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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432749/motor-nerve-excitability-after-childhood-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome
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Judith Drenthen, Joyce Roodbol, Ellen M Maathuis, Coriene E Catsman-Berrevoets, Joleen H Blok, Marie-Claire Y de Wit, Bart C Jacobs
OBJECTIVE: To determine the residual motor nerve dysfunction after pediatric Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). METHODS: Observational cross-sectional cohort study in patients who previously developed GBS during childhood (<18 years). Ulnar motor nerve dysfunction was defined by compound motor action potential (CMAP) scan in patients after a follow-up of at least one year compared with age-matched healthy controls, in relation to clinical course and outcome. RESULTS: Thirty-seven persons previously diagnosed with GBS in childhood were included with a mean age at current examination of 20...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System: JPNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432737/outcome-reporting-across-randomised-controlled-trials-evaluating-therapeutic-interventions-for-pre-eclampsia-a-systematic-review
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James M N Duffy, Martin Hirsch, Anusuya Kawsar, Chris Gale, Louise Pealing, Maria N Plana, Marian Showell, Paula R Williamson, Khalid S Khan, Sue Ziebland, Richard J McManus
BACKGROUND: Standardising outcome collection and reporting in pre-eclampsia trials requires an appraisal of current outcome reporting. OBJECTIVES: To map maternal and offspring outcome reporting across randomised trials evaluating therapeutic interventions for pre-eclampsia. SEARCH STRATEGY: Randomised trials were identified by searching bibliographical databases from inception to January 2016. SELECTION CRITERIA: Randomised controlled trials...
April 22, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432720/androgen-receptor-dysfunction-as-a-prevalent-manifestation-in-young-male-carriers-of-a-flna-gene-mutation
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Laura Carrera-García, Maximiliano Francisco Rivas-Crespo, María Soledad Fernández García
Androgenic actions require the proper signal transmission by the androgen receptor (AR), a nuclear transcription factor. This is initially located in the cell cytoplasm and should translocates to the nucleus to interact with DNA. AR functional impairment causes diverse blockage degrees of androgenic steroid action, known as androgen insensitivity syndromes. Filamin A, a protein coded by the FLNA gene, is a co-activator of various cytoplasmic factors, including AR. The mutational inactivation of the FLNA gene induces insufficiency of translocation and activation of AR...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432144/age-related-effects-and-sex-differences-in-gray-matter-density-volume-mass-and-cortical-thickness-from-childhood-to-young-adulthood
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Efstathios D Gennatas, Brian B Avants, Daniel H Wolf, Theodore D Satterthwaite, Kosha Ruparel, Rastko Ciric, Hakon Hakonarson, Raquel E Gur, Ruben C Gur
Developmental structural neuroimaging studies in humans have long described decreases in gray matter volume and cortical thickness during adolescence. Gray matter density, a measure often assumed to be highly related to volume, has not been systematically investigated in development. We used T1 imaging data collected on the Philadelphia Neurodevelopmental Cohort to study age-related effects and sex differences in four regional gray matter measures in 1189 youths aged 8 to 23 years. Custom T1 segmentation and a novel high-resolution gray matter parcellation were used to extract gray matter density (GMD), gray matter volume (GMV), gray matter mass (GMM, defined as GMD * GMV), and cortical thickness (CT) from 1625 brain regions...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432036/increased-inflammation-from-childhood-to-adolescence-predicts-sleep-apnea-in-boys-a-preliminary-study
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Jordan Gaines, Alexandros N Vgontzas, Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, Fan He, Susan L Calhoun, Duanping Liao, Edward O Bixler
While chronic systemic inflammation in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been traditionally considered a consequence of intermittent hypoxia, several treatment studies targeting inflammation suggest that this process may precede the development of the disorder. A recent cross-sectional study in the Penn State Child Cohort (PSCC) revealed that inflammation largely mediates the association between visceral adiposity and OSA in adolescence. The purpose of this study was to examine for the first time whether, longitudinally, inflammation precedes OSA during this developmental period...
April 18, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431502/inequalities-in-health-care-utilization-for-common-childhood-illnesses-in-ethiopia-evidence-from-the-2011-ethiopian-demographic-and-health-survey
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Asmamaw Atnafu Ayalneh, Dagnachew Muluye Fetene, Tae Jin Lee
BACKGROUND: Globally, 5.9 million children under the age of five died in 2015. More than half and almost one-third of those deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, respectively. Diarrhea and Pneumonia, which were the major causes of the problem, accounted for more than two million deaths of the world's youngest children every year. Like other developing countries, child health services utilization is low in Ethiopia. The aim of this study was to identify the determinant factors for the inequalities in medical treatment seeking behavior for common childhood illnesses in Ethiopia...
April 21, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430841/associations-of-early-and-later-childhood-poverty-with-child-cognitive-function-in-indonesia-effect-decomposition-in-the-presence-of-exposure-induced-mediator-outcome-confounding
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Amelia Maika, Murthy N Mittinty, Sally Brinkman, John Lynch
The amount of family financial resources available in early life influences child health and development. Using data from the 2000 and 2007 waves of the Indonesian Family Life Survey, we estimated the associations of early-life poverty (at age <7 years) and poverty in later childhood (at age 7-14 years) with cognitive function at age 7-14 years. Our analysis provided little support for the idea that an early intervention to support household income has a larger effect than intervention later in childhood; both seemed equally important...
