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Bacteria for babies . . . and other stories

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4620 (Published 12 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4620

Probiotics for infants

The hygiene hypothesis, which explains the rising prevalence of asthma, eczema, and allergy in the developed world as a consequence of reduced or delayed exposure to microorganisms in early life, continues to stimulate investigations. Paediatrics has a trial of supplements of Lactobacillus rhamnosus given to infants with at least one atopic parent over the first six months of life (Paediatrics doi:10.1542/peds.2016-3000). However, no beneficial effects on rates of eczema, asthma, or rhinitis were apparent at age 2.

Trauma resuscitation

What is the experience of trauma resuscitation like from a patient’s point of view? A qualitative study interviewed 30 victims of both violent and non-violent trauma. Many participants had been highly aware of what …

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