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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061866/rapid-containment-of-nosocomial-transmission-of-a-rare-community-acquired-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-ca-mrsa-clone-responsible-for-the-staphylococcal-scalded-skin-syndrome-ssss
#1
Onofrio Lamanna, Dafne Bongiorno, Lisa Bertoncello, Stefano Grandesso, Sandra Mazzucato, Giovanni Battista Pozzan, Mario Cutrone, Michela Chirico, Flavia Baesso, Pierluigi Brugnaro, Viviana Cafiso, Stefania Stefani, Floriana Campanile
BACKGROUND: The aims of this study were to identify the source and the transmission pathway for a Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome (SSSS) outbreak in a maternity setting in Italy over 2 months, during 2014; to implement appropriate control measures in order to prevent the epidemic spread within the maternity ward; and to identify the Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) epidemic clone. METHODS: Epidemiological and microbiological investigations, based on phenotyping and genotyping methods, were performed...
January 6, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057068/computed-tomography-guided-biopsies-in-children-accuracy-efficiency-and-dose-usage
#2
Tatjana Gruber-Rouh, Axel Thalhammer, Thomas Klingebiel, Nour-Eldin A Nour-Eldin, Thomas J Vogl, Katrin Eichler, Nagy Naguib, Martin Beeres
BACKGROUND: Computed-tomography-guided interventions are attractive for tissue sampling of paediatric tumor lesions; however, it comes with exposure to ionizing radiation. The aim of this study was to analyse the radiation dose, accuracy and speed of CT-guided interventions in paediatric patient cohort. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed CT-guided interventions over a 10 -year period in 65 children. The intervention site consisted of bones in 38, chest (lung) in 15 and abdomen (liver, lymph nodes) in 12 cases...
January 6, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049529/analysis-of-the-factors-affecting-the-evolution-over-time-of-subclinical-hypothyroidism-in-children
#3
EDITORIAL
Mariella Valenzise, Tommaso Aversa, Giuseppina Zirilli, Giuseppina Salzano, Domenico Corica, Simona Santucci, Filippo De Luca
Aim of this commentary is to report the most recent views about natural history of subclinical hypothyroidism (SH) according to the different etiologies. In children with idiopathic SH the natural evolution is often favourable, with a high percentage of cases reverting to euthyroidism or remaining SH even after a prolonged follow-up. By contrast, the risk of a significant deterioration of thyroid status is distinctly higher in the SH children with Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT). This risk is even higher in the cases with both HT-related SH and chromosomal abnormalities, such as Turner or Down's syndrome...
January 3, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049502/percentiles-of-serum-uric-acid-and-cardiometabolic-abnormalities-in-obese-italian-children-and-adolescents
#4
Rosa Luciano, Blegina Shashaj, MariaRita Spreghini, Andrea Del Fattore, Carmela Rustico, Rita Wietrzykowska Sforza, Giuseppe Stefano Morino, Bruno Dallapiccola, Melania Manco
BACKGROUND: To investigate the association of serum uric acid (SUA) with cardiometabolic abnormalities in Caucasian overweight/obese children (<10 years of age) versus adolescents (≥10 years of age) by drawing age and gender specific percentiles of uric acid. METHODS: Cross-sectional evaluation of 1364 Caucasian overweight/obese patients (age 4.1-17.9 years; 726 males, 53%; 560 children, 41%). RESULTS: SUA levels were significantly lower in children than in adolescents (4...
January 3, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049500/metabolic-progression-to-clinical-phenotype-in-classic-fabry-disease
#5
Marco Spada, David Kasper, Veronica Pagliardini, Elisa Biamino, Silvana Giachero, Francesco Porta
BACKGROUND: Fabry disease is an X-linked lysosomal storage disorder due to α-galactosidase A (α-Gal A) deficiency. Clinical onset of Fabry disease is preceded by significant storage of globotriaosylceramide (Gb3) and related glycosphingolipids, but the extent of the metabolic progression before symptoms is unknown. Using a newly recognized effector and marker of Fabry disease, globotriaosylsphingosine (LysoGb3), we aimed to provide a metabolic picture of classic Fabry disease from the neonatal period to childhood...
