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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042917/viral-infections-neonatal-mortality-and-the-mystery-of-the-athenian-agora-an-interview-with-professor-of-anthropology-maria-liston
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Ioannis N Mammas, Demetrios A Spandidos
Although excavated almost 80 years ago, the infants' 'bone well' of the Athenian Agora in Athens, Greece and its contents were never thoroughly evaluated and published, until only recently, when a re-analysis of the whole excavation findings was performed. The well dates back to the third quarter of the 2nd century BC and contained at least 449 infants. The project, which explored the causes of neonatal mortality, found that one-third of infants' deaths were attributed to neonatal meningitis, based on the presence of bone disposition on the endocranial surface of the studied skulls...
October 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040511/development-of-the-testis-in-pre-pubertal-boys-with-cancer-after-biopsy-for-fertility-preservation
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M Uijldert, A Meißner, A A de Melker, A M M van Pelt, M D van de Wetering, R R van Rijn, M van Wely, F van der Veen, S Repping
STUDY QUESTION: Is testicular growth affected by a testicular biopsy intended for fertility preservation in pre-pubertal boys with cancer? SUMMARY ANSWER: Testicular growth of the biopsied testis is not impeded in comparison to the non-biopsied contralateral testis up until 1 year after surgery. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Fertility preservation in pre-pubertal boys by means of testicular biopsy has been conducted for more than 15 years. Although immediate adverse effects of testicular biopsy are rare (1%), no data exist on the effect of biopsy on testicular growth...
October 12, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029855/improving-mortality-outcomes-of-stevens-johnson-syndrome-toxic-epidermal-necrolysis-a-regional-burns-centre-experience
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M Nizamoglu, J A Ward, Q Frew, H Gerrish, N Martin, A Shaw, D Barnes, O Shelly, B Philp, N El-Muttardi, P Dziewulski
INTRODUCTION: Stevens Johnson Syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis (SJS/TEN) are rare, potentially fatal desquamative disorders characterised by large areas of partial thickness skin and mucosal loss. The degree of epidermal detachment that occurs has led to SJS/TEN being described as a burn-like condition. These patients benefit from judicious critical care, early debridement and meticulous wound care. This is best undertaken within a multidisciplinary setting led by clinicians experienced in the management of massive skin loss and its sequelae...
October 10, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029347/childhood-health-and-educational-outcomes-associated-with-maternal-sleep-apnea-a-population-record-linkage-study
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Yu Sun Bin, Peter A Cistulli, Christine L Roberts, Jane B Ford
Objectives: Sleep apnea in pregnancy is known to adversely affect birth outcomes. Whether in utero exposure to maternal sleep apnea is associated with long-term childhood consequences is unclear. Methods: Population-based longitudinal study of singleton infants born during 2002 to 2012 was conducted using linked birth, hospital, death, developmental, and educational records from New South Wales, Australia. Maternal sleep apnea during pregnancy was identified from hospital records...
October 5, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027837/malpractice-in-paediatric-minimally-invasive-surgery-a-current-concept-results-of-an-international-survey
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Ciro Esposito, Maria Escolino, Marcela Bailez, Steve Rothenberg, Mark Davenport, Amulya Saxena, Anthony Caldamone, Philipp Szavay, Paul Philippe, Holger Till, Philippe Montupet, George W Holcomb Rd
This study aimed to assess malpractice in paediatric minimally invasive surgery (MIS), and attitudes, prevention strategies and mechanisms to support surgeons while they are under investigation. An observational, multicentric, questionnaire-based study was conducted. The survey questionnaire was sent via mail, and it comprised four sections. Twenty-four paediatric surgeons (average age 54.6 years), from 13 different countries, participated in this study. The majority had >15 years of experience in MIS. Three (12...
