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Very low birth weight

Yaniv Zipori, Karen Reidy, T Gilchrist, Lex W Doyle, Mark P Umstad
BACKGROUND: Monochorionic diamniotic (MCDA) twin pregnancies are associated with adverse perinatal outcome. Intertwin discordances at the time of nuchal translucency (NT) screening may have a value in the prediction of fetal loss or twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. We aimed to determine the ability of intertwin NT and crown rump length (CRL) discordances among MCDA twins to predict adverse outcomes. MATERIAL AND METHODS: All MCDA twins with a documented routine ultrasound at 11 to 13+6 weeks' gestation, and known pregnancy outcome between August 2003 and August 2012 were included...
October 21, 2016: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
Gianluca Lista, Silvia Bianchi, Savina Mannarino, Federico Schena, Francesca Castoldi, Mauro Stronati, Fabio Mosca
OBJECTIVE: Early diagnosis of significant patent ductus arteriosus reduces the risk of clinical worsening in very low birth weight infants. Echocardiographic patent ductus arteriosus shunt flow pattern can be used to predict significant patent ductus arteriosus. Pulmonary venous flow, expressed as vein velocity time integral, is correlated to ductus arteriosus closure. The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between significant reductions in vein velocity time integral and non-significant patent ductus arteriosus in the first week of life...
October 1, 2016: Clinics
Grzegorz Majka, Grażyna Więcek, Małgorzata Śróttek, Klaudyna Śpiewak, Małgorzata Brindell, Joanna Koziel, Janusz Marcinkiewicz, Magdalena Strus
Translocation of bacteria, primarily Gram-negative pathogenic flora, from the intestinal lumen into the circulatory system leads to sepsis. In newborns, and especially very low birth weight infants, sepsis is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. The results of recently conducted clinical trials suggest that lactoferrin, an iron-binding protein that is abundant in mammalian colostrum and milk, may be an effective agent in preventing sepsis in newborns. However, despite numerous basic studies on lactoferrin, very little is known about how metal saturation of this protein affects a host's health...
October 18, 2016: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
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
Feng Liu, Shu-Ping Han, Zhang-Bin Yu, Jun Zhang, Xiao-Hui Chen, Wei-Min Wu, Xue Chu, Bei-Bei Liu
OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of breastfeeding quality improvement on the breastfeeding rate in very low birth weight (VLBW) and extremely low birth weight (ELBW) infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed for the clinical data of VLBW and ELBW infants who were admitted from July 2014 to July 2015 (pre-improvement group) and those who were admitted from August 2015 to June 2016 after the implementation of breastfeeding quality improvement measures (post-improvement group)...
October 2016: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
Christine Culpepper, Kendra Hendrickson, Susan Marshall, Jessica Benes, Theresa R Grover
BACKGROUND: Growth and nutrition are critical in neonatal care. Whether feeding guidelines improve growth and nutrition and reduce morbidity is unknown. PURPOSE: Feeding guidelines for very low birth-weight (VLBW) infants were implemented in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to start and achieve full enteral feeds sooner, and increase weight gain over the first month. METHODS: Feeding guidelines for VLBW infants were implemented in January 2014, stratified by birth weight (<750, 750-1000, and 1000-1500 g)...
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
Sue Kildea, Sally Tracy, Juanita Sherwood, Fleur Magick-Dennis, Lesley Barclay
The well established disparities in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians include a significant and concerning higher incidence of preterm birth, low birth weight and newborn mortality. Chronic diseases (eg, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular and renal disease) that are prevalent in Indigenous Australian adults have their genesis in utero and in early life. Applying interventions during pregnancy and early life that aim to improve maternal and infant health is likely to have long lasting consequences, as recognised by Australia's National Maternity Services Plan (NMSP), which set out a 5-year vision for 2010-2015 that was endorsed by all governments (federal and state and territory)...
