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.

Premature birth and the microbiome

About one in 10 babies is born prematurely. Most premature births are due either to infection or unknown causes. Recently scientists have started to think that mothers’ microbiomes – the bacteria that live, with no ill effects on and within … Continue reading

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Acute kidney injury (AKI) in low birth-weight babies

This study – led by Nishant Srinivasan, from the University of Illinois – looked at how AKI affected the health of very-low-birthweight (VLBW)babies. The researchers studied 447 VLBW babies admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit between July 2009 and … Continue reading

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Hypothermia, hypotension and brain injury

Babies who suffer asphyxia are sometimes treated by having their body temperature reduced (hypothermia). This can sometimes lead to abnormally low blood pressure (hypotension) which, in turn, can lead to brain injuries. In this study a team of researchers, led … Continue reading

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Obstetrics and neonatology – getting communication right

By definition, at a particular point in the process, ill babies are transferred from the care of the team who delivered them into the world to the care of a neonatology team but communication between these two teams of health … Continue reading

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Controlling diabetes in pregnancy. What is the best approach?

In this study Jeffrey D. Sperling, from the University of California, San Francisco, compared the effectiveness of multiple daily injections (MDI) for controlling women’s insulin levels during their pregnancies with the effectiveness of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII). 156 women … Continue reading

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What are the risk factors for septic pelvic thrombophlebitis

In this study Sarah K. Dotters-Katz, from the University of North Carolina, led a team of researchers looking into the risk factors associated with septic pelvic thrombophlebitis (SPT). Out of 73,087 women who took part in the study 89 (0.1%) … Continue reading

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Failure to extubate after steroid treatment

This study – led by Alain Cuna, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, looked at what happened to babies with lung problems whose breathing tubes were unable to be removed (failed to extubate) even after a course of systemic corticosteroids. … Continue reading

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