Category Archives: Neonatal Research

The artificial placenta and the end of neonatology

OK, so I guess I had better blog about this article, that it seems almost everyone has been talking about since it was published… I have heard for some years that someone at CHOP (for those who are not “in … Continue reading

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Short courses of Steroids are hazardous… even for adults!

There were a number of things that surprised me in this study. the first was how many adults get short courses of oral steroids in the USA (and for all I know in other countries too). Waljee AK, et al. … Continue reading

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The CAP babies are now 11

I was privileged to be part of the CAP trial group, a pivotal neonatal trial that showed improved Bayley scores and improved motor function at 18 to 21 months corrected age, among infants randomized before 10 days of age, with … Continue reading

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Are preterm babies frequently Iodine deficient?

Williams F, et al. Supplemental Iodide for Preterm Infants and Developmental Outcomes at 2 Years: an RCT. Pediatrics. 2017. We all need some iodine in order to make thyroid hormones (iodine doesn’t actually do anything else for us as far … Continue reading

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Early low dose hydrocortisone seems to not affect medium term development; PREMILOC outcomes at 22 months.

The PREMILOC trial was a multi-center RCT of hydrocortisone, 0.5mg/kg twice per day for 7 days followed by 0.5 mg/kg per day for 3 days, given starting within 24 hours of age to infants of 24 to less than 28 … Continue reading

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Longer-term outcomes of very preterm babies, what should we measure, when and why?

Two recent articles have discussed the issue of what outcomes we should measure to analyze neurological and developmental progress in the preterm baby. Both are thoughtful critical pieces that say many things that we need to think about as we … Continue reading

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Single Family Rooms in the NICU

We have just moved to a brand new NICU, with 80 beds, in 60 single family rooms, and 10 twin rooms. It is enormous, and beautiful, each room has a parent space with a smallish pull out bed (not enough … Continue reading

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