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Preterm survival

Megan O'Reilly, Bernard Thébaud
Preterm birth occurs in approximately 11 % of all births worldwide. Advances in perinatal care have enabled the survival of preterm infants born as early as 23-24 weeks of gestation. However, many are affected by bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)-a common respiratory complication of preterm birth, which has life-long consequences for lung health. Currently, there is no specific treatment for BPD. Recent advances in stem cell research have opened new therapeutic avenues for prevention/repair of lung damage...
October 22, 2016: Cell and Tissue Research
Naomi M Saville, Bhim P Shrestha, Sarah Style, Helen Harris-Fry, B James Beard, Aman Sengupta, Sonali Jha, Anjana Rai, Vikas Paudel, Anni-Maria Pulkki-Brannstrom, Andrew Copas, Jolene Skordis-Worrall, Bishnu Bhandari, Rishi Neupane, Joanna Morrison, Lu Gram, Raghbendra Sah, Machhindra Basnet, Jayne Harthan, Dharma S Manandhar, David Osrin, Anthony Costello
BACKGROUND: Low birth weight (LBW, < 2500 g) affects one third of newborn infants in rural south Asia and compromises child survival, infant growth, educational performance and economic prospects. We aimed to assess the impact on birth weight and weight-for-age Z-score in children aged 0-16 months of a nutrition Participatory Learning and Action behaviour change strategy (PLA) for pregnant women through women's groups, with or without unconditional transfers of food or cash to pregnant women in two districts of southern Nepal...
October 21, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Anne Synnes, Thuy Mai Luu, Diane Moddemann, Paige Church, David Lee, Michael Vincer, Marilyn Ballantyne, Annette Majnemer, Dianne Creighton, Junmin Yang, Reginald Sauve, Saroj Saigal, Prakesh Shah, Shoo K Lee
OBJECTIVES: Identify determinants of neurodevelopmental outcome in preterm children. METHODS: Prospective national cohort study of children born between 2009 and 2011 at <29 weeks gestational age, admitted to one of 28 Canadian neonatal intensive care units and assessed at a Canadian Neonatal Follow-up Network site at 21 months corrected age for cerebral palsy (CP), visual, hearing and developmental status using the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development-Third Edition (Bayley-III)...
October 6, 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
Sylvie Chokron, Gordon N Dutton
Cerebral visual impairment (CVI) has become the primary cause of visual impairment and blindness in children in industrialized countries. Its prevalence has increased sharply, due to increased survival rates of children who sustain severe neurological conditions during the perinatal period. Improved diagnosis has probably contributed to this increase. As in adults, the nature and severity of CVI in children relate to the cause, location and extent of damage to the brain. In the present paper, we define CVI and how this impacts on visual function...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Rosemary Townsend, Asma Khalil
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Selective intrauterine growth restriction (sIUGR) in twin pregnancies presents a complex management problem for the fetal medicine specialist. This review summarizes what is currently known about sIUGR pathophysiology, particularly in monochorionic pregnancies and looks at the results of early trials of fetal intervention in high-risk sIUGR pregnancies. RECENT FINDINGS: sIUGR in monochorionic pregnancies is due to unequal placental sharing, but the clinical outcome is determined by the characteristics of the placental vascular anastomoses...
October 15, 2016: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Kirsten Rowcliff, Koert de Waal, Abdel-Latif Mohamed, Tejasvi Chaudhari
: Noradrenaline (NA) is beneficial in the treatment of term newborns with cardiovascular compromise due to sepsis or pulmonary hypertension, but experiences with NA in preterm infants are limited. The aim of this study is to describe the efficacy and safety of NA in preterm infants. Patient records of preterm infants ≤32 weeks' gestation admitted to two hospitals between 2004 and 2015 and who received NA were reviewed for perinatal morbidities and mortality. Clinical details were collected at the time of NA use, and response on blood pressure, perfusion and oxygenation was documented as well as possible side effects...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Pediatrics
Jarmila A Zdanowicz, Chantal Huber, Roland Gerull, Martin Mueller, Luigi Raio, Daniel Surbek
INTRODUCTION: To determine the accuracy of estimated fetal weight (EFW) at the limit of viability in a delivery room setting and its impact on the prediction of neonatal outcome. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this retrospective, single-center cohort study we included patients with preterm birth between 230/7 and 260/7 weeks of gestation. Neonates were divided into 3 groups according to birth weight at delivery (accuracy index 90-110%, <90%, >110%). Neonatal outcome for each group was categorized into survival with and without impairment and death, with a follow-up period of 6 weeks...
