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    IWK neonatologist’s findings may prevent risky heart surgery for preemies

    avril 17, 2018
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    IWK Health Centre unveils first phase of new state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

    avril 10, 2018
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    National Poison Prevention Week March 18-24, 2018

    mars 19, 2018
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    Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist a first for Nova Scotia

    fvrier 7, 2018
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    Departure from traditional surgery preparation leads to faster recovery, better patient experience

    janvier 30, 2018
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    IWK seeing increase in Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in Emergency Department

    janvier 26, 2018
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    IWK recognized as one of Nova Scotia’s top employers.

    janvier 25, 2018
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    Understanding Trauma: Spring 2018 Free workshops for caregivers

    janvier 8, 2018
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    IWK recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s top employers

    janvier 3, 2018
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    Newest IWK employee, first accredited facility dog in Atlantic Canada

    dcembre 12, 2017
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    Television content created by IWK patients tops 100,000 views on YouTube

    dcembre 12, 2017
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    IWK Health Centre Research Annual Report 2016/17

    novembre 30, 2017
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    IWK doctors join national project to give young people across the country a fighting chance against high risk cancers

    novembre 23, 2017
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    IWK recognizes World Prematurity Day on November 17th

    novembre 15, 2017
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    November 13 to 19 is World Antibiotic Awareness Week – what you should know.

    novembre 14, 2017
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    Sepsis PedsPacs introduced in the IWK Emergency Department

    novembre 7, 2017
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    Carbon monoxide poisoning is entirely preventable

    novembre 3, 2017
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    Insulin Pump Program

    octobre 26, 2017
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    Dr. Noni MacDonald to receive National Child Day Award

    octobre 18, 2017
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    IWK Health Centre permanently raises Mi’kmaq flag

    octobre 3, 2017
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    Op-ed by Karen Hutt, Chair, IWK Board of Directors: We are overcome with concern over breach of trust

    septembre 28, 2017
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    IWK Board of Directors Releases Independent Review of CEO Expenses

    aot 31, 2017
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    A Message from Karen Hutt, Chair, IWK Board of Directors

    aot 23, 2017
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    Understanding Trauma: Free Fall workshops for caregivers and professionals

    aot 21, 2017
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    Dal Grad student attracts prestigious national research award to support continued studies at IWK’s Centre for Pediatric Pain Research

    aot 8, 2017
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    IWK's Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo recognized as health innovation pioneer

    juillet 21, 2017
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    IWK Celebrates the Transformation of Partnerships with Families Patients and families become partners in providing exceptional care

    juillet 14, 2017
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    Maritimers pledge record-breaking $6.4 million during 33rd annual IWK Telethon for Children

    juin 6, 2017
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    Patient voices to be heard for first time at Canadian Pain Society meeting

    mai 23, 2017
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    IWK Researchers win Governor General’s Innovation Award

    mai 8, 2017
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    Dr. Richard Goldbloom inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

    mai 4, 2017
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    IWK attracts brain research grants

    avril 26, 2017
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    Understanding Trauma: Free Summer workshops for caregivers

    avril 24, 2017
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    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in IWK Emergency Department first of its kind in province

    mars 22, 2017
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    National Poison Prevention Week March 19-25, 2017

    mars 20, 2017
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    Investments in Innovative Neonatal Care Help Families Bond

    mars 1, 2017
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    Weather Related Service Update

    fvrier 16, 2017
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    Public Health investigating confirmed cases of measles in Halifax area

    fvrier 15, 2017
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    IWK Health Centre to resume full operations tomorrow, Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    fvrier 13, 2017
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    3D printed heart model allows cardiac surgeons to rehearse complex procedures

    fvrier 8, 2017
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    NSHA & IWK Look Forward to Moving Ahead with the Bargaining Process

    janvier 19, 2017
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    Cineplex Theatre to Open at the IWK Health Centre

    janvier 18, 2017
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    2017 IWK Patient and Family Centred Care Survey

    janvier 11, 2017
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    Understanding and Healing from Trauma: New workshops for caregivers and professionals this Spring of 2017

    janvier 10, 2017
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    Nova Scotia Breast Screening Program celebrates 25th anniversary

    dcembre 6, 2016
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    Online tool aims to improve surgical experience for children with ASD

    novembre 29, 2016
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    Tracy Kitch, President & CEO of the IWK Health Centre named a WXN 2016 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner

    novembre 23, 2016
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    IWK recognizes World Prematurity Day on November 17th

    novembre 15, 2016
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    Study shows switch from mask to portable inhaler improves pediatric emergency department (PED) visits.

