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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136542/cognition-and-behaviour-in-children-with-congenital-abdominal-wall-defects
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Alice C Burnett, Julia K Gunn, Esther A Hutchinson, Margaret M Moran, Lisa M Kelly, Ursula C Sevil, Peter J Anderson, Rod W Hunt
AIM: To characterise neurodevelopment at age two years and cognition and behaviour at age five years in children born with abdominal wall defects (gastroschisis or exomphalos). STUDY DESIGN: Participants were treated as neonates for gastroschisis or exomphalos and invited for routine clinical follow-up at ages two and five years. Thirty-nine two year-olds and 20 five year-olds with gastroschisis and 20 two year-olds and 10 five year-olds with exomphalos returned for age-appropriate assessments of development (two years) and intellectual functioning (IQ), executive function, and behavioural problems...
November 11, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136541/impact-of-neonatal-morbidity-on-the-risk-of-developmental-delay-in-late-preterm-infants
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Sílvia Martínez-Nadal, Xavier Demestre, Luisa Schonhaut, Sergio R Muñoz, Pere Sala
BACKGROUND: Late preterm infants (LPI) have a higher risk of developmental delay (DD) than term-born infants. The association of perinatal complications with specific morbidity is not clear. AIM: (1) To compare the risk of DD at 4years of age between LPI who have presence or absence of any morbidity associated with the prematurity at birth, called complicated (cLPI) or uncomplicated (uLPI), and term-born infants, (2) to determine maternal and perinatal factors associated with risk of DD, and (3) to analyze, in LPI, the association between perinatal morbidity and risk of DD...
November 11, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127891/elevated-maternal-anxiety-in-the-nicu-predicts-worse-fine-motor-outcome-in-vlbw-infants
#3
Michelle M Greene, Beverly Rossman, Paula Meier, Kousiki Patra
AIM: The literature is sparse with respect to the impact of elevated maternal psychological distress in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) on later neurodevelopmental outcome in VLBW infants. The objective of this study is to examine the impact of elevated maternal distress, defined as elevated depression, anxiety and perinatal-specific post-traumatic stress, during the NICU hospitalization on VLBW infant ND outcome at 20months corrected age (CA). METHODS: This was a prospective study of 69 mothers and their VLBW infants recruited in 2011-2012...
November 8, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112888/age-of-pubertal-onset-and-2nd-to-4th-digit-ratios-preliminary-findings
#4
Diane C Gooding, Blake H Chambers
BACKGROUND: The second to fourth digit ratio (2D:4D) is used as a marker of prenatal sex hormone exposure. The aim of this study was to evaluate the possible relation between digit ratio and age of pubertal onset. METHODS: Participants were 321 men and 202 women aged between 18 and 28 at the time of assessment who self-reported their onset of puberty (i.e., age at first conscious ejaculation or menarche). Participants' right and left digit lengths were measured from hand scans...
November 4, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107834/offspring-sex-ratio-coital-rates-and-other-potential-causal-mechanisms
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REVIEW
William H James, Victor Grech
In recent years, scientists have begun to pay serious attention to the hypothesis that human parental coital rates around the time of conception causally influences the sexes of subsequent births. In this paper, the grounds of the argument are outlined. The point is important because, if the hypothesis were credible, it can potentially explain one of the best established (and otherwise unexplained) epidemiological features of sex ratio at birth - its rises during and just after World Wars 1 and 2 insofar as increased coital rates increase the ratio...
November 3, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096166/lung-and-liver-growth-and-retinoic-acid-status-in-human-fetuses-with-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia
#6
Christine K C Loo, Michael A Pearen, Tamara N Pereira, Joanna Perry-Keene, Diane Payton, Grant A Ramm
BACKGROUND: Abnormal retinoic acid (RA) signalling is considered a major cause of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). Pulmonary hypoplasia and pulmonary hypertension are the major causes of morbidity and mortality in infants born with CDH. Experimental studies in animals have found that RA signalling is involved in lung and liver development, but animal models of CDH do not directly correlate with CDH in human fetuses. This study investigated if RA status is also linked to lung and liver growth in human fetuses with CDH...
October 30, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091783/neurodevelopmental-outcome-in-prenatally-diagnosed-isolated-agenesis-of-the-corpus-callosum
#7
Lise Folliot-Le Doussal, Alexandra Chadie, Marie Brasseur-Daudruy, Eric Verspyck, Pascale Saugier-Veber, Stéphane Marret
Neurodevelopmental outcome in children with agenesis of the corpus callosum (ACC) is correlated with the presence or absence of associated brain abnormalities. Indeed, neurodevelopmental outcome shows severe disabilities when the ACC is not isolated whereas in isolated forms, the neurologic development is mainly normal. Contrary to data in several published studies, the prognosis remains uncertain even in isolated forms, which may lead in France to medical termination of pregnancy. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate long-term neurodevelopmental outcome in children with prenatally diagnosed isolated ACC...
