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Arch Dis Child. 2007 October; 92(10): 1.
PMCID: PMC2083251

A brief digest of the October issue

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In the October issue:


Doull looks at the ongoing management of cystic fibrosis, and makes suggestions about monitoring of children with it. (pp 831–2)

Stephenson reviews the recent legal rulings that the duty of care owed by a paediatrician is to the child ahead of other considerations. (pp 833–4)

Leading articles

Smyth looks at the top ten most important trials in children, and reflects on what this means for future research into childhood disease. (pp 835–7)

Keen looks at newer approaches to the management of conduct disorder, following on from the Child in Mind project. (pp 838–41)

Original research

In a study of 1238 UK children, some in good health and some with chronic disease, the Manchester‐Minneapolis tool was a valid measure of QoL. (pp 855–60)

Comparing the BMI of triads of mother, father and child at 7.5 years for 4,654 children in the ALSPAC cohort shows that maternal BMI is no more closely associated with child BMI than paternal is BMI ‐ suggesting that there has been no effect of interuterine programming. (pp 876–80)

In a series of 52 children with 162 relapses of nephrotic syndrome, there was no association with administration of meningococcal C vaccine. (pp 887–9)

In analysis of 315 children diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at one week via screening, a subgroup with severe mutations developed pancreatic insufficiency over time. (pp 842–6)

In a cohort of 2869 children, birth weight did not predict allergic disease, but increased birth length may predict lower risk of late childhood wheeze. (pp 881–6)

Of 928 children in the ALSPAC cohort, 22.7% were anaemic by 8 months and 18.1% at 12 months, associated with excess milk feeding. (pp 850–4)

817 New Zealand children of European ancestry were followed from birth in a longitudinal study which suggests that factors for obesity are established in the preschool period. (pp 866–71)

DXA analysis of body fat in 1251 children suggests that gender and ethnicity have an impact which is not reflected by BMI analysis. (pp 872–5)

A short questionnaire on environmental factors and symptoms in Swiss children with asthma had good repeatability. (pp 861–5)

Analysis of UK prescribing trends suggests overuse of combined steroid/long acting beta agonist inhalers, and insufficient decline in use of syrups. (pp 847–9)

Short reports

In a survey of 181 parents attending a clinic, there was widespread confusion about the correct use of antipyretics. (pp 900–901)

In routine bronchoscopy after diagnosis in cystic fibrosis, 20% of 25 children were infected with Pseudomonas, some without symptoms. (pp 898–9)

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