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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535184/maternal-zika-virus-disease-severity-virus-load-prior-dengue-antibodies-and-their-relationship-to-birth-outcomes
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U A Halai, K Nielsen-Saines, M E Moreira, P C Sequeira, J P Pereira Junior, A A Zin, J D Cherry, C R Gabaglia, S L Gaw, K Adachi, I Tsui, J H Pilotto, R M Ribeiro Nogueira, A M Bispo de Filippis, P Brasil
Background: Congenital Zika virus (ZIKV) syndrome is a newly identified condition resulting from infection during pregnancy. We analyzed outcome data from a mother-infant cohort in Rio de Janeiro in order to assess whether clinical severity of maternal ZIKV infection was associated with maternal virus load, prior dengue antibodies or abnormal pregnancy/infant outcomes. Methods: A clinical severity assessment tool was developed based on duration of fever, severity of rash, multisystem involvement and duration of symptoms during ZIKV infection...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535027/arsenite-binds-to-the-ring-finger-domain-of-fancl-e3-ubiquitin-ligase-and-inhibits-dna-interstrand-cross-link-repair
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Ji Jiang, Marina Bellani, Lin Li, Pengcheng Wang, Michael M Seidman, Yinsheng Wang
Human exposure to arsenic in drinking water is known to be associated with the development of bladder, lung, kidney, and skin cancers. The molecular mechanisms underlying the carcinogenic effects of arsenic species remain incompletely understood. DNA interstrand cross-links (ICLs) are among the most cytotoxic type of DNA lesions that block DNA replication and transcription, and these lesions can be induced by endogenous metabolism and by exposure to exogenous agents. Fanconi anemia (FA) is a congenital disorder manifested with elevated sensitivity toward DNA interstrand cross-linking agents...
May 23, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534929/teratogens-a-public-health-issue-a-brazilian-overview
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Thiago Mazzu-Nascimento, Débora Gusmão Melo, Giorgio Gianini Morbioli, Emanuel Carrilho, Fernanda Sales Luiz Vianna, André Anjos da Silva, Lavinia Schuler-Faccini
Congenital anomalies are already the second cause of infant mortality in Brazil, as in many other middle-income countries in Latin America. Birth defects are a result of both genetic and environmental factors, but a multifactorial etiology has been more frequently observed. Here, we address the environmental causes of birth defects - or teratogens - as a public health issue and present their mechanisms of action, categories and their respective maternal-fetal deleterious effects. We also present a survey from 2008 to 2013 of Brazilian cases involving congenital anomalies (annual average of 20,205), fetal deaths (annual average of 1,530), infant hospitalizations (annual average of 82,452), number of deaths of hospitalized infants (annual average of 2,175), and the average cost of hospitalizations (annual cost of $7,758)...
May 22, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534551/-origin-of-newborn-screening-programs-and-their-beginnings-in-spain
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REVIEW
E Vicente, L Casas, E Ardanaz
The first newborn screening programs to detect congenital errors of the metabolism and other endocrinal diseases started in the late 1950s and, one decade later, were introduced in Spain. Since then they have evolved considerably, but in a very heteroge-neous way, at both the international level and the regional level. The continuous scientific and technological advances, basically since the year 2000, have accentuated these inequalities, making this question into an inexhaustible subject of review, debate and argument up until the present...
April 30, 2017: Anales del Sistema Sanitario de Navarra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534340/imaging-of-cranial-nerves-iii-iv-vi-in-congenital-cranial-dysinnervation-disorders
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REVIEW
Jae Hyoung Kim, Jeong Min Hwang
Congenital cranial dysinnervation disorders are a group of diseases caused by abnormal development of cranial nerve nuclei or their axonal connections, resulting in aberrant innervation of the ocular and facial musculature. Its diagnosis could be facilitated by the development of high resolution thin-section magnetic resonance imaging. The purpose of this review is to describe the method to visualize cranial nerves III, IV, and VI and to present the imaging findings of congenital cranial dysinnervation disorders including congenital oculomotor nerve palsy, congenital trochlear nerve palsy, Duane retraction syndrome, Möbius syndrome, congenital fibrosis of the extraocular muscles, synergistic divergence, and synergistic convergence...
May 12, 2017: Korean Journal of Ophthalmology: KJO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534241/a-genetic-variant-in-fign-gene-reduces-the-risk-of-congenital-heart-disease-in-han-chinese-populations
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Dan Wang, Maoping Chu, Feng Wang, Aihua Zhou, Miaohua Ruan, Yiming Chen
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is one of the most common birth anomalies worldwide. Folate deficiency is an independent risk factor for CHD. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) revealed that human folate level could be significantly influenced by fidgetin (FIGN), methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), prickle homolog 2 (PRICKLE2), synaptotagmin 9 (SYT9), gamma-aminobutyric acid B receptor 2 (GABBR2), and alkaline phosphatase (ALPL) genes. The association between the above-mentioned six variants and CHD was examined in the two independent case-control studies in a total of 868 CHD patients and 931 healthy controls...