October 29, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091782/ante-peri-and-postnatal-factors-associated-with-intraventricular-hemorrhage-in-very-premature-infants
#8
Martin Poryo, Judith Caroline Boeckh, Ludwig Gortner, Michael Zemlin, Perrine Duppré, Daniel Ebrahimi-Fakhari, Stefan Wagenpfeil, Matthias Heckmann, Eva Mildenberger, Anne Hilgendorff, Andreas W Flemmer, Georg Frey, Sascha Meyer
BACKGROUND: Intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) is one of the most serious complications in preterm infants and is associated with neurological sequelae and mortality. Over the past few decades, the rate of IVH has decreased due to improved neonatal intensive care. However, up to 15-25% of very and extremely premature infants (<32 and <28weeks of pregnancy (WOP) respectively) still suffer from IVH. STUDY PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to perform an updated, multicenter analysis to identify ante-, peri, and postnatal factors other than gestational age/birth weight associated with IVH of any grade in a large cohort of very and extremely premature infants...
October 26, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049945/the-ages-and-stages-questionnaire-latent-factor-structure-and-growth-of-latent-mean-scores-over-time
#9
Oscar L Olvera Astivia, Barry Forer, Gwenden L Dueker, Candace Cowling, Martin Guhn
BACKGROUND: Very little research exists that looks at the Ages and Stages Questionnaire simultaneously from a modern latent variable point of view and by looking at its psychometric properties over time. AIMS: To explore the latent factor structure of the ASQ using Exploratory Structural Equation Modeling techniques for ordinal data and investigate its change over time using the method of vertical scaling from multidimensional Item Response Theory. STUDY DESIGN: Longitudinal, with the same children being assessed at multiple timepoints...
October 16, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032281/differences-in-mother-to-infant-bonding-according-to-type-of-c-section-elective-versus-unplanned
#10
María Azul Forti-Buratti, Inmaculada Palanca-Maresca, Lourdes Fajardo-Simón, Ibone Olza-Fernández, María Fe Bravo-Ortiz, Miguel Ángel Marín-Gabriel
Aim To compare the mother-to-infant bond of mothers who gave birth by elective C-section versus urgent C-section in the first 48-72h of life and 10-12weeks after delivery. METHODS: This is a cohort prospective study of women giving birth by C-section. 48-72h after delivery, sociodemographic variables were collected, Mother-to-Infant Bonding Scale and newborn's response to separation test were performed. 10-12weeks after delivery Mother-to-Infant Bonding Scale and questions about baby's feeding were completed...
October 12, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024833/health-of-vlbw-infants-in-germany-at-five-years-of-age-what-do-parents-describe
#11
Juliane Spiegler, Guido Stichtenoth, Inke R König, Egbert Herting, Wolfgang Göpel
BACKGROUND: There are only few data on medical problems and utilization of health services of former very low birth weight (VLBW) children at preschool age. STUDY DESIGN: At five years of age parents of a cohort of VLBW children (N=862) received questionnaires, a medical interview and examination. The results were compared to the KIGGS cohort (Deutscher-Kinder-und Jugendgesundheitssurvey, N=777). RESULTS: Parents of the VLBW and KIGGS cohort reported a very good or good health in 95% in their children...
October 9, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987710/special-health-care-needs-explains-the-effect-of-extremely-low-birth-weight-on-math-but-not-language-achievement
#12
Jonathan S Litt, Nori Minich, H Gerry Taylor, Maureen Hack
OBJECTIVES: Extremely low birth weight (ELBW; <1kg) adolescents are at risk for special health care needs (SHCN) and poor math achievement compared to normal birth weight (NBW) peers. SHCN are associated with poor academic achievement among NBW children. We hypothesize that SHCN explain the effect of ELBW on math achievement. METHODS: We compared age 14 Woodcock-Johnson Calculation standard scores between 181 ELBW infants and 115 NBW controls. Persistent SHCN included: 1) prescription medication or equipment use, 2) subspecialty or therapeutic service use, or 3) hospitalization...
October 4, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954245/delay-of-gratification-and-time-comprehension-is-impaired-in-very-preterm-children-at-the-age-of-4years
#13
B M Hüning, B Assing, E Weishaupt, F Dransfeld, U Felderhoff-Müser, N Zmyj
BACKGROUND: Very preterm infants more likely exhibit deficient executive functions than term born controls. Delay of gratification, as part of the executive functions, allows for rejecting an immediate in favor of a greater future reward. Time comprehension might help to delay gratification. AIMS: We hypothesized that delay of gratification and time comprehension is less developed in preterm children and that time comprehension is associated with the ability to wait for a greater reward...
