Jacobs Journal of Pediatrics
Articles in Press
Volume 1 Issue 1
From Resilience to Empowerment: The Path of Childhood Cancer Survivors
Massimo LM* and Wiley TJ
Treatment outcomes in childhood cancer patients have dramatically improved over the last 40 years, achieving a survival rate above 80%. At the same time, with increased survival the delayed effects linked both to therapies and to the psychosocial implications of the disease itself have become manifest. Those most commonly identified, but in a low percentage, are an increased incidence of organ defects, growth retardation, sterility, second malignancies, and neuropsychological and cognitive disturbances. Published reports on the late health effects and quality of life in childhood cancer survivors focus principally on current perceptions of prominent indicators like social life, education, occupation, fertility and marriage.
Infantile Growth Hormone Deficiency and X- Linked Adrenal Hypoplasia Congenita
Stephanie T. Chung*, Carolyn H. Chi, Morey W. Haymond, George S, Jeha
X-linked adrenal hypoplasia congenita (AHC) is a rare but important cause of primary adrenal insufficiency and can be associated with significant morbidity and mortality. AHC is caused by mutations within the NROB1 gene that codes for the DAX-1 protein, an orphan nuclear receptor essential for the development of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Affected individuals typically present in early infancy with adrenal insufficiency and growth is usually normal once medical therapy is instituted. Here we report the first case of growth hormone deficiency in an infant with AHC and a novel NR0B1 missense mutation.
Utility of Phase Angle to Identify Responders with Acute Airway Obstruction in the Emergency Room
Elena Rodriguez, MD, MSP*; Kathryn Giordano, DO; Nicole Green, MD; Milena Hirata Armani, MD, MBA; Magdy W. Attia, MD; and Thomas H. Shaffer, MSE, PhD
Asthma exacerbations represent a significant proportion of pediatric emergency department (ED) visits, with higher at-risk based emergency visits than adults. Management decisions are largely based on respiratory physical examination findings (wheezing, air entry, contraction of accessory respiratory muscles), vital signs [heart rate (HR), respiratory rate (RR)], and pulse oximetry; currently these components are integrated completely or partially into an emergency severity assessment, creating different clinical scoring systems.
Glucometer Manipulation in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
Holley Allen*,MD,MSPH, Rebecca G. Feinberg, MPH, Stacey M.Dipalma MD, Alexander B. Knee, MS
This study sought to determine the frequency of and reasons for manipulation of glucometers in adolescents with Type 1 diabetes. Using a cross sectional study design, adolescents with Type 1 diabetes who attended Baystate Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic, completed a brief, confidential questionnaire assessing intentional glucometer manipulation. Eligible subjects were aged 12-22 years with a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis for greater than two years.
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: Are Safe Environment Training Programs Effective? A Topical Review of the Literature
Angelo P. Giardino MD, PhD, Kavita Desai Esq, Dawn Lew Esq., Mary Jane Doerr, BA, MA, Bernie Nojadera, BA, MSW
Child victims of sexual abuse face a number of short and long-term difficulties as a result of their victimization. Prevention of child sexual abuse is ideal since the victimization would be stopped prior to a child being harmed and suffering the consequences of such betrayal of trust and abuse. The literature surrounding child sexual abuse prevention programs, typically called “safe environment training” is examined to determine the evidence for their effectiveness. This topical review explores the evidence to support core elements in the curricular structure that may indicate effectiveness.
Three Theories that Explain why Male Antisocial Behavior in Childhood Predicts Male Antisocial Behavior in Adulthood
There is strong evidence from prospective longitudinal studies that psychopathology in childhood robustly predicts psychopathology in adulthood. Lahey has recently reviewed three of the major theories for this strong predictive correlation. This article will present a brief overview of these theories as applied to male life-course-persistent (MLCP) antisocial behavior which is arguably the most important of all pediatric mental health problems. MLCP refers to the childhood onset of severe overt conduct problems such as physical aggression, opposition-defiance, and rule-breaking that emerge from early neurodevelopmental (e.g., Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and environmental adversity risk factors (e.g., dysfunctional family) which greatly increases the risk for delinquency, adult criminality, and a host of other problems.
A Systematic Review of Cardiac Autonomic Modulation in Mothers and Their Infants
Arthur Ferreira Vale, Mayara Kelly Alves Ribeiro, Yanley Lucio Nogueira, Tereza Raquel Alcântara Silva, Maria Bárbara Franco Gomes, Karina Simões, Ana Cristina Silva Rebelo*
This study was motivated by a clinical concern about infant growth, seeking to contribute to the comfort and wellbeing of preterm neonates. Neurobehavioral development can be improved through kangaroo care (KC), particularly when this care begins early. It is known that heart activity is largely modulated by the autonomic nervous system (ANS), which promotes rapid adjustments to the cardiovascular system in reaction to different stimuli such as stress, physical exercise and postural changes in normal and pathological conditions.
Do Pediatric Residents Learn Resuscitation from Pediatric Advanced Life Support (Pals) Training?
Nicole Baier MD, Tom Kallay MD, Nick Anas MD, Richard Mink MD, MACM*
The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course is designed to teach the pediatric provider initial stabilization of critically ill children and residency programs often employ it as the main method to achieve this. We hypothesized that although PALS may initially teach residents the knowledge and skills needed to resuscitate children, this information is not retained.
I.V. Levetiracetam versus Phenobarbitone in Neonatal Seizures A Randomized, Single Blind Prospective Clinical Trial
Adel A. H. Mahmoud FRCP, MRCPCH, Ayman Tagelsir Abdalla SSC Ped, SF Neo, Ahmed M. A. Elajab MD, MRCPCH, Ahmed A. Mansy MSc, M.D
Seizures in neonates are relatively common. Only few studies are available about the safety and efficacy of antiepileptic drugs used for treatment of neonatal seizures. The standard treatment has been Phenobarbitone (PB). Usually it is given as intravenous (I.V.) and followed when it is successful, by the oral form. Recently Levetiracetam (LEV) was studied with promising results. Here we compare the safety and efficacy of LEV with PB in the treatment of neonatal seizures.
Clinical Investigation of Kawasaki Disease in Patients aged Five years or Older at Onset
Eiichi Yamamoto, MD, Takashi Higaki, MD*, Takeshi Nakano, MD, Ryusuke Watanabe, MD, Kyoko Konishi, MD, Yoshihiro Takahashi, MD, Yasushi Ishida, MD, Eiichi Ishii, MD
Kawasaki disease (KD), first reported 47 years ago, is a vasculitis of still unknown etiology. Approximately 10,000 patients are diagnosed with KD every year in Japan, and this number is gradually increasing. The disease most commonly develops during infancy and early childhood (up to 4 years old), and its incidence peaks around 1 year. The most debilitating feature is the development or persistence of coronary artery damage during the acute phase. Coronary artery dilation or coronary aneurysm developed in approximately 10% of these patients.