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V B Puetz, D Parker, N Kohn, B Dahmen, R Verma, K Konrad
Childhood maltreatment is associated with alterations in neural architecture that potentially put these children at increased risk for psychopathology. Alterations in white matter (WM) tracts have been reported, however no study to date has investigated WM connectivity in brain networks in maltreated children to quantify global and local abnormalities through graph theoretical analyses of DTI data. We aimed for a multilevel investigation examining the DTI-based structural connectome and its associations with basal cortisol levels of 25 children with documented maltreatment experiences before age 3, and 24 matched controls (age: 10...
October 24, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
Sterre S H Simons, Antonius H N Cillessen, Carolina de Weerth
The present study investigated whether cortisol stress responses of 6-year-olds were associated with their behavioral functioning at school. Additionally, the moderating role of stress in the family environment was examined. To this end, 149 healthy children (Mage  = 6.09 years; 70 girls) participated in an age-appropriate innovative social evaluative stress test. Saliva cortisol samples were collected six times during the stress test to calculate two indices of the cortisol stress response: cortisol stress reactivity and total stress cortisol...
October 24, 2016: Developmental Psychobiology
Elysia Poggi Davis, Kevin Head, Claudia Buss, Curt A Sandman
Glucocorticoids (cortisol in humans) are the end product of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis and are proposed as a key mechanism for programming fetal brain development. The present prospective longitudinal study evaluates the association between prenatal maternal cortisol concentrations and child neurodevelopment. Participants included a low risk sample of 91 mother-child pairs. Prenatal maternal plasma cortisol concentrations were measured at 19 and 31 gestational weeks. Brain development and cognitive functioning were assessed when children were 6-9 years of age...
October 15, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Camilla T Damsgaard, Lotte Lauritzen, Hanne Hauger, Stine Vuholm, Marie N Teisen, Christian Ritz, Max Hansen, Janni Niclasen, Christian Mølgaard
BACKGROUND: Most children in Western populations do not meet recommendations for fish consumption. Oily fish is an important source of n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA), which reduce blood pressure and plasma triacylglycerol in adults and may affect cognitive development and behavior. However, to our knowledge, the potential effects of oily fish on cardiometabolic health, cognitive function, and behavior in children have not been investigated. The aim of the FiSK Junior study is to investigate the effects of oily fish consumption on cardiovascular risk markers, cognitive function, and behavior in healthy children...
October 21, 2016: Trials
Alexandra Ahmet, Eric I Benchimol, Ellen B Goldbloom, Janice L Barkey
BACKGROUND: Adrenal suppression (AS), a glucocorticoid (GC) side effect associated with significant morbidity, is well described related to inhaled corticosteroid therapy for asthma. Swallowed topical glucocorticoid therapy is the main pharmacotherapy treatment for eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and therefore children with EoE are potentially at increased risk of AS. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study, we included children and youth <18 years diagnosed with EoE and treated with swallowed fluticasone or oral viscous budesonide for more than 1 month...
2016: Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
Lama Ghazi, Tanja Dudenbostel, Deborah Ejem, Anne Turner-Henson, Cynthia Irwin Joiner, Olivia Affuso, Andres Azuero, David A Calhoun, Marti Rice, Fadi Hage, Suzanne Oparil
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of measuring non-invasively central aortic blood pressure (BP) and indices of arterial stiffness (aortic augmentation index (AIx) and pulse wave velocity (PWV)) in 3-5 year old children and assess if vascular function is affected by vascular inflammation (Serum C-reactive protein (CRP)) and /or cortisol. DESIGN AND METHOD: Central BP, AIx, and PWV were measured using applanation tonometry (SphygmoCor) in 16 children recruited from Head Start centers in AL...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Koshiro Nishimoto, Minae Koga, Tsugio Seki, Kenji Oki, Elise P Gomez-Sanchez, Celso E Gomez-Sanchez, Mitsuhide Naruse, Tomokazu Sakaguchi, Shinya Morita, Takeo Kosaka, Mototsugu Oya, Tadashi Ogishima, Masanori Yasuda, Makoto Suematsu, Yasuaki Kabe, Masao Omura, Tetsuo Nishikawa, Kuniaki Mukai
Our group previously purified human and rat aldosterone synthase (CYP11B2 and Cyp11b2, respectively) from their adrenals and verified that it is distinct from steroid 11β-hydroxylase (CYP11B1 or Cyp11b1), the cortisol- or corticosterone-synthesizing enzyme. We now describe their distributions immunohistochemically with specific antibodies. In rats, there is layered functional zonation with the Cyp11b2-positive zona glomerulosa (ZG), Cyp11b1-positive zona fasciculata (ZF), and Cyp11b2/Cyp11b1-negative undifferentiated zone between the ZG and ZF...
