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Looked after children

Bozhena Zoritch, Ian Roberts, Ann Oakley
BACKGROUND: The debate about how, where and by whom young children should be looked after is one which has occupied much social policy and media attention in recent years. Mothers undertake most of the care of young children. Internationally, out-of-home day-care provision ranges widely. These different levels of provision are not simply a response to different levels of demand for day-care, but reflect cultural and economic interests concerning the welfare of children, the need to promote mothers' participation in paid work, and the importance of socialising children into society's values...
October 11, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Alasdair Bamford, Emma C Manno, Maria Jose Mellado, Vana Spoulou, Laura Marques, Henriette J Scherpbier, Tim Niehues, Agnieszka Oldakowska, Paolo Rossi, Paolo Palma
BACKGROUND: Current national immunisation schedules differ between countries in terms of vaccine formulation, timing of vaccinations and immunisation programme funding and co-ordination. As a result, some HIV infected paediatric population may be left susceptible to vaccine preventable infections. Vaccines used in healthy population should be subjected to high quality ethical research and be explicitly validated for use in children with special vaccination needs such as those infected with HIV...
October 7, 2016: Vaccine
B Lembcke
Despite sophisticated physical examination and laboratory support, diagnosis of acute appendicitis remained challenging in clinical practice with a negative appendectomy rate of 15 - 30 %. As a remarkable clue and as early as 1986, ultrasonography (US) has been proven a reliable diagnostic method that is also explicitly helpful in difficult cases with atypical presentation and enables to rule out many differential diagnoses.Recent publications emphasized the role of multidetector computed tomography (CT) resulting in a significant reduction of false negative findings at operation...
October 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
M Burnier, G Buisson, A Ricard, V Cunin, J P Pracros, F Chotel
INTRODUCTION: Among the various elbow injuries in children that initially have normal radiographs, a certain number of occult fractures are only diagnosed correctly after the fact, during a follow-up visit. PURPOSE: This study evaluated the diagnostic contribution of ultrasonography in the treatment of acute elbow injuries in children and the strategic and economic impact of using this tool alongside radiography. MATERIALS AND METHODS: During this prospective study performed between January 1 and April 1 2014, elbow ultrasonography was performed within 6 days in all children under 15 years of age with a suspected occult fracture...
September 30, 2016: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
Dimitri Papagiannopoulos, Ilina Rosoklija, Earl Cheng, Elizabeth Yerkes
Dextranomer/hyaluronic acid copolymer (Deflux) first received FDA approval in 2001 for endoscopic injection in children with grade II-IV vesicoureteral reflux (VUR). As experience has grown, Deflux has been used more liberally with encouraging results. We report three cases where Deflux was used in off-label fashion, resulting in delayed ureteral obstruction and loss of renal function (range 18-52 months post-operatively). We now place increased emphasis on the need for long-term follow-up after Deflux in both routine and complex cases, particularly in situations of off-label use...
September 26, 2016: Urology
F Bianchi, G Tamburrini, L Massimi, M Caldarelli
OBJECT: Desmoplastic infantile gangliogliomas (DIGs) and desmoplastic infantile astrocytomas (DIAs) are tumors typical of the infantile age. A large size, with a mixed solid and cystic component, clinical presentation with progressing signs of increased intracranial pressure, a prominent benign desmoplastic structure at histological examination, and a favorable clinical course in the majority of cases are the prominent features of these tumors. The objective of the present paper was to review the pertinent literature on the topic together with our personal experience, with the aim of an updated review of the subject...
October 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Keyur Parekh, Michael Markl, Jie Deng, Roger A de Freitas, Cynthia K Rigsby
To assess the global and segmental left ventricular (LV) native T1 and extracellular volume fraction (ECV) in children and young adults with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) compared to a control cohort. The study population included 21 HCM patients (mean 14.1 ± 4.6 years) and 21 controls (mean 15.7 ± 1.5 years). Native modified Look-Locker inversion recovery sequence was performed before and after contrast injection in 3 short axis planes. Global and segmental LV native T1 and ECV were quantified and compared between HCM patients and controls...
September 22, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Sophie Geoghegan, Kate Oulton, Catherine Bull, Joe Brierley, Mark Peters, Jo Wray
OBJECTIVE: Meeting the needs of parents of critically ill children is increasingly being recognized as an important factor in the child's clinical outcome as well as the implications it has for future parenting. Little is specifically known about the experience of parents who have a child in the ICU for a prolonged period. Our objective was to understand the experiences of this group to assist in the identification of mechanisms for providing support. DESIGN: Qualitative study based on semistructured interviews...
September 19, 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
E K Farran, S Formby, F Daniyal, T Holmes, J Van Herwegen
BACKGROUND: Successful navigation is crucial to everyday life. Individuals with Williams syndrome (WS) have impaired spatial abilities. This includes a deficit in spatial navigation abilities such as learning the route from A to B. To-date, to determine whether participants attend to landmarks when learning a route, landmark recall tasks have been employed after the route learning experience. Here, we combined virtual reality and eye tracking technologies, for the first time, to measure landmark use in typically developing (TD) children and participants with WS during route-learning...
October 2016: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research: JIDR
John Tingle
John Tingle, Reader in Health Law at Nottingham Trent University, discusses the Care Quality Commission's review of the arrangements for child safeguarding and health care for looked-after children in England.
