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Corapci F.,University of Michigan | Calatroni A.,University of Michigan | Kaciroti N.,University of Michigan | Jimenez E.,Hospital Nacional de Ninos | Lozoff B.,University of Michigan
Journal of Pediatric Psychology | Year: 2010

Objective: This study examined externalizing and internalizing behavior problem trajectories as a function of both iron status in infancy and infant characteristics.Methods: A sample of 185 healthy Costa Rican children who either had chronic, severe iron deficiency or good iron status in infancy were followed for 19 years. Results: Mother ratings of externalizing and internalizing problems from age 5 to 11-14 years were higher for the chronic iron deficiency group compared with those with the good iron status. Iron deficiency in infancy predicted persisting externalizing problems over this time period, especially for those with low physical activity in infancy. Beyond adolescence, youth in the chronic iron deficiency group did not report more problems than those in the good iron group.Conclusions: These findings underscore the importance of considering infant iron status along with early behavioral characteristics to better identify those children at greatest risk for persisting long-term behavior problems. © The Author 2009. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society of Pediatric Psychology. All rights reserved. Source

Allegranzi B.,First Global Patient Safety Challenge | Gayet-Ageron A.,University of Geneva | Damani N.,Craigavon Area Hospital | Bengaly L.,Hopital Gabriel Toure | And 8 more authors.
The Lancet Infectious Diseases | Year: 2013

Background: Health-care-associated infections are a major threat to patient safety worldwide. Transmission is mainly via the hands of health-care workers, but compliance with recommendations is usually low and effective improvement strategies are needed. We assessed the effect of WHO's strategy for improvement of hand hygiene in five countries. Methods: We did a quasi-experimental study between December, 2006, and December, 2008, at six pilot sites (55 departments in 43 hospitals) in Costa Rica, Italy, Mali, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia. A step-wise approach in four 3-6 month phases was used to implement WHO's strategy and we assessed the hand-hygiene compliance of health-care workers and their knowledge, by questionnaire, of microbial transmission and hand-hygiene principles. We expressed compliance as the proportion of predefined opportunities met by hand-hygiene actions (ie, handwashing or hand rubbing). We assessed long-term sustainability of core strategy activities in April, 2010. Findings: We noted 21884 hand-hygiene opportunities during 1423 sessions before the intervention and 23746 opportunities during 1784 sessions after. Overall compliance increased from 51·0% before the intervention (95% CI 45·1-56·9) to 67·2% after (61·8-72·2). Compliance was independently associated with gross national income per head, with a greater effect of the intervention in low-income and middle-income countries (odds ratio [OR] 4·67, 95% CI 3·16-6·89; p<0·0001) than in high-income countries (2·19, 2·03-2·37; p<0·0001). Implementation had a major effect on compliance of health-care workers across all sites after adjustment for main confounders (OR 2·15, 1·99-2·32). Health-care-workers' knowledge improved at all sites with an increase in the average score from 18·7 (95% CI 17·8-19·7) to 24·7 (23·7-25·6) after educational sessions. 2 years after the intervention, all sites reported ongoing hand-hygiene activities with sustained or further improvement, including national scale-up. Interpretation: Implementation of WHO's hand-hygiene strategy is feasible and sustainable across a range of settings in different countries and leads to significant compliance and knowledge improvement in health-care workers, supporting recommendation for use worldwide. Funding: WHO, University of Geneva Hospitals, the Swiss National Science Foundation, Swiss Society of Public Health Administration and Hospital Pharmacists. © 2013 World Health Organization. Published by Elsevier Ltd/Inc/BV. All rights reserved. Source

Falleiros Arlant L.H.,Metropolitan University of Santos | De Colsa A.,Instituto Nacional Of Pediatria | Flores D.,National University of La Plata | Brea J.,Central University of the East | And 2 more authors.
Expert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy | Year: 2014

Pertussis is a serious respiratory disease in infants that can also affect children and adults. Vaccination against pertussis was introduced in the 1950s and in the 1990s a resurgence of pertussis was observed worldwide. The aim of this work is to summarize the recent data concerning pertussis disease in different countries of Latin America. In this geographic region, pertussis is nationally notifiable and cases should be reported to the appropriate health department/Ministry. Though the surveillance systems are not the same among Latin America countries, over recent decades an increasing number of cases have been detected. Most of these cases correspond to patients younger than 6 months old who received fewer than three doses of vaccine. However, cases in adolescent and adults have also been detected. For this situation, which is not peculiar to Latin America countries, several explanations have been proposed. © 2014 Informa UK, Ltd. Source

Forno E.,University of Pittsburgh | Gogna M.,University of Pittsburgh | Cepeda A.,Metropolitan University of Colombia | Yanez A.,Servicio de Alergia e Inmunologia Clinica | And 7 more authors.
Thorax | Year: 2015

Consistent with the diversity of Latin America, there is profound variability in asthma burden among and within countries in this region. Regional variation in asthma prevalence is likely multifactorial and due to genetics, perinatal exposures, diet, obesity, tobacco use, indoor and outdoor pollutants, psychosocial stress and microbial or parasitic infections. Similarly, non-uniform progress in asthma management leads to regional variability in disease morbidity. Future studies of distinct asthma phenotypes should follow-up well-characterised Latin American subgroups and examine risk factors that are unique or common in Latin America (eg, stress and violence, parasitic infections and use of biomass fuels for cooking). Because most Latin American countries share the same barriers to asthma management, concerted and multifaceted public health and research efforts are needed, including approaches to curtail tobacco use, campaigns to improve asthma treatment, broadening access to care and clinical trials of non-pharmacological interventions (eg, replacing biomass fuels with gas or electric stoves). Source

Sheppard B.,University of California at San Francisco | Chavira D.,University of California at San Diego | Azzam A.,University of California at San Francisco | Umana P.,Hospital Nacional de Ninos | And 2 more authors.
Depression and Anxiety | Year: 2010

Background: It has been suggested that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), both neurodevelopmental disorders with onset in childhood, are highly comorbid, but previous studies examining ADHD and OCD comorbidity have been quite variable, partly because of inconsistency in excluding individuals with tic disorders. Similarly, ADHD has been postulated to be associated with hoarding although this potential relationship is largely methodologically unexplored. This study aimed to examine the prevalence of ADHD among individuals with childhood-onset OCD but without comorbid tic disorders, as well as to examine the relationship between clinically significant hoarding behaviors (hoarding) and ADHD. Method: ADHD prevalence rates and the relationship between ADHD and hoarding were examined in 155 OCD-affected individuals (114 probands and 41 relatives, age range 4-82 years) recruited for genetic studies and compared to pooled prevalence rates derived from previously published studies. Results: In total, 11.8% met criteria for definite ADHD, whereas an additional 8.6% had probable or definite ADHD (total520.4%). In total, 41.9% of participants with ADHD also had hoarding compared to 29.2% of participants without ADHD. Hoarding was the only demographic or clinical variable independently associated with ADHD (odds ratio59.54, Po0.0001). Conclusion: ADHD rates were elevated in this sample of individuals with childhood-onset OCD compared to the general population rate of ADHD, and there was a strong association between ADHD and clinically significant hoarding behavior. This association is consistent with recent studies suggesting that individuals with hoarding may exhibit substantial executive functioning impairments and/or abnormalities, including attentional problems. Depression and Anxiety 27:667-674, 2010. © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc. Source

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