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News and views published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.Several members contribute to the Neonatology Research.

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Bright outlooks for babies with broken hearts

Mortality rates of congenital heart disease has fallen dramatically over the years, nicely demonstrated by a cohort British study. The annual numbers of deaths decreased from 1460 in 1959 to 154 in 2009. Survival was especially improved in infancy. Infants comprised 63% of all CHD deaths during 1959-63, but only to 22% in 2004-08. Naturally, the development of pediatric cardiology, thoracic surgery and pediatric intensive care have been essential for this dramatic improvement. The impr



The story about thrombocyte counts and the open duct. Or why conference reports should be regarded with some scepticism.

Platelets are probably involved in sealing and remodelling of the closing ductus arteriosus. And, it is easy to believe that thrombocytopenia is associated with PDA-problems in preterm infants. Or, even causally related! A conference abstract in 2011 (i.e. not peer-reviewed and published) fuelled this idea, reporting a association between trc-counts and PDA-risk. However, other small and published studies came to conflicting results. A large study from Germany is now available on line in P



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