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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792555/vaccine-hesitancy-among-caregivers-and-association-with-childhood-vaccination-timeliness-in-addis-ababa-ethiopia
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Nina B Masters, Yemesrach A Tefera, Abram L Wagner, Matthew L Boulton
INTRODUCTION: Vaccines are vital to reducing childhood mortality, and prevent an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths annually which disproportionately occur in the developing world. Overall vaccine coverage is typically used as a metric to evaluate the adequacy of vaccine program performance, though it does not account for untimely administration, which may unnecessarily prolong children's susceptibility to disease. This study explored a hypothesized positive association between increasing vaccine hesitancy and untimeliness of immunizations administered under the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia...
May 24, 2018: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792231/high-burden-of-birthweight-lowering-genetic-variants-in-africans-and-asians
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Fasil Tekola-Ayele, Tsegaselassie Workalemahu, Azmeraw T Amare
BACKGROUND: Birthweight is an important predictor of infant morbidity and mortality, and is associated with cardiovascular diseases, obesity, and diabetes in childhood and adulthood. Birthweight and fetal growth show regional and population variations even under similar maternal conditions, and a large proportion of these differences are not explained by environmental factors. Whether and to what extent population genetic variations at key birthweight-associated loci account for the residual birthweight disparities not explained by environmental determinants is unknown...
May 24, 2018: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792103/prolonged-use-of-antibiotics-after-birth-is-associated-with-increased-morbidity-in-preterm-infants-with-negative-cultures
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C Fajardo, B Alshaikh, A Harabor
BACKGROUND: Most preterm infants are exposed to a variable duration of antibiotic therapy after birth despite negative cultures. Data is emerging about the risks of prolonged antibiotics. We sought to assess the association between length of initial antibiotic course and neonatal outcomes in a cohort from a single large perinatal centre. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of prospectively collected data on all infants with a birth weight of less than 1250 g hospitalized in our NICU in a 4-year window and who had negative blood and CSF cultures in the first 2 days of life...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792059/pitfalls-in-the-diagnosis-of-meningitis-in-neonates-and-young-infants-the-role-of-lumbar-puncture
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Luca Bedetti, Lucia Marrozzini, Alessandro Baraldi, Elisabetta Spezia, Lorenzo Iughetti, Laura Lucaccioni, Alberto Berardi
Meningitis occurs frequently in neonates and can lead to a number of acute, severe complications and long-term disabilities. An early diagnosis of neonatal meningitis is essential to reduce mortality and to improve outcomes. Initial clinical signs of meningitis are often subtle and frequently overlap with those of sepsis, and current haematologic tests do not distinguish sepsis from meningitis. Thus, lumbar puncture remains the gold standard for the diagnosis of meningitis in infants, and this procedure is recommended in clinical guidelines...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791441/the-impact-of-young-maternal-age-at-birth-on-neonatal-mortality-evidence-from-45-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Sarah Neal, Andrew Amos Channon, Jesman Chintsanya
OBJECTIVES: This study explores the impact of early motherhood on neonatal mortality, and how this differs between countries and regions. It assesses whether the risk of neonatal mortality is greater for younger adolescent mothers compared with mothers in later adolescence, and explores if differences reflect confounding socio-economic and health care utilisation factors. It also examines how the risks differ for first or subsequent pregnancies. METHODS: The analysis uses 64 Demographic and Health Surveys collected between 2005 and 2015 from 45 countries to explore the relationship between adolescent motherhood (disaggregated as <16 years, 16/17 years and 18/19 years) and neonatal mortality...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790870/genetic-disorders-and-mortality-in-infancy-and-early-childhood-delayed-diagnoses-and-missed-opportunities
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Monica H Wojcik, Talia S Schwartz, Inbar Yamin, Heather L Edward, Casie A Genetti, Meghan C Towne, Pankaj B Agrawal
PurposeInfants admitted to a level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) who do not survive early childhood are a population that is probably enriched for rare genetic disease; we therefore characterized their genetic diagnostic evaluation.MethodsThis is a retrospective analysis of infants admitted to our NICU between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2015 who were deceased at the time of records review, with age at death less than 5 years.ResultsA total of 2,670 infants were admitted; 170 later died. One hundred six of 170 (62%) had an evaluation for a genetic or metabolic disorder...
April 12, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790481/antiviral-combination-therapy-for-cytomegalovirus-infection-in-high-risk-infants
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Surabhi B Vora, Adam W Brothers, Alpana Waghmare, Janet A Englund
BACKGROUND: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is a major risk factor for mortality in infants with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) and other profound immune defects. Specific antiviral therapy must be initiated early and aggressively because of the potential for antiviral resistance, rapid dissemination and poor transplant outcomes. Combination antiviral therapy is routinely administered for some viral infections, but the value of this approach for the treatment of CMV is unclear...
