Author Archives: John Gale

About John Gale

I work as a medical librarian in the Joint Education and Training (JET) library at Leighton Hospital, Crewe. I keep clinicians up to date with the latest research, help them to find the best information about treatment and train them to find - and assess - high-quality information for themselves. I also help doctors and nurses find and write high-quality information for patients.

Systemic arterial hypertension and very low birth weight

In this study Bruna Ossanai Schoenardie, from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil, led a team of researchers studying 198 children all born weighing under 1.5 kg. The researchers measured the children’s blood pressure at two … Continue reading

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Language barriers in the NICU

Language barriers can often make communication between doctors and patients more difficult. In this study Mauricio A. Palau, from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, led a team of researchers looking into language barriers in neonatal intensive care units … Continue reading

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Chorioamnionitis and developmental outcomes

Histological chorioamnionitis is an inflammation of the placental tissues caused by a bacterial infection. In this study Tobias Strunk, from the University of Western Australia, led a team of researchers looking into the links between histological chorioamnionitis and developmental outcomes. … Continue reading

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Stillbirth and obesity

Stillbirth is a devastating event for all concerned. In this study Maja Dolanc Merc, from the University Medical Centre in Ljubjlana, Slovenia, led a team of researchers looking into the links between stillbirths and mothers being obese before the start … Continue reading

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Weight gain and pregnancy

Gaining weight in pregnancy is a bit like Goldilocks – women should gain just the right amount of weight, not too much or too little. In this study Han-Yang Chen and Suneet P. Chauhan, from the University of Texas, looked … Continue reading

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Chlorhexidine gluconate and skin bacteria

One should be thankful we can’t see it but the whole world is covered in a thin film of bacteria, not least people’s skin. Normally they do no harm but in vulnerable people – including premature babies – they can … Continue reading

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Assisted reproductive technology and premature babies

In this study Melissa Scala, from Stanford University in California, led a team of researchers looking into the health of premature babies born via assisted reproductive technology (ART) compared to babies who were conceived naturally. The researchers studied a group … Continue reading

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