January 1, 2017: Medicine, Science, and the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027353/early-predictors-of-mortality-in-children-with-pulmonary-complications-after-haematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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Yu Hyeon Choi, Hyung Joo Jeong, Hong Yul An, You Sun Kim, Eui Jun Lee, Bongjin Lee, Hyoung Jin Kang, Hee Young Shin, June Dong Park
PC are a main cause of death following HSCT in children. We aimed to evaluate early predictors of mortality in paediatric recipients with PCs. A retrospective observational study of 35 patients with 49 episodes of PI on chest radiography (of 124 patients) who had undergone HSCT at a tertiary university hospital between January 2011 and December 2012 was performed. During follow-up (median 26.1 months), 15 episodes led to death (30.6%). An aetiologic diagnosis was made by non-invasive tests in 24 episodes (49...
October 12, 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018581/cost-effectiveness-of-diagnostic-therapeutic-strategies-for-paediatric-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-morocco
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Sergi Alonso, Nabil Tachfouti, Adil Najdi, Elisa Sicuri, Albert Picado
INTRODUCTION: Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is a neglected parasitic disease with a high fatality rate if left untreated. Endemic in Morocco, as well as in other countries in the Mediterranean basin, VL mainly affects children living in rural areas. In Morocco, the direct observation of Leishmania parasites in bone marrow (BM) aspirates is used to diagnose VL and meglumine antimoniate (SB) is the first line of treatment. Less invasive, more efficacious and safer alternatives exist. In this study we estimate the cost-effectiveness of alternative diagnostic-therapeutic algorithms for paediatric VL in Morocco...
2017: BMJ Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018178/attitudes-of-paediatric-and-obstetric-specialists-towards-prenatal-surgery-for-lethal-and-non-lethal-conditions
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Ryan M Antiel, Farr A Curlin, John D Lantos, Christopher A Collura, Alan W Flake, Mark P Johnson, Natalie E Rintoul, Stephen D Brown, Chris Feudtner
BACKGROUND: While prenatal surgery historically was performed exclusively for lethal conditions, today intrauterine surgery is also performed to decrease postnatal disabilities for non-lethal conditions. We sought to describe physicians' attitudes about prenatal surgery for lethal and non-lethal conditions and to elucidate characteristics associated with these attitudes. METHODS: Survey of 1200 paediatric surgeons, neonatologists and maternal-fetal medicine specialists (MFMs)...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017268/the-spectrum-and-burden-of-influenza-associated-neurological-disease-in-children-combined-encephalitis-and-influenza-sentinel-site-surveillance-from-australia-2013-2015
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Philip N Britton, Christopher C Blyth, Kristine Macartney, Russell C Dale, Jean Li-Kim-Moy, Gulam Khandaker, Nigel W Crawford, Helen Marshall, Julia E Clark, Elizabeth J Elliott, Robert Booy, Allen C Cheng, Cheryl A Jones
Background: There are few longitudinal studies of seasonal influenza-associated neurological disease (IAND) and none from the Southern Hemisphere. Methods: We extracted prospectively acquired Australian surveillance data from 2 studies nested within the Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) network: the Influenza Complications Alert Network (FluCAN) study and the Australian Childhood Encephalitis (ACE) study between 2013 and 2015. We described the clinical features and severity of IAND in children, including influenza-associated encephalitis/encephalopathy (IAE)...
August 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993802/glycemia-is-related-to-impaired-cerebrovascular-autoregulation-after-severe-pediatric-traumatic-brain-injury-a-retrospective-observational-study
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Adam M H Young, Hadie Adams, Joseph Donnelly, Mathew R Guilfoyle, Helen Fernandes, Mathew R Garnett, Marek Czosnyka, Peter Smielewski, Mark Plummer, Shruti Agrawal, Peter J Hutchinson
INTRODUCTION: A strong association exists between hyperglycemia and outcome in pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI). Herein, we describe observations of serum markers of glucose metabolism in a cohort of pediatric TBI patients and how these variables are related to parameters of intracranial pathophysiology. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed on pediatric severe TBI patients admitted to Addenbrookes Hospital Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) between January 2001 and December 2013...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992218/long-term-consequences-of-renal-insufficiency-in-children-lessons-learned-from-the-dutch-leric-study
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Jaap W Groothoff, Martin Offringa, Martha Grootenhuis, Kitty J Jager
Few data exist on the prospects in adulthood for children on chronic renal replacement therapy (RRT). This article summarizes the results of a comprehensive Dutch long-term follow-up study performed in 2000 and 2010 of patients with RRT onset at age <15 years between 1972 and 1992. After a median of 25.5 RRT years, patients had stayed 23% of RRT time on dialysis. We observed a 30 times greater mortality risk compared with age-matched peers with cardiovascular disease (CVD) as the main cause of death during 1972-2000 and infections during 2000-10...
