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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211916/role-of-endothelial-nitric-oxide-synthase-and-endothelin-1-polymorphism-genes-with-the-pathogenesis-of-intraventricular-hemorrhage-in-preterm-infants
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Dawid Szpecht, Janusz Gadzinowski, Agnieszka Seremak-Mrozikiewicz, Grażyna Kurzawińska, Marta Szymankiewicz
In the pathogenesis of neonatal intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) in preterm infants, an important role is played by changes in venous and arterial cerebral flows. It has been shown that the ability of autoregulation of cerebral flows in response to variations in arterial blood pressure in preterm infants is impaired. This impaired autoregulation causes an increased risk of germinal matrix rupture and IVH occurrence. We examined three polymorphisms of genes, related to regulation of blood flow, for an association with IVH in 100 preterm infants born from singleton pregnancy, before 32 + 0 weeks of gestation, exposed to antenatal steroids therapy, and without congenital abnormalities...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211648/cognitive-development-in-preterm-infants-multi-faceted-deficits-reflect-vulnerability-of-rigorous-neurodevelopmental-pathways
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Jessie R Maxwell, Tracylyn R Yellowhair, Akosua Y Oppong, Jenny E Camacho, Jean R Lowe, Lauren L Jantzie, Robin K Ohls
Prematurity remains the major cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality, with 15 million preterm births occurring worldwide in 2010. Infants born less than 37 weeks gestation are at high risk of abnormal neurodevelopmental outcomes, given that the central nervous system is extremely sensitive to an abnormal intra- and extra-uterine environment. Children born preterm have multiple neurodevelopmental sequelae involving dynamic and complex cognitive deficits. Former preterm infants have difficulty with each domain of cognition, including executive function, language, learning and memory, complex attention, perceptual-motor function and social cognition when compared to children born at term...
February 17, 2017: Minerva Pediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210518/epstein-barr-virus-induced-mononucleosis-as-an-imitator-of-severe-preeclampsia
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S Allison Staley, Marcela C Smid, Sarah K Dotters-Katz, Elizabeth M Stringer
Background In pregnancy, conditions presenting with hematologic abnormalities, transaminitis, and proteinuria pose diagnostic challenges in pregnancy. Case We present the case of an 18-year-old woman, G1P0, at 33 weeks' gestation with fever of unknown cause, who developed progressively elevated liver enzymes, proteinuria, and thrombocytopenia, due to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection. Conclusion Acute infection with EBV should be included in the differential diagnosis of preeclampsia with severe features, particularly in the setting of fever...
January 2017: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209491/the-preterm-cervix-reveals-a-transcriptomic-signature-in-the-presence-of-premature-pre-labor-rupture-of-membranes
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Sofia Makieva, Aurelija Dubicke, Sara F Rinaldi, Emma Fransson, Gunvor Ekman-Ordeberg, Jane E Norman
BACKGROUND: Premature Pre-labor Rupture of Fetal Membranes (PPROM) accounts for 30% of all premature births and is associated with detrimental long-term infant outcomes. Premature cervical remodeling, facilitated by matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), may trigger rupture at the zone of the fetal membranes overlying the cervix. The similarities and differences underlying cervical remodeling in PPROM and spontaneous preterm labor with intact membranes (PTL) are unexplored. OBJECTIVES: We aimed a) to perform the first transcriptomic assessment of the preterm human cervix to identify differences between PPROM and PTL and b) to compare the enzymatic activities of MMP-2 and 9 between PPROM and PTL...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208967/early-discharge-of-preterm-infants-an-indian-perspective
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Ankit Soni, Sandeep Kadam, Anand Pandit, Sanjay Patole
INTRODUCTION: Early home discharge of preterm infants is a priority in developing countries due to bed shortage and poor socio-economic status. There is wide variation in home discharge policies for preterm infants. Limited data exists on optimal timing for discharging such infants. In view of the socio-economic and medico-legal importance of the issue, we aimed to study the outcomes of our ex-preterm infants discharged home 'early', to guide our clinical practice. AIM: To study the rates of re-admissions/mortality within 4 weeks after discharge in preterm (born <34 weeks) infants...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208965/long-term-outcomes-of-kangaroo-mother-care-in-very-low-birth-weight-infants
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Sunil Gavhane, Deepak Eklare, Haseeb Mohammad
INTRODUCTION: Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) has been gaining acceptance as an effective alternative to incubator based Conventional Medical Care (CMC) in preterm or Low Birth Weight (LBW) infants especially in resource scarce developing countries. AIM: To report and analyse the long-term effects of KMC for relatively stable Very Low Birth Weight (VLBW) infants on nutritional indicators and feeding conditions at 6-12 months of corrected age. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This randomized controlled trial was done at a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of a teaching institution in southern India...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208897/a-validation-of-an-examination-protocol-for-cerebral-visual-impairment-among-children-in-a-clinical-population-in-india
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Swetha Sara Philip, Sherab Tsherlinga, Maya Mary Thomas, Gordon N Dutton, Richard Bowman
INTRODUCTION: Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) is a leading cause of vision impairment in developed and developing countries due to and increased survival of preterm and low birth weight infants. There are few data concerning the validity of protocols available to diagnose CVI. AIM: This study aimed to document the face, content and construct validity of an assessment protocol namely, a 15-domain, Structured Clinical Question Inventory (SCQI), which is based on structured history taking and clinical examination, for the diagnosis of CVI in a clinical population of India...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207964/impaired-nephrogenesis-in-neonatal-rats-with-oxygen-induced-retinopathy
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Mayu Nakagawa, Naoto Nishizaki, Amane Endo, Tomonosuke Someya, Yuta Saito, Akira Mizutani, Taichi Hara, Yayoi Murano, Koji Sakuraya, Satoshi Hara, Daisuke Umino, Daishi Hirano, Shuichiro Fujinaga, Yoshiyuki Ohtomo, Toshiaki Shimizu
OBJECTIVES: Preterm neonates are born while nephrogenesis is ongoing and are commonly exposed to factors in a hyperoxic environment that can impair renal development. Oxidative stress has also been implicated in the development of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). The rat model of oxygen-induced retinopathy (OIR) is the most clinically relevant model of ROP because its biologic features closely resemble those of ROP in preterm infants. We investigated impaired renal development in a rat model of OIR...