October 15, 2016: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Amy C Hermesch, Amanda A Allshouse, Kent D Heyborne
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and the onset of parturition throughout gestation. METHODS: This was a secondary analysis of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network Preterm Prediction Study. Time-to-spontaneous-birth-event (ie, "survival") methods were used to study the association of BMI with the timing of spontaneous onset of labor throughout gestation with indicated births censored at delivery. A Kaplan-Meier estimate of the probability of spontaneous labor was compared with a log rank test across five categories of BMI (kg/m): underweight (less than 18...
October 6, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Renato T Stein, Louis J Bont, Heather Zar, Fernando P Polack, Caroline Park, Ami Claxton, Gerald Borok, Yekaterina Butylkova, Colleen Wegzyn
BACKGROUND: Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a major public health burden worldwide. We aimed to review the current literature on the incidence and mortality of severe RSV in children globally. METHODS: Systematic literature review and meta-analysis of published data from 2000 onwards, reporting on burden of acute respiratory infection (ARI) due to RSV in children. Main outcomes were hospitalization for severe RSV-ARI and death. RESULTS: Five thousand two hundred and seventy-four references were identified...
October 14, 2016: Pediatric Pulmonology
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BACKGROUND: Improving survival and extending the longevity of life for all populations requires timely, robust evidence on local mortality levels and trends. The Global Burden of Disease 2015 Study (GBD 2015) provides a comprehensive assessment of all-cause and cause-specific mortality for 249 causes in 195 countries and territories from 1980 to 2015. These results informed an in-depth investigation of observed and expected mortality patterns based on sociodemographic measures. METHODS: We estimated all-cause mortality by age, sex, geography, and year using an improved analytical approach originally developed for GBD 2013 and GBD 2010...
October 8, 2016: Lancet
Tilde B Østborg, Pål R Romundstad, Torbjørn M Eggebø
INTRODUCTION: The aim of the study was to compare the duration of active phase of labor in women with spontaneous or induced start of labor. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An observational cohort study was performed at Stavanger University Hospital in Norway between January 2010 and December 2013 and 19 524 women delivered during the study period. Data for the study were collected from an electronic birth journal. Women with previous cesarean section, multiple pregnancy, breech or transverse lie, preterm labor or prelabor cesarean section were excluded...
October 12, 2016: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
Shahin Nariman, Ziba Mosayebi, Setareh Sagheb, Hadith Rastad, Seyyed Saeed Hosseininodeh
BACKGROUND: The survival of neonates who have been admitted to the NICU, especially premature infants with few mortality and morbidity, is the most important attitude. OBJECTIVES: We presumed whether urinary uric acid/creatinine (UUA/Cr) ratio can be a marker of mortality and adverse outcome in neonates which were admitted to the NICU. PATIENTS AND METHODS: All preterm infants admitted to our NICU after birth from March 2014 to April 2015 were enrolled in this prospective cohort study...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
Sanjay Chawla, Girija Natarajan, Seetha Shankaran, Athina Pappas, Barbara J Stoll, Waldemar A Carlo, Shampa Saha, Abhik Das, Abbot R Laptook, Rosemary D Higgins
Importance: Many premature infants are born without exposure to antenatal steroids (ANS) or with incomplete courses. This study evaluates the dose-dependent effect of ANS on rates of neonatal morbidities and early childhood neurodevelopmental outcomes of extremely premature infants. Objective: To compare rates of neonatal morbidities and 18- to 22-month neurodevelopmental outcomes of extremely premature infants exposed to no ANS or partial or complete courses of ANS...
October 10, 2016: JAMA Pediatrics
Mandar S Joshi, Kelsey A Montgomery, Peter J Giannone, John A Bauer, Mina H Hanna
Preterm birth is associated with increased risks of morbidity and mortality along with increased healthcare costs. Advances in medicine have enhanced survival for preterm infants but the overall incidences of major morbidities have changed very little. Abnormal renal development is an important consequence of premature birth. Acute kidney injury (AKI) in the neonatal period is multifactorial and may increase lifetime risk of chronic kidney disease.Traditional biomarkers in newborns suffer from considerable confounders, limiting their use for early identification of AKI...
