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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921445/risk-of-neonatal-and-childhood-morbidity-among-preterm-infants-exposed-to-marijuana
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Sarah K Dotters-Katz, Marcela C Smid, Tracy A Manuck, Torri D Metz
BACKGROUND: Limited data exist regarding the neonatal and neurodevelopmental outcomes of infants exposed to marijuana (MJ) in-utero, particularly among preterm infants. We hypothesized that MJ-exposed preterm infants would have worse neonatal and childhood developmental outcomes compared to MJ-unexposed infants. METHODS: Secondary analysis of multicenter randomized-controlled trial of antenatal magnesium sulfate for prevention of cerebral palsy was conducted. Singleton non-anomalous infants delivered <35 weeks exposed to MJ in-utero were compared to MJ-unexposed...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918947/the-effect-of-blood-staining-on-cervicovaginal-quantitative-fetal-fibronectin-concentration-and-prediction-of-spontaneous-preterm-birth
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Natasha L Hezelgrave, Katy Kuhrt, Kate Cottam, Paul T Seed, Rachel M Tribe, Andrew H Shennan
OBJECTIVE: Spontaneous preterm birth is the leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality. Cervicovaginal fetal fibronectin (fFN) has enhanced prediction of preterm birth and, more recently, quantified results have become available so that management can planned more effectively and targeted to individual women. Manufacture guidelines stipulate that fetal fibronectin (fFN) samples should be discarded in the presence of moderate to heavy vaginal bleeding but there hasn't yet been any formal investigation into the effect of blood staining on fetal fibronectin concentration and subsequent preterm birth prediction...
November 28, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918616/nitric-oxide-donors-for-cervical-ripening-and-induction-of-labour
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REVIEW
Arpita Ghosh, Katherine R Lattey, Anthony J Kelly
BACKGROUND: Sometimes it is necessary to bring on labour artificially because of safety concerns for the mother or baby. This review is one of a series of reviews of methods of labour induction using a standardised protocol. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of NO donors (isosorbide mononitrate (ISMN), isosorbide dinitrate (ISDN), nitroglycerin and sodium nitroprusside) for third trimester cervical ripening or induction of labour, in comparison with placebo or no treatment or other treatments from a predefined hierarchy...
December 5, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918382/conventional-versus-prolonged-infusion-of-meropenem-in-neonates-with-gram-negative-late-onset-sepsis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Abd Elazeez Shabaan, Islam Nour, Heba Elsayed Eldegla, Nehad Nasef, Basma Shouman, Hesham Abdel-Hady
BACKGROUND: Gram-negative bacteria are associated with significant morbidity and mortality in preterm and term newborns. Meropenem has widespread efficacy and often allows for monotherapy in this group. Prolonged infusion instead of infusion over 30 minutes has been suggested to result in higher microbiologic efficacy. OBJECTIVE: To compare the clinical and microbiologic efficacy and safety of prolonged infusions versus conventional dosing of meropenem in neonates with Gram negative late onset sepsis (GN-LOS)...
November 30, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917765/safeguarding-maternal-and-child-health-in-south-africa-by-starting-the-child-support-grant-before-birth-design-lessons-from-pregnancy-support-programmes-in-27-countries
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M F Chersich, S Luchters, D Blaauw, F Scorgie, E Kern, A Van den Heever, H Rees, E Peach, S Kharadi, S Fonn
BACKGROUND: Deprivation during pregnancy and the neonatal period increases maternal morbidity, reduces birth weight and impairs child development, with lifelong consequences. Many poor countries provide grants to mitigate the impact of poverty during pregnancy. South Africa (SA) offers a post-delivery Child Support Grant (CSG), which could encompass support during pregnancy, informed by lessons learnt from similar grants. OBJECTIVES: To review design and operational features of pregnancy support programmes, highlighting features that promote their effectiveness and efficiency, and implications thereof for SA...
December 1, 2016: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917566/perioperative-hypothermia-in-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-patients-effectiveness-of-a-thermoregulation-intervention-and-associated-risk-factors
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Branden M Engorn, Stephanie L Kahntroff, Karen M Frank, Sarabdeep Singh, Helen A Harvey, Charles T Barkulis, Annika M Barnett, Olamide O Olambiwonnu, Eugenie S Heitmiller, Robert S Greenberg
BACKGROUND: Hypothermia in neonatal intensive care unit patients is associated with morbidity. Perioperative normothermia is the standard of care. AIMS: We hypothesized that a quality improvement intervention (transport protocol, transport education, ongoing monitoring) would decrease the incidence of perioperative hypothermia. Secondarily, we hypothesized that patients undergoing surgery at a postmenstrual age of <37 weeks or at a weight of <1.5 kg would be at higher risk for perioperative hypothermia...
