Monthly Archives: October 2016

Breast milk and eye problems in premature babies

Babies born prematurely can sometimes suffer from eye problems – retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Some people think breast milk can help prevent ROP and in this study S.K. Bharwani led a team of researchers reviewing studies into this topic. The … Continue reading

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Helping babies avoid lung problems

Babies who are born prematurely and have to have help with their breathing often develop breathing problems later on. Kathleen A. Kennedy, from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, led a team of researchers reviewing evidence from a … Continue reading

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Low-cost ways of teaching neonatal care

Simulation is often used to teach people techniques it would be too risky for them to try out the first time on a real-life patient. However, the kit for simulations – life-like manikins that respond to whatever students do to … Continue reading

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Testing babies for Candida sepsis

Babies can sometimes suffer from a fungal infection called Candida sepsis and this study looked into the effectiveness of a new technique for diagnosing it. 22 babies with Candida sepsis took part in the study which found that the new … Continue reading

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Learning collaboratives and guidelines reduce jaundice in California

This study looked at the effectiveness of state-wide learning collaboratives using national guidelines at reducing extreme cases of hyperbilirubinaemia in California. The study covered 3,172,762 babies and found that the introduction of the learning collaboratives and the guidelines reduced the … Continue reading

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Lipid peroxides and asphyxiated babies

Lipid peroxides (LPOs) are released when free radicals react with unsaturated fatty acids in cell membranes during hypoxic ischaemic insult in babies. In this study N. Ramy led a team of researchers comparing LPO concentrations in the serum of babies … Continue reading

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Steroids, caesareans and birth outcomes

In this study a team of researchers – led by M.E. Hubner – compared the outcomes of babies born normally and by Caesarean section and how the use of antenatal steroids affected their health. 4,386 babies were included in the … Continue reading

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