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Anthony R Mawson, Nola T Radford, Binu Jacob
Stuttering affects about 1% of the general population and from 8 to 11% of children. The onset of persistent developmental stuttering (PDS) typically occurs between 2 and 4 years of age. The etiology of stuttering is unknown and a unifying hypothesis is lacking as of now. Clues to the pathogenesis of stuttering include the following observations: PDS is associated with adverse perinatal outcomes and birth-associated trauma; stuttering can recur or develop in adulthood following traumatic events such as brain injury and stroke; PDS is associated with structural and functional abnormalities in the brain associated with speech and language; and stuttering resolves spontaneously in a high percentage of affected children...
October 18, 2016: European Neurology
Anna-Barbara Schlüer
While the problem of Pressure Ulcers (PU) in adults has received a great deal of attention, far less is known about PUs in neonates and children. The overall health status of children is generally better and multi-morbidity is limited to a small percentage of patients, like very low term neonates (born before 32 weeks of gestation age), newborns with congenital abnormalities, genetic disorders, perinatal distress syndrome or children with a limited immunity. Survival rates of both critically and chronically ill neonates, infants and children have improved dramatically in recent years, introducing new challenges for medical and nursing care...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Tissue Viability
Maria Muzik, Diana Morelen, Jessica Hruschak, Katherine Lisa Rosenblum, Erika Bocknek, Marjorie Beeghly
BACKGROUND: The postpartum period represents a major transition in the lives of many women, a time when women are at increased risk for the emergence of psychopathology including depression and PTSD. The current study aimed to better understand the unique contributions of clinically significant postpartum depression, PTSD, and comorbid PTSD/depression on mother-infant bonding and observed maternal parenting behaviors (i.e., behavioral sensitivity, negative affect, positive affect) at 6 months postpartum...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
Edward Araujo Júnior, Alberto Borges Peixoto, Ana Cristina Perez Zamarian, Júlio Elito Júnior, Gabriele Tonni
Fetal macrosomia is defined as birth weight >4000 g and is associated with several maternal and fetal complications such as maternal birth canal trauma, shoulder dystocia, and perinatal asphyxia. Early identification of risk factors could allow preventive measures to be taken to avoid adverse perinatal outcomes. Prenatal diagnosis is based on two-dimensional ultrasound formulae, but accuracy is low, particularly at advanced gestation. Three-dimensional ultrasound could be an alternative to soft tissue monitoring, allowing better prediction of birth weight than two-dimensional ultrasound...
September 15, 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
A F Fransen, J van de Ven, E Schuit, Aac van Tetering, B W Mol, S G Oei
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether simulation-based obstetric team training in a simulation centre improves patient outcome. DESIGN: Multicentre, open, cluster randomised controlled trial. SETTING: Obstetric units in the Netherlands. POPULATION: Women with a singleton pregnancy beyond 24 weeks of gestation. METHODS: Random allocation of obstetric units to a 1-day, multi-professional, simulation-based team training focusing on crew resource management (CRM) in a simulation centre or to no such team training...
October 10, 2016: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Michelle L Miller, Emily B Kroska, Rebecca Grekin
BACKGROUND: Negative affect (NA) and positive affect (PA) in the early postpartum period have been associated with postpartum depressive symptoms, but the exact relationship is not well understood. This study aimed to determine if NA and PA in the immediate postpartum period predicted postpartum depressive symptoms over and above well-established predictors (previous trauma, history of depression). METHODS: Participants were prospectively recruited from a Mother-Baby Unit at a large Midwestern academic medical center in the United States from April 2011 to April 2014...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
Sarah H Koning, Klaas Hoogenberg, Kirsten A Scheuneman, Mick G Baas, Fleurisca J Korteweg, Krystyna M Sollie, Bertine J Schering, Aren J van Loon, Bruce H R Wolffenbuttel, Paul P van den Berg, Helen L Lutgers
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the neonatal and obstetric outcomes of pregnancies complicated by gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Screening and treatment - diet-only versus additional insulin therapy - were based on the 2010 national Dutch guidelines. METHODS: Retrospective study of the electronic medical files of 820 singleton GDM pregnancies treated between January 2011 and September 2014 in a university and non-university hospital. Pregnancy outcomes were compared between regular care treatment regimens -diet-only versus additional insulin therapy- and pregnancy outcomes of the Northern region of the Netherlands served as a reference population...
