The e-Journal of Neonatology Research

Your open access, online source for everything in neonatology

Volume 1, Issue 1, Spring 2011 (Inaugural Edition)

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Editor’s Introductions

What the world of neonatology research publication can be (from the editor’s desk)

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What Do Neos Think? (about the recertification process)


Take a 2 minute anonymous survey, designed to see what neonatologists think about the American Board of Pediatric’s approach to recerification.

Original Research Manuscripts

Neonatal Subgaleal Hemorrhage in a Multihospital Healthcare System: Prevalence, Associations, and Outcomes

Robert D. Christensen, Vickie L. Baer, and Erick Henry

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Ileal Immunoglobulin Binding by the Neonatal Fc Receptor: A Previously Unrecognized Mechanism of Protection in the Neonatal Rat Model of Necrotizing Enterocolitis?

Jonathan R. Swanson, Tamas Jilling, Jing Lu, Jessica B. Landseadel, Marek Marcinkiewicz, and Phillip V. Gordon

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Trends in Surfactant Use in the United States: Changes in Clinical Practice

Andrea N. Trembath, Reese H. Clark, Barry T. Bloom, P. Brian Smith, Carl Bose, and Matthew Laughon

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Occludin and Claudin-5 are Comparably Abundant and Co-localized in the Rat’s Blood Brain Barrier from Late Gestation to Adulthood

Abel Guerra, Jonathan M. King, Betty Alajajian, Elif Isgor, and Murat Digicaylioglu

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Letters to the Editor

Phenobarbital for Cholestatic Liver Disease: Is this a Safe and Proven Therapy?

Alexander B. Kenton MD, FAAP and Kaashif Ahmad MD

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Regarding Part IV of Recertification in Neonatology:

A Consensus of 69 Academic Neonatology Section Heads

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Alan Fujii MD

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Editor’s Choice: Top 10 studies in neonatology

1 A Randomized Trial of Prenatal versus Postnatal Repair of Myelomeningocele. Adzick NS, Thom EA, Spong CY, Brock JW, Burrows PK, Johnson MP, Howell LJ, Farrell JA, Dabrowiak ME, Sutton LN, Gupta N, Tulipan NB, D’Alton ME, Farmer DL; the MOMS Investigators. New England Journal of Medicine.

A prospective, well powered, randomized trial of fetal surgery with neurodevelopmental follow up.

2 Early postnatal hypotension is not associated with indicators of white matter damage or cerebral palsy in extremely low gestational age newborns. Logan JW, O’Shea TM, Allred EN, Laughon MM, Bose CL, Dammann O, Batton DG, Kuban KC, Paneth N, Leviton A. Journal of Perinatology.

A solid secondary analysis of a prospective observational trial designed to test the prevalent belief that lower blood pressures in asymptomatic ELBW infants lead to neurologic injury.

3 Gastrointestinal complications associated with ibuprofen therapy for patent ductus arteriosus. Rao R, Bryowsky K, Mao J, Bunton D, McPherson C, Mathur A. Journal of Perinatology.

The first study to demonstrate an association between early administration of ibuprofen and spontaneous intestinal perforations, suggesting a similar safety profile to that of indomethacin.

4 Cerebral oxygenation is depressed during sleep in healthy term infants when they sleep prone. Wong FY, Witcombe NB, Yiallourou SR, Yorkston S, Dymowski AR, Krishnan L, Walker AM, Horne RS. Pediatrics.

A very intriguing use of NIRS technology to investigate a contributing etiology of SIDS.

5 Antenatal Corticosteroids Promote Survival of Extremely Preterm Infants Born at 22 to 23 Weeks of Gestation. Journal of Pediatrics.

A solid retrospective analysis that gives one pause about waiting until 24 weeks to give antenatal steroids.

6 Neurodevelopmental Outcomes of Triplets or Higher-Order Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants. Wadhawan R, Oh W, Vohr BR, Wrage L, Das A, Bell EF, Laptook AR, Shankaran S, Stoll BJ, Walsh MC, Higgins RD; for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development Neonatal Research Network. Pediatrics.

A solid retrospective analysis with an unsurprising result that may help with selective reduction counseling.

7 Statewide NICU Central-Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection Rates Decline After Bundles and Checklists. Schulman J, Stricof R, Stevens TP, Horgan M, Gase K, Holzman IR, Koppel RI, Nafday S, Gibbs K, Angert R, Simmonds A, Furdon SA, Saiman L; the New York State Regional Perinatal Care Centers. Pediatrics.

A before and after study demonstrating that intention based interventions work on the large scale, but site disparities persist despite implementation of such interventions.

8 Does fellowship pay: what is the long-term financial impact of subspecialty training in pediatrics? Rochlin JM, Simon HK. Pediatrics.

A well done analysis of our financial reality.

9 Calcium Absorption in Very Low Birth Weight Infants with and without Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia. Hicks PD, Rogers SP, Hawthorne KM, Chen Z, Abrams SA. Journal of Pediatrics.

A very nice approach to the question of calcium / phosphate metabolism in chronic lung disease.

10 The age of necrotizing enterocolitis onset: an application of Sartwell’s incubation period model. González-Rivera R, Culverhouse RC, Hamvas A, Tarr PI, Warner BB. Journal of Perinatology.

Interesting and potentially useful analysis, made possible by the exclusion of spontaneous intestinal perforations, demonstrating that there is a discrete temporal window within which NEC onset occurs (it’s timing is an inverse logarithmic function to that of gestational age at birth).

Editor’s Extra’s


Revisiting Libby Zion (a review of events from 1996)

Here is the link to make suggestions for the USDA National Breastfeeding Campaign

How many of you would like to see a new emphasis added on the importance of breastmilk  in WIC for those 1 in 8 newborns who are premies?

A Moment for Mechanism (progesterone)

How Progesterone fosters pregnancy (news from the NIH)



There was one rejected manuscript(s) and zero rejected letter(s) for this volume (we will NOT publish specific information about individual rejections).

Written by Dr Phillip Gordon

March 2nd, 2011 at 3:59 pm

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