January 3, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987538/vitamin-d-deficiency-and-its-impact-on-asthma-severity-in-asthmatic-children
#6
Nasrin Esfandiar, Fariba Alaei, Shahrzad Fallah, Delara Babaie, Niloofar Sedghi
BACKGROUND: Despite obtaining evidences on association between vitamin D and development of lung in fetus, little is known about vitamin D level and its impact on severity of asthma in children. The present study aimed to assess the relationship between the asthma severity and vitamin D deficiency in asthmatic children. METHODS: This case-control study was conducted on 106 individuals including asthmatic (n = 53) and healthy children (n = 53) who referred to Mofid hospital in Tehran in 2013...
December 17, 2016: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27955676/no-effect-of-yeast-like-fungi-on-lipid-metabolism-and-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-level-in-children-and-adolescents-with-type-1-diabetes-mellitus
#7
Katarzyna Zorena, Beata Kowalewska, Małgorzata Szmigiero-Kawko, Piotr Wąż, Małgorzata Myśliwiec
BACKGROUND: The objective of the research was to investigate vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) levels in the context of lipid metabolism and amount of yeast-like fungi colonizing the digestive tract in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). METHODS: The study included 45 children with T1DM and 27 age- and sex-matched healthy control subjects. In the study sample 33 T1DM patients were administered insulin pump therapy and 12 T1DM patients were administered multiple daily injections with insulin pen devices...
December 12, 2016: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927221/a-randomized-clinical-trial-comparing-3-different-replacement-regimens-of-vitamin-d-in-clinically-asymptomatic-pediatrics-and-adolescents-with-vitamin-d-insufficiency
#8
Iman M Talaat, Naglaa M Kamal, Hamed A Alghamdi, Abdulla A Alharthi, Mohamed A Alshahrani
BACKGROUND: Pediatric and Adolescent populations both have special needs for vitamin D especially for growing bone. Inadequate vitamin D is defined as 25 (OH) D(25hydroxy vitamin D) < 30 ng/ml. METHODS: We conducted a randomized, controlled clinical trial from July 2014 over 1 year, aiming to assess the changes in 25 (OH) D and biochemical outcome on calcium and PTH(parathyroid hormone) using 3 different regimens of vitamin D replacement. Initial and 4 month 25 (OH) D, calcium, PTH and 12 month 25 (OH) D levels were assayed...
December 7, 2016: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923378/congenital-cytomegalovirus-related-intestinal-malrotation-a-case-report
#9
Claudia Colomba, Mario Giuffrè, Simona La Placa, Antonio Cascio, Marcello Trizzino, Simona De Grazia, Giovanni Corsello
BACKGROUND: Cytomegalovirus is the most common cause of congenital infection in the developed countries. Gastrointestinal involvement has been extensively described in both adult and paediatric immunocompromised patients but it is infrequent in congenital or perinatal CMV infection. CASE PRESENTATION: We report on a case of coexistent congenital Cytomegalovirus infection with intestinal malrotation and positive intestinal Cytomegalovirus biopsy. At birth the neonate showed clinical and radiological evidence of intestinal obstruction...
December 7, 2016: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906083/neonatal-diffusion-tensor-brain-imaging-predicts-later-motor-outcome-in-preterm-neonates-with-white-matter-abnormalities
#10
Do-Yeon Kim, Hyun-Kyung Park, Nam-Su Kim, Se-Jin Hwang, Hyun Ju Lee
BACKGROUND: White matter (WM) abnormalities associated with prematurity are one of the most important causes of neurological disability that involves spastic motor deficits in preterm newborns. This study aimed to evaluate regional microstructural changes in diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) associated with WM abnormalities. METHODS: We prospectively studied extremely low birth weight (ELBW; <1000 g) preterm infants who were admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Hanyang University Hospital between February 2011 and February 2014...