April 20, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429911/inequality-in-malnutrition-by-maternal-education-levels-in-early-childhood-the-prospective-cohort-of-thai-children-pctc
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Seo Ah Hong, Pattanee Winichagoon, Aroonsri Mongkolchati
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: As tackling socioeconomic inequality in child malnutrition still remains one of the greatest challenges in developing countries, we examined maternal educational differences in malnutrition and the magnitude of its inequality among 4,198 children from the Prospective Cohort study of Thai Children (PCTC). METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: Prevalence of stunting, underweight, and wasting from birth to 24 months was calculated using the new WHO growth chart...
May 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429895/interleukin-6-and-resistin-in-relation-to-anthropometric-measurements-in-school-children
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Carolina Del Pilar Escalona-Villasmil, Jorymar Yoselyn Leal-Montiel, Pablo Antonio Ortega-Fernindez, Carlos Javier Chavez
The worldwide prevalence of childhood obesity has increased greatly over the past three decades. The increasing occurrence in children of disorders, such as type 2 diabetes, is believed to be a consequence of this obesity epidemic. Although the precise mechanisms are still unclear, dysregulated production or secretion of adipokines caused by excess adipose tissue and adipose tissue dysfunction can contribute to the development of obesity-related me- tabolic diseases. The objective of the study was to determine the serum levels of interleukin-6 and resistin in relation to anthropometric measurements in school children...
June 2016: Investigación Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429146/clinical-validity-of-biochemical-and-molecular-analysis-in-diagnosing-leigh-syndrome-a-study-of-106-japanese-patients
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Erika Ogawa, Masaru Shimura, Takuya Fushimi, Makiko Tajika, Keiko Ichimoto, Ayako Matsunaga, Tomoko Tsuruoka, Mika Ishige, Tatsuo Fuchigami, Taro Yamazaki, Masato Mori, Masakazu Kohda, Yoshihito Kishita, Yasushi Okazaki, Shori Takahashi, Akira Ohtake, Kei Murayama
Leigh syndrome (LS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder of infancy and early childhood. It is clinically diagnosed by typical manifestations and characteristic computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies. Unravelling mitochondrial respiratory chain (MRC) dysfunction behind LS is essential for deeper understanding of the disease, which may lead to the development of new therapies and cure. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical validity of various diagnostic tools in confirming MRC disorder in LS and Leigh-like syndrome (LL)...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428959/copy-number-variations-in-candidate-genes-and-intergenic-regions-affect-body-mass-index-and-abdominal-obesity-in-mexican-children
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Diana Lizzete Antúnez-Ortiz, Eugenia Flores-Alfaro, Ana Isabel Burguete-García, Amélie Bonnefond, Jesús Peralta-Romero, Philippe Froguel, Mónica Espinoza-Rojo, Miguel Cruz
Introduction. Increase in body weight is a gradual process that usually begins in childhood and in adolescence as a result of multiple interactions among environmental and genetic factors. This study aimed to analyze the relationship between copy number variants (CNVs) in five genes and four intergenic regions with obesity in Mexican children. Methods. We studied 1423 children aged 6-12 years. Anthropometric measurements and blood levels of biochemical parameters were obtained. Identification of CNVs was performed by real-time PCR...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428837/large-is-required-for-normal-astrocyte-migration-and-retinal-vasculature-development
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Min Zhou, Herui Wang, Hui Ren, Rui Jiang, Chi Zhang, Xiaohui Wu, Gezhi Xu
BACKGROUND: Persistent fetal vasculature (PFV) is a congenital developmental anomaly of the eye that accounts for about 5% of childhood blindness. The molecular mechanism of PFV remains unclear. As a glycosyltransferase of α-dystroglycan, LARGE mutations have been found in congenital muscular dystrophy patients with brain abnormalities. Spontaneous Large mutant mice displayed similar symptoms of human muscle-eye-brain disorders. However, the detailed roles of Large in ocular vasculature development still need to be uncovered...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428716/transition-after-pediatric-liver-transplantation-perceptions-of-adults-adolescents-and-parents
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Norman Junge, Katarina Migal, Imeke Goldschmidt, Ulrich Baumann
AIM: To develop a locally adapted, patient-focused transition-program, we evaluated the perceptions of adult and adolescent patients and parents regarding transition-programs and transfer. METHODS: We evaluated these perceptions by analyzing the responses of pre-transfer adolescents (n = 57), their parents (n = 57) and post-transfer adults (n = 138) from a cohort of pediatric-liver-transplant-patients using a self-designed questionnaire. Furthermore, we compared a responder group with a non-responder group as well as the provided answers with baseline characteristics and clinical outcomes to exclude selection bias, characterize high-risk patients for non-adherence and test for gender differences...
