Essex baby with heart defect died waiting for operation

Iris Day, who was born with a heart defect and Down's syndrome, died on December 2 last year, a week before she was due to have surgery on December 9 at a London hospital.
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AbstractBirth defects are important causes of neonatal morbidity and mortality. A good understanding of the etiology is a vital step toward developing improved treatment and preventive strategies. We conducted an audit of medical records of newborns with birth abnormalities in a tertiary hospital over a 10 ‐year period, using a Pro forma designed to collect information on obstetric history, antenatal history, sociodemographics of parents, and the type of birth abnormality. Of the 180 medical records reviewed, female babies were 92 (51.1%) and male babies were 86 (47.8%). The mean age of the fathers was 38.2 + 6...
Source: Pharmacology Research and Perspectives - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
When Noah Shulman was born a few days after Christmas 2016, his parents Kristelle and Evan had no reason to worry about him. The pregnancy went smoothly, and so did the birth. But within a few days of taking his first breath, Noah began to struggle. He wasn’t feeding, so he started losing weight. He was also lethargic. Several pediatricians reassured the Shulmans that they were probably just overly sensitive to Noah’s symptoms because Kristelle is a nurse and Evan is a physician assistant–a case of first-time-parent-white-coat syndrome. “They kind of dismissed us as neurotic parents,” says Eva...
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In this study, we present a computational method to distinguish DS patients with AVSD from those without AVSD using the newly proposed self-normalizing neural network (SNN). First, each patient was encoded by using the copy number of probes on chromosome 21. The encoded features were ranked by the reliable Monte Carlo feature selection (MCFS) method to obtain a ranked feature list. Based on this feature list, we used a two-stage incremental feature selection to construct two series of feature subsets and applied SNNs to build classifiers to identify optimal features. Results show that 2737 optimal features were obtained, a...
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Conclusion Despite the media headlines and scaremongering, ADHD is never mentioned in the study. The researchers cite animal studies which suggest increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol may speed up development before birth. They say this may prevent proper maturation of the organs and so could cause any "mental or physical illness" occurring later in life, such as ADHD. However, for ethical reasons, the levels of stress hormones in the amniotic fluid were only measured once in this study. This means we are unable to tell whether they changed during periods of maternal stress or during the pregnancy. Tho...
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This study shows that lifespan-extending conditions can slow molecular changes associated with an epigenetic clock in mice livers. Diverse interventions that extend mouse lifespan suppress shared age-associated epigenetic changes at critical gene regulatory regions Age-associated epigenetic changes are implicated in aging. Notably, age-associated DNA methylation changes comprise a so-called aging "clock", a robust biomarker of aging. However, while genetic, dietary and drug interventions can extend lifespan, their impact on the epigenome is uncharacterised. To fill this knowledge gap, we defined...
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Down's syndrome occurs when a person has three, rather than two copies of chromosome 21; or the specific area of chromosome 21 implicated in causing Down's syndrome. It is the commonest congenital cause of mental disability and also leads to numerous metabolic and structural problems. It can be life-threatening, or lead to considerable ill health, although some individuals have only mild problems and can lead relatively normal lives. Having a baby with Down's syndrome is likely to have a significant impact on family life.Non-invasive screening based on biochemical analysis of maternal serum or...
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Conclusion This narrative review summarises past research on DNA changes that may occur as a result of a father's age and exposures that could be passed on to his children. In particular, the review discusses animal and human studies that have linked changes in offspring with increasing paternal age, stress and substance use.   But this review must largely be considered to only be an opinion piece. We don't know how the researchers identified, appraised and selected the studies they discussed. As such, there is a strong possibility that not all animal and human research relevant to the issue of paternal epigen...
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WASHINGTON -- Sarah Palin urged Ohio lawmakers to pass a state bill that would bar women from getting abortions solely because they do not wish to have a baby with Down syndrome, claiming on Sunday that society has pressured women into such abortions. "Culture has told these women ... you're not capable of being able to handle and nurture and love and raise a child with special needs," the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” The Ohio legislature is currently considering the bill, which has been endorsed by the National Right to Life Committee. Because a majorit...
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I'd like to introduce you to Ariana, aka "Squishy," the sweet, sassy and seriously adorable 2-year-old that has stolen my heart. From the moment I discovered her via her mother's Instagram page, it was love at first sight. But it isn't just her chubby cheeks, infectious giggle and megawatt smile that have me captivated -- it's also the fact that Squishy has Down syndrome. I grew up with a brother who has special needs, so watching Squishy's life unfold in a series of beautiful Instagram photos and videos really hits home for me. Although my brother doesn't specifically have DS, there is something uniquely amaz...
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Dear Addison, Five years ago today, we met you for the very first time. Your body was broken. Your cry was weak. Your grasp was nonexistent. Your muscle tone was low. I will never forget bending over your bed in the NICU isolation room with my mind full of questions. I didn't know how to be a mother, let alone to a baby who was so sick. I didn't know how to love a baby, let alone a baby with Down syndrome. I wish I could say that after 20 weeks of pregnancy worrying about that call from the genetics counselor informing us that "your daughter has Trisomy 21," I held you and all worries fled. I wish I cou...
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