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.

Fatness, fitness and resuscitating babies

Some new-born babies need to be resuscitated and, as part of this process, those looking after them have to carry out chest compressions. Doing this properly is hard work and in this study Diego Enriquez, from SIMMER Simulacion Medica Roemmers … Continue reading

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Why head first is better for babies

Babies tend to emerge into the world head first – when they don’t it’s known as a breech birth or in the technical jargon non-cephalic presentation. In this study Amber M. Wood, from Duke University in North Carolina, led a … Continue reading

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What makes twins arrive too early?

In this study Sarah Rae Easter, from Harvard Medical School, led a team of researchers looking into the links between a previous premature birth and an increased likelihood of twins arriving early into the world in a subsequent pregnancy. 653 … Continue reading

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Automated versus manual control of ventilation

In this study Souvik Mitra, from Dalhousie University in Canada, led a team of researchers who reviewed a number of studies comparing manual control of newborn babies’ ventilation with automated control. The researchers found 10 studies which met their quality … Continue reading

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Vitamin D and tachypnoea in new-born children

Tachypnoea is breathing too quickly. In this study Ahmed Omran, from Suez Canal University in Egypt, led a team of researchers looking into the links between low levels of vitamin D and temporary tachypnoea in new-born babies. 60 pairs of … Continue reading

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Late delivery and neurological problems

In this study Adam K. Lewkowitz, from Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, led a team of researchers looking into whether babies who arrived after their due date were more prone to have neurological problems than ones who arrived on … Continue reading

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How quality improvement can reduce breathing problems

Very small and/or premature babies often develop breathing problems. In this study Zuzanna Kubicka, from Boston Childrens’ Hospital, led a team of researchers looking into whether a quality-improvement programme could reduce the incidence of breathing problems. The programme involved: Defining … Continue reading

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