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Arch Dis Child. 2007 August; 92(8): 1.
PMCID: PMC2083905

A brief digest of the August issue

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In the August issue:


Surtees and Wolf look at treatable metabolic causes of early neonatal seizures. (pp 659–61)

Stephenson looks at the impact of new European medicines regulations on the study of medicines in children. (pp 661–3)

Leading articles

Tanner reflects on the shift of children's surgery to expert centres in the UK, with issues for training and assessment of competence of surgeons. (pp 664–7)

In two papers Larcher reviews the ethical issues facing those involved in providing assisted reproduction technologies, and the issues facing those who care for children born by the use of such technology. (pp 668–71)

Original research

In 62 clinicians, widely varying cues were used to assess asthma severity and make decisions around therapy. (pp 672–7)

A computer can be used to assess and monitor quality of life in children aged 7 to 17. (pp 678–82)

In Australian children under 6, moderate or severe eczema results in parental stress equivalent to severe developmental delay. (pp 683–6)

In 12 dutch patients, a urine test was able to make the diagnosis, even in the presence of pyridoxine treatment. (pp 687–9)

Children born with congenital adrenal hyperplasia are more likely to be born after more than 41 weeks gestation than normal children and short controls. (pp 690–2)

In Ugandan children with a suspicion of TB, nasopharyngeal aspiration had a sensitivity of 62% and specificity of 98% for confirmation of TB. (pp 693–6)

In Jerusalem, of 96 cases over four years, studies to determine the cause of sudden infant death were only performed in 54%. (pp 697–9)

111 adults who had been born with growth retardation in Ireland in the 1950s had comparable health related quality of life to 124 controls. (pp 700–3)

In northern European children with ITP, a more aggressive treatment protocol improved short term platelet recovery but not long term prognosis. (pp 704–7)

In a series of four children who had not responded to conventional medial therapy, deep brain stimulation resulted in improved symptoms. (pp 708–11)

Short report

Of 30 children aged 8‐16 participating in a clinical trial, 19 recognised that being part of a trial involved risks. (pp 712–13)

Case report

A patient with persistent hyperinsulinaemic hypoglycaemia of infancy went on to develop type 1 diabetes. (pp 714–15)


A review of diabetes in infants and toddlers. (pp 716–19)

The application of children's rights may have a greater positive impact than following a public child health agenda. (pp 720–5)

A review of the epidemiology of TB in Europe. (pp 726–9)

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