December 1, 2016: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899160/physiopathology-of-vesico-ureteral-reflux
#11
REVIEW
Salvatore Arena, Roberta Iacona, Pietro Impellizzeri, Tiziana Russo, Lucia Marseglia, Eloisa Gitto, Carmelo Romeo
Vescico-Ureteral Reflux (VUR) is a common condition in childhood, caused by a congenital anomaly at the Vescico-Ureteral Junction (VUJ) level. It seems that the main cause could be an abnormal embryological development occurred during the early stage of fetal life.Refluxing ureteral endings show structural and functional anomalies: previous studies have shown a significant decrease in alfa actin, miosin and desmin contents as well as an high rate of atrophy and muscular degeneration with disorganized muscular fibres...
November 29, 2016: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871331/association-of-dars-gene-polymorphisms-with-the-risk-of-isolated-ventricular-septal-defects-in-the-chinese-han-population
#12
Yu Feng, Runsen Chen, Xuming Mo
BACKGROUND: Ventricular septal defects (VSD) are the most common subtype of congenital heart defects (CHD) and are estimated to account for 20 to 30% of all cases of CHD. The etiology of isolated VSD remains poorly understood. Eight core aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (ARSs) (EPRS, MARS, QARS, RARS, IARS, LARS, KARS, and DARS) combine with three nonenzymatic components to form a complex known as the multisynthetase complex (MSC). Four single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in EPRS have been reported to be associated with risks of CHD in Chinese populations...
November 21, 2016: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871293/genetic-and-epigenetic-alterations-in-the-gnas-locus-and-clinical-consequences-in-pseudohypoparathyroidism-italian-common-healthcare-pathways-adoption
#13
L de Sanctis, F Giachero, G Mantovani, G Weber, M Salerno, G I Baroncelli, M F Elli, P Matarazzo, M Wasniewska, L Mazzanti, G Scirè, D Tessaris
BACKGROUND: Genetic and epigenetic alterations in the GNAS locus are responsible for the Gsα protein dysfunctions causing Pseudohypoparathyroidism (PHP) type Ia/c and Ib, respectively. For these heterogeneous diseases characterized by multiple hormone resistances and Albright's Hereditary Osteodystrophy (AHO) the current classification results inadequate because of the clinical overlap between molecular subtypes and a standard clinical approach is still missing. In the present paper several members of the Study Group Endocrine diseases due to altered function of Gsα protein of the Italian Society of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetology (ISPED) have reviewed and updated the clinical-molecular data of the largest case series of (epi)/genetically characterized AHO/PHP patients; they then produced a common healthcare pathway for patients with these disorders...
November 21, 2016: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863530/performances-of-low-level-hospital-health-caregivers-after-a-neonatal-resuscitation-course
#14
Giuseppe De Bernardo, Desirée Sordino, Francesco Cavallin, Veronica Mardegan, Nicoletta Doglioni, Maria Luisa Tataranno, Daniele Trevisanuto
BACKGROUND: High fidelity simulation has been executed to allow the evaluation of technical and non-technical skills of health caregivers. Our objective was to assess technical and non-technical performances of low level hospitals health caregivers who attended a Neonatal Resuscitation course using high fidelity simulation in a standard-setting scenario. METHODS: Twenty-three volunteers were asked to manage a simple scenario (infant with secondary apnea) after the course...
November 18, 2016: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855688/fatal-varicella-pneumonia-in-an-unvaccinated-child-with-down-syndrome-a-case-report
#15
Diletta Valentini, Simona Bianchi, Chiara Di Camillo, Anna Chiara Vittucci, Michaela Veronika Gonfiantini, Rita De Vito, Alberto Villani
BACKGROUND: Varicella is an acute infectious disease common during childhood. It has mostly an uncomplicated course in early childhood. Neverthless, it may result in severe complications, especially in particular age groups and clinical conditions. Down Syndrome represents a risk factor for developing complications, because of the frequent comorbidities and their immunodeficiency. CASE PRESENTATION: A 2-year-old white Caucasian female affected by Down Syndrome was referred to our hospital for cardiac arrest in course of varicella disease...
