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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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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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Oxygen for preterm infants, what dose of this toxic drug is the right dose? #NeoEBM

The NeoProm primary publication is the result of a prolonged gestation; I remember meetings over 15 years ago when Cynthia Cole from Boston was suggesting the idea, and although she was not, I think, finally an author on any of … Continue reading

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PAS 2108 No4: you little SCAMP!

In the part of England where I was born and spent the early years of my life, and where my parents are from, the Manchester region, ‘scamp’ was a sort of affectionate term for a young child who had done … Continue reading

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PAS 2018 No3: Should we TOLERATE the PDA?

This was another large multicenter trial, designed to determine if routine attempts to close a moderate to large PDA at the end of the first postnatal week decreases the duration of patency, and the incidence of the combined outcome “need … Continue reading

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PAS 2018 No1: SAIL away (and another mention by a science journalist).

For some reason there is a small epidemic (n=2, that’s a pico-epidemic) of articles about probiotics and necrotising enterocolitis this year in the mainstream press. I was interviewed, and I am mentioned again, in this article on the NOVA “next” … Continue reading

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Regular universal antibiotics to reduce infant mortality?

This (Keenan JD, et al. Azithromycin to Reduce Childhood Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa. The New England journal of medicine. 2018;378(17):1583-92 Open Access) is a new multicenter cluster randomized trial of giving all infants in a community regular azithromycin. If that … Continue reading

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