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Arch Dis Child. 2007 May; 92(5): e1.
PMCID: PMC2083708

A brief digest of the May issue

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In the May issue:


Drewett reflects on the social aspects behind the development of eating habits by children. (p 377)

Craft discusses the difficulties behind making the “right” decisions for children. (p 378)

Eiser argues that formal assessment of quality of life as part of medical care of children is possible and necessary. (p 379)

Leading article

The role and importance of continuity of care in provision of modern, complex paediatrics is discussed. (pp 381–3)

Original research

Families and health professionals make similar assessments when asked to rank quality of life outcomes for congenital heart disease. (pp 388–93)

In a series of 711 children seen with pneumonia in the UK, 89% were admitted and 70% given intravenous antibiotics. (pp 394–8)

In a crossover study of 54 children, children in groups of 9 ate 30% more food than when they ate in groups of three. (pp 384–7)

In assessing reduction of obesity, BMI z score was the best improvement indicator, although a change of 0.5 or more was required for accuracy. (pp 399–403)

The formula weight  = 2(age+4) analysed against 17244 children underestimated weight by 18.8%. Weight  = 3(age)+7 was more accurate. (pp 412–15)

A survey of 13 cardiac centres and 13 referring hospitals revealed widespread variation in the preparation of captopril liquids. (pp 409–11)

A graphical method, proportionate reduction of uncertainty (PRU) of quantifying how tests can reduce diagnostic uncertainty is presented. (pp 404–8)

A systematic review of screening for obesity concludes that there is little evidence, especially with minimal evidence for the value of intervention. (pp 416–22)

Short report

32 of 33 children with Down syndrome referred to a sleep clinic with snoring had sleep apnoea, regardless of body habitus. (pp 423–5)


A review of the extraordinary impact of immunisation on the health of children. (pp 426–33)

An overview of more recent methods of diagnosis of TB. (pp 446–52)

These authors review the various measures of quality of life in young people with diabetes. (pp 434–9)

This review looks a the role of improving communication in preventing drug errors. (pp 440–5)

Global child health

A review of community based therapeutic care for malnutrition describes improved fatality rates. (pp 453–61)

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