October 17, 2016: Medical Journal of Australia
Youn Ju Rhee, Sung Joon Han, Yoo Young Chong, Min-Woong Kang, Shin Kwang Kang, Jae-Hyeon Yu
With advancements in complex repairs in neonates with complicated congenital heart diseases, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has been increasingly used as cardiac support. ECMO has also been increasingly used for low birth weight (LBW) or very low birth weight (VLBW) neonates. However, since prematurity and LBW are risk factors for ECMO, the appropriate indications for neonates with LBW, especially VLBW, are under dispute. We report a case of ECMO performed in a 1,360-g premature infant with VLBW due to cardiopulmonary bypass weaning failure after repairing infracardiac total anomalous pulmonary venous return...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
N Levy, E S Shinwell, H Leiba
OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of plurality on refractive status in former preterm infants at age 8-12 years. METHODS: Refraction was compared in singletons and multiples, in Very Low Birth Weight infants (VLBW, <1500 grams) at age 6 months and 8-12 years. Preterm infants were compared with a group of term infants. RESULTS: 37 of 104 (36%) VLBW infants were multiples. Comparison of refraction between singletons and multiples revealed no difference at age 6 months, while at age 8-12 years, multiples had significantly more refractive errors (singletons 28% vs multiples 54% p = 0...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Péter Mihalicza, György Csákány, Miklós Szabó
INTRODUCTION: Care provision for very low birth weight and very low gestational age newborns requires high level clinical preparedness. Appropriate care and care management reduce mortality. AIM: To present Hungarian and international outcomes and local regional differences characterizing neonatal care in 2006-2008, based on the results of the EuroHOPE study. METHOD: Hungarian data were created by linking the obstetrics registry with the financing database of the Health Insurance Fund...
October 2016: Orvosi Hetilap
Karen Lidzba, Susanne Rodemann, Rangmar Goelz, Ingeborg Krägeloh-Mann, Andrea Bevot
BACKGROUND: The contribution of growth parameters to the cognitive outcome of very low birth weight (VLBW)/very preterm (VP) infants is difficult to disentangle from other preterm-birth related factors. AIMS: We hypothesized that long-term cognitive and motor outcome of VLBW/VP infants is most strongly associated with growth in head circumference after hospital discharge. STUDY DESIGN: Single-centre prospective longitudinal study: anthropometric measures at different time points (birth, discharge, school-age)...
October 4, 2016: Early Human Development
Mustafa Kemal Avsar, Tolga Demir, Cem Celiksular, Cenap Zeybek
BACKGROUND: PDA(Patent ductus arteriosus) is a common and clinically important condition which is presented with a number of hemodynamic and respiratory problems such as intraventricular hemorrhage, pulmonary hemorrhage and necrotizing enterocolitis due to increased pulmonary blood flow and stealing from systemic circulation. The incidence of PDA among the infants that were born before the 28th gestational week is as high as 70 %; and spontaneous closure rates in very-low-birth-weight premature neonates(VLBWPN) is around 34 %...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Pilar Requena, Edmilson Rui, Norma Padilla, Flor E Martínez-Espinosa, Maria Eugenia Castellanos, Camila Bôtto-Menezes, Adriana Malheiro, Myriam Arévalo-Herrera, Swati Kochar, Sanjay K Kochar, Dhanpat K Kochar, Alexandra J Umbers, Maria Ome-Kaius, Regina Wangnapi, Dhiraj Hans, Michela Menegon, Francesca Mateo, Sergi Sanz, Meghna Desai, Alfredo Mayor, Chetan C Chitnis, Azucena Bardají, Ivo Mueller, Stephen Rogerson, Carlo Severini, Carmen Fernández-Becerra, Clara Menéndez, Hernando Del Portillo, Carlota Dobaño
P. vivax infection during pregnancy has been associated with poor outcomes such as anemia, low birth weight and congenital malaria, thus representing an important global health problem. However, no vaccine is currently available for its prevention. Vir genes were the first putative virulent factors associated with P. vivax infections, yet very few studies have examined their potential role as targets of immunity. We investigated the immunogenic properties of five VIR proteins and two long synthetic peptides containing conserved VIR sequences (PvLP1 and PvLP2) in the context of the PregVax cohort study including women from five malaria endemic countries: Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, India and Papua New Guinea (PNG) at different timepoints during and after pregnancy...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Donald M Lyall, Hazel M Inskip, Daniel Mackay, Ian J Deary, Andrew M McIntosh, Matthew Hotopf, Tony Kendrick, Jill P Pell, Daniel J Smith
BACKGROUND: Low birth weight has been inconsistently associated with risk of developing affective disorders, including major depressive disorder (MDD). To date, studies investigating possible associations between birth weight and bipolar disorder (BD), or personality traits known to predispose to affective disorders such as neuroticism, have not been conducted in large cohorts. AIMS: To assess whether very low birth weight (<1500 g) and low birth weight (1500-2490 g) were associated with higher neuroticism scores assessed in middle age, and lifetime history of either MDD or BD...