    novembre 8, 2016
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    Need a Family Practice?

    novembre 4, 2016
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    Online community connects youth at the IWK with others at health centres across Canada.

    octobre 17, 2016
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    Parents and Families Support Pregnancy and Infant Loss through 8th Annual Halifax Walk to Remember

    octobre 11, 2016
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    Dal Grad students attract prestigious national research awards to support their continued studies at IWK’s Centre for Pediatric Pain Research.

    octobre 5, 2016
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    ‘Sex after baby’ studies focus on the couple rather than individual parents.

    octobre 3, 2016
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    Child Safety Link to host Nova Scotia Child Passenger Safety Symposium on Thursday, September 29 in Truro

    septembre 28, 2016
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    Families invited to Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge and Family Fair Saturday, October 1, 2016

    septembre 28, 2016
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    Call for Board of Directors, IWK Health Centre

    septembre 27, 2016
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    September 18-24, 2016 is national Child Passenger Safety Week

    septembre 19, 2016
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    Dr. Andrew Lynk appointed head/chief of the Department of Pediatrics

    septembre 13, 2016
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    Understanding and Healing from Trauma: New workshops for caregivers and professionals this Fall

    septembre 12, 2016
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    #ItDoesntHaveToHurt celebrates first anniversary with special event at Twitter Canada

    septembre 12, 2016
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    Dr. Alexa Bagnell new Chief of Psychiatry at the IWK Health Centre

    aot 25, 2016
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    Telephone system downtime July 7, 2016

    juillet 7, 2016
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    Understanding and Healing from Trauma: New workshops for caregivers and professionals

    juin 22, 2016
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    The Health of Maritime Women and Children is Everyone’s Business

    juin 21, 2016
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    The IWK’s Dr. Pat McGrath receives National Legacy of Leadership Award

    juin 10, 2016
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    Construction: South Street entrance closed

    mai 25, 2016
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    IWK’s BIOTIC imaging lab offers unique clinical mandate in Canada

    avril 6, 2016
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    IWK researchers members of three out of five networks in $62.5 million pool

    avril 1, 2016
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    Maritime Newborn Screening Program expands to include screening for SCID

    mars 22, 2016
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    National Poison Prevention Week is March 20-26, 2016

    mars 21, 2016
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    Canadian Center for Vaccinology launches Maternal Immunization Study

    mars 8, 2016
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    Winter Storm Message for IWK Patients and Families

    fvrier 8, 2016
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    Imaging Adventure Program at IWK Health Centre first of its kind in Canada

    dcembre 16, 2015
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    Dr. Leslie Anne Campbell appointed new Sobey Family Chair in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Outcomes

    dcembre 16, 2015
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    IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PATIENTS AND FAMILIES REGARDING REGIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS DISRUPTION

    dcembre 3, 2015
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    Juno award-winning artist JRDN Visits IWK

    novembre 30, 2015
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    IWK Celebrated World Prematurity Day on November 17

    novembre 30, 2015
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    IWK Announces Wessex Scholarship

    novembre 30, 2015
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    Halifax hospitals score high in open-visiting policy study

    novembre 10, 2015
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    2nd Annual Research and Innovation in Health Care Forum!

    octobre 28, 2015
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    IWK Health Centre wins 2015 Workplace Benefits Award

    octobre 26, 2015
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    Big Ideas & Simple Solutions at 2nd Research and Innovation in Health Care Forum

    octobre 20, 2015
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    #ItDoesntHaveToHurt Launch Marries Science and Media to Benefit Parents

    septembre 28, 2015
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    IWK Leaders Lend a Helping Hand in Habitat for Humanity Women Build

    septembre 22, 2015
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    Kermesse Fun Fair is coming to town!

