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Bocca B.,Instituto Superiore Of Sanita | Ciccarelli S.,S Giovanni Calibita Fatebenefratelli Hospital | Agostino R.,Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital | Alimonti A.,Instituto Superiore Of Sanita
Environmental Research | Year: 2017

Reference data on trace elements, oxidative status and antioxidants in very low birth weight infants (VLBW) are limited and need to be updated for use in clinical settings. Serum and urine of 30 VLBW infants (mean weight, 1167 g) at mean age of 23.8 (t0) and 37.8 (t1) days were analyzed. Cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), iron (Fe), mercury (Hg), manganese (Mn), selenium (Se) and zinc (Zn), nitrate/nitrite (NOx), catalase (CAT), CuZnFeMn-superoxide dismutases (CuZnFeMn-SODs), total antioxidant capacity (SAC: sum of thiols, proteins, bilirubin, uric acid, β-beta-carotene, ascorbic acid, vitamin E) and total oxidative status (SOS: sum of lipo- and hydroperoxides) were determined. A higher urinary excretion of Cu and Zn was observed at t0 than at t1; while an increase in urine Cd was found at t1 respect to t0. A deficiency in serum levels of Cu and Zn was also found. A lower CAT activity, a higher total oxidants level (SOS) and a reduction of total antioxidant barriers (SAC) were observed in some infants. No Fe and Mn deficiency or Hg overload was found; also CuZnFeMn-SODs and NOx levels did not change. The findings showed that losses of trace elements and incomplete mineral body stores were more pronounced in the earlier life stage (at 23.8th day) than later on; moreover, antioxidant defenses were poor and lipo- and hydroperoxides were higher still at 5 weeks of infants’ life. © 2017


PubMed | University of Yaounde I, Higher Institute of Health Professions, Institute of Science and Technology Applied to Health, Chantal International Reference Center for Research on AIDS prevention and management and 2 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: PloS one | Year: 2016

Since 2005, anti-hepatitis B virus (anti-HBV) vaccine is part of the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) for infants born in Cameroon, with 99% anti-HBV coverage. In a context of generalized HIV epidemiology, we assessed paediatric anti-HBV vaccine response according to HIV status, feeding option and age in a tropical context.Prospective, observational and cross-sectional study conducted among 82 children (27 [IQR: 9-47] months, min-max: 6-59), after complete anti-HBV vaccination (Zilbrix Hepta: 10g AgHBs) at the Essos Health Centre in Yaounde, Cameroon, classified as group-A: HIV unexposed (28), group-B: HIV-exposed/uninfected (29), group-C: HIV-infected (25). Quantitative anti-HBs ELISA was interpreted as no, low- or protective-response with <1, 1-10, or 10 IU/L respectively; with p-value<0.05 considered significant.Children were all HBV-unexposed (AcHBc-negative) and uninfected (HBsAg-negative). Response to anti-HBV vaccine was 80.49% (66/82), with only 45.12% (37/82) developed a protective-response (10IU/L). According to HIV status, 60.71% (17/28) developed a protective-response in group-A, vs. 51.72% (15/29) and 20% (5/25) in group-B and group-C respectively, Odds Ratio (OR): 2.627 [CI95% 0.933-7.500], p = 0.041. According to feeding option during first six months of life, 47.67% (21/45) developed a protective-response on exclusive breastfeeding vs. 43.24% (16/37) on mixed or formula feeding, OR: 1.148 [CI95% 0.437-3.026], p = 0.757. According to age, protective-response decreased significantly as children grow older: 58.33% (28/48) <24 months vs. 26.47% (9/34) 24 months, OR: 3.889 [CI95% 1.362-11.356], p = 0.004; and specifically 67.65% (23/34) 6 months vs. 0%, (0/5) 33-41 months, p = 0.008.Anti-HBV vaccine provides low rate of protection (<50%) among children in general, and particularly if HIV-exposed, infected and/or older children. Implementing policies for early vaccination, specific immunization algorithm for HIV-exposed/infected children, and monitoring vaccine response would ensure effective protection in tropical settings, pending extensive/confirmatory investigations.


