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Arch Dis Child. 2007 September; 92(9): e9.
PMCID: PMC2084046

A brief digest of the September issue

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In the September issue:


Clarke and Shearer review the history of discovery and rediscover of this rare but important bleeding disorder of the newborn. (pp 742–3)


Williams reflects that vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy is a long established problem which has yet to be effectively prevented. (pp 740–1)

Dawodu and Wagner look at strategies to prevent vitamin D deficiency in mothers and children. (pp 737–40)

Leading articles

Powell discusses the consequences of the UK judgement which compelled doctors to provide care to a child with SMA. (pp 746–9)

Lynn and Ross look back at the first 40 years of the functioning of the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit. (pp 744–5)

Original research

A more palatable alternative to liquid diet, polymeric feed, didn't improve adherence to diet, but did reduce the need for nasogastric feeds. (pp 767–70)

Comparison of two BPSU studies shows a threefold fall in vitamin K deficiency bleeding, the remaining cases are non‐treated breast fed infants. (pp 759–66)


A prospective study of 127 Argentinian children with meningococcal disease demonstrates worse prognosis is associated with better premorbid nutrition. (pp 790–4)

A questionnaire study of UK administration of vitamin K prophylaxis demonstrated significant inconsistency and problems with IM regimes. (pp 754–8)


In 87 babies born in Holland to mothers with dark skin or concealing clothing, 63.3% had vitamin D deficiency compared to 15.8% of controls. (pp 750–3)

Single vaccine measles, mumps or rubella availability probably increases national coverage by around 2%, which is not enough for herd immunity. (pp 786–9)

Using strict selection criteria, which indicated surgery in 19 of 53 children referred, good results were seen from selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery. (pp 781–5)

In 60 of 111 preterm infants with wheeze at review aged one corrected year, gas trapping probably caused by airway narrowing was the main cause. (pp 776–80)

The parents of 84 children with allergy were interviewed and found to have unmet information needs. (pp 771–5)

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