May 23, 2018: Antiviral Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789411/heliox-adjunct-therapy-for-neonates-with-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia
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Audra C Wise, Mallory A Boutin, Ellen M Knodel, James A Proudfoot, Brian P Lane, Marva L Evans, Denise M Suttner, Amy L Kimball
BACKGROUND: Congenital diaphragmatic hernia remains a complex disease with significant morbidity and mortality. Hypercarbia is a common derangement in this population, which often requires escalating ventilator support. By decreasing airway turbulence and enhancing CO2 removal, inhaled helium-oxygen mixture (heliox) has the potential to improve ventilation and thereby decrease ventilator support and its associated lung injury. METHODS: Retrospective cohort review of all neonates with congenital diaphragmatic hernia treated at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego during 2011-2015...
May 22, 2018: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788843/effect-of-pump-type-on-outcomes-in-neonates-with-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia-requiring-ecmo
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Patrick T Delaplain, Lishi Zhang, Danh V Nguyen, Amir H Ashrafi, Peter T Yu, Matteo Di Nardo, Yanjun Chen, Joanne Starr, Henri R Ford, Yigit S Guner
PURPOSE: With the exception of neonatal respiratory failure, most centers are now using centrifugal over roller-type pumps for the delivery of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Evidence supporting the use of centrifugal pumps specifically in infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) remains lacking. We hypothesized that the use of centrifugal pumps in infants with CDH would not affect mortality or rates of severe neurologic injury (SNI). METHODS: Infants with CDH were identified within the ELSO registry (2000-2016)...
May 2018: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788793/environmental-enrichment-prevents-pup-mortality-in-laboratory-mice
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Charlotte S Leidinger, Christa Thöne-Reineke, Nadine Baumgart, Jan Baumgart
Early death of mouse pups is a commonly known problem in breeding mice colonies, which is still often regarded as 'normal' or is even overlooked due to the counting procedures applied. As reduced breeding performance probably indicates reduced well-being, this seems to be an underestimated welfare issue in laboratory mouse breeding. The present study compares the influence of three different forms of enrichment in breeding cages on infant survival rate and development of C57BL/6J mice. Our data reveal that lack of enrichment results in greater preweaning pup mortality, reduced weight and delayed development...
January 1, 2018: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788352/revisiting-the-low-birthweight-paradox-using-sibling-data-with-implications-for-the-classification-of-low-birthweight
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M Tabet, L H Flick, H Xian, J J Chang
Background: We examined the birthweight threshold for increased odds of neonatal death among second births based on their elder sibling's birthweight category. Methods: This population-based cohort study included 190 575 women who delivered their first two non-anomalous singleton live births in Missouri (1989-2005). We examined the birthweight distribution and neonatal mortality curves of second births whose elder sibling had low versus adequate/high birthweight...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788036/pediatric-investigators-collaborative-network-on-infections-in-canada-picnic-study-of-respiratory-syncytial-virus-associated-deaths-in-pediatric-patients-in-canada-2003-to-2013
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Jennifer Tam, Jesse Papenburg, Sergio Fanella, Sandra Asner, Michelle Barton, Cybele Bergeron, Shalini Desai, Charles Hui, Cheryl Foo, Joanne M Langley, Kirk Leifso, My-Linh Ma, Jeffrey Pernica, Joan Robinson, Roopi Singh, Bruce Tapiero, Upton Allen
Background: Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a major cause of pneumonia and bronchiolitis in children. Mortality rates in previously healthy children hospitalized with RSV are < 0.5%, but up to 37% in patients with underlying medical conditions. The objective of this study was to characterize factors associated with deaths among children hospitalized with RSV infection in Canadian pediatric centres. Methods: Retrospective case series of children 18 years of age or younger with RSV-associated deaths at centres affiliated with the Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada (PICNIC) over the period 2003- 2013, inclusive...
May 16, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786159/gestational-dyslipidaemia-and-adverse-birthweight-outcomes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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J Wang, D Moore, A Subramanian, K K Cheng, K A Toulis, X Qiu, P Saravanan, M J Price, K Nirantharakumar
BACKGROUND: Low and high birthweight is known to increase the risk of acute and longer-term adverse outcomes, such as stillbirth, infant mortality, obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Gestational dyslipidaemia is associated with a numbers of adverse birth outcomes, but evidence regarding birthweight is still inconsistent to reliably inform clinical practice and treatment recommendations. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between maternal gestational dyslipidaemia and neonatal health outcomes, namely, birthweight, metabolic factors and inflammatory parameters...