February 16, 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206994/defining-the-limitations-of-transcutaneous-bilirubin-measurement-in-late-preterm-newborns
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K L Fine, W A Carey, J A W Schuster, S C Bryant, W J Cook, B S Karon
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to determine the impact of postnatal age on the bias between transcutaneous (TcB) and total serum bilirubin (TSB), and evaluate a TcB screening protocol. STUDY DESIGN: Preterm and term infants had paired TcB and TSB performed on days 1 to 3 of life; a subset of preterm infants had measurements on days 4 to 7. Sensitivity and specificity of TcB (plotted on an age-specific TSB nomogram) for prediction of high-intermediate (HIR) or high-risk TSB were calculated...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205004/maturation-of-oxycodone-pharmacokinetics-in-neonates-and-infants-a-population-pharmacokinetic-model-of-three-clinical-trials
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Pyry Välitalo, Merja Kokki, Veli-Pekka Ranta, Klaus T Olkkola, Andrew C Hooker, Hannu Kokki
PURPOSE: The aim of the current population pharmacokinetic study was to quantify oxycodone pharmacokinetics in children ranging from preterm neonates to children up to 7 years of age. METHODS: Data on intravenous or intramuscular oxycodone administration were obtained from three previously published studies (n = 119). The median [range] postmenstrual age of the subjects was 299 days [170 days-7.8 years]. A population pharmacokinetic model was built using 781 measurements of oxycodone plasma concentration...
February 15, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202129/-concerns-about-neonates-discharged-against-medical-advice-from-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
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Ning-Ning Qiao, Ming-Hua Gong, Zhen-Ai Jin
Discharge against medical advice (DAMA) conflicts with the purpose of disease treatment in children. Some research has shown that there are high proportions of extremely preterm infants and infants with asphyxia or congenital malformation in neonates with DAMA. This suggests that the sustainable development of neonatology needs cooperation and co-development with obstetrics, neonatal surgery, and radiology to reduce the rate of DAMA. With reference to the current status of research in both China and other countries, this article reviews the causes for DAMA and the strategies for reducing the rate of DAMA, in order to provide a theoretical basis for effectively reducing the rate of DAMA from the neonatal intensive care unit, improving treatment outcomes of the neonates, and increasing hospitals' comprehensive benefits...
February 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202110/-neurodevelopmental-features-of-preterm-infants-at-the-corrected-age-of-1-year
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Mei Zhang, Hong-Yan Qian, Xiao-Ni Kuang, Zhong Yu, Lin Tan, Chan Xia
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the neurodevelopmental level of preterm infants at the corrected age of 1 year and the effect of complications on neurodevelopment. METHODS: The clinical data and follow-up data of hospitalized preterm infants were retrospectively studied. The Bayley Scales of Infant Development was used to assess the neurodevelopmental level. Preterm infants were divided into groups according to gestational age, birth weight, and the presence or absence of complications...
February 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199996/importance-of-timing-first-trimester-placental-growth-factor-and-use-of-serial-first-trimester-placental-growth-factor-measurements-in-screening-for-preeclampsia
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Beatrice Mosimann, Sofia Amylidi-Mohr, Katrin Höland, Daniel Surbek, Lorenz Risch, Luigi Raio
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to test whether the performance of first-trimester placental growth factor (PlGF) in screening for preterm preeclampsia (PE) is gestational age dependent and to assess the value of serial first-trimester PlGF measurements in discriminating women at risk for PE. METHODS: PlGF was measured in women with singleton pregnancies at their first antenatal visit at 8+0 to 10+6 and additionally at 11+0 to 14+0 weeks of gestation. The difference in absolute values of serial PlGF measurements was expressed as Δ-PlGF...
