Dr. Allen Cherer | Neonatal Care & Pediatrics

Dr. Allen Cherer is a neonatal care expert with over 30 years of medical accomplishments to his name.

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Respiratory Distress in Newborns

Respiratory distress syndrome, or RDS, is a common lung complaint for infants. This is especially true in premature babies, born before 37 weeks. The more premature the baby, the greater the chance the child will develop RDS. RDS is caused by a shortage of pulmonary surfactant. Surfactant is a liquid that helps keep air sacs […]

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Persistent Myths in Neonatology

Neonatology is a medical specialty that deals with the care of newborns. It’s a subspecialty of pediatrics. In recent years, neonatologists have taken steps to demystify infant care. Part of that means confronting myths about caring for babies that have existed for generations. Typically, these myths are spread by well-meaning friends and families. They want […]

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Neonatology: an overview

Neonatology is a type of pediatrics, focusing specifically on medical care for newborns. The primary patients of neonatology are newborn infants who were born ill or became ill shortly after birth. Here is a quick overview of this medical concentration, for those unfamiliar. Origins of Neonatology Neonatology is a very recent concentration of pediatrics. High […]

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The Prevention of Cystic Fibrosis in Newborns

Cystic fibrosis is one of the most common conditions caused by genetics. One baby out of every 3,500 live births will have cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis affects the respiratory and digestive systems. Normally, the mucus that lines organs in the body is thin and slick with a consistency slightly thicker than water. Babies who are […]

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DNA Sequencing Could Change How We Look at Genetic Neonatal Diseases

DNA sequencing is one of the most promising new technologies in terms of identifying the risk of disease, but it might not quite be ready for market. But regardless of concerns that DNA sequencing isn’t yet a safe screening method for newborn infants, chances are very strong that it will become a regular toolkit in […]

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Fighting the P-Hack

It’s been said that statistics can be used to prove just about anything.  Take, for example, one study that I recently read about, which examined the link between vegetarianism among pregnant women and an increased risk of drug and alcohol abuse among their children.  The study examined over 5,000 women and their children, and finding […]

Noting the Extraordinary Success of Hib Vaccination

August is observed as National Immunization Awareness Month and is a time to highlight the extreme importance and value of vaccination for people of all ages. Vaccination serves as one of the best ways to protect infants, children, and adolescents from sixteen potentially harmful, and even deadly, diseases. Although it is common to think of […]

Providing Care for Drug-exposed Newborns: Time for the Next Step

During the years 1999-2013, the amount of prescription opioids dispensed in the United States nearly quadrupled, and since 2000, it is estimated that opioid use during pregnancy has tripled. Notably, the tragic consequences of the extreme availability of such drugs include abuse, physical dependence, and increasingly, death through inadvertent overdose. In addition, for the individual […]

Antenatal Corticosteroid Use for Late Preterm Delivery

In 1972, Drs. Liggins and Howie published their landmark study demonstrating that antenatal corticosteroids administered to women 24-36 weeks of gestation reduced the incidence of respiratory distress syndrome and  neonatal mortality. Liggins had previously noted that lambs, treated with intrafetal  ACTH, cortisol, or dexamethasone, delivered prematurely, and sacrificed, demonstrated partially expanded  lungs. Such alveolar stability […]

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