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Alberto Berardi, Isotta Guidotti, Roberta Creti, Giovanna Alfarone, Antonella Grottola, Claudia Venturelli, Giulia Fregni Serpinid, Elisa Della Casa, Elena Vecchi, Alessandra Boncompagni, Carlotta Toffoli, Fabrizio Ferrari
OBJECTIVES: Current predominant routes of group B Streptococcus (GBS) transmission in preterm neonates admitted to neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are poorly defined. We report two overlapping clusters of GBS late-onset disease (LOD) from June to September 2015 in an Italian NICU. METHODS: During the outbreak, possible sources of transmission (equipment, feeding bottles, breast pumps) were swabbed. Specimens from throat and rectum were collected on a weekly basis from all neonates admitted to NICU...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Vanesa Bellou, Lazaros Belbasis, Ioanna Tzoulaki, Evangelos Evangelou
BACKGROUND: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a global epidemic associated with increased health expenditure, and low quality of life. Many non-genetic risk factors have been suggested, but their overall epidemiological credibility has not been assessed. METHODS: We searched PubMed to capture all meta-analyses and Mendelian randomization studies for risk factors of T2DM. For each association, we estimated the summary effect size, its 95% confidence and prediction interval, and the I2 metric...
2018: PloS One
Valeria Bulgach, Cecilia Zunana, Paula Califano, M Susana Rodríguez, Roberto Mato
INTRODUCTION: Teenage pregnancy is highly prevalent. OBJECTIVE: To describe several features of a group of adolescent mothers admitted along with their children in a high complexity pediatric hospital and to explore the difference between those in early-mid and late adolescence. METHODS: Observational, transversal study, through a survey including socio-demographic variables, information about their pregnancy, delivery and their newborns. RESULTS: We included 227 mothers, 100 were aged < 17 years old and 127 were aged from 17 to 19 years and 11 months...
April 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Robert Galinsky, Joanne O Davidson, Justin M Dean, Colin R Green, Laura Bennet, Alistair J Gunn
Perinatal encephalopathy remains a major cause of disability, such as cerebral palsy. Therapeutic hypothermia is now well established to partially reduce risk of disability in late preterm/term infants. However, new and complementary therapeutic targets are needed to further improve outcomes. There is increasing evidence that glia play a key role in neural damage after hypoxia-ischemia and infection/inflammation. In this review, we discuss the role of astrocytic gap junction (connexin) hemichannels in the spread of neural injury after hypoxia-ischemia and/or infection/inflammation...
February 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
Filiz Mine Çizmecioğlu, Jeremy Huw Jones, Wendy Forsyth Paterson, Sakina Kherra, Mariam Kourime, Ruth McGowan, M Guftar Shaikh, Malcolm Donaldson
OBJECTIVE: Early diagnosis is of proven benefit in Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). We therefore examined key perinatal features to aid early recognition. METHODS: Data were collected from case records of subjects attending a multi-disciplinary clinic and from a retrospective birth questionnaire. RESULTS: Ninety patients (54 male: 36 female) were seen between 1991-2015, most with paternal deletion (n=56) or maternal isodisomy (n=26). Features included cryptorchidism in 94% males, preterm birth (26%), birthweight <2500g (24%), polyhydramnios (23%), breech presentation (23%) and need for nasogastric feeding (83%)...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Research in Pediatric Endocrinology
Benjamin D Reed, Kurt R Schibler, Hitesh Deshmukh, Namasivayam Ambalavanan, Ardythe L Morrow
OBJECTIVES: We examined the impact of prenatal exposure to maternal antibiotics on risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), late onset sepsis (LOS), and death in infants born preterm. STUDY DESIGN: Secondary data analysis was conducted via an extant cohort of 580 infants born <32 weeks of gestation and enrolled in 3 level III neonatal intensive care units. Prenatal antibiotic exposure was defined as antibiotics received by the mother within 72 hours before delivery...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
Yong-Jun Xu, Hui Sheng, Tian-Wen Wu, Qing-Yue Bao, You Zheng, Yan-Min Zhang, Yu-Xiang Gong, Jian-Qiang Lu, Zhen-Dong You, Yang Xia, Xin Ni
Pregnant women at risk of preterm labor usually receive synthetic glucocorticoids (sGCs) to promote fetal lung development. Emerging evidence indicates that antenatal sGC increases the risk of affective disorders in offspring. Data from animal studies show that such disorders can be transmitted to the second generation. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the intergenerational effects of prenatal sGC remain largely unknown. Here we show that prenatal dexamethasone (Dex) administration in late pregnancy induced depression-like behavior in first-generation (F1) offspring, which could be transmitted to second-generation (F2) offspring with maternal dependence...
