Olliver Ransome

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To test the hypothesis that very low-birth-weight neonates who are otherwise well and are growing, are not compromised if their haemoglobin concentration is allowed to fall below 10 g/dl, 20 such neonates were randomly divided into two groups. The infants in one group received 'top-up' transfusions to keep their haemoglobin concentrations above 10 g/dl,(More)
Throat swabs for group A beta-haemolytic streptococci were taken from 120 Coloured children and 126 Indian children at approximately 3-monthly intervals during 1980. The prevalence of positive throat swabs was related to crowding at home as measured by the number of people per bedroom. Coloured homes were much more crowded than Indian homes, but no(More)
Forty-six children with acute rheumatic fever were admitted to Coronation Hospital, Johannesburg, between April 1981 and December 1984; 4 of them were admitted twice during this period. Their ages ranged from 4.5 years to 12.4 years. Carditis was present in 26 patients, arthritis in 22, chorea in 14, subcutaneous nodules in 3 and erythema marginatum in 2.(More)
A newborn baby with acute respiratory distress caused by tension haemothorax is described. An abnormal clotting profile indicated that the haemothorax was possibly due to a clotting deficiency. Ultrasonography was useful in establishing that the cause of the radio-opacity was fluid. The baby's problem was rapidly resolved by drainage and blood transfusion.
A survey of all paediatricians registered with the South African Medical and Dental Council in July 1981 was conducted and the results were correlated with the child population as determined by the 1980 census. There were 201 active paediatricians, of whom 55% were employed in hospitals and 45% in private practice; 83% were resident in areas in which there(More)
A blind controlled trial was performed to test the hypothesis that early introduction of full-strength cow's milk (FCM) during an attack of acute infantile gastroenteritis does not prolong the course of the illness. A total of 74 children matched for age was admitted to the trial, which compared the effect of FCM with that of graduated milk (the strength of(More)
Two hundred randomly selected mothers were interviewed approximately 1 year post-partum to establish how they had fed their babies and the number of attacks of gastro-enteritis these infants had had; 129 of the babies were examined, primarily for their nutritional status. The majority of mothers (97%) began by breast-feeding and 50% were still doing so at(More)