November 17, 2016: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852289/serological-screening-for-celiac-disease-in-382-pre-schoolers-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#16
Sara Calderoni, Elisa Santocchi, Teresa Del Bianco, Elena Brunori, Laura Caponi, Aldo Paolicchi, Francesca Fulceri, Margherita Prosperi, Antonio Narzisi, Angela Cosenza, Raffaella Tancredi, Filippo Muratori
BACKGROUND: Recent investigations suggest a possible common genetic background between Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Celiac Disease (CD). However, studies regarding this association are scarce and often limited by the small sample sizes and/or large heterogeneity among ASD groups in terms of demographic and clinical features. The present study aims to investigate the overall CD prevalence (biopsy proven-CD patients plus screening detected tTG and EMA positive cases) in a large population of pre-schoolers with ASD referred to a tertiary care University Hospital...
November 16, 2016: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846912/factors-associated-with-active-commuting-to-school-by-bicycle-from-bogot%C3%A3-colombia-the-fuprecol-study
#17
Robinson Ramírez-Vélez, Cesar Augusto Beltrán, Jorge Enrique Correa-Bautista, Andres Vivas, Daniel Humberto Prieto-Benavidez, Javier Martínez-Torres, Héctor Reynaldo Triana-Reina, Emilio Villa-González, Antonio Garcia-Hermoso
BACKGROUND: Active commuting to school (ACS) can contribute to daily physical activity (PA) levels in children and adolescents. The aim of the study was to analyze the characteristics of active commuting to and from school by bicycle and to identify the factors associated with the use of bicycles for active commuting to school based in a sample of schoolchildren in Bogotá, Colombia. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 8,057 children and adolescents...
November 15, 2016: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821174/eosinophilic-esophagitis-after-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia
#18
Amelia Licari, Riccardo Castagnoli, Gian Luigi Marseglia
BACKGROUND: Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is an increasingly diagnosed disease, especially in the western world. Although its pathogenesis remains poorly understood, there is strong evidence that the eosinophilic inflammation in EoE is primarily triggered by immune dysregulation secondary to allergic sensitization to dietary or aero-allergens. Recent studies have reported a higher prevalence of EoE in children with congenital gastrointestinal malformations, i.e. esophageal atresia and/or tracheoesophageal fistula...
November 8, 2016: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814774/atopy-and-autoimmune-thyroid-diseases-melatonin-can-be-useful
#19
REVIEW
Gabriella D'Angelo, Lucia Marseglia, Sara Manti, Laura Colavita, Caterina Cuppari, Pietro Impellizzeri, Salvatore Arena, Teresa Arrigo, Carmelo Salpietro, Eloisa Gitto
Recently, there has been growing interest in the relationship between allergic and autoimmune diseases. Allergy and autoimmunity can be considered two potential outcomes of dysregulated immunity and analysis of literature data shows a strong positive association between a history of Th2-mediated allergic disorders and Th1-mediated autoimmune disorders.Autoimmune thyroid diseases are the most common of all autoimmune pathological conditions.Currently, the mechanisms explaining an association among atopy, autoimmunity, and thyroid diseases are not fully understood...
November 4, 2016: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809913/long-term-safety-and-efficacy-of-omnitrope%C3%A2-a-somatropin-biosimilar-in-children-requiring-growth-hormone-treatment-italian-interim-analysis-of-the-patro-children-study
#20
Lorenzo Iughetti, Gianluca Tornese, Maria Elisabeth Street, Flavia Napoli, Claudia Giavoli, Franco Antoniazzi, Stefano Stagi, Caterina Luongo, Sara Azzolini, Letizia Ragusa, Gianni Bona, Clara Zecchino, Tommaso Aversa, Luca Persani, Laura Guazzarotti, Emiliano Zecchi, Alberto Pietropoli, Stefano Zucchini
BACKGROUND: PATRO Children is an ongoing observational, longitudinal, non-interventional, global post-marketing surveillance study, which is investigating the long-term safety and effectiveness of Omnitrope®, a somatropin biosimilar to Genotropin®, in children with growth disturbances. The primary endpoint of PATRO Children is long-term safety and the secondary endpoint is effectiveness, which is assessed by analysing auxological data such as height (HSDS) and height velocity (HVSDS) standard deviation scores...
November 3, 2016: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
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