May 22, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534239/analysis-of-screening-electrocardiogram-for-the-subcutaneous-defibrillator-in-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Vincent C Thomas, Mark Peterson, Martin McDaniel, Humberto Restrepo, Abraham Rothman, Amit Jain
Candidates for the subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (S-ICD) are screened using an electrocardiogram (S-ECG) tool to measure appropriate detection. We sought to define the S-ICD candidacy of congenital heart disease patients using the S-ECG tool. We also analyzed the reliability of the (S-ECG) tool between measurers in this population. Patients above the age of 12 and with a diagnosis associated with either a higher incidence of cardiac arrest or vascular access challenges were asked to undergo screening...
May 22, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534165/-the-german-research-network-cure-net-a-benefit-for-patients-with-rare-diseases
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A-K Ebert
With the help of the media, there is growing public awareness for the problems associated with rare diseases and their impact on the lives of those affected and their families. Bladder exstrophy-epispadias complex (BEEC) is also a part of the group of rare diseases within the urological field. The German network CURE-Net was founded in 2009 to systematically collect data regarding the epidemiological and molecular causes, and clinical and psychosocial effects of congenital urorectal malformations. With the help of self-help groups a national registry could be established for systematic data retrieval...
May 22, 2017: Der Urologe. Ausg. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534114/pediatric-hypothyroidism-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Ari J Wassner
Thyroid hormone has important physiologic functions in nearly every organ system. The critical role of thyroid hormone in growth and in physical and neurologic development lends particular importance to the prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment of hypothyroidism in infants and children. Congenital hypothyroidism is common and has potentially devastating neurologic consequences. While the approach to diagnosis and treatment of severe congenital hypothyroidism is well established, data continue to emerge about the genetic causes, clinical significance, and prognosis of the milder forms of congenital hypothyroidism that are increasingly being diagnosed by newborn screening...
May 22, 2017: Paediatric Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534022/mental-health-problems-in-parents-of-children-with-congenital-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Gerasimos A Kolaitis, Maya G Meentken, Elisabeth M W J Utens
This review will provide a concise description of mental health problems in parents of children with a (non-syndromic) congenital heart disease (CHD) during different stressful periods. Predictors of these problems and also implications for clinical practice will be mentioned. Having a child with CHD can be very stressful for parents, who have to face overwhelming emotions and also extra physical, financial, and other practical challenges. Parental distress has been reported in 30-80% of parents and appears not to be related to severity of CHD...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533991/multivariable-analysis-of-factors-affecting-length-of-stay-and-hospital-charges-after-atlantoaxial-fusion
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Jian Guan, Michael Karsy, Meic Schmidt, Andrew T Dailey, Erica Bisson
BACKGROUND: Atlantoaxial fusion is an effective procedure for treating degenerative, traumatic, and congenital abnormalities that result in upper cervical instability; however, data on which factors affect the length of stay and hospitalization-related charges are limited. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the pre-, intra-, and postoperative variables that affect these healthcare cost factors for patients undergoing posterior atlantoaxial fusion. METHODS: We retrospectively identified from a clinical database 59 patients who underwent isolated posterior atlantoaxial fusion at a single institution from 2010 to 2015...
April 18, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533990/anomalous-origin-of-right-coronary-artery-originating-from-the-pulmonary-trunk-arcapa-an-incidental-finding-in-a-patient-presenting-with-chest-pain
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Pragathi Balakrishna, Michael Illovsky, Youssef M Al-Saghir, Abdul M Minhas
Anomalous origin of the right coronary artery originating from the pulmonary trunk (ARCAPA) is a rare congenital coronary anomaly with an estimated prevalence of 0.002%. Most patients are asymptomatic and the anomaly is detected incidentally during evaluation for other problems. Occasionally, ARCAPA may lead to myocardial ischemia and/or sudden cardiac arrest. We present a case of a 55-year-old female with a history of hypertension who presented to the emergency department with intermittent chest discomfort for three days...