September 8, 2016: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
Fortunata Civitelli, Federica Nuti, Salvatore Oliva, Lorena Messina, Giuseppe La Torre, Franca Viola, Salvatore Cucchiara, Marina Aloi
BACKGROUND: Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory disease characterized by a progressive transmural bowel damage leading to complications. Anti-TNFα therapy is effective in achieving mucosal healing (MH), but its efficacy on transmural inflammation has been poorly investigated. The aim of this study is to evaluate, in pediatric Crohn's disease, the efficacy of anti-tumor necrosis factor α agents in inducing transmural healing (TH) as assessed by ultrasonography (US). METHODS: Children with Crohn's disease requiring anti-tumor necrosis factor α therapy were prospectively enrolled...
October 2016: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Linqi Yang, Xiuzhen Chua, Dimple D Rajgor, Bee Choo Tai, Swee Chye Quek
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The treatment of native coarctation of aorta (CoA) has evolved since surgery performed in 1944, followed by transcatheter balloon angioplasty and recently, widely adopted stent implantation. Despite good results demonstrated with stent implantation, a systematic review and meta-analysis (SRMA) looking at the efficacy and safety of the intervention, particularly in younger population is yet to be done. We aimed to obtain pooled estimates of the success and complication rates after transcatheter stent implantation in the treatment of native CoA based on SRMA...
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Chris O Ifediora, Gary D Rogers
BACKGROUND: The Australian after-hours house-call (AHHC) services has grown rapidly in the past few years. Even though recent studies have looked at aspects of the service as it concerns the medical personnel involved, no national study has explored patient satisfaction with the service. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to assess patient satisfaction with Australian AHHC services and its predictors, with the hope of improving quality and patient outcomes. The findings might also have international relevance, given the developing nature of the AHHC in most countries...
September 1, 2016: Family Practice
Christopher P Millward, Conor Mallucci, Tim Jaspan, Donald Macarthur, Richard Heyward, Tim Cox, Kung Chong, Richard G Grundy
PURPOSE: To improve uniformity in radiological review/reporting and discussion of surgical resection status in the forthcoming SIOP Ependymoma II trial, a central review of imaging and resection status will be carried out prior to treatment stratification. We present a review of surgical decision-making from the UKCCSG/SIOP Ependymoma trial for very young children (<3 years) (Lancet Oncol 8:696-705, 2007) and propose a primary surgical staging system for residual disease that could be used for Ependymoma II...
September 1, 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Heather J Nuske, Giacomo Vivanti, Cheryl Dissanayake
BACKGROUND: Much research has investigated deficit in emotional reactivity to others in people with autism, but scant attention has been paid to how this deficit affects their own reactions to features of their environment (objects, events, practices, etc.). The present study presents a preliminary analysis on whether calibrating one's own emotional reactions to others' emotional reactions about features of the world, a process we term social-emotional calibration, is disrupted in autism...
2016: Molecular Autism
Jihene Methlouthi, Nabiha Mahdhaoui, Manel Bellaleh, Aida Guith, Douha Zouari, Hedia Ayech, Sonia Nouri, Hassen Séboui
INTRODUCTION: Congenital heart defects are the most common congenital malformations in the newborn with an estimated incidence ranging between 6-9 ‰. In Tunisia, this incidence reaches 1.9 ‰. This can be explained by misdiagnosed cases. In fact, the diagnosis is based mainly on clinical examination which allows making the diagnosis only in 50 in 75 % of the cases. Several studies showed the interest of pulse oximetry oximeter in the screening of cyanogenic and duct dependent congenital heart diseases...
March 2016: La Tunisie Médicale
A R Weighall, L M Henderson, D J Barr, S A Cairney, M G Gaskell
Lexical competition is a hallmark of proficient, automatic word recognition. Previous research suggests that there is a delay before a new spoken word becomes engaged in this process, with sleep playing an important role. However, data from one method - the visual world paradigm - consistently show competition without a delay. We trained 42 adults and 40 children (aged 7-8) on novel word-object pairings, and employed this paradigm to measure the time-course of lexical competition. Fixations to novel objects upon hearing existing words (e...
August 22, 2016: Brain and Language
Julie Selwyn, Sarah Meakings
Adolescent-to-parent violence (APV) has received little attention in the social work literature, although it is known to be a factor in families whose children are at risk of entry to care. The behaviour patterns that characterise APV include coercive control, domination and intimidation. Crucially, parental behaviours are compromised by fear of violence. This article discusses the unexpected findings from two recent adoption studies of previously looked after children in England and Wales. The studies exposed the prevalence of APV in the lives of families who had experienced an adoption disruption and those who were finding parenting very challenging...
July 2016: British Journal of Social Work
Robin Sen
The circumstances of those who are, or have been, in the care system may augment concern about their use of mobile phones and the internet, but little is specifically known about such use. Presenting findings from an exploratory study which investigated the experiences and views of six care leavers and four looked after children, this paper considers their social contact via mobile phones and the internet. Exploration of the study data is located alongside wider empirical findings around internet use and critical consideration of theoretical insights from the work of Bauman, Castells and LaMendola...
June 2016: British Journal of Social Work
Khoa N Nguyen, Heather S Byrd, Jonathan M Tan
AIM: Caudal epidural anesthesia has been shown to reduce stress response and shorten the time to extubation in children after cardiac surgery. Combined with general anesthesia, regional anesthesia has been proven to be safe and efficacious in the pediatric population. It is not known, however, whether the use of caudal anesthesia actually reduces postoperative pain scores and decreases postoperative opioid use. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the charts of 199 children who underwent repair for atrial septal defect (ASD), ventricular septal defect (VSD), and Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) at a major academic children's hospital between 2010 and 2013...
November 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
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