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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549142/how-do-performance-based-financing-programmes-measure-quality-of-care-a-descriptive-analysis-of-68-quality-checklists-from-28-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Erik Josephson, Jessica Gergen, Martha Coe, Samantha Ski, Supriya Madhavan, Sebastian Bauhoff
This paper seeks to systematically describe the length and content of quality checklists used in performance-based financing programmes, their similarities and differences, and how checklists have evolved over time. We compiled a list of supply-side, health facility-based performance-based financing (PBF) programmes in low- and lower middle-income countries based on a document review. We then solicited PBF manuals and quality checklists from implementers and donors of these PBF mechanisms. We entered each indicator from each quality checklist into a database verbatim in English, and translated into English from French where appropriate, and categorized each indicator according to the Donabedian framework and an author-derived categorization...
May 26, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549090/sigma-1-receptor-regulates-mitochondrial-function-in-glucose-and-oxygen-deprived-retinal-ganglion-cells
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Dorette Z Ellis, Linya Li, Yong Park, Shaoqing He, Brett Mueller, Thomas Yorio
Purpose: Understanding the role of mitochondria in retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) is relevant to human disease as studies have shown mitochondrial abnormalities in primary open-angle glaucoma patients. This study seeks to determine the effects of the sigma-1 receptor (σ-1r) and its agonists on mitochondrial function in oxygen- and glucose- deprived (OGD) purified neonatal RGCs. Methods: Retinal ganglion cells were isolated from rat pups and subjected to OGD in varying conditions in the presence or absence of σ-1r agonist and antagonist and following addition of an AAV2-σ-1r vector that was used to increase σ-1r expression...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549058/histone-deacetylase-adaptation-in-single-ventricle-heart-disease-and-a-young-animal-model-of-right-ventricular-hypertrophy
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Weston W Blakeslee, Kimberly M Demos-Davies, Douglas D Lemon, Katharina M Lutter, Maria A Cavasin, Sam Payne, Karin Nunley, Carlin S Long, Timothy A McKinsey, Shelley D Miyamoto
BACKGROUNDHistone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors are promising therapeutics for various forms of cardiac disease. The purpose of this study was to assess cardiac HDAC catalytic activity and expression in children with single ventricle heart disease of right ventricular morphology (SV), as well as in a rodent model of right ventricular hypertrophy (RVH).METHODSHomogenates of RV explants from non-failing controls and SV children were assayed for HDAC catalytic activity and HDAC isoform expression. Postnatal 1-day old rat pups were placed in hypoxic conditions and echocardiographic analysis, gene expression, HDAC catalytic activity and isoform expression studies of the RV were performed...
May 26, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548932/lncrna-tincr-attenuates-cardiac-hypertrophy-by-epigenetic-silencing-of-camkii
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Mingjing Shao, Guangdong Chen, Fengli Lv, Yanyan Liu, Hongjun Tian, Ran Tao, Ronghuan Jiang, Wei Zhang, Chuanjun Zhuo
In the previous study, we established a mouse model of cardiac hypertrophy using transverse aortic constriction (TAC) and found that the expression of long non-coding RNAs TINCR was downregulated in myocardial tissue. The present study was designed to determine the potential role of TINCR in the pathogenesis of cardiac hypertrophy. Our results showed that enforced expression of TINCR could attenuate cardiac hypertrophy in TAC mice. Angiotensin II (Ang-II) was found to be associated with reduced TINCR expression and increased hypertrophy in cultured neonatal cardiomyocytes...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548651/foetal-haemoglobin-blood-transfusion-and-retinopathy-of-prematurity-in-very-preterm-infants-a-pilot-prospective-cohort-study
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C J Stutchfield, A Jain, D Odd, C Williams, R Markham
PurposeTo identify if there is an association between foetal haemoglobin (HbF) concentration and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in very preterm infants.Patients and methodsProspective cohort study. Infants born <32 weeks' gestational age or <1501 g in two tertiary neonatal units between January 2012 and May 2013 (n=42) were enrolled. HbF and adult haemoglobin (HbA) concentrations were measured using high-pressure liquid chromatography from blood samples sent as part of routine neonatal care once routinely requested laboratory tests had been performed...
May 26, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548285/neonatal-hypoxia-ischemia-in-rat-increases-doublecortin-concentration-in-the-cerebrospinal-fluid
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Catherine Brégère, Urs Fisch, Martin H Sailer, Wolfgang S Lieb, Laurie Chicha, Fabienne Goepfert, Thomas Kremer, Raphael Guzman
Doublecortin (DCX) is a microtubule-associated protein widely used as an indicator of neurogenesis in immunohistochemical analyses of the postmortem adult brain. A recent study reported that DCX can be quantified in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from healthy rats between postnatal day 0 (P0) and P30. However, it is currently unclear whether the concentration of DCX in the CSF (CSF-DCX) may represent a measure of endogenous neurogenesis. To address this question, the present study examined the impact of a neonatal hypoxic-ischemic (HI) brain injury, known to induce neurogenesis, on CSF-DCX...
