eLetters

534 e-Letters

published between 2003 and 2006

  • Cough Plates for microbiological surveillance in Cystic Fibrosis
    Richard J Chavasse

    Dear Editor,

    Regular surveillance of respiratory tract flora is integral to the routine management of children with cystic fibrosis. In children who are not regular sputum producers, cough swabs are frequently used as a substitute(1). Maiya et al suggest that cough plates are more sensitive than cough swabs and preferred by children(2).

    We attempted to validate the technique for use in our Cystic Fibrosi...

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  • Added glucose to intravenous fluids for rehydration of children with gastroenteritis- Authors reply
    kristen a neville

    Dear Editor,

    The letter from Sanchez-Bayle and colleagues(1) states that the administration of hypotonic saline to children with gastroenteritis is not, in their hands, associated with an increased risk of hyponatraemia. This is in sharp contrast to our findings,(2,3) and those of others, showing that the risk is real. Unfortunately the data provided by Sanchez- Boyle is insufficient for analysis and we look for...

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  • Splenectomy in cystic fibrosis
    Stephanie Van Biervliet

    Dear Editor,

    Splenectomy in cystic fibrosis (CF) remains controversial mainly because the spleen is considered indispensable in this disease for its important immunological function in the defence against the frequent infections. Furthermore centres which perform liver transplantation prefer this approach, even early after CF related liver disease (CFLD), becomes obvious, since it seems more ethiological.

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  • More blood tests in paracetamol overdose?
    Ruth Owen

    Dear Editor,

    We read with interest the recent article in Archives of Disease in Childhood concerning Paracetamol induced hepatotoxicity [1] and discussed it at Derbyshire Children’s Hospital’s Journal club. We found the management algorithm useful for knowing which patients we need to refer to a specialist unit.

    However, we felt that some clarification is needed regarding the issue of repeat blood tests i...

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  • TB Meningitis: More evidence for protective effect of BCG
    Anjay M A Pillai

    Dear Editor,

    Walker et al rightly conclude that BCG vaccination does have a significant protective effect against tuberculous meningitis(TBM).(1) However it might be worth pointing out that the analysis does not include a few recent studies, which lead to the same conclusion based on robust data.(2, 4, 5) This is presumably because the literature search by the authors was carried out in January 2005.

    A r...

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  • Not as it seems
    esther morris leidolf

    Dear Editor,

    I can’t make a blanket statement whether intersex conditions are disorders or not, but I do feel strongly that no one else has the right to decide that for me. As a contributor to both Intersex hand-books it is still unclear to me how this consensus on terminology developed and who makes up the consensus group- authors or contributors. I do know that I was never asked to be, nor did I consent to be pa...

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  • Management of hyperbilirubinemia in the who pocketbook of hospital care for children
    Michael Kaplan

    Dear Editor,

    The WHO is to be commended on its recent (2005) publication "Pocketbook of Hospital Care for Children: Guidelines for the Management of Common Illnesses with Limited Resources" (1). This book, which is aimed at physicians and other health workers in developing countries, was recently favourably reviewed in Archives of Disease in Childhood (2).

    With regard to the management of neonatal hyperb...

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  • Re From health surveillance to health promotion: the changing focus in preventive children’s service
    Barry Zuckerman

    Dear Editor,

    Drs. Blair and Hall’s article[1] provides an important justification from a shift in child health surveillance to child health promotion including the important role of other disciplines and agencies. This information is relevant to the U.S. as it is to the U.K. However, I would like to bring to their attention for inclusion into their recommendations an important evidence-based activity that prom...

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  • Other ways
    Adrian H Sie

    Dear Editor,

    There are a few ways of automating the whole literature updating thing. Amedeo (http://www.amedeo.com) is a free service that will email new journal articles including abstracts to you from a range of journals that you can select. There is a specific neonatal collection but not a specific paediatric group, but you can choose paediatric journals.

    Ovid (http://gateway.ovid.com) lets you store s...

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  • CHILD2015: the information and learning needs of child healthcare providers in developing countries
    Stephen John Allen

    Dear Editor,

    As detailed in the leading article in the September issue of this journal, CHILD2015 was launched on July 10th 2006. CHILD2015 is a global email discussion group managed and moderated by Global Healthcare Information Network (www.ghi-net.org) and the International Child Health Group (www.ichg.org.uk), UK.

    The aim of the discussion group is that, by 2015, every child worldwide will have access...

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