April 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428554/network-assisted-analysis-of-gwas-data-identifies-a-functionally-relevant-gene-module-for-childhood-onset-asthma
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Y Liu, M Brossard, C Sarnowski, A Vaysse, M Moffatt, P Margaritte-Jeannin, F Llinares-López, M H Dizier, M Lathrop, W Cookson, E Bouzigon, F Demenais
The number of genetic factors associated with asthma remains limited. To identify new genes with an undetected individual effect but collectively influencing asthma risk, we conducted a network-assisted analysis that integrates outcomes of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and protein-protein interaction networks. We used two GWAS datasets, each consisting of the results of a meta-analysis of nine childhood-onset asthma GWASs (5,924 and 6,043 subjects, respectively). We developed a novel method to compute gene-level P-values (fastCGP), and proposed a parallel dense-module search and cross-selection strategy to identify an asthma-associated gene module...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427414/observational-study-of-interleukin-21-il-21-does-not-distinguish-kawasaki-disease-from-other-causes-of-fever-in-children
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Rachel Engelberg, Meghan Martin, Brian H Wrotniak, Mark Daniel Hicar
BACKGROUND: Kawasaki disease (KD) is a febrile childhood vasculitis of unknown etiology. The diagnosis is highly concerning as over a quarter of children who fail to receive timely treatment with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) will develop coronary aneurysms. Diagnosis relies on proper symptomatology and is supported by non-specific markers of inflammation. Previous studies have identified elevated plasma levels of interleukin-21 (IL-21) as a sensitive and specific biomarker in KD...
April 20, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427388/movement-cognition-and-narration-of-the-emotions-treatment-versus-standard-speech-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-children-with-borderline-intellectual-functioning-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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V Blasi, G Baglio, F Baglio, M P Canevini, M Zanette
BACKGROUND: Borderline intellectual functioning (BIF) is defined as a "health meta-condition… characterized by various cognitive dysfunctions associated with an intellectual quotient (IQ) between 71 and 85 which determines a deficit in the individual's functioning both in the restriction of activities and in the limitation of social participation". It can be caused by many factors, including a disadvantaged background and prematurity. BIF affects 7-12% of primary school children that show academic difficulties due to poor executive functioning...
April 20, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427295/development-of-visuo-haptic-transfer-for-object-recognition-in-typical-preschool-and-school-aged-children
#17
Giulia Purpura, Giovanni Cioni, Francesca Tinelli
Object recognition is a long and complex adaptive process and its full maturation requires combination of many different sensory experiences as well as cognitive abilities to manipulate previous experiences in order to develop new percepts and subsequently to learn from the environment. It is well recognized that the transfer of visual and haptic information facilitates object recognition in adults, but less is known about development of this ability. In this study, we explored the developmental course of object recognition capacity in children using unimodal visual information, unimodal haptic information, and visuo-haptic information transfer in children from 4 years to 10 years and 11 months of age...
April 20, 2017: Child Neuropsychology: a Journal on Normal and Abnormal Development in Childhood and Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426524/beyond-cascade-screening-detection-of-familial-hypercholesterolaemia-at-childhood-immunization-and-other-strategies
#18
Andrew C Martin, Damon A Bell, Tom Brett, Gerald F Watts
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Familial hypercholesterolaemia is a common genetic disorder that accelerates premature coronary heart disease. Although effective treatments are available, the majority of individuals remain undiagnosed. We review new evidence for improving the detection of familial hypercholesterolaemia. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies have demonstrated that universal screening of children for familial hypercholesterolaemia may be highly effective at the time of immunization if combined with reverse cascade testing of adult family members, who have a more immediate risk of a coronary event...
April 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426384/a-2-year-old-boy-with-circulatory-failure-owing-to-streptococcal-toxic-shock-syndrome-case-report
#19
Werner Keenswijk, Johan Vande Walle
A 2-year-old boy presented with severe hypotension and acute kidney injury after a prodrome of non-bloody diarrhoea and fever in the preceding 3 days. He had a mild Ebstein cardiac anomaly but otherwise a normal past history and growth. On examination, he looked ill, his temperature was 37.5 °C, circulation was poor, and there were several purpuric lesions on the face, hands and scrotum. Haemoglobin was 7.8 g/dL (11-14), total white cell count 27 × 10(9)/L, platelets 62 × 10(9)/L, blood urea nitrogen 20...
April 20, 2017: Paediatrics and International Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426252/intervention-effects-on-stage-of-change-membership-and-transitions-among-adolescent-energy-balance-behaviors
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Leslie A Brick, Colleen A Redding, Andrea L Paiva, Lisa L Harlow, Wayne F Velicer
The transition from childhood to adolescence is a crucial period for the development of healthy behaviors to be sustained later in life. With obesity a leading public health problem, the promotion of healthy behaviors has the potential to make a huge impact. The current study evaluated Stage of Change progression in a large (N = 4158) computer-delivered, Transtheoretical Model-tailored intervention focusing on physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption (FV). Markov models were used to explore stage transitions and patterns of discrete change from sixth to ninth grade...
April 20, 2017: Multivariate Behavioral Research
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