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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231067/the-association-of-peripubertal-serum-concentrations-of-organochlorine-chemicals-and-blood-lead-with-growth-and-pubertal-development-in-a-longitudinal-cohort-of-boys-a-review-of-published-results-from-the-russian-children-s-study
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Oleg Sergeyev, Jane S Burns, Paige L Williams, Susan A Korrick, Mary M Lee, Boris Revich, Russ Hauser
Organochlorine chemicals and lead are environmental exposures that have endocrine disrupting properties (EDCs) which interfere with many aspects of hormone action. Childhood and adolescence are windows of susceptibility for adverse health effects of EDCs. Our ongoing study, the Russian Children's Study (RCS), is one of the few longitudinal studies investigating the impact of EDCs on growth and puberty in boys. It is conducted in the historically contaminated city of Chapaevsk, in the Samara region. The study focuses on evaluating the associations of persistent organochlorine chemicals and lead with growth and pubertal timing...
February 23, 2017: Reviews on Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230728/optimistic-bias-risk-factors-and-development-of-high-blood-pressure-and-obesity-among-african-american-adolescents-in-mississippi-usa
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Monique S White, Clifton C Addison, Brenda W Campbell Jenkins, Vanessa Bland, Adrianne Clark, Donna Antoine LaVigne
Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions and is linked to hypertension among African American youth. Optimistic bias influences behavior of youth causing them to underestimate their susceptibility to negative health outcomes. This study explored adolescent behaviors and prevalence of high blood pressure and obesity in a school district. We examined the relationship between individual health risk practices and optimistic bias on health outcomes; 433 African American high school students were administered a survey and had their obesity and blood pressure measured by the school nurse...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230720/role-of-vitamin-a-retinoic-acid-in-regulation-of-embryonic-and-adult-hematopoiesis
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REVIEW
Ana Cañete, Elena Cano, Ramón Muñoz-Chápuli, Rita Carmona
Vitamin A is an essential micronutrient throughout life. Its physiologically active metabolite retinoic acid (RA), acting through nuclear retinoic acid receptors (RARs), is a potent regulator of patterning during embryonic development, as well as being necessary for adult tissue homeostasis. Vitamin A deficiency during pregnancy increases risk of maternal night blindness and anemia and may be a cause of congenital malformations. Childhood Vitamin A deficiency can cause xerophthalmia, lower resistance to infection and increased risk of mortality...
February 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230705/determinant-variables-enteric-pathogen-burden-gut-function-and-immune-related-inflammatory-biomarkers-associated-with-childhood-malnutrition-a-prospective-case-control-study-in-northeastern-brazil
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Aldo Am Lima, Álvaro M Leite, Alessandra Di Moura, Noélia L Lima, Alberto M Soares, Cláudia B Abreu, José Quirino Filho, Rosa Ms Mota, Ila Fn Lima, Alexandre Havt, Pedro Hqs Medeiros, Mara Mg Prata, Marjorie M Guedes, Paloma A Cavalcante, Herlice N Veras, Ana Ks Santos, Sean R Moore, Relana C Pinkerton, Eric R Houpt, Richard L Guerrant
Malnutrition results in serious consequences for growth and cognitive development in children. We studied select child and maternal biological factors, socio-economic factors, enteric pathogenic burden, and gut function biomarkers in 402 children 6-24 months of age in North-eastern Brazil. In this prospective case-control study, not being fed colostrum (odds ratio [OR] = 3.29, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.73-6.26), maternal age ≥18 years (OR = 1.88, 95% CI 1.10-3.22), and no electrical fan (OR = 2.46, 95% CI 1...
February 22, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230702/does-infant-feeding-modulate-the-manifestation-of-celiac-disease-and-type-1-diabetes
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Caroline R Meijer, Valentina Discepolo, Riccardo Troncone, Maria L Mearin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The review aims to critically discuss the role of infant feeding in the development of celiac disease and type 1 diabetes (T1D). RECENT FINDINGS: Prospective observational and randomized interventional studies show that breastfeeding (BF) or BF during gluten introduction does not reduce the risk of developing CD, but high gluten consumption before age 2 years increased the risk in Swedish children.Despite evidence from retrospective studies, prospective trials failed to find a protective effect of breastfeeding against the risk of T1D development...
February 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230293/influence-of-complex-childhood-diseases-on-variation-in-growth-and-skeletal-development
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REVIEW
Babette S Zemel
The study of human growth and skeletal development by human biologists is framed by the larger theoretical concerns regarding the underpinnings of population variation and human evolution. This unique perspective is directly relevant to the assessment of child health and well-being at the individual and group level, as well as the construction of growth charts. Environmental, behavioral (nutrition and physical activity), and disease-related factors can prevent attainment of full genetic potential for growth...