March 15, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Sigrid Baumgartner, Monika Olischar, Martin Wald, Tobias Werther, Angelika Berger, Thomas Waldhör, Georg Fischer, Ulrike Salzer-Muhar
BACKGROUND: Postnatally, the immature left ventricle (LV) is subjected to high systemic afterload. Hypothesizing that LV pumping would change during transition-adaptation we analyzed the LV in preterm infants (GA≤32+6), clinically stable or with a hemodynamically significant PDA (hPDA) by applying a pump model. METHODS: Pumping was characterized by EA (effective arterial elastance, reflecting afterload), EES (endsystolic LV elastance, reflecting contractility), EA /EES -coupling ratios, descriptive EA :EES relations and EA /EES -graphs...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Siddhidatri Mishra, Rashmi Bagga, Jasvinder Kalra, Vanita Jain, Sourabh Dutta
Women (n = 300) at 'low risk' for a preterm birth (PTB), a singleton pregnancy and for a 16-24 week period of gestation (POG) were randomised to undergo cervical length (CL) measurement by transvaginal sonography (TVS) or not. The aim was to see if routine CL measurement and treatment of a short CL reduced the PTB rate. 'Low risk' was defined by an absence of a prior abortion or PTB of a singleton infant (>16 to <37 weeks) due to a spontaneous preterm labour (PTL) or a preterm pre-labour rupture of membranes (pPROM)...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Emma de Jong, David G Hancock, Christine Wells, Peter Richmond, Karen Simmer, David Burgner, Tobias Strunk, Andrew J Currie
Preterm infants are uniquely susceptible to late-onset sepsis that is frequently caused by the skin commensal Staphylococcus epidermidis. Innate immune responses, particularly from monocytes, are a key protective mechanism. Impaired cytokine production by preterm infant monocytes is well described, but few studies have comprehensively assessed the corresponding monocyte transcriptional response. Innate immune responses in preterm infants may be modulated by inflammation such as prenatal exposure to histologic chorioamnionitis which complicates 40-70% of preterm pregnancies...
March 13, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Theodore A Slotkin, Samantha Skavicus, Frederic J Seidler
Terbutaline and dexamethasone are used in the management of preterm labor, often for durations of treatment exceeding those recommended, and both have been implicated in increased risk of neurodevelopmental disorders. We used a variety of cell models to establish the critical stages at which neurodifferentiation is vulnerable to these agents and to determine whether combined exposures produce a worsened outcome. Terbutaline selectively promoted the initial emergence of glia from embryonic neural stem cells (NSCs)...
March 7, 2018: Toxicology
Ryszard Lauterbach, Tobias Strunk, Sanjay Patole, Joanna Hurkała, Dorota Pawlik
Pentoxifylline (PTX) is a methylxanthine with immunomodulating properties that may be beneficial in neonatal sepsis.(1, 2) Mechanisms include inhibition of TLR-mediated inflammation, particularly in cord blood.(3, 4) PTX-related adverse events are rare, including in neonates. Systematic reviews suggest PTX is safe and potentially beneficial in this context.(5) Based on our clinical trials, we have been using PTX for the past 20 years in neonatal sepsis.(2) This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved...
