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Extreme prematurity

E G Deryabina, G V Yakornova, L A Pestryaeva, N D Sandyreva
Preterm birth is defined as all births before 37 completed weeks of gestation. Preterm birth can be further sub-divided based on gestational age: extremely preterm (<28 weeks), very preterm (28 to <32 weeks) and moderate preterm (32 to <37 weeks). Retrospective observational case-control study review (1 year i.e., 2015) is to assess pregnancy outcome among women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) delivering very preterm (28 + 0/7 to 31 + 6/7 weeks of gestation). The study group included all women diagnosed with GDM and were compared to a control group of women delivering at the same gestational age period but without GDM...
October 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
Yusuke Fujii, Hideki Itoh, Seiko Ohno, Takashi Murayama, Nagomi Kurebayashi, Hisaaki Aoki, Malorie Blancard, Yoshihisa Nakagawa, Satoshi Yamamoto, Yumie Matsui, Mari Ichikawa, Keiko Sonoda, Tomoya Ozawa, Kimie Ohkubo, Ichiro Watanabe, Pascale Guicheney, Minoru Horie
BACKGROUND: Ventricular fibrillation (VF) may be caused by premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) whose coupling intervals are under 300ms, a characteristic of scTdP. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to analyze the underlying RyR2 variants in patients with the short-coupled variant of torsade de pointes (scTdP). METHODS: Seven patients with scTdP (34±12 years old, 3 females) were enrolled in this study. The RyR2 gene was screened by targeted gene sequencing methods, and variant minor allele frequency (MAF) was confirmed in three databases, and the pathogenicity was investigated in multiple in silico tools...
October 15, 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Sezin Unal, Dilek Ulubas Isik, Ahmet Yagmur Bas, Zehra Arslan, Nihal Demirel
Introduction The incidence and risk factors for inguinal hernia (IH) is not a thoroughly evaluated issue of preterms. Prematurity is the single most important risk factor. There exists no study in our country which reported the incidence of IH in preterms. The purpose of this study is to investigate the incidence and time of diagnosis of IH in very low-birth-weight (VLBW) infants. Patients and Methods This retrospective case-control study was conducted in Etlik Zubeyde Hanim Women's Health Training and Research Hospital and included discharged VLBW infants with gestational age less than 32 weeks...
October 18, 2016: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Francesco Cappuccio
The evidence. Salt (i.e. sodium chloride) is causally related to blood pressure (BP). The higher the salt intake, the higher the BP, an effect seen since birth. A small and sustained reduction in salt intake causes a fall in BP. The evidence from controlled studies, small and large, short and long, all agree on the following: (1) salt intake is one of the major determinants of BP in populations and individuals; (2) a reduction in salt intake causes a dose-dependent reduction in BP - the lower the salt the lower the BP; (3) the effect is seen in both sexes, in people of all ages and ethnic groups, and with all starting BPs...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Daniele Ottinger, Jamie Hicks, Sarah Wilson, Kim Sperber, Keely Power
BACKGROUND: Premature infants have an increased risk for developing skin breakdown. Perceivably noninvasive interventions may have detrimental effects on the infant's skin. PURPOSE: This case presentation describes an extreme case of nasal breakdown associated with nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nCPAP). METHODS: Highlighted is the vital importance of proper placement, along with appropriate apparatus size, in the efforts to prevent skin breakdown...
October 7, 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Paola Salvatori, Erica Neri, Ilaria Chirico, Federica Andrei, Francesca Agostini, Elena Trombini
Introduction: Although preterm birth represents a risk factor for early mother-infant interactions, few studies have focused on toddlerhood, an important time for the development of symbolic play, autonomous skills, and child's socialization competences. Moreover, no study has looked at the effect of birth weight on mother-child interactions during this period. Expanding on the available literature on prematurity, the main objective of this study was to explore the quality of mother-toddler interactions during play, using a longitudinal research design, as well as taking into account the effect of birth weight...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Kathleen A Kennedy, C Michael Cotten, Kristi L Watterberg, Waldemar A Carlo
Despite remarkable improvements in survival of extremely premature infants, the burden of BPD among survivors remains a frustrating problem for parents and caregivers. Advances, such as antenatal steroids and surfactant replacement, which have dramatically improved survival, have not reduced BPD among survivors. Other advances that have significantly improved the combined outcome of death or BPD, such as vitamin A and avoidance of mechanical ventilation, have had smaller magnitude effects on the outcome of BPD alone...