October 10, 2016: Pediatric Research
Nele Stahlmann, Nora Eisemann, Ute Thyen, Egbert Herting, Marion Rapp
Background Little is known about the psychosocial development and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of extremely preterm infants once they are adolescents. Methods The regional population-based study cohort included 90 extremely premature infants (< 27(+0) gestational weeks) born between January 1997 and December 1999 in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. In addition to a neurological and cognitive Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, 4th edition assessment, self- and parent-reported psychological problems (Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire), and health-related quality of life (KINDL(R)) were obtained and compared with a general population of 3,737 adolescents using data from a German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents (KiGGS survey 2003-2006, Robert Koch Institute, Germany)...
October 4, 2016: Neuropediatrics
Fermín García-Muñoz Rodrigo, José Ángel García Hernández, Alfredo García-Alix
OBJECTIVES: To determine the socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of mothers of infants at the limit of viability, and to know the perinatal factors associated to infants' survival. METHOD: Single center cohort study of mothers and newborns assisted in our tertiary care center (2004-2010). Demographic and perinatal variables were compared between mothers who gave birth ≤26 weeks GA and the general population. The association between perinatal factors and neonatal survival was studied by Cox regression analysis...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
William M Callaghan, Marian F Macdorman, Carrie K Shapiro-Mendoza, Wanda D Barfield
BACKGROUND: The U.S. infant mortality rate has been steadily decreasing in recent years as has the preterm birth rate; preterm birth is a major factor associated with death during the first year of life. The degree to which changes in gestational age-specific mortality and changes in the distribution of births by gestational age have contributed to the decrease in the infant mortality rate requires clarification. OBJECTIVES: To better understand the major contributors to the 2007-2013 infant mortality decline for the total population, and for infants born to non-Hispanic black, non-Hispanic white, and Hispanic women...
September 26, 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ramen H Chmait, Eftichia V Kontopoulos, Andrew H Chon, Lisa M Korst, Arlyn Llanes, Rubén A Quintero
OBJECTIVES: Amniopatch is a proposed treatment of iatrogenic preterm premature rupture of membranes (iPPROM). We studied characteristics associated with successful amniopatch treatment of iPPROM after fetoscopic laser surgery for twin-twin transfusion syndrome. METHODS: Patients with iPPROM within 15 days of laser surgery treated with an amniopatch were studied. Factors associated with amniopatch success (i.e. cessation of leakage with normalization of amniotic fluid volume) were tested univariately and in multivariate logistic regression models...
August 10, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Colby L Day, Rita M Ryan
Despite the many advances in neonatology, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) continues to be a frustrating disease of prematurity. BPD is a disease which is defined oddly by its treatment rather than its pathophysiology, leading to frequently changing nomenclature which has widespread implications on our ability to both understand and follow the progression of BPD. As various treatment modalities for BPD were developed and a larger number of extremely preterm infants survived, the 'old' BPD based on lung injury from oxygen therapy and mechanical ventilation transitioned into a 'new' BPD focused more on the interruption of normal development...
September 28, 2016: Pediatric Research
Linda D Breeman, Sylvia van der Pal, Gijsbert H W Verrips, Nicole Baumann, Peter Bartmann, Dieter Wolke
PURPOSE: Although survival after very preterm birth (VP)/very low birth weight (VLBW) has improved, a significant number of VP/VLBW individuals develop physical and cognitive problems during their life course that may affect their health-related quality of life (HRQoL). We compared HRQoL in VP/VLBW cohorts from two countries: The Netherlands (n = 314) versus Germany (n = 260) and examined whether different neonatal treatment and rates of disability affect HRQoL in adulthood. METHOD: To analyse whether cohorts differed in adult HRQoL, linear regression analyses were performed for three HRQoL outcomes assessed with the Health Utilities Index 3 (HUI3), the London Handicap Scale (LHS), and the WHO Quality of Life instrument (WHOQOL-BREF)...
September 22, 2016: Quality of Life Research
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