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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161641/health-care-at-birth-and-infant-mortality-evidence-from-nighttime-deliveries-in-nigeria
#1
Edward N Okeke, A V Chari
High rates of home births in developing countries are often linked to high rates of newborn deaths, but there is considerable debate about how much of this is causal. This paper weighs in on this question by analyzing data on the timing of birth, health care utilization, and mortality for a sample of births between 2009-2014 in 7021 rural Nigerian households. First, we show that timing of birth is strongly linked to use of institutional care: women with a nighttime birth are significantly less likely to use a health facility because of the difficulties associated with accessing care at night...
November 12, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160642/neonatal-bacterial-meningitis-a-systematic-review-of-european-available-data
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Antonio DI Mauro, Francesca Cortese, Nicola Laforgia, Beatrice Pantaleo, Rachele Giuliani, Donato Bonifazi, Marco M Ciccone, Paola Giordano
BACKGROUND: Despite advances in neonatal intensive care and the improvements in surveillance, prevention and vaccination programs, neonatal meningitis still represents an important cause of morbidity and mortality in infants, with the highest mortality in the newborn population. AIM: To summarize current knowledge about this topic with particular attention to management of neonatal meningitis in order to provide a useful tool for clinicians. METHODS: We reviewed the existent literature from five European Countries (France, German, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom) on the effectiveness of treatments for bacterial meningitis in newborns taking into consideration the antibiotic resistance phenomenon...
November 21, 2017: Minerva Pediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160193/fertility-transition-in-sri-lanka-is-it-a-temporary-phenomenon
#3
E L Sunethra J Perera
This paper examines the fertility transition and its recent dynamics in Sri Lanka using data from Demographic and Health Surveys and Population Censuses. Fertility trends and patterns were analysed for two periods: 1953-2000 and 2000-2012. The findings revealed that Sri Lanka's fertility transition has been relatively rapid and has taken place over a period of about four decades to reach replacement level. Social and health-related factors, including decline in maternal and infant mortality, increase in women's education, changes in institutions, reproductive values and behaviour, and increased contraceptive use all contributed to bringing down the fertility level by 2000...
November 2017: Journal of Biosocial Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158089/opportunities-and-difficulties-for-counseling-at-the-margins-of-viability
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Patrick Myers, Bree Andrews, William Meadow
At the margins of viability, the interaction between physicians and families presents challenges but also opportunities for success. The counseling team often focuses on data: morbidity and mortality statistics and the course of a typical infant in the neonatal intensive care unit. Data that are generated on the population level can be difficult to align with the multiple facets of an individual infant's trajectory. It is also information that can be difficult to present because of framing biases and the complexities of intuiting statistical information on a personal level...
November 17, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157039/comparison-of-cesarean-versus-vaginal-delivery-of-extremely-preterm-gestations-in-breech-presentation-retrospective-cohort-study
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Kirsten M Niles, Jon F R Barrett, Noor Niyar N Ladhani
OBJECTIVE: As survival increases at earlier gestational ages, the optimal mode of delivery, especially in cases of breech presentation, is of increasing importance. The objective of this study was to compare outcomes of vaginal delivery (VD) and cesarean section (CS) births for infants in breech presentation at borderline viability. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective chart review of live breech births between 23 + 0 and 25 + 6 weeks gestation at a tertiary university center from 2003 to 2013 was conducted...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156371/bacterial-microbiota-of-the-nasal-passages-across-the-span-of-human-life
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REVIEW
Lindsey Bomar, Silvio D Brugger, Katherine P Lemon
The human nasal passages host major human pathogens. Recent research suggests that the microbial communities inhabiting the epithelial surfaces of the nasal passages are a key factor in maintaining a healthy microenvironment by affecting both resistance to pathogens and immunological responses. The nasal bacterial microbiota shows distinct changes over the span of human life and disruption by environmental factors might be associated with both short- and long-term health consequences, such as susceptibility to viral and bacterial infections and disturbances of the immunological balance...