February 23, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230249/early-home-activities-and-oral-language-skills-in-middle-childhood-a-quantile-analysis
#7
James Law, Robert Rush, Tom King, Elizabeth Westrupp, Sheena Reilly
Oral language development is a key outcome of elementary school, and it is important to identify factors that predict it most effectively. Commonly researchers use ordinary least squares regression with conclusions restricted to average performance conditional on relevant covariates. Quantile regression offers a more sophisticated alternative. Using data of 17,687 children from the United Kingdom's Millennium Cohort Study, we compared ordinary least squares and quantile models with language development (verbal similarities) at 11 years as the outcome...
February 23, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230104/long-term-impact-of-temporal-sequence-from-childhood-obesity-to-hyperinsulinemia-on-adult-metabolic-syndrome-and-diabetes-the-bogalusa-heart-study
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Tao Zhang, Huijie Zhang, Ying Li, Shengxu Li, Camilo Fernandez, Lydia Bazzano, Jiang He, Fuzhong Xue, Wei Chen
This study aims to delineate the temporal relations between body mass index (BMI) and insulin in childhood and their impact on adult metabolic syndrome (MetS) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).The longitudinal cohort consisted of 609 whites and 339 blacks who had BMI and fasting insulin measured twice in childhood (mean age = 10.5 years at baseline and 15.9 years at follow-up). Incident MetS and T2DM were identified in adulthood (mean age = 30.5 years). Cross-lagged panel and mediation analysis models were used...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229541/psychological-and-neural-contributions-to-appetite-self-regulation
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Luke E Stoeckel, Leann L Birch, Todd Heatherton, Traci Mann, Christine Hunter, Susan Czajkowski, Lisa Onken, Paige K Berger, Cary R Savage
OBJECTIVE: This paper reviews the state of the science on psychological and neural contributions to appetite self-regulation in the context of obesity. METHODS: Three content areas (neural systems and cognitive functions; parenting and early childhood development; and goal setting and goal striving) served to illustrate different perspectives on the psychological and neural factors that contribute to appetite dysregulation in the context of obesity. Talks were initially delivered at an NIH workshop consisting of experts in these three content areas, and then content areas were further developed through a review of the literature...
March 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228752/intestinal-microbiota-and-weight-gain-in-preterm-neonates
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Silvia Arboleya, Pablo Martinez-Camblor, Gonzalo Solís, Marta Suárez, Nuria Fernández, Clara G de Los Reyes-Gavilán, Miguel Gueimonde
The involvement of the gut microbiota on weight-gain and its relationship with childhood undernutrition and growth has been reported. Thus, the gut microbiota constitutes a potential therapeutic target for preventing growth impairment. However, our knowledge in this area is limited. In this study we aimed at evaluating the relationship among early microbiota, growth, and development in preterm infants. To this end we assessed the levels of specific microorganisms by qPCR, and those of short chain fatty acids by mean of gas-chromatography, in feces from 63 preterm newborns and determined their weight-gain during the first months...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228602/a-divergent-population-of-autoantigen-responsive-cd4-t-cells-in-infants-prior-to-%C3%AE-cell-autoimmunity
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Anne-Kristin Heninger, Anne Eugster, Denise Kuehn, Florian Buettner, Matthias Kuhn, Annett Lindner, Sevina Dietz, Sibille Jergens, Carmen Wilhelm, Andreas Beyerlein, Anette-G Ziegler, Ezio Bonifacio
Autoimmune diabetes is marked by sensitization to β cell self-antigens in childhood. We longitudinally followed at-risk children from infancy and performed single-cell gene expression in β cell antigen-responsive CD4(+) T cells through pre- and established autoimmune phases. A striking divergence in the gene signature of β cell antigen-responsive naïve CD4(+) T cells from children who developed β cell autoimmunity was found in infancy, well before the appearance of β cell antigen-specific memory T cells or autoantibodies...
February 22, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228185/knowledge-of-childhood-materiality-text-and-the-history-of-science-an-interdisciplinary-round-table-discussion
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Felix Rietmann, Mareike Schildmann, Caroline Arni, Daniel Thomas Cook, Davide Giuriato, Novina Göhlsdorf, Wangui Muigai
This round table discussion takes the diversity of discourse and practice shaping modern knowledge about childhood as an opportunity to engage with recent historiographical approaches in the history of science. It draws attention to symmetries and references among scientific, material, literary and artistic cultures and their respective forms of knowledge. The five participating scholars come from various fields in the humanities and social sciences and allude to historiographical and methodological questions through a range of examples...
February 23, 2017: British Journal for the History of Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228103/disease-manifestations-and-burden-of-illness-in-patients-with-acid-sphingomyelinase-deficiency-asmd
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REVIEW
Margaret M McGovern, Ruzan Avetisyan, Bernd-Jan Sanson, Olivier Lidove
Acid sphingomyelinase deficiency (ASMD), a rare lysosomal storage disease, is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder caused by different SMPD1 mutations. Historically, ASMD has been classified as Niemann-Pick disease (NPD) types A (NPD A) and B (NPD B). NPD A is associated with a uniformly devastating disease course, with rapidly progressing psychomotor degeneration, leading to death typically by the age of 3 years, most often from respiratory failure. In contrast, the clinical phenotype and life expectancy of patients with NPD B may vary widely...