February 16, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198749/professional-nurses-perceptions-of-skills-required-for-performing-preterm-infants-follow-up-assessments
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Debbie Cordewener, Welma Lubbe
Improved perinatal and neonatal care enhances preterm infant survival rates, but the adverse outcomes remain high. Nurses play vitally important roles regarding the follow-up assessments, treatment, and care of preterm infants. This explorative, descriptive study aimed to describe nurses' perceptions of skills required to perform effective preterm infant assessments. Thirteen semistructured interviews were conducted. Identified themes included the role of the professional nurse, the importance of preterm infant assessments, lack of skills and knowledge to conduct quality assessments, formal and continuous development training needs, the absence of assessment tools and physical resources to perform standardized assessments of preterm infants, and the required support and referral systems...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196885/hemoglobin-phase-of-oxygenation-and-deoxygenation-in-early-brain-development-measured-using-fnirs
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Hama Watanabe, Yoshihiko Shitara, Yoshinori Aoki, Takanobu Inoue, Shinya Tsuchida, Naoto Takahashi, Gentaro Taga
A crucial issue in neonatal medicine is the impact of preterm birth on the developmental trajectory of the brain. Although a growing number of studies have shown alterations in the structure and function of the brain in preterm-born infants, we propose a method to detect subtle differences in neurovascular and metabolic functions in neonates and infants. Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) was used to obtain time-averaged phase differences between spontaneous low-frequency (less than 0.1 Hz) oscillatory changes in oxygenated hemoglobin (oxy-Hb) and those in deoxygenated hemoglobin (deoxy-Hb)...
February 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196114/retinopathy-of-prematurity-a-comprehensive-risk-analysis-for-prevention-and-prediction-of-disease
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Leah A Owen, Margaux A Morrison, Robert O Hoffman, Bradley A Yoder, Margaret M DeAngelis
BACKGROUND: Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a blinding morbidity of preterm infants. Our current screening criteria have remained unchanged since their inception and lack the ability to identify those at greatest risk. OBJECTIVES: We sought to comprehensively analyze numerous proposed maternal, infant, and environmental ROP risk variables in a robustly phenotyped population using logistic regression to determine the most predictive model for ROP development and severity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192815/lenticulostriate-vasculopathy-and-neurodevelopmental-outcomes-in-preterm-infants-a-systematic-review
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Abby Robinson, John Flibotte, Summer L Kaplan, Sara B DeMauro
Objective The objective of this study was to perform a systematic review of all studies that report neurodevelopmental outcomes at 12 months' corrected age or later for preterm infants (< 32 weeks) who are diagnosed with lenticulostriate vasculopathy (LSV) on cranial ultrasound. Study Design This is a systematic review. Results We identified 501 unique publications of which 3 met all prespecified eligibility criteria. Neurodevelopmental outcome data were available for 44 preterm infants with LSV. There were mixed results from the studies: the first reported impairments of mental development; the second reported impairments of motor development only; and finally, the third reported that three of three preterm infants with LSV had mild or moderate developmental delay...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192175/increased-anxiety-like-phenotype-in-female-guinea-pigs-following-reduced-neurosteroid-exposure-in-utero
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Angela L Cumberland, Hannah K Palliser, Gabrielle K Crombie, David W Walker, Jonathan J Hirst
Neurosteroids are essential for aiding proper fetal neurodevelopment. Pregnancy compromises such as preterm birth, prenatal stress and intrauterine growth restriction are associated with an increased risk of developing behavioural and mood disorders, particularly during adolescence. These pathologies involve the premature loss or alteration of trophic steroid hormones reaching the fetus leading to impaired neurodevelopment. While the specific programming mechanisms are yet to be fully elucidated, in adult life, dysfunctions of allopregnanolone action are prevalent in individuals with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety disorders...
February 9, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191983/mental-health-of-extremely-low-birth-weight-survivors-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Karen J Mathewson, Cheryl H T Chow, Kathleen G Dobson, Eliza I Pope, Louis A Schmidt, Ryan J Van Lieshout
Although individuals born at extremely low birth weight (ELBW; < 1,000 g) are the most vulnerable of all preterm survivors, their risk for mental health problems across the life span has not been systematically reviewed. The primary objective of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to ascertain whether the risk for mental health problems is greater for ELBW survivors than their normal birth weight (NBW) peers in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Forty-one studies assessing 2,712 ELBW children, adolescents, and adults and 11,127 NBW controls were reviewed...
February 13, 2017: Psychological Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189027/the-flame-retardant-2-2-4-4-tetrabromodiphenyl-ether-enhances-the-expression-of-corticotropin-releasing-hormone-in-the-placental-cell-model-jeg-3
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Yun Zhu, Yan Qin Tan, Chi Chiu Wang, Lai K Leung
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are chemicals used as flame retardants in household products. After disposing of these items, PBDEs leach from the products by surface water. BDE-47 is a PBDE congener commonly isolated from contaminated food and is the most studied isomer. The placenta is the major source of hormones during pregnancy, and an elevated level of corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) is associated with premature delivery. In the present study, we examined changes in the placental CRH expression under BDE-47 exposure in the JEG-3 cell model system...
January 31, 2017: Chemosphere
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