July 7, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991918/rapid-enteric-testing-to-permit-targeted-antimicrobial-therapy-with-and-without-lactobacillus-reuteri-probiotics-for-paediatric-acute-diarrhoeal-disease-in-botswana-a-pilot-randomized-factorial-controlled-trial
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Jeffrey M Pernica, Andrew P Steenhoff, Margaret Mokomane, Banno Moorad, Kwana Lechiile, Marek Smieja, Loeto Mazhani, Ji Cheng, Matthew S Kelly, Mark Loeb, Ketil Stordal, David M Goldfarb
INTRODUCTION: Diarrhoeal disease is the second-leading cause of death in young children. Current guidelines recommend treating children with acute non-bloody diarrhea with oral rehydration solutions and zinc, but not antimicrobials. However, in many resource-limited settings, infections with treatable enteric bacterial and protozoan pathogens are common. Probiotics have shown promise as an adjunct treatment for diarrhoea but have not been studied in sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS: We conducted a pilot, factorial, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of children aged 2-60 months hospitalized in Botswana for acute non-bloody diarrhoea...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988435/triple-therapy-of-vincristine-bleomycin-and-etoposide-for-children-with-kaposi-sarcoma-results-of-a-study-in-malawian-children
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Marita Macken, Helen Dale, Dominic Moyo, Eunice Chakmata, Sarita Depani, Trijn Israels, Dalida Niyrenda, Simon Bailey, George Chagaluka, Elizabeth M Molyneux
BACKGROUND: Kaposi sarcoma (KS) is the most common paediatric cancer in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) endemic countries of sub-Saharan Africa, but there is little research on management and outcomes. METHODS: Children with KS at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi treated between August 2012 and March 2015 with six courses of vincristine, bleomycin and etoposide combination chemotherapy, including antiretroviral therapy (ART) if HIV infected, were studied and outcomes compared with previously reported results...
October 8, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983939/the-association-between-pediatric-injury-risks-and-parenting-behaviours
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M L Jaques, T L Weaver, N L Weaver, L Willoughby
BACKGROUND: Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in children ages 1-18 years. Many of these injuries to young children occur in their own homes. Although research has explored injury risk prevention strategies, historically, much of this research has focused on environmental changes and teaching safety practices. Currently, there appears to be a gap in current research exploring how parenting influences children's risk of injury. METHODS: Mothers (n = 119) of children 5 years and younger were recruited from a paediatric clinic as a part of a larger study and completed measures of parenting challenges, developmentally sensitive parenting, child neglect, parental efficacy, and risk of potential injury situations...
October 6, 2017: Child: Care, Health and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28977740/reduction-in-harm-from-tracheostomy-related-incidents-after-implementation-of-the-paediatric-national-tracheostomy-safety-project-resources-a-retrospective-analysis-from-a-tertiary-paediatric-centre
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Catherine Doherty, Matthew Bowler, Stephanie Monks, Christine English, Mira Sadadcharam, Russell Perkins, Neil Bateman, I A Bruce, Dougal Atkinson, Brendan McGrath
In the UK, patient safety issues related to adult tracheostomies are well recognised. A number of reports from the National Patient Safety Agency and National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death highlighted recurrent themes with deficiencies in staff education, resources, equipment provision and emergency guidance.(1,2.) Similar patient safety concerns exist in the paediatric population. Studies report overall mortality rates in paediatric patients with tracheostomies varying from 2.2%(3) to 58...
