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"Research has proven" does not mean "it must be true--I read it somewhere on the Internet, but I can't remember where." :-)

This isn't a double-blind RCT either, but it's a nice story and I think it's actually true:
   http://www.snopes.com/glurge/hug.asp/

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From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mark Vrabel
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2017 10:52 AM
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Subject: Re: Chat: was Knitted octopuses for preemies - evidence?

I completely agree with everything Barbara said. If you wanted to provide research that was at least in the general ballpark of relevance, I suppose you could share studies on the effects of various visual stimuli on premature infants. Here are only a few, but the babies were not surveyed on whether or not they felt safe in any of these :)

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From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Reich, Barbara
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2017 9:31 AM
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This is one of those things that just makes me shake my head. How could they possibly prove "Research has proven the tentacles of a crocheted octopus remind babies of the umbilical cord and being in their mother’s womb, making them feel safe?"

Stabilize breathing or blood pressure, maybe. Fairly easy to collect and crunch that data. But the statement above requires either a person who can verbalize their feelings and thought processes, or the ability to read minds. Even at face value that claim is kind of dubious - would premies connect a very soft, dry, short skinny thing with a firm, wet, pulsing, long skinny thing? 

You have to wonder if they wouldn't get the same results  with any big headed, big eyed, soft thing to hold.

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Subject: Knitted octopuses for preemies - evidence?

Our NICU nurse educator asked me whether there is evidence to support this trend, and all I can find is numerous consumer articles that quote each other but do not cite or link to any actual research.  (I love how reporters are so casual about reporting "research" - sigh)  If anyone reads Danish and has access to a Danish medical research database, or Aarhus University researchers to check this out, so much the better.

"The idea began at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, where medical staff reported that the toy octopi calmed babies, led to improved breathing and cardiac patterns and, as a result, increased levels of oxygen in their blood."
Read more: 
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.dailymail.co.uk_health_article-2D4167048_Hospitals-2Dgiving-2Dpremature-2Dbabies-2Dcuddly-2Doctopus-2Dtoys.html-23ixzz4Zdz6fpSY&d=DwIDaQ&c=RvBXVp2Kc-itN3g6r3sN0QK_zL4whPpndVxj8-bJ04M&r=vKh6XwOmjyC51IkP1OfsdjQZoWT2vpi6VZl8El8EPRI&m=OG4dnHj6sjV2BrJznz0D-LfmigtGOPQgZa-WI2YZHVI&s=KDaC_KfpCSR3iW-t7Pt0dJaInFrSEoVC6zYbV8031aQ&e= 
 
 
"Poole Hospital picked up the idea in 2016, calling it "Tentacles for tinies." In addition to the octopi having a calming effect, which in turn regulates the heartbeat, Poole also notes another benefit: "... babies cuddling an octopus were less likely to try to pull out their monitors and tubes."
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.attn.com_stories_14821_heartwarming-2Dreason-2Dpeople-2Dare-2Dgiving-2Dpremature-2Dbabies-2Dhospitals-2Dcrocheted-2Doctopus&d=DwIDaQ&c=RvBXVp2Kc-itN3g6r3sN0QK_zL4whPpndVxj8-bJ04M&r=vKh6XwOmjyC51IkP1OfsdjQZoWT2vpi6VZl8El8EPRI&m=OG4dnHj6sjV2BrJznz0D-LfmigtGOPQgZa-WI2YZHVI&s=f2tKnlK0QHq01gTXW1imnYjkh-9uzIr96X5uYe0fvo4&e= 

"Research has proven the tentacles of a crocheted octopus remind babies of the umbilical cord and being in their mother’s womb, making them feel safe...The unique idea comes from Denmark where it was found octopi calmed babies. Specialists said snuggling the tentacles even led to better breathing, more regular heartbeats and higher levels of oxygen in their blood. Babies cuddling an octopus were also less likely to try to pull out their monitors and tubes."
"Research has proven the tentacles of a crocheted octopus remind babies of the umbilical cord and being in their mother’s womb, making them feel safe."
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.bournemouthecho.co.uk_news_14913656.The-5Fcrocheted-5Foctopuses-5Fthat-5Fhelp-5Ftiniest-5Fbabies-5Ffeel-5Fsafe_&d=DwIDaQ&c=RvBXVp2Kc-itN3g6r3sN0QK_zL4whPpndVxj8-bJ04M&r=vKh6XwOmjyC51IkP1OfsdjQZoWT2vpi6VZl8El8EPRI&m=OG4dnHj6sjV2BrJznz0D-LfmigtGOPQgZa-WI2YZHVI&s=3dqbvyXrCBsv4zbvMf8PpxZINlqeLS17PVpg03S2jiI&e= 

"research from Denmark" links to the site below, where no actual research, or specific claims, are posted:
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.spruttegruppen.dk_danish-2Docto-2Dproject-2Denglish_&d=DwIDaQ&c=RvBXVp2Kc-itN3g6r3sN0QK_zL4whPpndVxj8-bJ04M&r=vKh6XwOmjyC51IkP1OfsdjQZoWT2vpi6VZl8El8EPRI&m=OG4dnHj6sjV2BrJznz0D-LfmigtGOPQgZa-WI2YZHVI&s=G3mkjOW4o6cstsldH3Seeb72Unn55xsda62Dz1fnqmA&e= 

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