151 e-Letters

published between 2005 and 2008

  • Electromagnetic radiation and energy supply/demand balance
    Richard G Fiddian-Green

    Might the effects of electomagnetic radiation from the incubators reported in this study (1) have been due to an improvement in energy supply/demand balance in cells? In other words might there be untapped therapeutic potential in improving energy supply/balance in patients by converting the energy within electromagnetic waves into ATP that can be used by the body?

    The beneficial effects of phototherapy in neon...

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  • Transfuse at birth with placental transfusion
    George M. Morley, MB ChB FACOG

    When to transfuse preterm babies

    The SUMMARY begins by stating the false premises on which the article is based: “The physiological anemia experienced by preterm babies is exacerbated by the common practices such as early cord clamping … The need for subsequent transfusion with red blood cells can be reduced by delaying cord clamping … in infants who do not require immediate resuscitation.”

    The cord clam...

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    Giovanna Bertini


    I read the article by Pignotti 1 on the recommendations for the treatment of extremely premature infants in European countries. In her article, Pignotti affirms that guidelines for the palliative care of newborns of extremely low gestational age are suggested in official documents. In her table on neonatal care she claims that in Florence palliative care is used in the delivery room for infants born betw...

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  • Caution regarding the early use of mask ventilation in Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome
    Jane L. Heraghty

    We welcome the publication in ADC of the recent article by Pavanasam et al (Archives of Disease in Childhood 2008) (1), which highlights some of the challenges in providing ventilation support for children and infants with congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS). However we are anxious that readers may mistake the enthusiasm of this group for mask ventilation as evidence that it is superior to other modalities...

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  • Attention: The extremely preterm births...
    Narayan B. Basnet

    Respected Dr. Pignotti

    I am very pleased to read your article “The extremely preterm births. Recommendations for treatment in European countries”. This is particularly very useful in making reasonably correct decision while managing and treating extremely preterm infants. I myself was born at home as a preterm and very low birth weight some 48 years ago [seven months gestation, birth weight 1250 gram (converted fro...

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  • "Moorish" is not a language!
    Nuri ould el-Shinqiti

    There is no such language as "Moorish", the people known in parts of the West as 'Moors' or (in French 'Maures', in Spanish 'Moros'), are the Arabs of the westernmost regions of the Sahara desert: specifically Mauritania, northern Mali, southern Morocco, southwest Algeria, and the Western Sahara; as such they speak one of the many dialects of Arabic, known as 'Hassaniya'.

  • Outcomes following prolonged preterm premature rupture of membranes
    Dharmesh M Shah

    Dear Editor

    We read with interest the article by Everest et al (1). We support the authors conclusion regarding the improvement in the outcome for the live born infants delivered following membrane rupture occurring before 24 weeks gestation and of at least 14 days duration.

    We analysed a cohort of 21 babies over the past 7 years in our institution. The mean gestation age was 28.3 ± 6 weeks and birth we...

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  • Question about the article
    Leonie C Rubbens

    Dear Mario de Curtis,

    With attention I read your article 'Comparison between rectal and infrared skin temperature in the newborn' in Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed (2008) 93. As I see, you found hopeful results of the skin device. At this moment I investigate an infrared skin device as well. Therefore, I read some literature including your article. However, there is one thing I do not understand. In the results p...

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  • Delayed cord clamping in clinical practice needs more evidence
    Dr Egware B Odeka FRCP FRCPCH

    We read with interest the article on delayed cord clamping in preterm infants (1)

    The authors looked at the outcomes of early versus delayed cord clamping in babies born between 34 and 36 weeks of gestation on haemoglobin and blood glucose levels during early neonatal period and haemoglobin and ferritin levels at 10 weeks of age. They found that the haemoglobin levels were consistently higher at both early neona...

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  • Management of neonatal diabetes mellitus
    Cheri Mathews John


    I read with interest the authors’ description of transient neonatal diabetes mellitus in a pre-term infant. Genetic studies have an important role in the management of these patients. This is an example of pharmacogenetics where the genetic cause of the insulin deficiency determines the response to treatment. It is important that mutations in the ABCC8 are looked for. In a recent case series (1), fou...

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