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Ashok Chaurasia, Danping Liu, Paul S Albert
The incomplete informative cluster size problem is motivated by the NICHD Consecutive Pregnancies Study, aiming to study the relationship between pregnancy outcomes and parity. These pregnancy outcomes are potentially associated with the number of births over a woman's lifetime, resulting in an incomplete informative cluster size (censored at the end of the study window). We develop a pattern mixture model for informative cluster size by treating the lifetime number of births as a latent variable. We compare this approach with a simple alternative method that approximates the pattern mixture model...
January 2018: Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series C, Applied Statistics
Kristina Adachi, Jiahong Xu, Bonnie Ank, D Heather Watts, Margaret Camarca, Lynne M Mofenson, Jose Henrique Pilotto, Esau Joao, Glenda Gray, Gerhard Theron, Breno Santos, Rosana Fonseca, Regis Kreitchmann, Jorge Pinto, Marisa M Mussi-Pinhata, Daisy Maria Machado, Mariana Ceriotto, Mariza G Morgado, Yvonne J Bryson, Valdilea G Veloso, Beatriz Grinsztejn, Mark Mirochnick, Jack Moye, Karin Nielsen-Saines
BACKGROUND: Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection (cCMV) is an important cause of hearing loss and cognitive impairment. Prior studies suggest that HIV-exposed children are at higher risk of acquiring cCMV. We assessed the presence, magnitude, and risk factors associated with cCMV among infants born to HIV-infected women, who were not receiving antiretrovirals during pregnancy. METHODS: cCMV and urinary CMV load were determined in a cohort of infants born to HIV-infected women not receiving antiretrovirals during pregnancy...
March 9, 2018: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Kurt Barnhart, Linda Giudice, Steve Young, Tracey Thomas, Michael P Diamond, James Segars, Wahid A Youssef, Stephen Krawetz, Nanette Santoro, Esther Eisenberg, Heping Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Endometriosis is a chronic, estrogen dependent condition that affects 5-10% of reproductive aged women and is associated with pelvic pain and infertility. As the approach to therapy shifts from surgical ablation to pharmacological control, a non-surgical mode of diagnosis would be desirable. The ENDOmarker study was designed by the NICHD Reproductive Medicine Network (RMN) to obtain well characterized and phenotyped bio specimens in a standardized fashion from women with and without endometriosis...
March 7, 2018: Contemporary Clinical Trials
Brigitte Lemyre, Linh Ly, Vann Chau, Anil Chacko, Nicholas Barrowman, Hilary Whyte, Steven P Miller
Objective: To identify factors associated with early initiation and achievement of therapeutic hypothermia (TH) in newborns with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). Methods: Retrospective cohort study of newborns who received TH according to National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) criteria in two academic level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) between 2009 and 2013. All infants were transported by a neonatal transport team (NNTT)...
August 2017: Paediatrics & Child Health
Paul S Albert
Prediction of preterm birth as well as characterizing the etiological factors affecting both the recurrence and incidence of preterm birth (defined as gestational age at birth ≤ 37 wk) are important problems in obstetrics. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) consecutive pregnancy study recently examined this question by collecting data on a cohort of women with at least 2 pregnancies over a fixed time interval. Unfortunately, measurement error due to the dating of conception may induce sizable error in computing gestational age at birth...
February 21, 2018: Statistics in Medicine
Adi L Tarca, Roberto Romero, Dereje W Gudicha, Offer Erez, Edgar Hernandez-Andrade, Lami Yeo, Gaurav Bhatti, Percy Pacora, Eli Maymon, Sonia S Hassan
BACKGROUND: The assessment of fetal growth disorders requires a standard. Current nomograms for the assessment of fetal growth in African American women have been derived either from neonatal (rather than fetal) biometry data or have not been customized for maternal ethnicity, weight, height, and parity and fetal sex. OBJECTIVE: We sought to (1) develop a new customized fetal growth standard for African American mothers; and (2) compare such a standard to 3 existing standards for the classification of fetuses as small (SGA) or large (LGA) for gestational age...
February 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Alison G Cahill, Methodius G Tuuli, Molly J Stout, Julia D López, George A Macones
BACKGROUND: Intrapartum electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) is the most commonly used tool in obstetrics in the United States, however, which EFM patterns predict acidemia remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to describe the frequency of patterns seen in labor using modern nomenclature, and to test the hypothesis that visually interpreted patterns are associated with acidemia and morbidities in term infants. We further identified patterns prior to delivery, alone or in combination, predictive of acidemia and neonatal morbidity...
