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Omega 3 containing lipid emulsions for the preterm: time for a large RCT

A recent small RCT from Turkey, n=80 (Beken S, Dilli D, Fettah ND, Kabatas EU, Zenciroglu A, Okumus N: The influence of fish-oil lipid emulsions on retinopathy of prematurity in very low birth weight infants: A randomized controlled trial. Early … Continue reading

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Is cows milk just for cows?

A new publication from the trial funded by Prolacta looking at possible benefits of their donor-human-milk derived preparations. This time it is the other comparison from the registered trial. That is; mothers who did not plan to breast feed were approached to … Continue reading

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We didn’t find what we wanted to find, so we thought we’d re-analyze the data until we found it.

…oh and by the way, we are the manufacturers making the product in question, so we had objective scientific reasons for doing this, no conflict of interest whatever. The commercial sponsors of a negative trial decided that they didn’t like … Continue reading

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Nutritional Catch-Up

This is my attempt to catch up with some interesting publications from the last few weeks, about nutritional interventions and necrotizing enterocolitis. Karagol BS, Zenciroglu A, Okumus N, Polin RA: Randomized controlled trial of slow vs rapid enteral feeding advancements … Continue reading

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Breast-feeding the preterm

In order to catch up a little with the last month’s publications, I will post a few things with grouped studies that seem to me to be related. Alves E, Rodrigues C, Fraga S, Barros H, Silva S: Parents’ views … Continue reading

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What’s up doc?

Carrots anyone? This is interesting, but I am afraid I can’t figure out a number of things in the manuscript. The authors report that they randomized 203 babies <33 weeks to get supplemented with carotenoids, they wanted to look at … Continue reading

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Breast = best: past your eyes?

The title is from one of those bad punny jokes that you never forget, about taking a bath in milk (pasteurized? No just up to my chin. Boom, boom). For the readers of this blog who are not native English … Continue reading

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Feeding patterns and NEC

I have discussed before evidence about whether the pattern of introduction or advancement of feeds affects NEC.  I noted that there is only one out of a large number of trials of feeding introduction and advancement which has shown an … Continue reading

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Improving Nutrition in the very Preterm; more protein?

A new study published in Pediatrics looked at the question in the title of this post. Moya F, Sisk PM, Walsh KR, Berseth CL: A new liquid human milk fortifier and linear growth in preterm infants. Pediatrics 2012.  This was a … Continue reading

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Does the way we feed babies affect Necrotizing Enterocolitis?

There is a widespread feeling that the method of introduction and advancement of feeds affects the frequency of necrotizing enterocolitis (known as NEC). Multiple observational studies have been published that seem to support this fear. However when we search for randomized controlled trials comparing feeding practices … Continue reading

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