November 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156017/early-and-late-outcomes-after-surgical-repair-of-congenital-supravalvular-aortic-stenosis-a-european-congenital-heart-surgeons-association-multicentric-study
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Massimo A Padalino, Anna Chiara Frigo, Marina Comisso, Martin Kostolny, Ikenna Omeje, Christian Schreiber, Jelena Pabst von Ohain, Julie Cleuziou, David J Barron, Bart Meyns, Viktor Hraska, Bohdan Maruszewski, Michal Kozlowski, Luca A Vricella, Narutoshi Hibino, Sarah Collica, Hakan Berggren, Mats Synnergren, Stojan Lazarov, David Kalfa, Emile Bacha, Christian Pizarro, Mark Hazekamp, Vlado Sojak, Jeffrey P Jacobs, Matej Nosal, Jose Fragata, Sertac Cicek, George E Sarris, Panayotis Zografos, Vladimiro L Vida, Giovanni Stellin
OBJECTIVES: Our goal was to evaluate the early and late results of the surgical management of congenital supravalvular aortic stenosis (SVAS). METHODS: We performed a retrospective, multicentre study using data from the European Congenital Heart Surgeons Association. Exclusion criteria were age >18 years, operation before 1990 and redo supravalvular aortic stenosis operations. Multivariate Cox regression analysis was performed to detect independent predictors of adverse events...
October 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155685/infant-mortality-rates-in-rural-and-urban-areas-in-the-united-states-2014
#8
Danielle M Ely, Anne K Driscoll, T J Matthews
Key findings Data from the National Vital Statistics System ● Infant mortality rates decreased as urbanization level increased, from 6.55 deaths per 1,000 births in rural counties to 6.20 in small and medium urban counties and 5.44 in large urban counties. ● Neonatal mortality rates were higher in rural counties than in large urban counties, and postneonatal mortality rates decreased as urbanization level increased. ● Mortality rates decreased as urbanization level increased for infants of mothers aged 20-29, 30-39, and 40 and over...
September 2017: NCHS Data Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153908/-analysis-of-obstetric-pediatric-care-in-the-perinatal-period-are-births-before-31-weeks-gestation-in-level-2b-maternity-units-avoidable
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I Martin, A Roussel, M-F Olieric, M Feldmann, Y Wallerich, N Trabelsi, A Miton, C Zuily-Lamy, V Valdès, J Fresson
INTRODUCTION: Regionalization of perinatal care has been developed to improve the survival of preterm babies. The mortality rate is higher among very premature infants born outside level-3 maternity units. The objective of this study was to evaluate the preventability of these very premature births occurring outside recommendations within level-2B maternity units. The secondary objective was to describe the care of premature infants between 23 and 24 weeks. METHODS: This is a single-center retrospective qualitative study of the care delivery pathways...
November 16, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153568/maternal-obesity-and-cardiac-development-in-the-offspring-study-in-human-neonates-and-minipigs
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Maria Angela Guzzardi, Tiziana Liistro, Luna Gargani, Lamia Ait Ali, Gennaro D'Angelo, Silvia Rocchiccioli, Federica La Rosa, Alessandra Kemeny, Elena Sanguinetti, Nadia Ucciferri, Mariarosaria De Simone, Antonietta Bartoli, Pierluigi Festa, Piero A Salvadori, Silvia Burchielli, Rosa Sicari, Patricia Iozzo
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the consequences of maternal overweight on cardiac development in offspring in infants (short term) and minipigs (short and longer term). BACKGROUND: The epidemic of overweight involves pregnant women. The uterine environment affects organ development, modulating disease susceptibility. Offspring of obese mothers have higher rates of cardiovascular events and mortality. METHODS: Echocardiography was performed in infants born to lean and overweight mothers at birth and at 3, 6, and 12 months of age...