January 31, 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
C V Bishop, R L Stouffer, D L Takahashi, E C Mishler, M C Wilcox, O D Slayden, C A True
STUDY QUESTION: What are the impacts of elevated testosterone (T) and an obesogenic western-style diet (WSD), either independently or together, on fertility and metabolic adaptations of pregnancy in primates? SUMMARY ANSWER: Testosterone increases the time to achieve pregnancy, while a WSD reduces overall fertility, and the combination of testosterone and WSD additionally impairs glucose tolerance and causes pregnancy loss. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Both hyperandrogenemia and obesity are hallmarks of polycystic ovary syndrome, which is a leading cause of infertility among women worldwide...
February 1, 2018: Human Reproduction
Julie Autmizguine, Sylvia Tan, Michael Cohen-Wolkowiez, C Michael Cotten, Nathan Wiederhold, Ronald N Goldberg, Ira Adams-Chapman, Barbara J Stoll, P Brian Smith, Daniel K Benjamin
BACKGROUND: Invasive candidiasis is an important cause of sepsis in extremely low birth weight infants (ELBW, <1000g), is often fatal, and frequently results in neurodevelopmental impairment (NDI) among survivors. We sought to assess the antifungal minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) distribution for Candida in ELBW infants and evaluate the association between antifungal resistance and death or NDI. METHODS: This was a secondary analysis of the NICHD Neonatal Research Network study, "Early Diagnosis of Nosocomial Candidiasis"...
January 24, 2018: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Dennis A Twombly, Sarah L Glavin, Jennifer Guimond, Susan Taymans, Catherine Y Spong, Diana W Bianchi
Importance: Investing in the next generation of researchers is essential, as recently highlighted in the 21st Century Cures Act. From its inception, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has supported training and career development to ensure a robust pipeline of investigators who are prepared to lead their respective fields of inquiry. In recent years, the NICHD has emphasized institutional over individual training awards to a greater degree than many other National Institutes of Health institutes of similar size...
January 16, 2018: JAMA Pediatrics
Madeline Murguia Rice, Mark B Landon, Michael W Varner, Brian M Casey, Uma M Reddy, Ronald J Wapner, Dwight J Rouse, Alan T N Tita, John M Thorp, Edward K Chien, George Saade, Alan M Peaceman, Sean C Blackwell
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether pregnancy-associated hypertension (gestational hypertension and preeclampsia) was associated with the cardiometabolic health of young offspring. METHODS: This was a prospective observational follow-up study from 2012 to 2013 of children born to women previously enrolled in a mild gestational diabetes mellitus treatment trial or nongestational diabetes mellitus observational study. At 5-10 years after birth, children were examined and fasting blood samples obtained to determine the following cardiometabolic risk factors: blood pressure (BP), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, homeostatic model assessment of insulin resistance, waist circumference, and body mass index (BMI)...
February 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Kristina Adachi, Jiahong Xu, Nava Yeganeh, Margaret Camarca, Mariza G Morgado, D Heather Watts, Lynne M Mofenson, Valdilea G Veloso, Jose Henrique Pilotto, Esau Joao, Glenda Gray, Gerhard Theron, Breno Santos, Rosana Fonseca, Regis Kreitchmann, Jorge Pinto, Marisa M Mussi-Pinhata, Mariana Ceriotto, Daisy Maria Machado, Yvonne J Bryson, Beatriz Grinsztejn, Jack Moye, Jeffrey D Klausner, Claire C Bristow, Ruth Dickover, Mark Mirochnick, Karin Nielsen-Saines
BACKGROUND: Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG), Treponema pallidum (TP), and cytomegalovirus (CMV) may lead to adverse pregnancy and infant outcomes. The role of combined maternal STIs in HIV mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) was evaluated in mother-infant pairs from NICHD HPTN 040. METHODOLOGY: Urine samples from HIV-infected pregnant women during labor were tested by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for CT, NG, and CMV...
2018: PloS One
Katherine L Grantz, Mary L Hediger, Danping Liu, Germaine M Buck Louis
Three recently completed longitudinal cohort studies have developed intrauterine fetal growth charts, one in the United States and two international. This expert review compares and contrasts the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Fetal Growth Studies, INTERGROWTH-21st and World Health Organization Multicentre Growth Reference Study conclusions in light of differences in aims, sampling frames, and analytical approaches. An area of controversy is whether a single growth reference is representative of growth, regardless of ethnic or country origin...