September 29, 2016: BMC Endocrine Disorders
Vidushi Kulshrestha, Nutan Agarwal
Diabetes in pregnancy starts affecting the foetus even in the pre-conception period. The complications encountered in third trimester are foetal macrosomia and intrauterine foetal demise; birth of a macrosomic baby further leads to shoulder dystocia, birth trauma, brachial plexus injury. Additionally, pregnancies with overt/pregestational diabetes may be complicated with foetal growth restriction, congenital abnormalities diagnosed in third trimester and foetal hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. Even minor degrees of hyperglycaemia is associated with adverse pregnancy outcome...
September 2016: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Gracia Fellmeth, May May Oo, Billion Lay, Rose McGready
A young refugee woman attended antenatal clinic on the Thai-Myanmar border at 9 weeks' gestation. As part of an ongoing study of perinatal mental health, she underwent a structured psychiatric interview during which she described occasional depressed mood, anhedonia and passive suicidal ideation. Her husband was a young refugee known to use alcohol and drugs. 2 days later, the couple committed suicide together by herbicide ingestion. Refugee populations are at risk of developing mental disorders as a result of their marginalised status, socioeconomic disadvantage and exposures to trauma...
2016: BMJ Case Reports
Livio Provenzi, Roberto Giorda, Silvana Beri, Rosario Montirosso
The application of epigenetics to the study of behavioral and socio-emotional development in humans has revealed that DNA methylation could be a potential marker of adversity exposure and long-lasting programming of health and disease. The serotonin transporter gene (SLC6A4) is a stress-related gene which has well-documented implications for behavioral and socio-emotional development and which has been shown to be susceptible to transcriptional regulation via epigenetic mechanisms. In the present paper, a systematic review of papers assessing the association among adversity exposures, SLC6A4 methylation and developmental outcomes is reported...
August 24, 2016: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
Ernest M Graham, Irina Burd, Allen D Everett, Frances J Northington
Recent research in identification of brain injury after trauma shows many possible blood biomarkers that may help identify the fetus and neonate with encephalopathy. Traumatic brain injury shares many common features with perinatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. Trauma has a hypoxic component, and one of the 1st physiologic consequences of moderate-severe traumatic brain injury is apnea. Trauma and hypoxia-ischemia initiate an excitotoxic cascade and free radical injury followed by the inflammatory cascade, producing injury in neurons, glial cells and white matter...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Christina G McDonnell, Kristin Valentino
Maternal adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have been associated with negative physical and mental health outcomes in adulthood. Less is known regarding how maternal ACEs relate to perinatal depressive symptoms or the intergenerational effect of maternal childhood trauma history on birth outcomes and infant functioning. To address this gap, an at-risk sample of 398 pregnant women was recruited from Women, Infants, and Children health clinics. Participants completed a prenatal (M = 4.84 months before due date) and postnatal (M = 6...
July 25, 2016: Child Maltreatment
Hans P Dietz, Peter D Wilson, Ian Milsom
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: There is increasing awareness of the importance of intrapartum events for future pelvic floor morbidity in women. In this review, we summarize recent evidence and potential consequences for clinical practice. RECENT FINDINGS: Both epidemiological evidence and data from perinatal imaging studies have greatly improved our understanding of the link between childbirth and later morbidity. The main consequences of traumatic childbirth are pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and anal incontinence...
October 2016: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Kayleigh Sheen, Helen Spiby, Pauline Slade
OBJECTIVE: there is potential for midwives to indirectly experience events whilst providing clinical care that fulfil criteria for trauma. This research aimed to investigate the characteristics of events perceived as traumatic by UK midwives. METHODS: as part of a postal questionnaire survey conducted between December 2011 and April 2012, midwives (n=421) who had witnessed and/or listened to an account of an event and perceived this as traumatic for themselves provided a written description of their experience...