November 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153057/sex-dependent-influence-of-developmental-toxicant-exposure-on-group-b-streptococcus-mediated-preterm-birth-in-a-murine-model
#11
Tianbing Ding, Lauren A Lambert, David M Aronoff, Kevin G Osteen, Kaylon L Bruner-Tran
Infectious agents are a significant risk factor for preterm birth (PTB); however, the simple presence of bacteria is not sufficient to induce PTB in most women. Human and animal data suggest that environmental toxicant exposures may act in concert with other risk factors to promote PTB. Supporting this "second hit" hypothesis, we previously demonstrated exposure of fetal mice (F1 animals) to the environmental endocrine disruptor 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) leads to an increased risk of spontaneous and infection-mediated PTB in adult animals...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152920/using-state-birth-defects-registries-to-evaluate-regional-critical-congenital-heart-disease-newborn-screening
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Amy Peterson Case, Stephanie D Miller, Monica R McClain
BACKGROUND: Most states have now passed legislation mandating pulse oximetry for all newborns, or have promulgated regulations or guidelines to encourage use of routine pulse oximetry. State-based birth defects registries may be well positioned to track and evaluate critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) screening coverage and outcomes. This purpose of this study was to determine: (1) the proportion of cases detected by screening, (2) health services use by children with CCHDs during the first year of life, and (3) mortality outcomes...
November 1, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152426/an-overview-of-infant-mortality-trends-in-qatar-from-2004-to-2014
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Mohammed Al-Thani, Al-Anoud Al-Thani, Amine Toumi, Shams Eldin Khalifa, Hammad Akram
Background Infant mortality is an important health indicator that estimates population well-being. Infant mortality has declined globally but is still a major public health challenge. This article provides the characteristics, causes, burden, and trends of infant mortality in Qatar. Methods Frequencies, percentages, and rates were calculated using data from birth-death registries over 2004-2014 to describe infant mortality by nationality, gender, and age group. We calculated the relative risks of the top causes of infant mortality among subgroups according to the 10(th) Revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10, Version 2016)...
September 9, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151847/pediatric-traumatic-brain-injury-a-5-year-descriptive-study-from-the-national-trauma-center-in-qatar
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Ayman El-Menyar, Rafael Consunji, Hassan Al-Thani, Ahammed Mekkodathil, Gaby Jabbour, Khalid A Alyafei
Background: The epidemiologic characteristics and outcomes of pediatric traumatic brain injury (pTBI) have not been adequately documented from the rapidly developing countries in the Arab Middle East. We aimed to describe the hospital-based epidemiologic characteristics, injury mechanisms, clinical presentation, and outcomes of pTBI and analyze key characteristics and determinant of pTBI that could help to make recommendations for policies to improve their care. Methods: We conducted a retrospective observational study in a level 1 trauma center (2010-2014) for all pTBI patients...
2017: World Journal of Emergency Surgery: WJES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151163/strengthening-the-healthy-start-workforce-a-mixed-methods-study-to-understand-the-roles-of-community-health-workers-in-healthy-start-and-inform-the-development-of-a-standardized-training-program
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Katherine Rachel DeAngelis, Katelyn Flaherty Doré, Deborah Dean, Paul Osterman
Introduction Healthy Start (HS) is dedicated to preventing infant mortality, improving birth outcomes, and reducing disparities in maternal and infant health. In 2014, the HS program was reenvisioned and standardization of services and workforce development were prioritized. This study examined how HS community health workers (CHW), as critical members of the workforce, serve families and communities in order to inform the development of a CHW training program to advance program goals. Methods In 2015, an online organizational survey of all 100 HS programs was conducted...
November 18, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150711/epidemiology-of-peritonitis-following-maintenance-peritoneal-dialysis-catheter-placement-during-infancy-a-report-of-the-scope-collaborative
#16
Joshua Jacob Zaritsky, Coral Hanevold, Raymond Quigley, Troy Richardson, Cynthia Wong, Jennifer Ehrlich, John Lawlor, Jonathan Rodean, Alicia Neu, Bradley A Warady
BACKGROUND: Maintenance peritoneal dialysis (PD) is the dialysis modality of choice for infants and young children. However, there are limited outcome data for those who undergo PD catheter insertion and initiate maintenance PD within the first year of life. METHODS: Using data from the Children's Hospital Association's Standardizing Care to Improve Outcomes in Pediatric End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Collaborative (SCOPE), we examined peritonitis rates and patient survival in 156 infants from 29 North American pediatric dialysis centers who had a chronic PD catheter placed prior to their first birthday...