May 26, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548028/developmental-differences-between-newborn-and-adult-mice-in-response-to-romiplostim
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Katherine A Sparger, Haley Ramsey, Viola Lorenz, Zhi-Jian Liu, Henry A Feldman, Nan Li, Tahirih Laforest, Martha C Sola-Visner
Thrombocytopenia is frequent among sick neonates. While most cases are transient, some neonates experience prolonged and severe thrombocytopenia. These infants often pose diagnostic and therapeutic challenges, and may receive large numbers of platelet transfusions. Romiplostim (ROM) is a thrombopoietin (TPO)-receptor-agonist approved for treatment of adults with chronic immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). The immature platelet fraction (IPF) is a novel measure of newly produced platelets, which could aid with the diagnostic evaluation of thrombocytopenic neonates...
May 26, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548000/assessment-for-improving-the-performance-of-nicus-the-italian-experience
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Simone Fanelli, Antonello Zangrandi
This paper describes neonatal intensive care units (NICU) in Italy using a set of organizational variables identifying management profile. The correlations between variables, and how these are impacted by structural aspects of the department or hospital, are investigated. The research was conducted within the 5-year far-reaching and complex SONAR study run by the Italian Neonatal Network, which maps NICU, monitors outcomes of member centres, defines organizational models, and identifies best practices to improve care quality...
January 1, 2017: Health Services Management Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547981/placental-infectious-villitis-versus-villitis-of-unknown-etiology
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Jerzy Stanek
To assess the incidence, diagnosis, pathogenesis, and clinical and placental associations of congenital cytomegalovirus infection, 34 cases thereof diagnosed by placental/fetal or neonatal workup (group 1), and 494 placentas with villitis of unknown etiology (group 2) were extracted from a 6083-case placental database. 28 clinical and 47 placental phenotypes were compared between the two groups by Yates 2 or ANOVA using the Bonferroni correction. 26 group 1 cases did and 8 did not feature placental villitis, but all cases were positive as shown by immunohistochemistry and/or in situ hybridization...
2017: Polish Journal of Pathology: Official Journal of the Polish Society of Pathologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547531/neonatal-hyperoxia-perturbs-neuronal-development-in-the-cerebellum
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Till Scheuer, Yuliya Sharkovska, Victor Tarabykin, Katharina Marggraf, Vivien Brockmöller, Christoph Bührer, Stefanie Endesfelder, Thomas Schmitz
Impaired postnatal brain development of preterm infants often results in neurological deficits. Besides pathologies of the forebrain, maldeveolopment of the cerebellum is increasingly recognized to contribute to psychomotor impairments of many former preterm infants. However, causes are poorly defined. We used a hyperoxia model to define neonatal damage in cerebellar granule cell precursors (GCPs) and in Purkinje cells (PCs) known to be essential for interaction with GCPs during development. We exposed newborn rats to 24 h 80% O2 from age P6 to P7 to identify postnatal and long-term damage in cerebellar GCPs at age P7 after hyperoxia and also after recovery in room air thereafter until P11 and P30...
May 25, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547098/obstetrical-and-perinatal-morbidity-and-mortality-among-in-vitro-fertilization-pregnancies-a-population-based-study
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Hussein Sabban, Andrew Zakhari, Valerie Patenaude, Togas Tulandi, Haim A Abenhaim
PURPOSE: To compare patient characteristics and obstetrical/neonatal outcomes of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and spontaneously conceived pregnancies. METHODS: Using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, we conducted a retrospective cohort study from 2008 to 2011 comparing IVF conceptions to spontaneous ones. Patient characteristics were descriptively compared, and after adjusting for baseline characteristics with logistic regression, obstetrical/neonatal outcomes were also compared...
May 25, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546820/evaluation-of-maternal-neonatal-outcomes-in-vaginal-birth-after-cesarean-delivery-referred-to-maternity-of-academic-hospitals
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Masoumeh Mirteymouri, Sedigheh Ayati, Leyla Pourali, Mahboubeh Mahmoodinia, Maliheh Mahmoodinia
Objective: To evaluate the maternal and neonatal complications of vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC). Materials and methods: This cross sectional study was conducted in Mashhad University of medical sciences. Eighty women with previous cesarean section who were candidate for VBAC were enrolled the study. Patients were followed up for 6 weeks after delivery. The complication of VBAC was compared between successful or unsuccessful VBAC cases. Data was analyzed by SPSS version 16. Results: VBAC success rate was 91%...