September 2016: Midwifery
C Ákos Szabó, Melissa De La Garza, Karen Rice, Carlos Bazan Iii, Felipe S Salinas
Brain MRI scans revealed various occipital horn variants in a pedigreed baboon colony consisting of Papio hamadryas anubis and its hybrids. We retrospectively characterized these variants and evaluated their relationships to epilepsy phenotypes and scalp EEG findings. MRI scans (3D, T1-weighted) from 208 baboons (female, 134 female; male, 74; age [mean ± 1 SD], 16 ± 5 y) were reviewed; 139 (67%) of these animals also underwent scalp EEG previously. Occipital horn variants included elongation (extension of the occipital ventricle behind the mediobasal origin of the calcarine fissure), which affected 23 baboons (11%; 7 bilateral, 9 left, 7 right), and elongation with enlargement (colpocephaly), which occurred in 30 baboons (14%; 7 bilateral, 11 left, 12 right)...
2016: Comparative Medicine
Omololu Adegbola, Fatimah Murtazha Habeebu-Adeyemi
BACKGROUND: Large babies have attracted immense attention as they present obstetric problems with associated increase in perinatal morbidity and mortality. The major risk of fetal macrosomia is trauma to the fetus and mother during vaginal delivery. OBJECTIVE: To compare the outcome of macrosomic babies with babies of normal birth weights. METHODS: This was a retrospective comparative study of deliveries over a period of two years from 1 "August 2005 to 31st July 2007...
April 2015: Nigerian Quarterly Journal of Hospital Medicine
Ka Lai Shek, Vincent Della Zazzera, Ixora Kamisan Atan, Rodrigo Guzman Rojas, Susanne Langer, Hans Peter Dietz
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Obstetric anal sphincter injuries (OASI) are a major form of maternal birth trauma. Ultrasound imaging is commonly used to evaluate the condition. We undertook a study to compare the sonographic appearance of the external anal sphincter (EAS) 3 to 6 months and 2 to 3 years after a first birth. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of data of primiparous women obtained in a prospective perinatal imaging study. Women were invited for postnatal assessment 3 - 6 months and 2 - 3 years after a first delivery...
June 1, 2016: International Urogynecology Journal
Michel Boulvain, Olivier Irion, Therese Dowswell, Jim G Thornton
BACKGROUND: Women with a suspected large-for-dates fetus or a fetus with suspected macrosomia (birthweight greater than 4000 g) are at risk of operative birth or caesarean section. The baby is also at increased risk of shoulder dystocia and trauma, in particular fractures and brachial plexus injury. Induction of labour may reduce these risks by decreasing the birthweight, but may also lead to longer labours and an increased risk of caesarean section. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of a policy of labour induction at or shortly before term (37 to 40 weeks) for suspected fetal macrosomia on the way of giving birth and maternal or perinatal morbidity...
2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
X Liu, C D Lynch, W W Cheng, M B Landon
OBJECTIVE: To examine the trends of caesarean delivery (CD) after an intervention to lower the high rate of CD at a Chinese maternity hospital. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: A large tertiary obstetric centre in Shanghai, China, from 2007 to 2014. SAMPLE: 81 459 nulliparous women who delivered a term singleton infant. METHODS: Logistic regression was used to calculate the odds of CD while adjusting for confounders...
September 2016: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Philip Rahmanou, Jessica Caudwell-Hall, Ixora Kamisan Atan, Hans P Dietz
BACKGROUND: There are a number of poor birth outcomes with advancing maternal age. Although there is some evidence of a higher risk of trauma to obstetric anal sphincter and the levator ani muscle with advancing age, findings to date are inconclusive. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the risk of pelvic floor injury using translabial 3- and 4-dimensional ultrasound relative to advancing maternal age in primiparous women after a singleton vaginal delivery at term and to determine any association between maternal age and obstetric trauma, including obstetric anal sphincter injuries, levator avulsion, and irreversible overdistension of the levator hiatus...
October 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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