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.

Getting to grips with shoulder dystocia

Shoulder dystocia happens when a babies head emerges into the world but one of their shoulders gets stuck. In this study Edith D. Gurewitsch Allen, from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, led a team of researchers … Continue reading

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Edwards syndrome and birth problems

Edwards syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by anomalies on the 18th chromosome. In this study Sarah K. Dotters-Katz, from the University of North Carolina, led a team of researchers looking into the links between Edwards Syndrome and birth problems. … Continue reading

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Down’s syndrome and necrotising enterocolitis

Necrotising enterocolitis is a condition in which bacterial infection causes cells in parts of babies bowels to die off. In this study Clifford L. Cua, from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, led a team of researchers looking into the … Continue reading

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Diabetic women who neglect themselves have sicker babies

People with diabetes and gestational diabetes don’t always stick to their complex, inconvenient and time-consuming care regimes as well as they should. In this study Jeffrey Daniel Sperling, from the University of California in San Francisco, led a team of … Continue reading

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Mothers’ weight gain and premature twins’ illnesses

While some women put on too much weight during their pregnancies some women don’t put on enough. This can be a particular problem for women who are having twins. In this study Candice W. Greenan, from the University of South … Continue reading

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Magnesium sulphate and bowel problems

Premature babies sometimes suffer from bowel problems including spontaneous perforation of their intestines and necrotising enterocolitis (dying off of parts of the intestines). In this study Mohamed Shalabi, from Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, led a team of researchers looking into … Continue reading

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Unplanned extubation – what are the risk factors

New-born babies often have tubes stuck in them to provide them with food, water and oxygen. Putting them in is called intubation while taking them out is called extubation. Unplanned extubation occurs when tubes have to be taken – or … Continue reading

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