December 5, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917436/looking-ahead-where-to-next-for-animal-models-of-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia
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REVIEW
Claudio Nardiello, Ivana Mižíková, Rory E Morty
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is the most common complication of preterm birth, with appreciable morbidity and mortality in a neonatal intensive care setting. Much interest has been shown in the identification of pathogenic pathways that are amenable to pharmacological manipulation (1) to facilitate the development of novel therapeutic and medical management strategies and (2) to identify the basic mechanisms of late lung development, which remains poorly understood. A number of animal models have therefore been developed and continue to be refined with the aim of recapitulating pathological pulmonary hallmarks noted in lungs from neonates with BPD...
December 5, 2016: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917346/neonatal-bacterial-meningitis-in-tikur-anbessa-specialized-hospital-ethiopia-a-10-year-retrospective-review
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Melese Abate Reta, Tamrat Abebe Zeleke
BACKGROUND: Bacterial meningitis is still a major public health threat in developing countries. It is an overwhelming infection with a high morbidity and mortality rate, especially in neonates. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and etiological agents that cause bacterial neonatal meningitis at Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital (TASH). METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis of 1189 cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens submitted to the bacteriology laboratory of TASH for culture from 2001 to 2010...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916446/gastrointestinal-complications-associated-with-the-surgical-treatment-of-heart-disease-in-children
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Lee P Ferguson, Tarriyo Gandiya, Christos Kaselas, Jigna Sheth, Asif Hasan, Hany Os Gabra
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: The gastrointestinal system is prone to complications following heart surgery. We sought to determine the incidence and factors associated with gastrointestinal complication after cardiac surgery in children. METHODS: A retrospective review of patients aged <16years that underwent cardiac surgery between 2009 and 2013. Primary outcome was occurrence of gastrointestinal complication within 30days. Multivariable logistic regression was performed to identify variables related to occurrence of gastrointestinal complication...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916444/influence-of-weight-at-enterostomy-reversal-on-surgical-outcomes-in-infants-after-emergent-neonatal-stoma-creation
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Lindsay J Talbot, Robert D Sinyard, Kristy L Rialon, Brian R Englum, Elizabeth T Tracy, Henry E Rice, Obinna O Adibe
PURPOSE: Neonates after emergent enterostomy creation frequently require reversal at low weight because of complications including cholestasis, dehydration, dumping, failure to thrive, and failure to achieve enteral independence. We investigated whether stoma reversal at low weight (< 2.5kg) is associated with poor surgical outcomes. METHODS: Patients who underwent enterostomy reversal from 2005 to 2013 at less than 6months old were identified in our institutional database...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916232/neuroinflammation-in-intrauterine-growth-restriction
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REVIEW
Julie A Wixey, Kirat K Chand, Paul B Colditz, S Tracey Bjorkman
Disruption to the maternal environment during pregnancy from events such as hypoxia, stress, toxins, inflammation, and reduced placental blood flow can affect fetal development. Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is commonly caused by chronic placental insufficiency, interrupting supply of oxygen and nutrients to the fetus resulting in abnormal fetal growth. IUGR is a major cause of perinatal morbidity and mortality, occurring in approximately 5-10% of pregnancies. The fetal brain is particularly vulnerable in IUGR and there is an increased risk of long-term neurological disorders including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, learning difficulties, behavioural difficulties and psychiatric diagnoses...
November 25, 2016: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914214/antithrombin-improves-the-maternal-and-neonatal-outcomes-but-not-the-angiogenic-factors-in-extremely-growth-restricted-fetuses-at-28-weeks-of-gestation
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Midori Fujisaki, Ken Furuta, Masanao Ohhashi, Seishi Furukawa, Yuki Kodama, Yasuyuki Kawagoe, Hiroshi Sameshima, Tsuyomu Ikenoue
AIMS: Severe preterm fetal growth restriction (FGR) remote from term is problematic. We aimed to investigate the effect of maternally-administered antithrombin on maternal and neonatal outcomes. A prospective, one-arm, pilot study was performed in 14 women with severe FGR (≤5th centile) at <28 weeks of gestation, without hypertensive disorders. Maternal plasma concentrations of soluble Feline McDonough Sarcoma (FMS)-like trypsin kinase-1 (sFlt-1) and placental growth factor (PlGF) were measured and categorized into three groups: group 1; low sFlt-1 and high PlGF, group 2; moderate sFlt-1 and low PlGF, and group 3; high sFlt-1 and low PlGF...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908639/animal-models-of-respiratory-syncytial-virus-infection
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Geraldine Taylor
Human respiratory syncytial virus (hRSV) is a major cause of respiratory disease and hospitalisation of infants, worldwide, and is also responsible for significant morbidity in adults and excess deaths in the elderly. There is no licensed hRSV vaccine or effective therapeutic agent. However, there are a growing number of hRSV vaccine candidates that have been developed targeting different populations at risk of hRSV infection. Animal models of hRSV play an important role in the preclinical testing of hRSV vaccine candidates and although many have shown efficacy in preclinical studies, few have progressed to clinical trials or they have had only limited success...