May 21, 2018: Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785865/an-oesophageal-spring
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Elisabetta Calamelli, Tomasso Gargano, Sandra Brusa, Paolo Bottau, Mario Lima, Marcello Lanari
Oesophageal foreign bodies (OFBs) are a relatively common emergency in young children. OFBs are complicated by significant morbidity and mortality because their ingestion often occurs without witnesses, leading to a delay in diagnosis and treatment. We report an occult OFB in an 11-month-old infant who initially presented without any specific respiratory symptoms, mimicking a respiratory infection. Worsening of the patient's cough, which did not show any improvement, despite treatment, and progressive onset of gastrointestinal manifestations (dysphagia, vomiting, and drooling) led to the diagnosis of an OFB (metallic spring)...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785062/outcomes-of-hypoxic-respiratory-failure-at-birth-associated-with-previable-rupture-of-membranes
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Michelle Baczynski, Shannon Ginty, Dany Weisz, Patrick J McNamara, Edmond Kelly, Prakesh S Shah, Amish Jain
OBJECTIVE: To characterize clinical outcomes of infants born after previable rupture of membranes (pROM, < 23 weeks gestation and latency period ≥ 2 weeks) in relation to refractory hypoxic respiratory failure (rHRF). STUDY DESIGN: pROM neonates categorized as rHRF (FiO2  > 0.6 for ≥ 2 h) and treated (high frequency ventilation + inhaled nitric oxide) were compared with no rHRF group. Primary outcome was survival until discharge. Factors associated with rHRF and mortality were identified...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784517/treprostinil-improves-persistent-pulmonary-hypertension-associated-with-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia
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Kendall M Lawrence, Holly L Hedrick, Heather M Monk, Lisa Herkert, Lindsay N Waqar, Brian D Hanna, William H Peranteau, Natalie E Rintoul, Rachel K Hopper
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of continuous treprostinil in infants with severe pulmonary hypertension associated with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) on specific markers of pulmonary hypertension severity and to report the safety and tolerability of treprostinil. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of infants with CDH-associated pulmonary hypertension treated with treprostinil from January 2011 to September 2016. Severity of pulmonary hypertension was assessed by echocardiogram and serum B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) by using time points before initiation and 24 hours, 1 week, and 1 month after treprostinil initiation...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784455/incidence-and-risk-factors-associated-with-30-day-post-operative-venous-thromboembolism-a-nsqip-pediatric-analysis
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Jennifer J Ahn, Paul A Merguerian, Margarett Shnorhavorian
INTRO: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a rare event in children, but can cause significant morbidity and mortality. The majority of research on pediatric VTE has been in the trauma and critical care populations. The incidence of VTE after surgery in children is not well-established. OBJECTIVE: The objective was to evaluate the incidence of VTE in the 30 days after surgery, as well as associated risk factors. STUDY DESIGN: All cases in the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Pediatric (NSQIPP) database from 2012 to 2015 were assessed for presence of post-operative VTE...
May 8, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783963/he-tamariki-kokoti-tau-tackling-preterm-a-data-linkage-methodology-to-explore-the-clinical-care-pathway-in-preterm-deliveries
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Sara Filoche, Fiona Cram, Angela Beard, Dalice Sim, Stacie Geller, Liza Edmonds, Bridget Robson, Beverley Lawton
BACKGROUND: Significant health inequities exist around maternal and infant health for Māori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand - and in particular around a premature (preterm) delivery. Māori babies are more likely to be born preterm (8.1%, compared to an overall rate of 7.4%) and they are more likely to have a preterm death. An essential part of redressing these disparities is to examine the clinical care pathway and outcomes associated with preterm deliveries. This paper describes a protocol utilising national and local health collections to enable such a study...
May 21, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783040/contribution-of-previable-live-births-to-disparity-in-infant-mortality-of-us-born-puerto-ricans-compared-with-infants-of-other-hispanic-origins
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E S Hall, M Lee, E A DeFranco
OBJECTIVES: Although US-born Hispanics experience infant mortality rates (IMRs) which are lower than the national rate, within the Hispanic population, infants of Puerto Rican origin experience higher IMRs than other Hispanics. We aimed to describe the contribution of deaths among previable live-born infants to disparity in IMRs comparing Puerto Rican infants to infants of other Hispanic origins. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective, descriptive analysis. METHODS: We analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) WONDER online database representing linked US live births and infant deaths from 2005 to 2014...
May 18, 2018: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781569/pediatric-superior-vena-cava-syndrome-an-evidence-based-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Fadi Nossair, Peter Schoettler, Joanne Starr, Anthony K C Chan, Ivan Kirov, Bosco Paes, Arash Mahajerin
Superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS) results in vascular, respiratory, and neurologic compromise. A systematic search was conducted to determine the prevalence of pediatric SVCS subtypes and identify clinical characteristics/treatment strategies that may influence overall outcomes. Data from 101 case reports/case series (142 patients) were analyzed. Morbidity (30%), mortality (18%), and acute complications (55%) were assessed as outcomes. Thrombosis was present in 36%, with multi-modal anticoagulation showing improved outcome by >50% (P = 0...
May 21, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
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