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Horacio Lejarraga, Diana M Kelmansky, Alicia Masautis, Fernando Nunes
OBJECTIVE: To obtain a psychomotor development index (PDI) for each Argentine province. POPULATION AND METHODS: Using a national, probabilistic, and stratified sample of 13 323 male and female children younger than 6 years selected for the National Survey on Nutrition and Health (Encuesta Nacional de Nutrición y Salud, ENNyS 2004), we estimated the PDI per province based on compliance with 10 developmental milestones. The median age at attainment (median age) of each milestone was estimated adjusting a logistic regression...
April 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Horacio Lejarraga, Diana M Kelmansky, Fernando Nunes
OBJECTIVE: To describe the dynamics of development along the early years of life among children living under unfavorable socioeconomic conditions. POPULATION AND METHODS: In 5401 children younger than 6 years old living in Florencio Varela and in the Matanza-Riachuelo River Basin (Matanza, Villa 21-24, Wilde, Villa Inflamable and Acuba), areas with a high proportion of families with unmet basic needs, a logistic regression analysis was used to estimate the median age at attainment of 13 psychomotor developmental milestones; differences between these ages and median age at attainment of milestones as per the national reference were plotted on the y-axis, while the median age as per the national reference was plotted on the x-axis...
April 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Luba Sominsky, Christine L Jasoni, Hannah Twigg, Sarah J Spencer
The hypothalamus is a key centre for regulation of vital physiological functions, such as appetite, stress responsiveness and reproduction. Development of the different hypothalamic nuclei and its major neuronal populations begins prenatally in both altricial and precocial species, with the fine tuning of neuronal connectivity and attainment of adult function established postnatally, and maintained throughout adult life. The perinatal period is highly susceptible to environmental insults that, by disrupting critical developmental processes, can set the tone for the establishment of adult functionality...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Endocrinology
B Kim, P Patterson, K White
The literature concerning the impact of having cancer during adolescence and emerging adulthood has been widely discussed in relation to the unique nature of psychosocial challenges. The current study presents these findings within the context of developmental literature to further our understanding on how their developmental transitioning can be affected by having cancer. Specifically, two developmental milestones considered to be the pre-requisites for acquiring an adult status were focused on: forming identity and establishing independence...
March 15, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Brittany M Charlton, Andrea L Roberts, Margaret Rosario, Sabra L Katz-Wise, Jerel P Calzo, Donna Spiegelman, S Bryn Austin
OBJECTIVES: Young women who are sexual minorities (eg, bisexual and lesbian) are approximately twice as likely as those who are heterosexual to have a teen pregnancy. Therefore, we hypothesized that risk factors for teen pregnancy would vary across sexual orientation groups and that other potential risk factors exist that are unique to sexual minorities. METHODS: We used multivariable log-binomial models gathered from 7120 young women in the longitudinal cohort known as the Growing Up Today Study to examine the following potential teen pregnancy risk factors: childhood maltreatment, bullying victimization and perpetration, and gender nonconformity...
March 12, 2018: Pediatrics
Emily C Cook, Kristen Wilkinson, Laura R Stroud
Developing autonomy is an important developmental task that has implications for adolescent adjustment and may be impacted by adolescents' response to stress. This study examined whether stress reactivity (i.e., cortisol and heart rate reactivity) to a parent-adolescent conflict interaction moderates the effect of autonomy on adjustment assessed one year later in 100 adolescents (M age = 15.09; 68% girls). Multiple group models suggested that youth who evidenced higher stress reactivity when compared to those with lower stress reactivity were more likely to report decreased externalizing problems and internalizing problems when their parents granted more autonomy...
February 28, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
Susanna Kovaniemi, Jaana Alakortes, Alice S Carter, Anneli Yliherva, Risto Bloigu, Leena O Joskitt, Irma K Moilanen, Hanna E Ebeling
Based on limitations in previous research evidence, we concluded that more research is needed for deeper understanding of how social-emotional and behavioral (SEB) outcomes among infant-toddler-aged children in the general population are associated with early motor development. In this study, we investigated associations between early competencies and problems, as measured by the Brief Infant-Toddler Social and Emotional Assessment (BITSEA), and the timing of achievement of the main gross and fine motor milestones usually attained during the first year of life in a general population context...