November 29, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908555/dental-pathology-of-the-hoary-marmot-marmota-caligata-groundhog-marmota-monax-and-alaska-marmot-marmota-broweri
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J N Winer, B Arzi, D M Leale, P H Kass, F J M Verstraete
Museum specimens (maxillae and mandibles) of the three marmot species occurring in Alaska (Marmota caligata [n = 108 specimens], Marmota monax [n = 30] and Marmota broweri [n = 24]) were examined macroscopically according to predefined criteria. There were 71 specimens (43.8%) from female animals, 69 (42.6%) from male animals and 22 (13.6%) from animals of unknown sex. The ages of animals ranged from neonatal to adult, with 121 young adults (74.4%) and 41 adults (25.3%) included, and 168 excluded from study due to neonatal/juvenile age or incompleteness of specimens (missing part of the dentition)...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Comparative Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906745/should-we-add-pravastatin-to-aspirin-for-preeclampsia-prevention-in-high-risk-women
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Caroline C Marrs, Maged M Costantine
Preeclampsia is a multisystem disorder that affects 3% to 5% of pregnant women and remains a significant source of short-term and long-term maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. Many professional societies recommend the use of low-dose aspirin to prevent preeclampsia in high-risk women. Owing to the similarities in pathophysiology between preeclampsia and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, and the encouraging data from preclinical and pilot clinical studies, pravastatin has been proposed for preventing preeclampsia...
November 30, 2016: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906197/treatment-and-follow-up-of-venous-thrombosis-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-a-retrospective-study
#16
J C Bohnhoff, S A DiSilvio, R K Aneja, J R Shenk, Y A Domnina, B S Brozanski, M Good
OBJECTIVE: The critically ill, premature patients of neonatal intensive care units are susceptible to venous thrombosis, an adverse event associated with short- and long-term morbidity. Venous thrombosis is frequently treated with low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWHs) such as enoxaparin, but optimal dosing of LMWH must balance the morbidity of venous thrombosis with the potential adverse affects of anticoagulation. The optimal dosing of enoxaparin for premature infants is unclear. The objective of this study was to describe enoxaparin therapy and follow-up in critically ill neonates diagnosed with venous thrombosis...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902504/a-password-protected-web-site-for-mothers-expressing-milk-for-their-preterm-infants
#17
MaryAnn Blatz, Donna Dowling, Patricia W Underwood, Amy Bieda, Gregory Graham
BACKGROUND: Research has demonstrated that breast milk significantly decreases morbidities that impact length of stay for preterm infants, but there is a need to test interventions to improve breastfeeding outcomes. Since many Americans are using technologies such as the Intranet and smartphones to find health information and manage health, a Web site was developed for mothers who provide breast milk for their preterm hospitalized infants. PURPOSE: This study examined the efficacy of a Web site for mothers to educate them about breast milk expression and assist them in monitoring their breast milk supply...
November 29, 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899925/increased-risk-of-group-b-streptococcus-invasive-infection-in-hiv-exposed-but-uninfected-infants-a-review-of-the-evidence-and-possible-mechanisms
#18
REVIEW
Nicolas Dauby, Mustapha Chamekh, Pierrette Melin, Amy L Slogrove, Tessa Goetghebuer
Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a major cause of neonatal sepsis and mortality worldwide. Studies from both developed and developing countries have shown that HIV-exposed but uninfected (HEU) infants are at increased risk of infectious morbidity, as compared to HIV-unexposed uninfected infants (HUU). A higher susceptibility to GBS infections has been reported in HEU infants, particularly late-onset diseases and more severe manifestations of GBS diseases. We review here the possible explanations for increased susceptibility to GBS infection...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898379/predicting-bradycardia-in-preterm-infants-using-point-process-analysis-of-heart-rate
#19
Alan H Gee, Riccardo Barbieri, David Paydarfar, Premananda Indic
OBJECTIVE: Episodes of bradycardia are common and recur sporadically in preterm infants, posing a threat to the developing brain and other vital organs. We hypothesize that bradycardias are a result of transient temporal destabilization of the cardiac autonomic control system and that fluctuations in the heart rate signal might contain information that precedes bradycardia. We investigate infant heart rate fluctuations with a novel application of point process theory. METHODS: In 10 preterm infants, we estimate instantaneous linear measures of the heart rate signal in neonates, use these measures to extract statistical features of bradycardia, and propose a simplistic framework for prediction of bradycardia...
November 24, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896257/a-case-of-spontaneous-hemoperitoneum-by-uterine-vessel-rupture-in-pregnancy
#20
Jeong Hui Jang, Kyu-Sang Kyeong, Seolmin Lee, Seung-Hwa Hong, Ilwoon Ji, Eun-Hwan Jeong
A 27-year-old pregnant woman, para 1, was transferred to our hospital at 29+3 weeks of gestation complaining of abdominal pain. She was diagnosed with hemoperitoneum based on ultrasonography. An emergency laparotomy was performed, and the bleeding was confirmed to be caused by ruptured surface blood vessels on the uterine fundus. Hemostasis with compression was successfully performed to sustain the pregnancy, and the patient delivered a full-term baby. Spontaneous hemoperitoneum during pregnancy caused by rupture of uterine blood vessels is very rare...
November 2016: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
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