February 23, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226305/effect-of-maternal-rumination-and-disengagement-during-childhood-on-offspring-neural-response-to-reward-in-late-adolescence
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Judith K Morgan, Daniel S Shaw, Rachel H Jacobs, Sarah E Romens, Stephanie L Sitnick, Erika E Forbes
Maternal rumination is a cognitive-affective trait that could influence offspring's ability to respond flexibly to positive and negative events, depending on the quality of maternal problem-solving behaviors with which rumination co-occurs. As reward circuitry is sensitive to stressors and related to risk for depression, reward circuitry is an appropriate candidate mechanism for how maternal characteristics influence offspring. We evaluated the independent and combined effect of maternal rumination and disengagement on adolescent neural response to reward win and loss...
February 11, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225863/radiation-exposure-and-thyroid-cancer-a-review
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Maria Laura Iglesias, Angelica Schmidt, Abir Al Ghuzlan, Ludovic Lacroix, Florent de Vathaire, Sylvie Chevillard, Martin Schlumberger
The association between radiation exposure and the occurrence of thyroid cancer has been well documented, and the two main risk factors for the development of a thyroid cancer are the radiation dose delivered to the thyroid gland and the age at exposure. The risk increases after exposure to a mean dose of more than 0.05-0.1 Gy (50-100mGy). The risk is more important during childhood and decreases with increased age at exposure, being low in adults. After exposure, the minimum latency period before the appearance of thyroid cancers is 5 to 10 years...
February 16, 2017: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225732/integrating-and-assessing-structural-competency-in-an-innovative-prehealth-curriculum-at-vanderbilt-university
#16
Jonathan M Metzl, JuLeigh Petty
PROBLEM: Structural competency is a framework for conceptualizing and addressing health-related social justice issues that emphasizes diagnostic recognition of economic and political conditions producing and racializing inequalities in health. Strategies are needed to teach prehealth undergraduate students concepts central to structural competency (e.g., structural inequity, structural racism, structural stigma) and to evaluate their impact. APPROACH: The curriculum for Vanderbilt University's innovative prehealth major in medicine, health, and society (MHS) was reshaped in 2013 to incorporate structural competency concepts and skills into undergraduate courses...
March 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225310/central-diabetes-insipidus-clinical-characteristics-and-long-term-course-in-a-large-cohort-of-adults
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Hiba Masri-Iraqi, Dania Hirsch, Dana Herzberg, Avner Lifshitz, Gloria Tsvetov, Carlos Benbassat, Ilan Shimon
Purpose Central diabetes insipidus (CDI) is a rare heterogeneous condition with various underlying causes. This study sought to increase the still-limited data on the clinical characteristics and long-term course in adults diagnosed with CDI. Methods Data on demographics, presentation, imaging findings, affected pituitary axes, treatment, and complications were collected retrospectively from the files of 70 adult patients with CDI followed at a referral endocrine clinic. Results 40 women and 30 men were included...
February 22, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224839/childhood-cancer-treatment-can-affect-psychosexual-development
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Adults who received treatments for childhood cancer that were especially toxic to the nervous system are less likely to have had sexual intercourse, be in a relationship or have children, new research suggests.
February 22, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224622/slc2a3-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-and-duplication-influence-cognitive-processing-and-population-specific-risk-for-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
#19
Sören Merker, Andreas Reif, Georg C Ziegler, Heike Weber, Ute Mayer, Ann-Christine Ehlis, Annette Conzelmann, Stefan Johansson, Clemens Müller-Reible, Indrajit Nanda, Thomas Haaf, Reinhard Ullmann, Marcel Romanos, Andreas J Fallgatter, Paul Pauli, Tatyana Strekalova, Charline Jansch, Alejandro Arias Vasquez, Jan Haavik, Marta Ribasés, Josep Antoni Ramos-Quiroga, Jan K Buitelaar, Barbara Franke, Klaus-Peter Lesch
BACKGROUND: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common, highly heritable neurodevelopmental disorder with profound cognitive, behavioral, and psychosocial impairments with persistence across the life cycle. Our initial genome-wide screening approach for copy number variants (CNVs) in ADHD implicated a duplication of SLC2A3, encoding glucose transporter-3 (GLUT3). GLUT3 plays a critical role in cerebral glucose metabolism, providing energy for the activity of neurons, which, in turn, moderates the excitatory-inhibitory balance impacting both brain development and activity-dependent neural plasticity...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223922/gut-microbiota-a-potential-regulator-of-neurodevelopment
#20
REVIEW
Paola Tognini
During childhood, our brain is exposed to a variety of environmental inputs that can sculpt synaptic connections and neuronal circuits, with subsequent influence on behavior and learning processes. Critical periods of neurodevelopment are windows of opportunity in which the neuronal circuits are extremely plastic and can be easily subjected to remodeling in response to experience. However, the brain is also more susceptible to aberrant stimuli that might lead to altered developmental trajectories. Intriguingly, postnatal brain development is paralleled by the maturation of the gut microbiota: the ecosystem of symbionts populating our gastro-intestinal tract...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
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