February 28, 2018: Infant Behavior & Development
Juliane Leger, Anne Forhan, Sophie Dos Santos, Beatrice Larroque, Emmanuel Ecosse, Marie Aline Charles, Barbara Heude
OBJECTIVE: Maternal thyroid dysfunction during pregnancy is associated with neurodevelopmental impairment in the offspring. No data are currently available for the offspring of patients treated early for congenital hypothyroidism(CH). The aim of this study was to investigate motor and language milestones at one year of age in a population-based registry of children born to young women with CH. DESIGN AND METHODS: We assessed 110 children born to mothers with CH, and 1367 children from the EDEN French population-based birth cohort study prospectively, at the age of one year, with identical questionnaires...
March 2, 2018: European Journal of Endocrinology
Liris Benjamin, Griffin Benjamin, Carlita Benjamin, Nancy Selfridge
PURPOSE: Historically medical curricula evolved through significant developmental milestones in teaching methodologies. This paper follows the growth chart of the basic clinical skills curriculum that occurred universally over the years, with emphasis on the last ten years of curricular steps at Ross University School of Medicine. METHODS: This is article is a literature review. It is a summary of the authors' opinions following review of prior publications and discussions with academic personnel involved in curricular development...
February 28, 2018: Medical Teacher
Jing Zhou, Jianxin Tan, Dingyuan Ma, Jingjing Zhang, Jian Cheng, Chunyu Luo, Gang Liu, Yuguo Wang, Zhengfeng Xu
Merosin-deficient CMD type 1A (MDC1A), caused by mutations of laminin subunit alpha 2 (LAMA2), is a predominant subtype of congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD). Herein, we described a Chinese patient with MDC1A who was admitted to hospital 17 days after birth because of marasmus and feeding difficulties. Mutations were identified by targeted capture and next generation sequencing (NGS) and further confirmed by Sanger sequencing. Paternity was confirmed by short tandem repeat analysis. Physical examination showed malnutrition, poor suck and appendicular hypotonia...
2018: Frontiers in Genetics
Alenka J Brooks, Philip J Smith, James O Lindsay
The transition of adolescents and young people (AYP) with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) from paediatric to adult healthcare requires coordination between healthcare care providers to achieve optimum outcomes. Transition into adulthood is a time of major challenges physically, developmentally, emotionally and psychosocially for AYP living with IBD. Healthcare professionals must monitor the AYP progress proactively with attention to each of these parameters throughout the transition period to ensure that milestones are attained, and skills for self-management are formed...
January 2018: Frontline Gastroenterology
Beatriz Villafuerte, Daniel Natera-de Benito, Aidy González, María A Mori, María Palomares, Julián Nevado, Sixto García-Miñaur, Pablo Lapunzina, Luis I González-Granado, Luis M Allende, José C Moreno
Genetic defects of NKX2-1 are classically associated with hypothyroidism, benign chorea and neonatal respiratory distress. The purpose of this study was to identify the genetic pathogenesis of the "NKX2-1 triad" in a 10 year-old female presenting additional features barely described in the disorder. In the neonatal period, she presented with generalized hypotonia and respiratory distress, with later episodes of frequent wheezing. At 3 month-age developmental dysplasia of the hip was diagnosed and at 10 months, primary hypothyroidism was detected and treated...
February 22, 2018: European Journal of Medical Genetics
K L Austin, M Hunter, E Gallagher, L E Campbell
BACKGROUND: The transition to adulthood is a major developmental milestone; a time of self-discovery and increased independence. For young adults (YA) with intellectual disabilities (ID), however, this period is especially challenging. The increased incidence of mental health disorders in this population, such as depression and anxiety, make this transition even more difficult, increasing caregiver burden at a time when the young adult would traditionally be gaining independence. It is not clear, however, why YA with ID are more susceptible and what factors may predict mental health symptoms...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research: JIDR
N Pokhrel, E Ben-Tal Cohen, O Genin, M Ruzal, D Sela-Donenfeld, Y Cinnamon
Storing eggs at low temperature prior to incubation is common practice in the broiler hatchery industry; however, prolonged storage (beyond 7 d) is known to increase early embryonic mortality and reduce chick quality and performance. To better understand the basis of this mortality, we previously published milestone criteria to evaluate morphological and cellular properties of the freshly laid embryo. Using these criteria, in the present study we checked the effects of storage at 18°C and 12°C for up to 28 d on hatchability and chick quality...