March 9, 2018: Acta Paediatrica
N Varnier, M A Brown, M Reynolds, F Pettit, G Davis, G Mangos, A Henry
OBJECTIVE: Examine the frequency with which the most accepted indicators for delivery in pre-eclampsia are used in a population with predominantly late-onset (birth > 32 weeks) pre-eclampsia (PE). METHODS: Retrospective cohort study using the St George Public Hospital (SGH) Hypertension in Pregnancy database. Demographic, pregnancy, and outcome details were extracted and verified by comparison with data collection sheets. RESULTS: From 2001 to 2013, 908 women (970 babies) with PE were included, of which a subgroup of 303 women (33%) had clearly delineated delivery triggers available...
January 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Luke E Grzeskowiak, Catherine Leggett, Lynn Costi, Claire T Roberts, Lisa H Amir
AIMS: To examine the association between late pregnancy exposure to serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SRI) antidepressants and difficulties in achieving an adequate breast milk supply in women who gave birth to preterm infants, while accounting for the potential impacts of underlying maternal psychiatric illness. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of 3,024 women delivering liveborn preterm infants (<37 weeks' gestation) between January 2004 and December 2008. The primary outcome was postnatal domperidone use, considered a valid proxy for presence and pharmacological management of low milk supply...
March 9, 2018: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Erica T Wang, Lauren Ramos, Nina Vyas, Gaisu Bhasin, Charles F Simmons, Margareta D Pisarska
OBJECTIVE: To investigate perinatal outcomes in a cohort of fertile and infertile nulliparous women. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Academic medical center. PATIENTS: All nulliparous women delivering singletons ≥ 24-week gestation at our center from 1 January-31 December, 2012 were included. Women were classified into two groups - fertile and infertile - based on a chart review at the time of delivery...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Jeffrey R Kaiser, Shasha Bai, Paul J Rozance
BACKGROUND: The glucose concentrations and times to nadir for newborns of all gestational ages when intrapartum glucose-containing solutions are not routinely provided are unknown. OBJECTIVE: To characterize and compare patterns of initial glucose concentration nadirs by gestational-age groups. METHODS: A cross-sectional cohort study of 1,366 newborns born in 1998 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, appropriate for gestational age, nonasphyxiated, nonpolycythemic, and not infants of diabetic mothers, were included...
March 6, 2018: Neonatology
Mala Mahendroo
Cervical hyaluronan (HA) synthesis is robustly induced in late pregnancy in numerous species including women and mice. Recent evidence highlights the diverse and dynamic functions of HA in cervical biology that stem from its expression in the cervical stroma, epithelia and immune cells, changes in HA molecular weight and cell specific expression of HA binding partners. Mice deficient in HA in the lower reproductive tract confirm a structural role of HA to increase spacing and disorganization of fibrillar collagen, though this function is not critical for pregnancy and parturition...
March 3, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Min Jeong Kim, Joo Hui Kim, Il Young Kim, Soo Bong Lee, In Seong Park, Mi Yeun Han, Harin Rhee, Sang Heon Song, Eun Young Seong, Ihm Soo Kwak, Dong Won Lee
Preeclampsia is the most common cause of proteinuria with hypertension during pregnancy. Primary kidney disease and kidney disease secondary to systemic disorders may rarely occur during pregnancy, resulting in proteinuria. A 34-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital with abdominal distention and lower extremity edema. The pregnancy was terminated at the 24th week of gestation due to preterm labor. Even after the delivery, proteinuria and renal deterioration continued to progress. The M-peak was not found on serum and urine protein electrophoresis...
March 2018: Iranian Journal of Kidney Diseases
Brian Montenegro, Christina Freiberger, Lauren Veit, Michael Amberson, Sagori Mukhopadhyay, Lawrence Rhein
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 27, 2017: Pediatrics and Neonatology
David A Osborn, Tim Schindler, Lisa J Jones, John Kh Sinn, Srinivas Bolisetty
BACKGROUND: Sick newborn and preterm infants frequently are not able to be fed enterally, necessitating parenteral fluid and nutrition. Potential benefits of higher parenteral amino acid (AA) intake for improved nitrogen balance, growth, and infant health may be outweighed by the infant's ability to utilise high intake of parenteral AA, especially in the days after birth. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective is to determine whether higher versus lower intake of parenteral AA is associated with improved growth and disability-free survival in newborn infants receiving parenteral nutrition...
March 5, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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