narrative articles, … Continue reading

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Erythropoietin for brain protection in the very preterm? Not worth Penuts.

That isn’t a mis-spelling, just a bad attempt to play with the acronym for a good trial; the PENUT trial, just published in the (FP)NEJM. (Juul SE, et al. A Randomized Trial of Erythropoietin for Neuroprotection in Preterm Infants. N … Continue reading

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