February 14, 2018: Poultry Science
Maggie Yee Yan Lam, Eddie Chi Ming Wong, Chi Wai Law, Helena Hui Ling Lee, Bradley McPherson
OBJECTIVES: To facilitate early diagnosis of infants with hearing loss, a universal newborn hearing screening program (UNHS) has been implemented in Hong Kong's public hospitals for over a decade. However, there have been no known studies investigating parent attitudes to, and satisfaction with, UNHS since its launch in Hong Kong. The present study aimed to investigate knowledge of UNHS as well as infant hearing development, and attitudes and satisfaction with UNHS, in Hong Kong mothers with newborns...
February 2018: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Ilgi Ozturk Ertem, Vibha Krishnamurthy, Mphelekedzeni C Mulaudzi, Yanina Sguassero, Hakan Balta, Ozlem Gulumser, Burcu Bilik, Roopa Srinivasan, Benjamin Johnson, Geliang Gan, Lisa Calvocoressi, Veronika Shabanova, Brian W C Forsyth
BACKGROUND: Knowledge about typical development is of fundamental importance for understanding and promoting child health and development. We aimed to ascertain when healthy children in four culturally and linguistically different countries attain developmental milestones and to identify similarities and differences across sexes and countries. METHODS: In this cross-sectional, observational study, we recruited children aged 0-42 months and their caregivers between March 3, 2011, and May 18, 2015, at 22 health clinics in Argentina, India, South Africa, and Turkey...
March 2018: Lancet Global Health
Wenmiao Zhu, Jianli Li, Stella Chen, Jinglan Zhang, Francesco Vetrini, Alicia Braxton, Christine M Eng, Yaping Yang, Fan Xia, Kory L Keller, Leila Okinaka-Hu, Chung Lee, J Lloyd Holder, Weimin Bi
SHANK3 encodes for a scaffolding protein that links neurotransmitter receptors to the cytoskeleton and is enriched in postsynaptic densities of excitatory synapses. Deletions or mutations in one copy of the SHANK3 gene cause Phelan-McDermid syndrome, also called 22q13.3 deletion syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder with common features including global developmental delay, absent to severely impaired language, autistic behavior, and minor dysmorphic features. By whole exome sequencing, we identified two de novo novel variants including one frameshift pathogenic variant and one missense variant of unknown significance in a 14-year-old boy with delayed motor milestones, delayed language acquisition, autism, intellectual disability, ataxia, progressively worsening spasticity of the lower extremities, dysmorphic features, short stature, microcephaly, failure to thrive, chronic constipation, intrauterine growth restriction, and bilateral inguinal hernias...
February 9, 2018: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Catherine L Taylor, Mabel L Rice, Daniel Christensen, Eve Blair, Stephen R Zubrick
BACKGROUND: Late Language Emergence (LLE) in the first two years of life is one of the most common parental concerns about child development and reasons for seeking advice from health professionals. LLE is much more prevalent in twins (38%) than singletons (20%). In studies of language development in twins without overt disability, adverse prenatal and perinatal environments have been reported to play a lesser role in the etiology of LLE than adverse postnatal environments. However, there is a lack of population-level evidence about prenatal and perinatal risk factors for LLE in twins...
February 7, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
Roshini Murugupillai, Shalini Sri Ranganathan, Jithangi Wanigasinghe, Ravi Muniyandi, Carukshi Arambepola
PURPOSE: Clinical trials of antiepileptic drugs frequently measure outcomes of seizure control, which demonstrate efficacy. Yet, functional status, quality of life, and long-term treatment effects reflecting effectiveness are scarcely assessed. We sought to use a consensus method to help identify which outcome criteria key stakeholders consider should be used to measure effectiveness in trials of antiepileptic treatments for children. METHOD: A two-round Delphi survey was used; parents of children with epilepsy and local, international experts comprising academics and clinicians participated in the survey...
January 23, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Mary Jo Cooley Hidecker, Jaime Slaughter, Purni Abeysekara, Nhan T Ho, Nancy Dodge, Edward A Hurvitz, Marilyn Seif Workinger, Ray D Kent, Peter Rosenbaum, Madeleine Lenski, Suzette Báez Vanderbeek, Steven DeRoos, Nigel Paneth
Birth characteristics and developmental milestones were evaluated as early predictors/correlates of communication in children with cerebral palsy. The hypothesis was that maternal report of child's age for vocal play and first words would predict current functional communication. A case series of 215 children, 2 to 17 years (mean age = 8.2 years, SD = 3.9) with cerebral palsy was recruited from medical practices in 3 Michigan cities. Early developmental data were collected by maternal interview. The child's Communication Function Classification System (CFCS) level was obtained from parent...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Child Neurology
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