December 2016: Journal of Family & Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546768/effectiveness-of-various-formulations-of-local-anesthetics-and-additives-for-topical-anesthesia-a-prospective-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study
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Christian Weilbach, Christian Hoppe, Matthias Karst, Michael Winterhalter, Konstantinos Raymondos, Arthur Schultz, Niels Rahe-Meyer
BACKGROUND: Topical anesthesia is used to control pain associated with many procedures in medicine. Today, the product most commonly applied for topical anesthesia in Germany is EMLA(®) (lidocaine/prilocaine). However, since prilocaine is a methemoglobin-inducing agent, there are limitations to its use, especially in neonates and infants. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of prilocaine and lidocaine as well as propylene glycol, a penetration enhancer, and trometamol, a buffer substance, in anesthetic creams...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546666/comparison-of-one-step-versus-two-step-screening-for-diagnosis-of-gdm-in-indian-population-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Mohit Satodiya, Navneet Takkar, Poonam Goel, Jasbinder Kaur
OBJECTIVE: To compare the incidence, maternal and fetal outcomes of gestational diabetes mellitus using one step versus two steps as a screening procedure. METHODOLOGY: A prospective randomized trial involving screening of 1000 pregnant women for gestational diabetes mellitus was conducted. Women were divided in two groups (500 each). Group A comprised of patients screened with two-step approach (ACOG recommendation), and group B comprised of women screened by one-step method (IADPSG criteria)...
June 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546379/tracheostomy-in-infants-and-children
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Karen F Watters
Over the last decade, tracheostomy has been increasingly performed in children, aligned with the improvements in neonatal and pediatric ICU care. Nowadays, the majority of children with tracheostomy represent a very complex cohort of patients with sustained reliance on tracheostomy and related medical technology for long-term survival. Tracheostomy is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the adult ICU. Contrary to adult practice, tracheostomy is a much less common procedure in the pediatric ICU, being performed in < 3% of patients...
June 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546375/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-for-severe-pediatric-respiratory-failure
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John C Lin
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) was developed initially in the 1960s to support refractory respiratory failure in addition to the cardiac support inherent in a venoarterial bypass circuit. Early successes occurred predominantly in the neonatal population with subsequent randomized controlled trials and comprehensive reviews concluding therapeutic efficacy for ECMO in neonatal respiratory failure. In contrast, the evidence supporting ECMO for respiratory failure in children is less definitive. However, although pediatric randomized controlled trials have not been completed, sufficient evidence in support of ECMO as a beneficial therapy for pediatric respiratory failure exists...
June 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546372/inhaled-pulmonary-vasodilators-are-there-indications-within-the-pediatric-icu
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Bradley A Kuch, Alvin L Saville, Joan Sanchez De Toledo, Shekhar T Venkataraman
Inhaled nitric oxide (INO) is only FDA-cleared for neonates (> 34 weeks gestation) with hypoxic respiratory failure-associated pulmonary hypertension. Off-label use of INO is common in the pediatric population despite a lack of evidence regarding survival benefit, questioning whether the therapy should be considered outside the neonatal period. A lack of definitive evidence combined with increasing health-care costs has led to the use of less costly inhaled prostacyclin as an alternative to INO, presenting unique patient safety concerns...
June 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546371/pediatric-aerosol-therapy
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Ariel Berlinski
Inhaled medications are the mainstay of therapy for many pediatric pulmonary diseases. Device and delivery technique selection is key to improving lung deposition of inhaled drugs. This paper will review the subject in relationship to several pediatric clinical situations: acute pediatric asthma, transnasal aerosol delivery, delivery through tracheostomies, and delivery during noninvasive and invasive mechanical ventilation. This review will focus on the pediatric age group and will not include neonates.
June 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546200/roadmaps-for-building-the-neonatal-brain
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Pamela J Hines
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May 26, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546117/analysis-on-pathogenic-and-virulent-characteristics-of-the-cronobacter-sakazakii-strain-baa-894-by-whole-genome-sequencing
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Xuerui Bao, Ling Yang, Lequn Chen, Bing Li, Lin Li, Yanyan Li, Zhenbo Xu
Cronobacter sakazakii is an opportunistic pathogen responsible for necrotizing enterocolitis, meningitis and septicaemia especially to infant and neonate, with high lethality ranging in 40%-80%. This strain is able to survive in infant milk formula and possesses capability of pathogenicity and virulence, biofilm formation, and high resistance to elevated osmotic, low pH, heat, oxidation, and desiccasion. This study is aims to investigate the molecular characteristics of Cronobacter sakazakii BAA 894, including mechanisms of its invasion and adherence, biofilm formation, unusual resistance to environmental stress employing whole genome sequencing and comparative genomics...
May 22, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
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