November 17, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149778/the-changes-of-th17-treg-and-related-cytokines-il-17-il-23-il-10-and-tgf-%C3%AE-in-respiratory-syncytial-virus-bronchiolitis-rat-model
#17
Meng Gao, Liang-Xiao Liu, Fu-Ling Wu, Xuejing Zhang, Ying-Ying Li, Tao Shi, De-Zhi Li, Ting-Ting Han
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the leading cause of bronchiolitis and hospitalization that lead to high morbidity and mortality among young infants. T helper 17 (Th17) cells and regulatory T cells (Tregs) play essential roles in the pathogenesis of autoimmune, cancer, and inflammatory diseases. However, whether changes in T-cell subsets are related to the systemic immune responses in RSV-caused bronchiolitis merit further investigation. Three-week-old Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into the normal control (NC) and RSV bronchiolitis (RSV-B) groups...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149772/natural-history-of-infantile-onset-spinal-muscular-atrophy
#18
Stephen J Kolb, Christopher S Coffey, Jon W Yankey, Kristin Krosschell, W David Arnold, Seward B Rutkove, Kathryn J Swoboda, Sandra P Reyna, Ai Sakonju, Basil T Darras, Richard Shell, Nancy Kuntz, Diana Castro, Julie Parsons, Anne M Connolly, Claudia A Chiriboga, Craig McDonald, W Bryan Burnette, Klaus Werner, Mathula Thangarajh, Perry B Shieh, Erika Finanger, Merit E Cudkowicz, Michelle M McGovern, D Elizabeth McNeil, Richard Finkel, Susan T Iannaccone, Edward Kaye, Allison Kingsley, Samantha R Renusch, Vicki L McGovern, Xueqian Wang, Phillip G Zaworski, Thomas W Prior, Arthur H M Burghes, Amy Bartlett, John T Kissel
OBJECTIVE: Infantile-onset spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the most common genetic cause of infant mortality, typically resulting in death prior to age 2. Clinical trials in this population require an understanding of disease progression and identification of meaningful biomarkers to hasten therapeutic development and predict outcomes. METHODS: A longitudinal, multi-center, prospective natural history study enrolled 26 SMA infants, and 27 control infants less than six months of age...
November 17, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149385/pre-clinical-models-in-pediatric-traumatic-brain-injury-challenges-and-lessons-learned
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REVIEW
Patrick M Kochanek, Jessica S Wallisch, Hülya Bayır, Robert S B Clark
PURPOSE: Despite the enormity of the problem and the lack of new therapies, research in the pre-clinical arena specifically using pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) models is limited. In this review, some of the key models addressing both the age spectrum of pediatric TBI and its unique injury mechanisms will be highlighted. Four topics will be addressed, namely, (1) unique facets of the developing brain important to TBI model development, (2) a description of some of the most commonly used pre-clinical models of severe pediatric TBI including work in both rodents and large animals, (3) a description of the pediatric models of mild TBI and repetitive mild TBI that are relatively new, and finally (4) a discussion of challenges, gaps, and potential future directions to further advance work in pediatric TBI models...
October 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149073/micronutrient-deficiencies-among-breastfeeding-infants-in-tanzania
#20
Alexandra L Bellows, Emily R Smith, Alfa Muhihi, Christina Briegleb, Ramadhani A Noor, Salum Mshamu, Christopher Sudfeld, Honorati Masanja, Wafaie W Fawzi
Infant mortality accounts for the majority of child deaths in Tanzania, and malnutrition is an important underlying cause. The objectives of this cross-sectional study were to describe the micronutrient status of infants in Tanzania and assess predictors of infant micronutrient deficiency. We analyzed serum vitamin D, vitamin B12, folate, and ferritin levels from 446 infants at two weeks of age, 408 infants at three months of age, and 427 mothers three months post-partum. We used log-Poisson regression to estimate relative risk of being deficient in vitamin D and vitamin B12 for infants in each age group...
November 17, 2017: Nutrients
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