October 2016: Seminars in Perinatology
Stephanie Prescott, Jessica Keim-Malpass
BACKGROUND: The incidence of hemodynamically significant patent ductus arteriosus (hsPDA) increases with decreasing gestational age and is associated with many common morbidities of extreme prematurity. Controversies remain surrounding the definition of hsPDA, the population of infants requiring treatment, the appropriate timing and method of treatment, and the outcomes associated with PDA and its therapies. PURPOSE: This integrative literature review focuses on diagnostic and treatment recommendations derived from the highest levels of evidence...
October 8, 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
M Cody O'Dell, Diego Jaramillo, Laura Bancroft, Laura Varich, Gregory Logsdon, Sabah Servaes
With increasing participation and intensity of training in youth sports in the United States, the incidence of sports-related injuries is increasing, and the types of injuries are shifting. In this article, the authors review sports injuries of the lower extremity, including both acute and overuse injuries, that are common in or specific to the pediatric population. Common traumatic injuries that occur in individuals of all ages (eg, tears of the acetabular labrum and anterior cruciate ligament) are not addressed, although these occur routinely in pediatric sports...
October 2016: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Shujun Gao, Clarence W de Silva
An existing estimation distribution algorithm (EDA) with univariate marginal Gaussian model was improved by designing and incorporating an extreme elitism selection method. This selection method highlighted the effect of a few top best solutions in the evolution and advanced EDA to form a primary evolution direction and obtain a fast convergence rate. Simultaneously, this selection can also keep the population diversity to make EDA avoid premature convergence. Then the modified EDA was tested by means of benchmark low-dimensional and high-dimensional optimization problems to illustrate the gains in using this extreme elitism selection...
October 8, 2016: Bio Systems
Sanjay Chawla, Girija Natarajan, Seetha Shankaran, Athina Pappas, Barbara J Stoll, Waldemar A Carlo, Shampa Saha, Abhik Das, Abbot R Laptook, Rosemary D Higgins
Importance: Many premature infants are born without exposure to antenatal steroids (ANS) or with incomplete courses. This study evaluates the dose-dependent effect of ANS on rates of neonatal morbidities and early childhood neurodevelopmental outcomes of extremely premature infants. Objective: To compare rates of neonatal morbidities and 18- to 22-month neurodevelopmental outcomes of extremely premature infants exposed to no ANS or partial or complete courses of ANS...
October 10, 2016: JAMA Pediatrics
Nete Kodahl, Renate Müller, Henrik Lütken
Plant transformation with the wild type Ri plasmid T-DNA of Agrobacterium rhizogenes is a promising method for breeding of compact plants and has been the subject of numerous studies. However, knowledge concerning the isolated functions of single genes and ORFs from the plasmid is limited. The rolB and ORF13 oncogenes of A. rhizogenes show considerable promise in plant breeding, but have not been comprehensively studied. Detailed information regarding the morphological impact of specific genes of the Ri plasmid will allow for optimized targeted breeding of plants transformed with the wild type Ri plasmid T-DNA...
November 2016: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
Crista A Hopp, Ida Sue Baron
OBJECTIVE: Children delivered at the edge of viability are at greatest risk of medical and neuropsychological disability, their adverse outcomes overshadowing extremely preterm survivors with more optimal outcomes. We aimed to describe an exceptionally early-born extremely preterm (EEEP) preschooler whose neurobiological, familial, and socioeconomic factors likely influenced her unexpected cognitive resilience. METHOD: Baby G was a 3-years 10-months-old, English-speaking, Caucasian, singleton girl born weighing 435 g at 22(5/7) weeks' gestation to well-educated married parents...
