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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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Improved survival and improved Bayley scores among infants born in the periviable period.

If you were to report survival and other outcomes among infants with a very high risk of dying or having long-term impairments, why would you include babies for whom a decision was made to let them die? Let me put … Continue reading

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The FDA warns against anaesthesia in the very young

There has been accumulating evidence of the potential risks of anaesthetic agents, such as risks of enhanced apoptosis in animal models and long-term functional effects in  those various animal models also. All anaesthetic agents appear to be affected, which I … Continue reading

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Premature labour changes a mother’s brain, and her baby’s

In this rather weird, but interesting study from Italy, 10 mothers of preterm babies (less than 32 weeks or less than 1500 grams) without ultrasound brain injury or severe retinopathy, and 11 mothers of full term babies were shown photos … Continue reading

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