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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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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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Inhaled steroids for BPD?

In a recent post I promoted a new Barrington rule for meta-analysis (it probably already existed somewhere but I am claiming priority anyway, it’s a “post-truth” kind of thing). The rule was that in a systematic review you shouldn’t pool … Continue reading

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Antenatal Steroids closer to term?

A new systematic review in the BMJ (Saccone G, Berghella V. Antenatal corticosteroids for maturity of term or near term fetuses: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. BMJ. 2016;355:i5044) includes 3 studies which examined the use of antenatal … Continue reading

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Inhaled steroids to prevent BPD, another trial.

This time from Japan, Nakamura T, et al. Early inhaled steroid use in extremely low birthweight infants: a randomised controlled trial. Archives of Disease in Childhood – Fetal and Neonatal Edition. 2016. 211 babies with a birth weight less than 1000 … Continue reading

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Early low dose systemic hydrocortisone to prevent death or chronic lung disease? Hold on a bit.

An important high quality trial has just been published, it has taken me a bit longer than usual to process the new info. Among other reasons a nice review was posted on the “other neonatal blog“, but I wanted to … Continue reading

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Steroids directly in the lungs? Version 2

A couple of weeks ago I discussed a new multicenter RCT which examined the effects of multiple repeated doses of steroids, given by inhalation starting on the first day of life, and continuing, at least until the infants reached 14 … Continue reading

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