September 24, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28950234/effects-of-the-early-administration-of-sivelestat-sodium-on-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-in-infants-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#14
Ryo Ogawa, Rintaro Mori, Koichi Iida, Yumiko Uchida, Makoto Oshiro, Misao Kageyama, Yuichi Kato, Taihei Tanaka, Yusei Nakata, Yutaka Nishimura, Isamu Hokuto, Motoki Bonno, Naoko Matsumoto, Masato Ito, Noriko Takahashi, Fumihiko Namba
BACKGROUND: Chorioamnionitis, or infiltration of the chorioamnion by neutrophils, is a risk factor associated with the development of bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Increased neutrophil elastase levels are observed in the tracheal aspirates of these patients. AIMS: To examine the effects of early administration of the selective neutrophil elastase inhibitor sivelestat, which is used to treat acute lung injury in adults, on bronchopulmonary dysplasia in extremely premature infants...
September 23, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941976/omega-3-and-6-fatty-acid-supplementation-and-sensory-processing-in-toddlers-with-asd-symptomology-born-preterm-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#15
Kelly M Boone, Barbara Gracious, Mark A Klebanoff, Lynette K Rogers, Joseph Rausch, Daniel L Coury, Sarah A Keim
BACKGROUND: Despite advances in the health and long-term survival of infants born preterm, they continue to face developmental challenges including higher risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and atypical sensory processing patterns. AIMS: This secondary analysis aimed to describe sensory profiles and explore effects of combined dietary docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) supplementation on parent-reported sensory processing in toddlers born preterm who were exhibiting ASD symptoms...
September 20, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923772/reference-intervals-of-citrated-native-whole-blood-thromboelastography-in-premature-neonates
#16
Mario Motta, Brunetta Guaragni, Elena Pezzotti, Carmen Rodriguez-Perez, Gaetano Chirico
BACKGROUND: Bleeding due to acquired coagulation disorders is a common complication in premature neonates. In this clinical setting, standard coagulation laboratory tests might be unsuitable to investigate the hemostatic function as they reflect the concentration of pro-coagulant proteins but not of anti-coagulant proteins. Thromboelastography (TEG), providing a more complete assessment of hemostasis, may be able to overcome some of these limitations. Unfortunately, experience on the use of TEG in premature neonates is very limited and, in particular in this population, reference ranges of TEG parameters have not been yet evaluated...
September 15, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892739/maturation-of-arousals-during-day-and-night-in-infants-with-non-smoking-and-smoking-mothers
#17
Barbara Gillioen, Sabine Plancoulaine, Enza Montemitro, Sophie Flori, Jian-Sheng Lin, Aurore Guyon, Camille Stagnara, Flora Bat-Pitault, Hugues Patural, Marie-Paule Gustin, Patricia Franco
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 8, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890146/knitted-octopuses-inside-the-incubators-a-non-evidence-based-viral-practice
#18
LETTER
Adriana Bastons-Compta, Marta Astals, Erika Sánchez, Oscar Garcia-Algar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 7, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889037/gender-specific-evolution-of-fetal-heart-rate-variability-throughout-gestation-a-study-of-8823-cases
#19
Hernâni Gonçalves, Célia Amorim-Costa, Diogo Ayres-de-Campos, João Bernardes
BACKGROUND: Fetal heart rate (FHR) variability throughout gestation reflects aspects of fetal development, and its analysis has been used for the assessment of fetal well-being. AIM: The objective of this study was to provide a gender-specific analysis of the evolution of FHR variability indices throughout gestation, using linear time-domain, spectral and nonlinear FHR indices. STUDY DESIGN: A large retrospective study was carried out using antepartum FHR recordings obtained from 4713 male and 4110 female fetuses, with normal pregnancy outcome, between 2004 and 2013, with gestational ages ranging between 25 and 40weeks...
September 7, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886572/myristic-acid-in-amniotic-fluid-produces-appetitive-responses-in-human-newborns
#20
Ana G Gutiérrez-García, Carlos M Contreras, Cynthia Díaz-Marte
BACKGROUND: A mixture of eight fatty acids (lauric acid, myristic acid, palmitic acid, palmitoleic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, elaidic acid, and linoleic acid) that are contained in human amniotic fluid, colostrum, and milk produces appetitive responses in newborns, suggesting the existence of a transition of sensorial cues that guide newborns to the maternal breast. OBJECTIVE: To explore the ability of each of these eight fatty acids individually to produce appetitive responses in newborns...
September 5, 2017: Early Human Development
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