136 e-Letters

published between 2013 and 2016

  • Re: A useful tool for parents
    Lane E Volpe

    We would like to thank Dr Levene for her letter, and the Editors for the opportunity to respond. The authors are familiar with the Infant Sleeplab App; we are both associated with the Durham University Parent- Infant Sleep Lab (Dr Volpe as an Honorary Fellow, and Professor Ball as the Founder and Director). The Infant Sleep Info Source Website (ISIS, www.isisonlineorg.uk) was conceived of in 2010 by Professor Ball and her...

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  • Re:The Skeletal Survey in suspected abuse- how necessary is it?
    Amaka C Offiah

    We thank Dr Cohn and his colleagues for their interest in our article and agree - as stated within our paper - that there is considerable variability in the reported fracture yield of skeletal surveys. This variability is not only dependent on methods of data display (as Dr Cohn et al illustrate), but also on epidemiological and demographic differences between reported study populations and on the process by which clinicia...

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  • Re: Cross-sectional presentation of longitudinal data
    Alison M Kemp

    We would like to thank Dr Clifford for his interest in our research. We do not agree with him that the title and abstract are misleading. The study was a longitudinal one and the results reflect that; for example we looked at the children over time and assessed the importance of within- child variation over time compared to between-child variation. It is very important to distinguish between a collection, that is a point...

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  • Re: Neonatal vitamin A supplementation is not all about deficiency
    Robert Scott-Jupp

    Dear Professor Aaby

    Thank you for your helpful response to the Archivist feature on neonatal Vitamin A supplementation, pointing out the difficulty in attributing any benefit to pre-existing deficiency. Obviously it is not possible to include a full discussion of the conflicting literature on this subject in a short article. I did not intend to endorse any conclusions from the editorial, but merely to stimulate...

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  • The Skeletal Survey in suspected abuse- how necessary is it?
    anthony cohn

    Drs Bajaj and Offiah present compelling reasons for performing skeletal surveys in all children under 2 years of age with unexplained injury, as recommended by the RCPCH guidelines. We have followed this practice for a number of years but an audit of our skeletal surveys came to a very different conclusion.

    We reviewed the results of the skeletal surveys requested in our hospital over a period of 7 years and 4...

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  • Tachypnoea in a well baby: don't forget the head
    Paul A.J. Heaton

    We highlight the recent case of a term female neonate aged 9 days who was referred by her community midwife on account of features of mild respiratory distress symptoms. Initially sepsis was suspected and treatment with antibiotics was initiated. Tachypnoea persisted though there were no other abnormal physical signs; laboratory studies were normal. An echocardiogram, performed to exclude a primary cardiac cause showed...

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  • Faecal calprotectin as an effective diagnostic aid for necrotising enterocolitis
    Cathy Hammerman

    We read with great interest the recent Archimedes discussion entitled "Can faecal calprotectin be used as an effective diagnostic aid for necrotizing enterocolitis in neonates" by Houston and Morgan. In their commentary the authors correctly state that most of the studies used an ELISA method and that many local laboratories currently only run fecal calprotectin testing in once or twice weekly, which would not support it...

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  • Pickled Red Herrings
    Michael A. Colvin

    Wolfe et al heighten my anxiety about solution- focussed epidemiological research with their recommendations for improving child survival in the UK (1). The correlation of lower socio- economic inequality with better child health outcomes in Sweden is clear enough but correlation does not equal causation, as we never tire of hearing. The assertion that "child survival in Britain would be improved through macroeconomic po...

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  • Where do the differences in childhood mortality rates between England & Wales and Sweden originate?
    Anna M. Zylbersztejn

    We support the call for action by Wolfe et al. to address UK's high child mortality rates relative to some other European countries (e.g. Sweden) and we agree that preventive public health strategies are crucial for reducing child mortality in the UK. To put these aspirations into practice policy makers need to know which populations to target. In particular, whether the priority should be to focus on the health of women...

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  • Cross-sectional presentation of longitudinal data
    Rollo D Clifford
    The authors of this study are to be congratulated on a unique and useful collection of data which, in the present climate, is increasingly difficult to achieve. Unfortunately the title is somewhat misleading and the abstract potentially open to mis-interpretation. Although parents collected diary data on their children during concurrent weeks, this is presented by the authors in a cross sectional, not longitudinal manner. Thus, wh...
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