PubMed | University Medical Science of Teheran, Grassi Hospital, Paediatrics Operative Unit, University of Rome La Sapienza and 2 more.
Type: | Journal: Italian journal of pediatrics | Year: 2016

Parents often do not consider fever as an important physiological response and mechanism of defense against infections that leads to inappropriate use of antipyretics and potentially dangerous side effects. This study is designed to evaluate the appropriateness of antipyretics dosages generally administered to children with fever, and to identify factors that may influence dosage accuracy.In this cross-sectional study we analyzed the clinical records of 1397 children aged >1 month and<16 years, requiring a primary care (ambulatory) outpatient visit due to fever. We evaluated the number of children who had received >90 mg/kg/day of acetaminophen, the prescriber, the medication formula and the educational level of the caregiver who administered acetaminophen. Among those children included in our study, 74 % were administered acetaminophen for body temperature38.4 C. 24.12 % of children received >90 mg/kg/day of acetaminophen. Parents with university qualifications most commonly self-administered acetaminophen to their children, in a higher than standard dose. Self medication was also described in 60 % of children, whose acetaminophen was administered for temperatures<38 C. Acetaminophen over-dosage was also favored by the use of drug formulations as drops or syrup.Our study shows that preventive action should be taken regarding the use of acetaminophen as antipyretic drug in children in order to reduce the fever phobia and self-prescription, especially of caregivers with higher educational levels. It is also necessary to promote a more appropriate use of acetaminophen in those parents using drops or syrup formulations.


Tortoli E.,San Raffaele Scientific Institute | Russo C.,Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital | Piersimoni C.,Reference Pathology Laboratory | Mazzola E.,Niguarda Hospital | And 9 more authors.
European Respiratory Journal | Year: 2012

Extrapulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB) accounts for more than 20% of tuberculosis (TB) cases. Xpert MTB/RIF (Xpert) (Cepheid, Sunnyvale, CA, USA) is a fully automated amplification system, for which excellent results in the diagnosis of pulmonary TB in highly endemic countries have been recently reported. We aimed to assess the performance of the Xpert system in diagnosing EPTB in a low incidence setting. We investigated with Xpert a large number of consecutive extrapulmonary clinical specimens (1,476, corresponding to 1,068 patients) including both paediatric (494) and adult samples. We found, in comparison with a reference standard consisting of combination of culture and clinical diagnosis of TB, an overall sensitivity and specificity of 81.3% and 99.8% for Xpert, while the sensitivity of microscopy was 48%. For biopsies, urines, pus and cerebrospinal fluids the sensitivity exceeded 85%, while it was slightly under 80% for gastric aspirates. It was, in contrast, lower than 50% for cavitary fluids. High sensitivity and specificity (86.9% and 99.7%, respectively) were also obtained for paediatric specimens. Although the role of culture remains central in the microbiological diagnosis of EPTB, the sensitivity of Xpert in rapidly diagnosing the disease makes it a much better choice compared to smear microscopy. The ability to rule out the disease still remains suboptimal. Copyright©ERS 2012.


Puglisi M.A.,Gemelli Hospital | Cenciarelli C.,National Research Council Italy | Tesori V.,Gemelli Hospital | Cappellari M.,Instituto Superiore Of Sanita | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Pathology | Year: 2015

