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.

Does indomethacin do any good?

Indomethacin is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug sometimes given – for preventative (prophylactic) purposes – to extremely premature babies. In this study the medical records of 671 babies were analysed. 141 had not been given indomethacin while the rest had. The … Continue reading

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Thyroid hormones and oxygen

Major illnesses can disturb the levels of hormones produced by the thyroid gland. In this study a team of researchers looked at changes in thyroid hormones in babies who were being given extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). 21 babies took part … Continue reading

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Polyhydramnios, accelerated growth and birth outcomes

Some women have too much amniotic fluid (polyhydramnios) and/or very large babies. In this study Sarah Crimmins, from the University of Maryland, led a team of researchers studying birth outcomes in women with polyhydramnios and/or accelerated growth but who had … Continue reading

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Corticosteroid therapy and neonatal septic shock

Babies sometimes suffer blood infections after they are born which can lead to the development of septic shock. One of the ways used to treat this condition is drugs called corticosteroids and in this article Gabriel Altit, from the Universite … Continue reading

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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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