October 14, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Hai Lin, Zi-Jing Wang, Shi-Biao Wang, Yu-Lan Kang
OBJECTIVE: To study the changes in serum levels of cortisol and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) in children with septic shock (SS) and to explore their relationship with the disease severity and prognosis. METHODS: Twenty-five children with decompensated SS and 24 children with early SS were enrolled. Serum cortisol and ACTH levels were determined on admission and days 3 and 8 after admission. Twenty-five healthy children were used as the control group. The children with decompensated SS were further divided into death group (n=5) and survival group (n=20) based on their clinical outcome...
October 2016: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
Rosario Montirosso, Livio Provenzi, Daniela Tavian, Sara Missaglia, Maria Elisabetta Raggi, Renato Borgatti
Individual variability exists in infants' socio-emotional stress regulation, in terms of behavioral response (i.e., negative emotionality) as well as magnitude and direction (i.e., increase or decrease) of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis reactivity (i.e., salivary cortisol post-stress concentration). The catechol-O-methyltransferase polymorphism at codon 158 (COMTval158met) associates with stress regulation, but no evidence exists for infants. This study aimed to assess the association between COMTval158met and both negative emotionality and salivary cortisol reactivity to socio-emotional stress in 4-month-old infants...
October 12, 2016: Infant Behavior & Development
Rachel Bello, Yael Lebenthal, Liora Lazar, Shlomit Shalitin, Ariel Tenenbaum, Moshe Phillip, Liat de Vries
AIM: This study explored whether using the suggested diagnostic serum basal level of 17-hydroxyprogesterone (6.0 nmol/l) would lead to underdiagnosis of non-classical congenital adrenal hyperplasia. METHODS: We retrospectively studied 123 patients with non-classical congenital adrenal hyperplasia, defined as an adrenocorticotropic hormone-stimulated 17-hydroxyprogesterone level of more than 45nmol/l. Of these 13 had basal 17-hydroxyprogesterone levels of less than 6...
October 15, 2016: Acta Paediatrica
Lianne M Tomfohr-Madsen, Tavis S Campbell, Gerald F Giesbrecht, Nicole L Letourneau, Linda E Carlson, Joshua W Madsen, Sona Dimidjian
BACKGROUND: Clinically significant psychological distress in pregnancy is common, with epidemiological research suggesting that between 15 and 25 % of pregnant women experience elevated symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. Untreated psychological distress in pregnancy is associated with poor obstetrical outcomes, changes in maternal physiology, elevated incidence of child physical and psychological disorders, and is predictive of maternal postpartum mood disorders. Despite the wide-ranging impact of antenatal psychological distress on mothers and their children, there is a gap in our knowledge about the most effective treatments that are available for psychological distress experienced in pregnancy...
October 13, 2016: Trials
Mohamed M Abu Elyazed, Shaimaa F Mostafa, Mohammad A Abdullah, Gehan M Eid
BACKGROUND: Transversus abdominis plane block (TAP) is a compartmental block of the anterior abdominal wall. Surgical trauma produces multisystem reactions. Anesthetic techniques can modify the neuroendocrine surgical stress response. AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of TAP block on the modification of the surgical neuroendocrine stress response as well as its analgesia effect in children undergoing open inguinal hernia repair. METHOD: Sixty children aged 3-10 years undergoing elective unilateral open inguinal hernia repair were randomized into group I (general anesthesia) or group II (received TAP block after induction of general anesthesia)...
October 12, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Alexandra Ahmet, Vincent Brienza, Audrey Tran, Julie Lemieux, Mary Aglipay, Nick Barrowman, Ciaran Duffy, Johannes Roth, Roman Jurencak
OBJECTIVE: Adrenal suppression (AS), a glucocorticoid (GC) side effect with potentially significant morbidity, is poorly understood. The purpose of our study was to determine frequency, duration and predictors of AS following a gradual taper of GC in children with rheumatologic conditions. METHODS: Prospective observational cohort study was conducted. All patients ≤16 years ready to discontinue GC after >4weeks of therapy were included. Morning cortisol was tested 4 weeks after GC taper to physiologic doses and then repeatedly until normalization...