December 22, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Abbot R Laptook, Edward F Bell, Seetha Shankaran, Nansi S Boghossian, Myra H Wyckoff, Sarah Kandefer, Michele Walsh, Shampa Saha, Rosemary Higgins
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the temperature distribution among moderately preterm (MPT, 29-33 weeks) and extremely preterm (EPT, <29 weeks) infants upon neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) admission in 2012-2013, the change in admission temperature distribution for EPT infants between 2002-2003 and 2012-2013, and associations between admission temperature and mortality and morbidity for both MPT and EPT infants. STUDY DESIGN: Prospectively collected data from 18 centers in the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network were used to examine NICU admission temperature of inborn MPT and EPT infants...
January 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
Sarah Hartman, Sooyeon Sung, Jeffry A Simpson, Gabriel L Schlomer, Jay Belsky
To illuminate which features of an unpredictable environment early in life best forecast adolescent and adult functioning, data from two longitudinal studies were examined. After decomposing a composite unpredictability construct found to predict later development, results of both studies revealed that paternal transitions predicted outcomes more consistently and strongly than did residential or occupational changes across the first 5 years of a child's life. These results derive from analyses of the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, which included diverse families from 10 different sites in the United States, and from the Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Risk and Adaptation, whose participants came from one site, were disproportionately economically disadvantaged, and were enrolled 15 years earlier than the NICHD Study sample...
December 7, 2017: Development and Psychopathology
Eoin McElroy, Jay Belsky, Natacha Carragher, Pasco Fearon, Praveetha Patalay
BACKGROUND: Recent research indicates that the best-fitting structural model of psychopathology includes a general factor capturing comorbidity (p) and several more specific, orthogonal factors. Little is known about the stability of these factors, although two opposing developmental processes have been proposed: dynamic mutualism suggests that symptom-level interaction and reinforcement may lead to a strengthening of comorbidity (p) over time, whereas p-differentiation suggests a general vulnerability to psychopathology that gives way to increasingly distinct patterns of symptoms over time...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
Melissa M Smarr, Germaine M Buck Louis, Paul S Albert, Sungduk Kim, Karin M Fuchs, Jagteshwar Grewal, Mary E D'Alton, Katherine L Grantz
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November 30, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
Cecily V Bishop, Emily C Mishler, Diana L Takahashi, Taylor E Reiter, Kise R Bond, Cadence A True, Ov D Slayden, Richard L Stouffer
STUDY QUESTION: Does chronic hyperandrogenemia beginning at menarche, in the absence and presence of a western-style diet (WSD), alter ovarian and uterine structure-function in young adult rhesus monkeys? SUMMARY ANSWER: Phenotypic alterations in ovarian and uterine structure/function were induced by exogenous testosterone (T), and compounded in the presence of a WSD (T+WSD). WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Hyperandrogenemia is a well-established component of PCOS and is observed in adolescent girls, indicating a potential pubertal onset of disease symptoms...
January 1, 2018: Human Reproduction
Yafei Xu, Scot M Hutchison, José J Hernández-Ledezma, Randy L Bogan
STUDY QUESTION: Does 27-hydroxycholesterol (27OH) actively facilitate the progression of luteolysis? SUMMARY ANSWER: There is increased mRNA expression of the enzyme that produces 27OH during luteolysis in vivo in rhesus macaques and sheep, and 27OH reduces progesterone secretion from human luteinized granulosa cells. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: There is an increase in mRNA expression of liver x receptor (LXR) and a decrease in sterol regulatory element binding protein 2 (SREBP2) target genes during spontaneous luteolysis in primates, which could result in reduced cholesterol availability for steroidogenesis...
January 1, 2018: Molecular Human Reproduction
Sarah Hartman, Zhi Li, Daniel Nettle, Jay Belsky
A wealth of evidence documents associations between various aspects of the rearing environment and later development. Two evolutionary-inspired models advance explanations for why and how such early experiences shape later functioning: (a) the external-prediction model, which highlights the role of the early environment (e.g., parenting) in regulating children's development, and (b) the internal-prediction model, which emphasizes internal state (i.e., health) as the critical regulator. Thus, by using data from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, the current project draws from both models by investigating whether the effect of the early environment on later adolescent functioning is subject to an indirect effect by internal-health variables...
December 2017: Development and Psychopathology
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