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Jennifer A Chandler
This article addresses the question of how neuroscientific evidence is currently used in the Canadian criminal justice system, with a view to identifying the main contexts in which this evidence is raised, as well as to discern the impact of this evidence on judgements of responsibility, dangerousness, and treatability. The most general Canadian legal database was searched for cases in the five-year period between 2008 and 2012 in which neuroscientific evidence related to the responsibility and recidivism risk of criminal offenders was considered...
November 2015: Journal of Law and the Biosciences
Nicola Flowers, Olivia Giouzeppos, Sara Cronin, Grace Shi, David Francis, Damien Bruno, Mark Pertile
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February 2016: Pathology
Rossa W K Chiu
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February 2016: Pathology
Rossa W K Chiu
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February 2016: Pathology
Xuan Ni Tan, Rosemary Harrup, Penny Yarrow
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February 2016: Pathology
Elysia Poggi Davis, Kevin Head, Claudia Buss, Curt A Sandman
Glucocorticoids (cortisol in humans) are the end product of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis and are proposed as a key mechanism for programming fetal brain development. The present prospective longitudinal study evaluates the association between prenatal maternal cortisol concentrations and child neurodevelopment. Participants included a low risk sample of 91 mother-child pairs. Prenatal maternal plasma cortisol concentrations were measured at 19 and 31 gestational weeks. Brain development and cognitive functioning were assessed when children were 6-9 years of age...
October 15, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Igor Prpić, Ana Milardović, Inge Vlašić-Cicvarić, Zdravko Špiric, Jelena Radić Nišević, Petar Vukelić, Janja Snoj Tratnik, Darja Mazej, Milena Horvat
OBJECTIVES: To compare motor, cognitive and language characteristics in children aged 18 months who were prenatally exposed to low-level methyl-mercury (MeHg), and to analyze the eventual differences in these characteristics in relation to cord blood THg concentration. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The total number of 205 child-mother pairs was included in the study, and total cord blood mercury was measured in 198 of them. Out of the 198 already measured samples, 47 of them have also been tested for methyl-mercury in cord blood...
October 19, 2016: Environmental Research
Anita Kozyrskyj, Nicole Letourneau, Liane Kang, Mahin Salmani
BACKGROUND: Affecting 19% of women, postpartum depression is a major concern to the immediate health of mothers and infants. In the longterm, it has been linked to the development of early-onset asthma at school entry, but only if the depression persists beyond the postnatal period. No studies have tested whether associations with postpartum depressive symptoms and early-onset asthma phenotypes persist into later school age. OBJECTIVE: To determine associations between maternal postpartum depressive symptoms and childhood asthma between the ages of 5-10 by using a nested longitudinal design...
October 22, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Stina Lou, Camilla P Nielsen, Lone Hvidman, Olav B Petersen, Mette B Risør
BACKGROUND: It is well documented that pregnant women experience increased worry and uncertainty following a high-risk prenatal screening result. While waiting for diagnostic results this worry continues to linger. It has been suggested that high-risk women put the pregnancy mentally 'on hold' during this period, however, not enough is known about how high-risk women and their partners cope while waiting for diagnostic results. The aim of this study was to identify the strategies employed to cope with worry and uncertainty...
October 21, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Ning Jia, Qinru Sun, Qian Su, Shaokang Dang, Guomin Chen
Substantial evidence has shown that the oxidative damage to hippocampal neurons is associated with the cognitive impairment induced by adverse stimuli during gestation named prenatal stress (PS). Taurine, a conditionally essential amino acid, possesses multiple roles in the brain as a neuromodulator or antioxidant. In this study, to explore the roles of taurine in PS-induced learning and memory impairment, prenatal restraint stress was set up and Morris water maze (MWM) was employed for testing the cognitive function in the one-month-old rat offspring...
October 13, 2016: Redox Biology
Eric B Loucks, Yen-Tsung Huang, Golareh Agha, Su Chu, Charles B Eaton, Stephen E Gilman, Stephen L Buka, Karl T Kelsey
OBJECTIVE: Childhood socioeconomic disadvantage is associated with adulthood obesity risk; however, epigenetic mechanisms are poorly understood. This work's objective was to evaluate whether associations of childhood socioeconomic disadvantage with adulthood body mass index (BMI) are mediated by DNA methylation. METHODS: Participants were 141 men and women from the New England Family Study, prospectively followed prenatally through a mean age of 47 years. Epigenomewide DNA methylation was evaluated in peripheral blood and adipose tissue obtained at adulthood, using the Infinium HumanMethylation450K BeadChip...
October 20, 2016: Psychosomatic Medicine
Peter G Alexander, Karen L Clark, Rocky S Tuan
Limb congenital defects afflict approximately 0.6:1000 live births. In addition to genetic factors, prenatal exposure to drugs and environmental toxicants, represents a major contributing factor to limb defects. Examples of well-recognized limb teratogenic agents include thalidomide, warfarin, valproic acid, misoprostol, and phenytoin. While the mechanism by which these agents cause dymorphogenesis is increasingly clear, prediction of the limb teratogenicity of many thousands of as yet uncharacterized environmental factors (pollutants) remains inexact...
