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Jun, 2021

The birth of the UNIVERSAL project – a back story

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A while ago, we sat with Marc Lallemant – the scientific coordinator of the UNIVERSAL project led by Penta, for a quick chat. It was an eye-opening discussion that delved into the early beginnings and the birth of the project. According to Marc, TUTI pronounced as “tutti” in Italian (meaning everyone) was the name initially settled for. He further went on to clarify that TUTI had no Italian origin and was an acronym with a full meaning – Towards Universal Treatment of children in Africa. It was from this acronym […]

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Jun, 2021

Prof Adilia Warris takes top prize at ESPID 2021 

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The Bill Marshal award is awarded to an individual who has accomplished prominent achievements in clinical practice, teaching or research in paediatric infectious diseases. In 2014 Adilia Warris launched, and now chairs, the European Paediatric Mycology Network (EPMyN), which aims to improve the management and understanding of paediatric fungal infections. She also leads on several European multicentre studies including the Penta funded EUROCANDY study on the clinical epidemiology of paediatric candidemia, the cASPerCF study on aspergillus infections in cystic fibrosis in the c4c project and PASOAP, a UK multicentre study assessing antifungal prescribing practices and […]

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Jun, 2021

The use of mobile technologies for early detection of arbovirus infections in pregnancy

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The great expansion of mobile technology across the globe has facilitated the use of smartphone applications to improve health systems and engage people in public health processes. This approach has been specially applied in low and middle income countries where capitalizing on the ubiquity of mobile technology infrastructure can help to overcome widespread health system barriers such as health personnel shortages, cost of health service, and transportation. Mobile health (mHealth) is a growing field with several applications in maternal and child health programmes dedicated to health monitoring, surveillance, and information […]

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Jun, 2021

A conceptual approach to the rationale for SARS-CoV-2 vaccine allocation prioritisation

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Authors: MK. Vasconcelos, C. Marazia, M. Koniordou, H. Fangerau, I. Drexler & AAA. Awuah Published in: Taylor and Francis Online   ABSTRACT Currently vaccines protecting from COVID-19 are a scarce resource. Prioritising vaccination for certain groups of society is placed in a context of uncertainty due to changing evidence on the available vaccines and changing infection dynamics. To meet accepted ethical standards of procedural justice and individual autonomy, vaccine allocation strategies need to state reasons for prioritisation explicitly while at the same time communicating the expected risks and benefits of vaccination at […]

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Jun, 2021

Young infants exhibit robust functional antibody responses and restrained IFN-γ production to SARS-CoV-2

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Authors: A. Goenka, A. Halliday, M. Gregorova, E. Milodowski, A. Thomas, MK. Williamson, H. Baum, E. Oliver, AE. Long, L. Knezevic, AJK. Williams, V. Lampasona, L. Piemonti, K. Gupta, ND. Bartolo, I. Berger, AM. Toye, B. Vipond, P. Muir, J. Bernatoniene, M. Bailey, KM. Gillespie, AD. Davidson, L. Wooldridge, L. Rivino, A. Finn Published in: Cell Reports Medicine   Summary: Severe COVID-19 appears rare in children. This is unexpected, especially in young infants, who are vulnerable to severe disease caused by other respiratory viruses. We evaluate convalescent immune responses in four […]

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Jun, 2021

Brain MRI and neurocognitive characteristics of children with perinatal HIV infection in Russia: a retrospective cross-sectional study

 

Authors: MB. García,  L. Okhonskaya,  E. Voronin,  V. Rozenberg,  M. Titova,  T. Kovalenko,  A. Turkova,  IJ. Collins,  S. Crichton,  C. Velo Higueras,  MI. Gonzalez-Tomé,  JT. Ramos-Amador,  AMD. Aragón, on behalf of the REACH/EPPICC research groups Published in: ESPID   Abstract Method: Retrospective cross-sectional study,  Republican Children’s Infectious Diseases Hospital (Saint Petersburg, Sept. 2013- July 2015) 39 consecutive children in routine follow up underwent Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-III) assessment Linked to clinical data including immune and virological status MRI assessment were independently reviewed by 2 radiologists Presence and number of focal white matter (WM) lesions Diffuse WM hyperintensities Global or regional […]

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Jun, 2021

Association of Maternal SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Pregnancy With Neonatal Outcomes

 

Authors: M. Norman, L. Navér, J. Söderling, M. Ahlberg, HH. Askling, B. Aronsson, E. Byström, MSc; J. Jonsson, V. Sengpiel, JF. Ludvigsson, S. Håkansson, O. Stephansson Published in: JAMA Network   Abstract Importance  The outcomes of newborn infants of women testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 in pregnancy is unclear. Objective  To evaluate neonatal outcomes in relation to maternal SARS-CoV-2 test positivity in pregnancy. Design, Setting, and Participants  Nationwide, prospective cohort study based on linkage of the Swedish Pregnancy Register, the Neonatal Quality Register, and the Register for Communicable Diseases. Ninety-two percent of all live […]

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Jun, 2021

Clinical characteristics of children and young people admitted to hospital with covid-19 in United Kingdom: prospective multicentre observational cohort study

 

Authors: OV. Swann, KA. Holden, L. Turtle, L. Pollock, CJ Fairfield, TM Drake, S. Seth, C. Egan, HE. Hardwick, S. Halpin, M. Girvan, C. Donohue, M. Pritchard, LB. Patel, S. Ladhani, L. Sigfrid, IP. Sinha, PL. Olliaro, JS. Nguyen-Van-Tam, PW. Horby, L. Merson, G. Carson, J. Dunning, PJM. Openshaw, JK. Baillie, EM. Harrison, AB. Docherty, MG. Semple, On behalf of ISARIC4C Investigators Published in: The BMJ   Abstract Objective: To characterise the clinical features of children and young people admitted to hospital with laboratory confirmed severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus […]

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