Chronic inflammation is a leading cause of neoplastic transformation in many human cancers and especially in colon cancer (CC), in part due to tumour promotion by nitric oxide (NO) generated at inflammatory sites. It has also been suggested that high NO synthesis, secondary to inducible NO synthase (iNOS) expression, is a distinctive feature of cancer stem cells (CSCs), a small subset of tumour cells with self-renewal capacity. In this study we explored the contribution of NO to the development of colon CSC features and evaluated potential strategies to treat CC by modulating NO production. Our data show an integral role for endogenous NO and iNOS activity in the biology of colon CSCs. Indeed, colon CSCs with high endogenous NO production (NOhigh) displayed higher tumourigenic abilities than NOlow fractions. The blockade of endogenous NO availability, using either a specific iNOS inhibitor or a genetic knock-down of iNOS, resulted in a significant reduction of colon CSC tumourigenic capacities in vitro and in vivo. Interestingly, analysis of genes altered by iNOS-directed shRNA showed that the knockdown of iNOS expression was associated with a significant down-regulation of signalling pathways involved in stemness and tumour progression in colon CSCs. These findings confirm that endogenous NO plays an important role in defining the stemness properties of colon CSCs through cross-regulation of several cellular signalling pathways. This discovery could shed light on the mechanisms by which NO induces the growth and invasiveness of CC, providing new insights into the link between inflammation and colon tumourigenesis. Copyright © 2015 Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2015 Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Marsella P.,Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital | Scorpecci A.,Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital | Pacifico C.,Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital | Resca A.,Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital | And 3 more authors.
Otology and Neurotology | Year: 2014

OBJECTIVE: To assess the safety and the possible advantages of early (1-wk) cochlear implant switch-on in children and to compare impedance and ECAP threshold changes between subjects undergoing early switch-on and those undergoing traditional, 1-month switch-on. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Tertiary care referral pediatric center. PATIENTS: Seventeen children receiving a unilateral or bilateral Nucleus Freedom cochlear implant were included, for a total of 20 ears. Ten ears were assigned to the early (1-wk) switch-on group and 10 to the control group (switch-on after 4 wks). INTERVENTIONS: Common ground impedance values and electrically evoked compound action potential thresholds were measured from intraoperation until 9 months postoperatively. Speech perception improvements over time were also assessed. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Complication rate, impedance levels (kΩ), and electrically evoked compound action potentials (current levels) RESULTS: Early switch-on was well tolerated by patients and did not cause complications. Impedances dropped significantly after switch-on in both groups. They also seemed to achieve an earlier stability in the early switch-on patients, although the difference between groups was not significant. ECAP thresholds showed a similar, nonsignificant decreasing trend over time in both groups. Speech perception improvements did not differ between groups. CONCLUSION: This is the first study investigating the safety and the effects of an early cochlear implant switch-on in children. Results show that such a procedure is well tolerated by pediatric subjects and free from complications. Impedance measurements suggest that the earlier switched-on subjects benefit of lower and more stable impedances than subjects undergoing 1-month switch-on. Copyright © 2014 Otology &Neurotology, Inc.


Gagliardi M.G.,Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital | Papavasileiou L.,Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital | Pongiglione G.,Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital
Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions | Year: 2011

During the past two decades, important progress has been achieved in the treatment of end-stage congestive heart failure in newborns and infants. The use of ventricular assist devices (VAD) in these patients is now available as a bridge to heart transplantation. The use of a VAD may reveal the presence of a silent interatrial septal defect or a patent foramen ovale (PFO), inducing a right to left shunt resulting in systemic desaturation and hemodynamic instability. We present two cases of low weight infants on circulatory support with VADs and right to left shunt through interatrial septum that were successfully treated by percutaneous intervention with an occlusion device. © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.


Dall'oglio A.M.,Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital | Rossiello B.,Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital | Coletti M.F.,Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital | Bultrini M.,Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital | And 5 more authors.
Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology | Year: 2010