October 21, 2016: Birth Defects Research. Part C, Embryo Today: Reviews
Dapeng Jiang, Bingqiang Tang, Maosheng Xu, Houwei Lin, Longhu Jin, Lei He, Guofeng Xu, Xiaoliang Fang, Hongquan Geng
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate changes in functional and morphological outcomes in children with prenatally diagnosed SFU grade 3-4 UPJO who underwent pyeloplasty at different ages. We also examined the effect of surgical wait time on recovery of renal function. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All patients (age, 0-12 months) with prenatally diagnosed SFU grade 3-4 UPJO who underwent pyeloplasty in a single center between January 2013 and December 2015 were reviewed. 133 children were enrolled in this study...
October 17, 2016: Urology
Laura R Stroud, George D Papandonatos, Stephanie H Parade, Amy L Salisbury, Maureen G Phipps, Barry M Lester, James F Padbury, Carmen J Marsit
OBJECTIVES: Extending prior studies of prenatal adversity and depressive symptoms, we tested associations between maternal prenatal major depressive disorder (MDD) and infant cortisol regulation. Based on prior findings by our group, we also tested placenta glucocorticoid (HSD11B2 methylation) and serotonin (SLC6A4 gene expression) signaling as moderators of links between prenatal MDD and infant cortisol. METHODS: Participants were 153 mother-infant pairs from a low-income, diverse sample (M [SD] age = 26[6] years)...
October 19, 2016: Psychosomatic Medicine
Sabrina S Plitt, Mariam Osman, Vanita Sahni, Bonita E Lee, Carmen Charlton, Kimberley Simmonds
OBJECTIVES: In 2009, due to increasing congenital syphilis rates, prenatal syphilis tests (PST) at both mid-gestation and delivery were added to first trimester prenatal screening in the province of Alberta. We sought to determine the proportion of mothers who had all three recommended PSTs during this period and to identify factors associated with incomplete PST. METHODS: A cohort of all pregnancies resulting in a live or stillborn infant in Alberta for 2010 and 2011 was developed from Vital Statistics and linked with prenatal screening data to determine the number and timing of PSTs for pregnant women...
October 20, 2016: Canadian Journal of Public Health. Revue Canadienne de Santé Publique
Jane Fisher
Antenatal screening for Down's syndrome, and particularly the potential NHS implementation of the more sensitive cell-free DNA screening known as NIPT (non-invasive prenatal testing), has had intense media coverage recently, prompted by the BBC2 documentary A World Without Down's Syndrome.
October 12, 2016: Nursing Standard
Antonella Giancotti, Valentina D'Ambrosio, Enrica Marchionni, Antonia Squarcella, Camilla Aliberti, Renato La Torre, Lucia Manganaro, Antonio Pizzuti
PURPOSE: Pfeiffer syndrome (PS) is an autosomal dominant disorder caused by mutations in FGFR1 and FGFR2 genes. Given its wide range of clinical expression and severity, early prenatal diagnosis is difficult and genetic counseling is desirable. We report a literature review of all prenatal diagnosis of PS and a case report, with a focused description of ultrasound findings. METHODS: After literature search, we selected 14 studies of antenatal diagnosis of PS. Prenatal ultrasound findings, outcome, maternal and obstetrical data and genetic tests were recorded and analyzed...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Steen Kølvraa, Ripudaman Singh, Elizabeth A Normand, Sadeem Qdaisat, Ignatia B Van denVeyver, Laird Jackson, Lotte Hatt, Palle Schelde, Niels Uldbjerg, Else Marie Vestergaard, Li Zhao, Rui Chen, Chad A Shaw, Amy M Breman, Arthur L Beaudet
OBJECTIVE: Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) based on fetal cells in maternal blood has the advantage over NIPT based on circulating cell-free fetal DNA in that there is no contamination with maternal DNA. This will most likely result in better detection of chromosomal aberrations including subchromosomal defects. The objective of this study was to test whether fetal cells enriched from maternal blood can be used for cell-based NIPT. METHODS: We present a method for enriching fetal cells from maternal blood, subsequent amplification of the fetal genome and detection of chromosomal and subchromosomal variations in the genome...
October 19, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
Mikko J Peltola, Tiina Mäkelä, E Juulia Paavonen, Elina Vierikko, Outi Saarenpää-Heikkilä, Tiina Paunio, Jari K Hietanen, Anneli Kylliäinen
Maternal prenatal anxiety is associated with infants' temperamental negative affectivity (NA), but it is unclear to what extent children vary in their susceptibility to prenatal influences. We tested a hypothesis that infants' respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA), an index of parasympathetic vagal tone and a potential marker of differential susceptibility to environmental influences, moderates the effects of maternal prenatal anxiety on the development of infant NA. Prenatal anxiety was assessed during the last trimester of pregnancy in a low-risk community sample...
October 20, 2016: Developmental Psychobiology
Mais M Aljunaidy, Jude S Morton, Christy-Lynn Cooke, Sandra T Davidge
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is a common pregnancy complication and is a leading cause of fetal morbidity and mortality. Placental hypoxia contributes to adverse fetal consequences, including IUGR. Exposing pregnant rats to hypoxia can lead to IUGR; however, assessment of maternal vascular function in a rat model of hypoxia, and the mechanisms that may contribute to adverse pregnancy outcomes, has not been extensively studied. We hypothesized that exposing pregnant rats to hypoxia will affect maternal systemic vascular function and increase the uterine artery resistance index (RI), which will be associated with IUGR...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
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