April 17, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533841/-collodion-baby-clinical-aspects-and-role-of-prenatal-diagnosis
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Ridha Fatnassi, Nédia Marouen, Houcem Ragmoun, Latifa Marzougui, Sabra Hammami
Collodion baby is a severe form of congenital ichthyosis detected in neonatal period. It often has a characteristic clinical picture. When evolution is not fatal; it often causes dry Ichthyosis. Thanks to molecular biology techniques, prenatal diagnosis can be made since the 10-12 weeks of amenorrhea, allowing genetic counselling. Prognosis depends on several parameters, namely the degree of the initial manifestation, the duration of desquamation, as well as underlying Ichthyosis This rewiew of the literature which aims to clarify the diagnostic aspects and therapeutic treatment as well as the role of the antenatal diagnosis is based on a new observation of a collodion baby born at 34 weeks, of a parturient woman having an index case and of infant deaths occurring in the first day of life...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533829/clinical-analysis-of-aqueductal-stenosis-in-patients-with-hydrocephalus-in-a-kenyan-setting
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Loyal Poonamjeet Kaur, Nderitu Joseph Munyiri, Wekesa Vincent Dismus
INTRODUCTION: Aqueductal stenosis is the commonest cause of congenital hydrocephalus. The scope of this paper is to highlight the disease burden of hydrocephalus attributed to aqueductal stenosis which still remains unknown in our setting. METHODS: In a descriptive cross-sectional study, 258 records of patients diagnosed with hydrocephalus were analyzed after ethical approval from Kenyatta National Hospital- University of Nairobi (KNH-UON) ethics and research committee from January 2010 to May 2016...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533581/bicuspid-aortic-valve-an-unusual-cause-of-aneurysm-of-left-coronary-sinus-of-valsalva
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Euden Bhutia, Dinesh Kumar, Binoy Shankar, Shakti Pad Das, Sunil Kishore
Bicuspid aortic valve is traditionally considered an innocuous congenital anomaly. Due to a better and widespread availability of non-invasive imaging techniques, it has come to the fore that 30% of these cases develop complications, viz., valve abnormality (aortic regurgitation and stenosis), and aneurysm of aortic root and ascending aorta. Sinus of Valsalva aneurysm is an uncommon complication of bicuspid aortic valve and more so those arising from the left coronary sinus are the rarest. These complications generally occur in the third or fourth decade of life...
May 2017: Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533387/emergence-of-categorical-face-perception-after-extended-early-onset-blindness
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Tapan K Gandhi, Amy Kalia Singh, Piyush Swami, Suma Ganesh, Pawan Sinha
It is unknown whether the ability to visually distinguish between faces and nonfaces is subject to a critical period during development. Would a congenitally blind child who gains sight several years after birth be able to acquire this skill? This question has remained unanswered because of the rarity of cases of late sight onset. We had the opportunity to work with five early-blind individuals who gained sight late in childhood after treatment for dense bilateral cataracts. We tested their ability to categorize patterns as faces, using natural images that spanned a spectrum of face semblance...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533195/de-novo-8p23-1-deletion-in-a-patient-with-absence-epilepsy
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Nihan Hande Akcakaya, Özlem Yalcin Capan, Herbert Schulz, Thomas Sander, Server Hande Caglayan, Zuhal Yapıcı
The 8p23.1 deletion syndrome is a rare multisystem disorder with high penetrance and a variable phenotypic spectrum that includes congenital heart disease (CHD), intellectual disability, behavioural problems, microcephalia, and sometimes epilepsy. Genomic copy number variations (CNVs) constitute an important genetic risk factor for common genetic generalised epilepsy syndromes (GGEs) and absence seizures. These variations, resulting either from copy loss (microdeletion) or copy gain (duplications), disrupt genes associated with neuronal development...
May 22, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533154/preconception-and-prenatal-genetic-counselling
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REVIEW
Adonis S Ioannides
Identifying individuals at risk of having children affected by genetic conditions or congenital anomalies allows counselling that aims to inform reproductive decisions. This process takes place either at the preconception or early prenatal stage, although more options are available if risks are identified before the pregnancy. Preconception counselling covers issues that can affect the health of the mother and baby including folic acid supplementation. Carrier screening for autosomal recessive diseases, such as beta thalassaemia, has resulted in a significantly reduced incidence in many countries...
April 21, 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533037/epidemiology-of-live-born-infants-with-nonimmune-hydrops-fetalis-insights-from-a-population-based-dataset
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Martina A Steurer, Shabnam Peyvandi, Rebecca J Baer, Tippi MacKenzie, Ben C Li, Mary E Norton, Laura L Jelliffe-Pawlowski, Anita J Moon-Grady
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the incidence, etiology, and 1-year mortality of nonimmune hydrops fetalis (NIHF) and to identify risk factors for mortality in a contemporary population-based dataset. STUDY DESIGN: The California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development maintains a database linking maternal and infant hospital discharge, readmissions, and birth and death certificate date from 1 year before to 1 year after birth. We searched the database (2005-2012) for infants with NIHF (identified by the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification code)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532774/genotype-positive-long-qt-syndrome-in-patients-with-coexisting-congenital-heart-disease
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Mohammed A Ebrahim, Matthew R Williams, Suzanne Shepard, James C Perry
Congenital long QT syndrome (LQTS) is characterized by QT prolongation with predisposition to life-threatening arrhythmia. There have been sporadic reports of LQTS coexisting with more common forms of congenital heart disease (CHD). However, the diagnosis of LQTS when CHD is present may be confounded by several common variables including postoperative electromechanical factors predisposing to ventricular arrhythmia, intrinsic, and postoperative QRS abnormalities. This report documents a single-center experience with patients who have both genetically confirmed LQTS and CHD to examine their modes of presentation and factors associated with making the diagnosis of LQTS in this patient population, as well as potential confounding variables that may mask or delay both LQTS diagnosis and initiation of therapy...
April 27, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
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