Aim: The aim of this study was to determine neuropsychological performance (possibly predictive of academic difficulties) and its relationship with cognitive development and maternal education in healthy preterm children of preschool age and age-matched comparison children born at term. Method: A total of 35 infants who were born at less than 33 weeks' gestational age and who were free from major neurosensory disability (16 males, 19 females; mean gestational age 29.4wk, SD 2.2wk; mean birthweight 1257g, SD 327g) and 50 term-born comparison children (25 males, 25 females; mean birthweight 3459g, SD 585g) were assessed at 4 years of age. Cognition was measured using the Griffiths Mental Development scales while neuropsychological abilities (language, short-term memory, visual-motor and constructive spatial abilities, and visual processing) were assessed using standardized tests. Multivariable regression analysis was used to explore the effects of preterm birth and sociodemographic factors on cognition, and to adjust neuropsychological scores for cognitive level and maternal education. Results: The mean total Griffiths score was significantly lower in preterm than in term children (97.4 vs 103.4; p<0.001). Factors associated with higher Griffiths score were maternal university education (β=6.2; 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.7-11.7) and having older siblings or a twin (β=4.0; 95% CI 0.5-7.6). At neuropsychological assessment, preterm children scored significantly lower than term comparison children in all tests except lexical production (Boston Naming Test) and visual-processing accuracy. After adjustment for cognitive level and maternal education, differences remained statistically significant for verbal fluency (p<0.05) and comprehension, short-term memory, and spatial abilities (p<0.01). Interpretation: Neuropsychological follow-up is also recommended for healthy very preterm children to identify strengths and challenges before school entry, and to plan interventions aimed at maximizing academic success. © The Authors. Journal compilation © Mac Keith Press 2010.


Mazza M.,Catholic University of the Sacred Heart | Mazza O.,Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital | Pazzaglia C.,Catholic University of the Sacred Heart | Padua L.,Catholic University of the Sacred Heart | Mazza S.,Catholic University of the Sacred Heart
Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy | Year: 2010

Background: Escitalopram has never been demonstrated to be useful in the treatment of chronic low back pain (CLBP), while duloxetine has demonstrated analgesic effect in chronic pain states. The aim of this trial was to examine the efficacy of escitalopram for the treatment of CLBP compared with duloxetine. Methods: A total of 85 adult patients with nonradicular CLBP entered a 13-week randomized study comparing escitalopram 20 mg with duloxetine 60 mg once daily. The primary measure was comparison of the two drugs on reduction in weekly mean 24-h average pain. Secondary measures included Clinical Global Impressions of Severity (CGI-S) and the 36-item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36). Results: Eighty patients (n = 39 escitalopram, n = 41 duloxetine) completed the study. No significant differences existed between escitalopram and duloxetine on reduction in weekly mean 24-h average pain at end point. Both escitalopram and duloxetine demonstrated significant improvement on CGI-S and SF-36. Conclusions: Escitalopram and duloxetine demonstrated efficacy and safety in the management of CLBP, with no significant differences. Results of this study should be replicated in a larger sample of patients. © 2010 Informa UK Ltd.


PubMed | Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital
Type: | Journal: BMC medical genetics | Year: 2015

CHARGE syndrome is an autosomal dominant disorder, characterized by ocular Coloboma, congenital Heart defects, choanal Atresia, Retardation, Genital anomalies and Ear anomalies. Over 90 % of typical CHARGE patients are mutated in the CHD7 gene, 65 %-70 % of the cases for all typical and suspected cases combined. The gene encoding for a protein involved in chromatin organization. The mutational spectrum include nonsense, frameshift, splice site, and missense mutations. Large deletions and genomic rearrangements are rare.We report here on a 5.9 years old male of Moroccan origin displaying classic clinical features of CHARGE syndrome. Using CGH array and NGS analysis we detected a microdeletion (184 kb) involving the promoter region and exon 1 of CHD7 gene and the flanking RAB2 gene.The present observation suggests that deletion limited to the regulatory region of CHD7 is sufficient to cause the full blown CHARGE phenotype. Different size of deletions can result in different phenotypes, ranging from a milder to severe CHARGE syndrome; this is based on a combination of major and minor diagnostic characteristics, therefore to a more variable clinical features, likely due to the additive effect of other genetic imbalances. MLPA and CGH techniques should be considered in the diagnostic protocol of individuals with a clinical suspect of CHARGE syndrome.

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