January 2016: BJPsych Open
Rafaela Guilherme Monte Cassiano, Claudia Maria Gaspardo, Guilherme Cordaro Bucker Furini, Francisco Eulogio Martinez, Maria Beatriz Martins Linhares
Children born preterm are at risk for later developmental disorders. The present study examined the predictive effects of neonatal, sociodemographic, and temperament characteristics on behavioral outcomes at toddlerhood, in children born preterm. The sample included 100 toddlers born preterm and with very-low-birth-weight, and their mothers. Neonatal characteristics were evaluated using medical records. The mothers were interviewed using the Early Childhood Behavior Questionnaire for temperament assessment, and the Child Behavior Checklist for behavioral assessment...
October 1, 2016: Early Human Development
Amanda Veile, Karen L Kramer
OBJECTIVE: The epidemiologic link between cesarean birth and childhood obesity is unresolved, partly because most studies come from industrialized settings where many post-birth factors affect the risk for obesity. We take advantage of an unusual ethnographic situation where hospital and cesarean birth modes have recently been introduced among Yucatec Maya subsistence farmers, but young children have had minimal exposure to the nutritional transition. While we expect to find very low rates of childhood obesity, we predict that cesarean-born children will be larger and heavier than vaginally born children...
October 4, 2016: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
Jann P Foster, Kim Psaila, Tiffany Patterson
BACKGROUND: Non-nutritive sucking (NNS) is used during gavage feeding and in the transition from gavage to breast/bottle feeding in preterm infants to improve the development of sucking behavior and the digestion of enteral feedings. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of non-nutritive sucking on physiologic stability and nutrition in preterm infants. SEARCH METHODS: We used the standard search strategy of the Cochrane Neonatal Review group to search the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL; 2016, Issue 1), MEDLINE via PubMed (1966 to 25 February 2016), Embase (1980 to 25 February 2016), and CINAHL (1982 to 25 February 2016)...
October 4, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Mandy Brown Belfort, Richard A Ehrenkranz
The developing brain of the very low birth weight (VLBW) infant is highly sensitive to effects of the nutritional milieu during the neonatal hospitalization and after discharge. Strategies to optimize nutritional care play an important role in reducing long-term neurodevelopmental morbidities in this population. Currently available interventions to ensure that the unique nutrient requirements of the VLBW infant are met include various dietary fortification strategies and parenteral nutrition. In this article, we review evidence regarding nutritional strategies and their beneficial effects on neurodevelopment in VLBW infants...
September 29, 2016: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Sae Yun Kim, Seung Han Shin, Han-Suk Kim, Young Hwa Jung, Ee-Kyung Kim, Jung-Hwan Choi
OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical course and risk factors for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) after ibuprofen treatment to close patent ductus arteriosus. STUDY DESIGN: All neonates weighing < 1500 g at birth who received ibuprofen to close patent ductus arteriosus and were admitted to Seoul National University Children's Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit in 2010-2014 were eligible for this study. The study population was divided into the PAH and non-PAH groups, and medical records were retrospectively reviewed...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
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