October 5, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
Deborah Gilmour, Mark W Davies, Anthony R Herbert
AIM: End-of-life care remains part of the scope of practice in all neonatal units. This study aimed to characterise the end-of-life care provided in an Australian tertiary neonatal centre, where paediatric palliative care was accessible via a consultative service. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study examined indicators of quality palliative care provided to 46 infants born within a 30-month period. The cohort included four infants who received palliative care consultations additional to usual neonatal care...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Nele Stahlmann, Nora Eisemann, Ute Thyen, Egbert Herting, Marion Rapp
Background Little is known about the psychosocial development and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of extremely preterm infants once they are adolescents. Methods The regional population-based study cohort included 90 extremely premature infants (< 27(+0) gestational weeks) born between January 1997 and December 1999 in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. In addition to a neurological and cognitive Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, 4th edition assessment, self- and parent-reported psychological problems (Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire), and health-related quality of life (KINDL(R)) were obtained and compared with a general population of 3,737 adolescents using data from a German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents (KiGGS survey 2003-2006, Robert Koch Institute, Germany)...
October 4, 2016: Neuropediatrics
Monika Bekiesińska-Figatowska, Ewa Helwich, Magdalena Rutkowska, Joanna Stankiewicz, Iwona Terczyńska
INTRODUCTION: The authors present the first experience in neonatal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations using an MR compatible incubator (INC) at the Institute of Mother and Child. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Forty-nine examinations of 47 newborns (20 girls, 27 boys) were performed using the GE Signa HDxt 1.5T system and INC Nomag IC 1.5. Demographic data, anesthetic methods and MRI findings in the INC in comparison with previously performed imaging were analyzed...
October 1, 2016: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
Meghan T Walsh, M Mahmood Hussain
Homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH) is a polygenic disease arising from defects in the clearance of plasma low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which results in extremely elevated plasma LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) and increased risk of atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, and premature death. Conventional lipid-lowering therapies, such as statins and ezetimibe, are ineffective at lowering plasma cholesterol to safe levels in these patients. Other therapeutic options, such as LDL apheresis and liver transplantation, are inconvenient, costly, and not readily available...
October 1, 2016: Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Valerio Rossi, Monica Lispi, Salvatore Longobardi, Maurizio Mattei, Francesca Di Rella, Antonietta Salustri, Massimo De Felici, Francesca G Klinger
Premature ovarian failure and female infertility are frequent side effects of anticancer therapies, owing to the extreme sensitivity of the ovarian reserve oocytes to the damaging effects of irradiation and chemotherapy on DNA. We report here a robust protective effect of luteinizing hormone (LH) on the primordial follicle pool of prepubertal ovaries against the cisplatin (Cs)-induced apoptosis. In vitro LH treatment of prepubertal ovarian fragments generated anti-apoptotic signals by a subset of ovarian somatic cells expressing LH receptor (LHR) through cAMP/PKA and Akt pathways...
September 30, 2016: Cell Death and Differentiation
Shelby R Hayes, Ashley J Vargas
: Goldenberg JZ, Lytvyn L, Steurich J, Parkin P, Mahant S, Johnston BC. Probiotics for the prevention of pediatric antibiotic-associated diarrhea.Cochrane Database Syst Rev2015, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD004827. BACKGROUND: Antibiotics are frequently prescribed in children. They alter the microbial balance within the gastrointestinal tract, commonly resulting in antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD). Probiotics may prevent AAD via restoration of the gut microflora...
August 26, 2016: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Erich M Gauger, Lauren L Casnovsky, Erica J Gauger, Deborah C Bohn, Ann E Van Heest
This study reviewed the clinical history and management of acquired growth arrest in the upper extremity in pediatric patients. The records of all patients presenting from 1996 to 2012 with radiographically proven acquired growth arrest were reviewed. Records were examined to determine the etiology and site of growth arrest, management, and complications. Patients with tumors or hereditary etiology were excluded. A total of 44 patients (24 boys and 20 girls) with 51 physeal arrests who presented at a mean age of 10...
September 29, 2016: Orthopedics
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