    septembre 8, 2015
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    Back to School: Pedestrian Safety

    septembre 8, 2015
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    IWK Summer Volunteer Program

    septembre 8, 2015
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    Alex Tagliani brings Summer of TAG to the IWK

    aot 17, 2015
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    Dr. Bruce Crooks cycles 7,000 Kilometres for Kids Cancer Ride

    aot 10, 2015
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    Youth Advisory Council making changes at the IWK

    aot 10, 2015
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    Local Youth Launch Photovoice Exhibit about Pedestrian and Road Safety

    juin 26, 2015
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    Maritimers donate $6,270,346.07 to the 31st annual IWK Telethon for Children on CTV

    juin 1, 2015
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    IWK employee, Kristi Kempton honoured by the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia

    mai 11, 2015
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    Winter Storm Message for IWK Patients and Families – March 19, 2015

    mars 19, 2015
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    Winter Storm Update for IWK Patients and Families

    mars 18, 2015
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    Winter Storm Message for IWK Patients and Families – March 18, 2015

    mars 18, 2015
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    2015 IWK/CDHA Research Services Satisfaction Survey

    fvrier 5, 2015
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    Patient Engagement in Health Research - upcoming opportunities

    janvier 29, 2015
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    Media Training for Researchers

    janvier 29, 2015
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    Media Training for Researchers

    octobre 6, 2014
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    IWK NICU implements new breast milk scanning, storing and tracking system

    juillet 29, 2014
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    July 22 Labour and Delivery Class Cancelled

    juillet 22, 2014
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    Women's and Newborn Health Program Planning

    juin 23, 2014
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    IWK Storm Preparation Message to Patients and Families

    mars 25, 2014
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    March 13 Pre-Natal Class Cancelled at the IWK

    mars 13, 2014
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    January 29, 2014 Pre-Natal Class Cancelled at the IWK

    janvier 22, 2014
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    Six-year-old Samuel Khan named 2013 IWK Tree Lighter

    dcembre 3, 2013
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    IWK Quilt Fair and Sale - October 10th to Oct 12th

    octobre 7, 2013
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    Nova Scotia improving Dental Care for Children

    aot 19, 2013
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    Shambhala's royal family announces birth of second child

    mars 14, 2013

IWK neonatologist’s findings may prevent risky heart surgery for preemies

avril 17, 2018


 

For Immediate Release – Halifax: The use of high dose oral ibuprofen may be the best way to treat patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), and has the potential to prevent risky heart surgeries on premature babies. In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Souvik Mitra, a neonatologist at the IWK Health Centre, found that high dose ibuprofen ranked highest among medical therapies used to treat PDA, a common heart problem which occurs most often in premature infants. In the study Mitra and his team analysed data from studies published between 1980 and 2017 from 68 randomized trials which involved 4,802 preterm infants with PDA.

“People have been researching PDA in preemies for the last 40 years without a clear answer. This kind of research puts everything into perspective,” says Mitra. “What has been used as the standard of care for PDA treatment turns out to be one of the least effective.”

Before birth, the aorta and the pulmonary artery are connected by the ductus arteriosus, a blood vessel essential to fetal blood circulation. Within minutes or up to a few days after birth, the vessel should close as part of the normal changes occurring in the baby's circulation. In some babies, especially those born premature, the ductus arteriosus remains open (patent). If the PDA is small and not interfering with blood flow then time may lead to a spontaneous closure. However, if it does not close on its own and starts affecting the baby’s circulation, drug therapy is necessary. Surgery is usually the last resort when multiple attempts at closing the PDA with drug therapy is ineffective.

“Our son Knox had surgery when he was 25 days old and weighed only 2 lbs 2 oz. When we sat down with the surgeon and discussed the complications that could arise from PDA ligation surgery she described it as being like delicate wet tissue paper that could tear very easily,” says Nick Hann. “As parents of a child who have been through the PDA ligation surgery we are thrilled with Dr Mitra's research and findings that could eliminate the need for surgery on future NICU preemies.”

PDA is a common condition in preterm infants born earlier than 33 weeks of gestation. According to the Canadian Neonatal Network Annual report 2016, 28 out of every 100 infants born before 33 weeks in Canada were diagnosed with PDA. Out of the ones diagnosed with PDA six per cent required a surgery.

About the IWK Health Centre

The IWK Health Centre is the Maritime region's leading health care and research centre dedicated to the well-being of women, children, youth and families. In addition to providing highly specialized and complex care, the IWK provides certain primary care services and is a strong advocate for the health of families. The IWK is a global leader in research and knowledge sharing, and a partner in educating the next generation of health professionals. Visit www.iwk.nshealth.ca for more information.