Tag: prophylaxis

Deconstructing prophylaxis

It has long been thought that ‘prevention is better than cure’ and many of the things we routinely do in our lives are aimed at preventing disease and danger. If we get into a car, we put our seat belt…

Vitamin K and the Newborn – now available!

I am so excited to announce that the second edition of Vitamin K and the Newborn, a book written to help parents and professionals understand the evidence and the issues surrounding the administration of vitamin K to newborn babies, is…

More evidence on targeting anti-D

A study carried out in Finland has provided more evidence of how we can use fetal rhesus group testing in order to offer anti-D prophylaxis only to those rhesus negative women who are carring rhesus positive babies and thus reduce…

Does antenatal anti-D help the current baby?

Happy 2014!  My first post this year is also the first in a new occasional series which will be tagged Questions&Answers … these are my responses to questions that I get asked frequently.  As ever, they are not intended to…

Vitamin K, reflecting on a decade

In 2003, I wrote a booklet for AIMS called Vitamin K and the Newborn.  It was designed to offer information to parents seeking to make decisions about vitamin K, a prophylactic intervention offered to all newborn babies in the UK…

9 things you might not know about anti-D…

Maybe you’re already full of information about anti-D, but as I was writing my anti-D resources series, I started noting a few things down that people are sometimes surprised to discover when I speak about this topic.  If you’re completely…

Anti-D choices remain limited

A recent paper published in Obstetrics and Gynecology (whose abstract is featured below) has analysed the cost effectiveness of noninvasive RhD typing with cell-free fetal DNA and concluded that this does not offer any significant cost benefit. In other words,…

Iron supplementation: lumping, splitting and choice

I have just uploaded two new articles relating to the recent update of the Cochrane review on daily oral iron supplementation; firstly, the ReView article (Wickham 2013a) in which I discussed the content and considered the implications of Peña-Rosas et…

Deconstructing prophylaxis – part 2

I [once] wrote about some of the issues surrounding prophylaxis, which is the category into which many of the interventions currently offered to pregnant women fall.  I offered a breakdown of some of the main questions that need to be…