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11 February 2017
In memory of Hans Rosling:

Curiosity. Commitment. Factfullness.
On three occasions, Hans tweeted about our research. Obviously, I was both surprised and proud that this occupied and certainly hard courted person had time to follow what we've done. Now he is deceased, lost to all of us, but especially of course for his family, friends and loved ones.
There are many who have shared their memory of Hans Rosling during the recent days, yet I cannot help but share my thoughts with you.
We are many who admire Hans and what he accomplished, from his many years of work as a doctor in Africa, his research and start-up of programs in global health and his work with Gapminder. His humanism. In all I think three words shines brightly:
Curiosity. Commitment. Factfullness.
Hans always seemed to be curious, to phenomena in the world around us, curious on people, to figure out how the earth can be better place to live. The altruistic commitment he radiated, the commitment to spread knowledge, to help people, the passion to reach out, not to gain personal benefit, but for everyone's best. And then the word that Hans is said to have coined, and he was writing a book about: factfulness. To see past our own beliefs and prejudices. The ability to see the reality that is in front of us and to base our arguments on facts and not something else.
This last has never been so important as today, when many of us so easily begin to listen to the populists and the prophets of doom, the Trumps and right extremes.
Others have written that Hans Rosling's voice was more important now than ever before. I guess what we really should say is that everyone's vote is more important than in a long time.
When similar winds as from before World War II blows cold all around us, then it is time to join Hans Rosling disciples to become apostles: Start with a good dose of humanism and add thereto Curiosity. Commitment. And perhaps above all Factfulness.
Thanks for all Hans. I will try my best to honor your memory.

Memorial fund in honor of Hans Rosling

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22 January 2017
3 reasons for clamping the umbilical cord after 3 minutes
14 January 2017
30 seconds might be enough when delaying cord clamping at cesarean sections


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Two of the persons involved in the development of Lifestart trolley ( has published a review in Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology.
"Abstract: The rationale for keeping the mother and her newborn together even when neonatal resuscitation is required is presented. The development of a customised mobile resuscitation trolley is detailed explaining how the resuscitation team can be provided with all the facilities of a standard resuscitation trolley to resuscitate the neonate at the mother’s side with an intact cord. Alternative low tech solutions which may be appropriate in low resource setting and with a low risk population are also described."

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9 July 2015
Delayed clamping vs. milking in preterm infants
12 June 2015
Review on delivery room management of newly born infants
23 May 2015
Cardiac changes during delayed cord clamping
3 May 2015
Delayed cord clamping with and without cord stripping: a prospective randomized trial of preterm neo
12 April 2015
Delayed cord clamping in South African neonates with expected low birthweight


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  • Clinical care of pregnant and postpartum women with COVID-19: Living recommendations from the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce.

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    Clinical care of pregnant and postpartum women with COVID-19: Living recommendations from the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce.
    Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2020 12;60(6):840-851
    Authors: Vogel JP, Tendal B, Giles M, Whitehead C, Burton W, Chakraborty S, Cheyne S, Downton T, Fraile Navarro D, Gleeson G, Gordon A, Hunt J, Kitschke J, McDonald S, McDonnell N, Middleton P, Millard T, Murano M, Oats J, Tate R, White H, Elliott J, Roach V, Homer CSE, National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce
    To date, 18 living recommendations for the clinical care of pregnant and postpartum women with COVID-19 have been issued by the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce. This includes recommendations on mode of birth, delayed umbilical cord clamping, skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding, rooming-in, antenatal corticosteroids, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, disease-modifying treatments (including dexamethasone, remdesivir and hydroxychloroquine), venous thromboembolism prophylaxis and advanced respiratory support interventions (prone positioning and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation). Through continuous evidence surveillance, these living recommendations are updated in near real-time to ensure clinicians in Australia have reliable, evidence-based guidelines for clinical decision-making. Please visit for the latest recommendation updates.
    PMID: 33119139 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
  • A Comparison of Strategies for Managing the Umbilical Cord at Birth in Preterm Infants.

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    A Comparison of Strategies for Managing the Umbilical Cord at Birth in Preterm Infants.
    J Pediatr. 2020 10;225:58-64.e4
    Authors: El-Naggar W, Afifi J, Dorling J, Bodani J, Cieslak Z, Canning R, Ye XY, Crane J, Lee SK, Shah PS, Canadian Neonatal Network and the Canadian Preterm Birth Network Investigators
    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the rates of practice, and the associations between different cord management strategies at birth (delayed cord clamping [DCC], umbilical cord milking [UCM], and early cord clamping [ECC]) and mortality or major morbidity, rates of blood transfusion, and peak serum bilirubin in a large national cohort of very preterm infants.
    STUDY DESIGN: We retrospectively studied preterm infants <33 weeks of gestation admitted to the Canadian Neonatal Network between January 2015 and December 2017. Patients who received ECC (<30 seconds), UCM, or DCC (≥30 seconds) were compared. Multiple generalized linear/quantile logistic regression models were used.
    RESULTS: Of 12 749 admitted infants, 9729 were included; 4916 (50.5%) received ECC, 394 (4.1%) UCM, and 4419 (45.4%) DCC. After adjustment for potential confounders identified between groups in univariate analyses, the odds of mortality or major morbidity were higher in the ECC group when compared with UCM group (aOR, 1.18; 95% CI, 1.03-1.35). Mortality and intraventricular hemorrhage were associated with ECC as compared with DCC (aOR, 1.6 [95% CI, 1.22-2.1] and aOR, 1.29 [95% CI, 1.19-1.41], respectively). The odds of severe intraventricular hemorrhage were higher with UCM compared with DCC (aOR, 1.38; 95% CI, 1.05-1.81). Rates of blood transfusion were higher with ECC compared with UCM and DCC (aOR, 1.67 [95% CI, 1.31-2.14] and aOR, 1.68 [95% CI, 1.35-2.09], respectively), although peak serum bilirubin levels were not significantly different.
    CONCLUSIONS: Both DCC and UCM were associated with better short-term outcomes than ECC; however, the odds of severe intraventricular hemorrhage were higher with UCM compared with DCC.
    PMID: 32442446 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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