October 2003
Update;10/16/2003, Vol. 67 Issue 8, p438
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A Canadian population study has emphasised the link between low income and poorer overall health in babies, even after adjustment for confounding factors. A study of 152 women with gestational diabetes suggests that the practice of performing an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) postnatally is probably unnecessary if a 6-week postnatal fasting glucose level is <6.0. A level of 6 or more indicates the need to proceed to formal OGTT: the sensitivity and specificity of this approach for the diagnosis of postnatal diabetes is 100% and 94%, respectively. A British group has highlighted an association between postnatal depression and sudden infant death syndrome.


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