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.

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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Obesity and maternal ICU admission

In this study Heather R. Masters, from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, led a team of researchers looking into the links between mothers’ obesity and their likelihood of being admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) during their … Continue reading

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Overweight mothers and foetal acidosis

Foetal acidosis occurs when unborn babies’ blood becomes too acidic and typically occurs when a child is deprived of oxygen for an extended period of time during or after birth. In this study Stefan Johansson, from the Karolinska Institutet in … Continue reading

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Antibiotics, lung problems and death

In this study Dustin D. Flannery, from the University of Pennsylvania, led a team of researchers looking into the links between antibiotic use and increased risks of lung problems and death. 4,950 babies were involved in the study of whom … Continue reading

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Why babies with lung problems stay in hospital longer

Babies born with lung problems – bronchopulmonary dysplasia – can end up staying in hospital for up to a year after being born. This can delay family bonding and the attainment of developmental milestones, increase the risk of hospital-acquired infections … Continue reading

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