Researchers examine different characteristics of diabetes in infancy | Case report: Sepsis in preemie may be tied to rituximab exposure | S.C. nursing program targets at-risk mothers, infants
August 10, 2017
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Researchers examine different characteristics of diabetes in infancy
KCNJ11-related diabetes was the most common form of infancy-onset diabetes at 37.5%, followed by "unknown" diabetes at 21.6% and transient neonatal diabetes at 14%, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers analyzed data from 88 infants younger than 13 months old who had diabetes and found that diabetic ketoacidosis was prevalent in 66.2% overall, with increased odds of DKA associated with increasing age at diagnosis.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (8/9) 
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Case report: Sepsis in preemie may be tied to rituximab exposure
A case study in Pediatrics described a preterm baby girl with a gestational age of 29 weeks whose in utero exposure to rituximab was linked to two severe septic episodes with Enterococcus faecalis, both of which happened during the shift from donor human milk to infant formula. The infant developed undetectable immunoglobulin G, IgA and IgM concentrations as well as a critically depressed B-lymphocyte subset of 10% at 37 weeks' postmenstrual age, and received antibiotics, intravenous immunoglobulin and donor human milk as treatment.
Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (8/3) 
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Health Policy & Practice
S.C. nursing program targets at-risk mothers, infants
The Nurse-Family Partnership -- a public-private initiative in South Carolina -- is combining funding from private donors and Medicaid programs to provide young, pregnant women with visits from a nurse throughout their pregnancy and the first two years of their child's life. If the program achieves certain results, the state will provide up to $7.5 million down the road.
Kaiser Health News (8/8) 
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Study compares infant mortality, life expectancy in Appalachia, rest of US
A study in Health Affairs found a growing disparity between the Appalachian region and the rest of the US for infant-mortality rates and life expectancy. Researchers said diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, respiratory disorders, lung cancer, drug overdoses, accidental injuries and suicide are tied to the growing survival disparities between the region and the rest of the country, with smoking-related disorders accounting for more than half of the life-expectancy gap.
Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (8/8) 
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Family of 7-month-old shares decision to donate following SIDS
Rowan Nickerson of Wenatchee, Wash., was 7 months old when she died from sudden infant death syndrome, and her parents, Olivia and Josh, chose to donate her tissue and heart valves through LifeNet Health Northwest. Olivia Nickerson said she did not expect to be asked about donation, but is glad she was.
The Monroe Monitor/Valley News (Wash.) (8/8) 
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Call for abstracts now open!
The National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) Program Planning Committee invites you to submit an abstract to present at the 34th annual conference taking place Oct. 17-21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. The planning committee and Education Provider Committee have identified the need to cover a wide range of topics that will appeal to both the novice and expert neonatal nurse. A list of topics and areas of interest is available online. We encourage you to suggest your own ideas, present your own research findings or share your knowledge on a topic of interest.
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