October 4, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975959/challenges-of-congenital-heart-disease-in-grown-up-patients
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Markus Schwerzmann, Fabienne Schwitz, Corina Thomet, Alexander Kadner, Jean-Pierre Pfammatter, Kerstin Wustmann
Nowadays, more than 90% of all children born with congenital heart disease (CHD) reach adult life. Although initially considered to be cured, the majority of them continue to need specialised follow-up because they require re-do interventions or are at increased risk of cardiovascular complications and premature death. Arrhythmias are the most common cause of unscheduled hospital visits for grown-up CHD (GUCH) patients, accounting for one third of emergency admissions in these patients. Some GUCH patients are also at increased risk for sudden cardiac death...
October 4, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28969320/isoflurane-exposure-for-three-hours-triggers-apoptotic-cell-death-in-neonatal-macaque-brain
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K K Noguchi, S A Johnson, G A Dissen, L D Martin, F M Manzella, K J Schenning, J W Olney, A M Brambrink
Background: Retrospective clinical studies suggest there is a risk for neurodevelopmental impairment following early childhood exposure to anaesthesia. In the developing animal brain, including those of non-human primates (NHPs), anaesthetics induce apoptotic cell death. We previously reported that a 5 h isoflurane (ISO) exposure in infant NHPs increases apoptosis 13-fold compared with control animals. However, the majority of paediatric surgeries requiring anaesthesia are of shorter durations...
September 1, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28967089/a-reflection-on-the-work-of-gianni-bonadonna-from-the-viewpoint-of-the-global-challenge-of-adolescents-and-young-adults-with-cancer
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Ronald D Barr, W Archie Bleyer
Adolescents and young adults (AYAs - ages 15 to 39) constitute approximately 40% of the world's population and contribute an estimated one million new cases of cancer annually, the great majority in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In high-income countries (HICs) cancer is the commonest cause of disease-related death in AYAs, though overall 5-year survival rates now exceed 80%. A very different circumstance likely holds in LMICs, but accurate assessments are not readily available.Breast cancer accounts for 40% of tumours in female AYAs and this age group includes the peak incidence of Hodgkin lymphoma...
September 27, 2017: Tumori
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28959975/targeting-neuronal-activity-regulated-neuroligin-3-dependency-in-high-grade-glioma
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Humsa S Venkatesh, Lydia T Tam, Pamelyn J Woo, James Lennon, Surya Nagaraja, Shawn M Gillespie, Jing Ni, Damien Y Duveau, Patrick J Morris, Jean J Zhao, Craig J Thomas, Michelle Monje
High-grade gliomas (HGG) are a devastating group of cancers, and represent the leading cause of brain tumour-related death in both children and adults. Therapies aimed at mechanisms intrinsic to glioma cells have translated to only limited success; effective therapeutic strategies will need also to target elements of the tumour microenvironment that promote glioma progression. Neuronal activity promotes the growth of a range of molecularly and clinically distinct HGG types, including adult and paediatric glioblastoma (GBM), anaplastic oligodendroglioma, and diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG)...
September 28, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28955423/variations-in-injury-characteristics-among-paediatric-patients-following-trauma-a-retrospective-descriptive-analysis-comparing-pre-hospital-and-in-hospital-deaths-at-kamuzu-central-hospital-lilongwe-malawi
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Laura Purcell, Charles E Mabedi, Jared Gallaher, Steven Mjuweni, Sean McLean, Bruce Cairns, Anthony Charles
BACKGROUND: Trauma is a major cause of paediatric mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. In absence of pre-hospital care, the injury mechanism and cause of death is difficult to characterise. Injury characteristics of pre-hospital deaths (PHD) versus in-hospital deaths (IHD) were compared. METHODS: Using our trauma surveillance database, a retrospective, descriptive analysis of children (<18 years) presenting to Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi from 2008 to 2013 was performed...
June 2017: Malawi Medical Journal: the Journal of Medical Association of Malawi
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