October 9, 2016: Arthritis Care & Research
Merel M Schreuder, Christiaan H Vinkers, Esther Mesman, Stephan Claes, Willem A Nolen, Manon H J Hillegers
Children of a parent with bipolar disorder (bipolar offspring) have an increased risk for mood disorders. While genetic factors play a significant role in this population, susceptibility to environmental stress may also significantly contribute to this vulnerability for mood disorders. Childhood trauma has consistently been found to increase the risk for mood disorders, with persisting consequences for hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis functionality. However, it is currently unknown whether childhood trauma specifically affects HPA axis activity in individuals with a familial risk for bipolar disorder...
September 24, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Hakan Aylanç, Filiz Tütüncüler, Necdet Süt
BACKGROUND: This study was to determine whether pituitary dysfunction occurs after head trauma in children or not and which axis is affected more; to define the association of pituitary dysfunction with the severity of head trauma and duration time after the diagnosis of head trauma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, 24 children who were diagnosed with head trauma were evaluated regarding pituitary dysfunction. In all cases, after 12 h fasting, serum cortisol, fT3, fT4, thyroid-stimulating hormone, prolactin, insulin-like growth factor-1, serum sodium, urine density, follicle-stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, in female cases E2, in male cases, TT levels were determined...
October 2016: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
Mariana G Boeckel, Thiago Wendt Viola, Ledo Daruy-Filho, Manuela Martinez, Rodrigo Grassi-Oliveira
BACKGROUND: The chronic consequences of intimate partner violence (IPV) on HPA activation are a topic of debate. The current study investigated hair cortisol concentrations in female victims of IPV and their children. METHODS: A total of 52 mother-child dyads were divided into two groups depending on exposure to IPV: IPV group (n=27 dyads) and control group (n=25 dyads). Hair cortisol concentration was measured in 1-cm-long hair strands, representing 30days of exposure before assessment...
September 19, 2016: Comprehensive Psychiatry
Eileen M Condon
Salivary cortisol is considered to be a safe and noninvasive measure of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis functioning, and is a commonly measured biomarker of the human stress response in pediatric research. However, cortisol is highly variable and sensitive to a wide range of factors, creating a challenge for reliable salivary cortisol collection in the community setting. Furthermore, the acceptability of salivary cortisol collection in community samples of children is largely unknown. The purpose of this integrative review was to investigate current evidence on the acceptability and feasibility of salivary cortisol collection in community samples of children...
September 30, 2016: Research in Nursing & Health
Dae-Jin Kim, Elysia Poggi Davis, Curt A Sandman, Olaf Sporns, Brian F O'Donnell, Claudia Buss, William P Hetrick
Elevated maternal cortisol concentrations have the potential to alter fetal development in a sex-specific manner. Female brains are known to show adaptive behavioral and anatomical flexibility in response to early-life exposure to cortisol, but it is not known how these sex-specific effects manifest at the whole-brain structural networks. A prospective longitudinal study of 49 mother child dyads was conducted with serial assessments of maternal cortisol levels from 15 to 37 gestational weeks. We modeled the structural network of typically developing children (aged 6-9 years) and examined its global connectome properties, rich-club organization, and modular architecture...
September 24, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
Sofus C Larsen, Jan Fahrenkrug, Nanna J Olsen, Berit L Heitmann
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have suggested a direct association between hair cortisol concentration (HCC) and Body Mass Index (BMI), as well as other adiposity measures. However, these studies have mostly been conducted among adult populations. OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between HCC and different measures of adiposity among a selected group of children predisposed to obesity and their parents. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study based on 363 children and their parents (301 mothers and 231 fathers) participating in the "Healthy Start" study...
2016: PloS One
Inês Pinto, Simon Wilkinson, Daniel Virella, Marta Alves, Conceição Calhau, Rui Coelho
INTRODUCTION: Quality of the parent-infant relationship influences the mechanisms of development of the child's physiological stress regulation. This study explored associations between attachment strategies and both cortisol and thyroid stimulating hormone, hypothesized to be respectively a potential mediator and a potential intervening variable of the mother-child relationship in obese children. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A sample of 83 obese children (46 boys), aged 10...
May 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
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