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Hantavirus infections are endemic worldwide, and its incidence in Europe has been steadily increasing. In Western Europe, hantavirus infections are typically caused by Puumala hantavirus and cause nephropathia epidemica (NE), a mild form of haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome. Up to now, there is only little data about the course of acute NE in children, but it has been suggested that hantavirus infections take a lighter course in children when compared to adults. We performed a retrospective analysis of...
Dent disease type 1 (DD1) is a rare X-linked disorder caused mainly by CLCN5 mutations. Patients may present with nephrotic-range proteinuria leading to erroneous diagnosis of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and unnecessary immunosuppressive treatments.
Spina bifida (SB) patients are at increased risk for hydronephrosis, bladder storage and emptying problems, and renal failure that may require multiple bladder surgeries.
Kidney disease is a global public health problem, affecting over 750 million persons worldwide. The burden of kidney disease varies substantially across the world, as does its detection and treatment. In many settings, rates of kidney disease and the provision of its care are defined by socio-economic, cultural, and political factors leading to significant disparities. World Kidney Day 2019 offers an opportunity to raise awareness of kidney disease and highlight disparities in its burden and current state o...
The original version of this article unfortunately contained a mistake. The name of Vimal Chadha was presented incorrectly. The corrected author list is given above.
The original version of this article unfortunately contained two mistakes. The presentation of Table 1 and Fig. 1 was incorrect. The corrected versions are given below.
High volume haemodiafiltration (HDF) is associated with better survival than conventional haemodialysis (HD) in adults, but data concerning its use in children are lacking. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of paediatric HDF use and its associated factors in recent years in Italy.
Improving quality of care delivery is an important focus for all practicing physicians. Frontline clinicians are in a great position to identify clinical problems and find innovative solutions. The current review describes the method used for quality improvement based on the Model for Improvement, a structural framework to guide improvement work. At its basis are three fundamental questions: What are we trying to accomplish? How will I know that a change will lead to improvement? And what changes could we m...
Proper renal function relies on the tightly regulated development of nephrons and collecting ducts. This process, known as tubulogenesis, involves dynamic cellular and molecular changes that instruct cells to form highly organized tubes of epithelial cells which compartmentalize the renal interstitium and tubular lumen via assembly of a selective barrier. The integrity and diversity of the various renal epithelia is achieved via formation of intercellular protein complexes along the apical-basal axis of the...
The mammalian kidney is a complex organ that has several metabolically active cell types to aid in waste filtration, salt-water balance, and electrolyte homeostasis in the body. These functions are done primarily through the nephron, which relies on strict regulation of various metabolic pathways. Any deviations in the metabolic profile of nephrons or their precursor cells called nephron progenitors can lead to renal pathologies and abnormal development. Metabolism encompasses the mechanisms by which cells ...
Clinicians often use information about developmental outcomes in decision-making around offering complex, life-saving interventions in children such as dialysis and renal transplant. This information in children with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is limited, particularly when ESRD onset is in infancy or early childhood.
The optimal therapeutic regimen for children at onset of idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (INS) is still under debate. A better knowledge of the disease's course is necessary to design more appropriate and/or personalized treatment protocols.
Growth retardation is a major feature of chronic kidney disease (CKD) of onset in infants or children and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Several factors have been shown to play a causal role in the growth impairment of CKD. All these factors interfere with growth by disturbing the normal physiology of the growth plate of long bones. To facilitate the understanding of the pathogenesis of growth impairment in CKD, this review discusses cellular and molecular alterations of the growth pl...
The pathogenesis of autoinflammatory diseases has shed light on the concept of inflammation in general and on our understanding of the role of the innate immune system. The autoinflammatory diseases have a large spectrum with varying features of inflammation. The most common autoinflammatory diseases are those associated with periodic fevers. The delay in diagnosis of these four common diseases (familial Mediterranean fever, cryopyrin-associated periodic fever syndrome, mevalonate kinase deficiency, and TNF...
There are limited data to describe academic achievement outcomes for children with mild to moderate pediatric chronic kidney disease (CKD). The objective of this study was to describe the prevalence of low academic achievement in patients with mild to moderate CKD.
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is common in preterm infants, but specific therapies remain scarce. Recent studies have demonstrated an association between caffeine exposure and less frequent AKI in the first 7-10 days after birth. We hypothesized that patients with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and spontaneous intestinal perforation (SIP) would provide a better natural model of AKI to evaluate this association.
The endocapillary proliferative (EP) lesion is not included in the International Study of Kidney Disease in Children (ISKDC) pathological classification of Henoch-Schönlein purpura nephritis (HSPN). The main objective of the study was to determine the pathological importance of EP in the development of proteinuria in children with Henoch-Schönlein purpura nephritis (HSPN).
Childhood overweight and obesity affects more and more children. Whilst associations of childhood overweight with later outcomes such as hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease have been well documented, less is known about the association of childhood overweight and obesity with kidney disease. We review the existing evidence for the association of childhood obesity with markers of childhood and adult kidney disease. Whilst there is some evidence for an association, studies have not been able to ...
Cystinosis is an ultrarare disorder caused by mutations of the cystinosin (CTNS) gene, encoding a cystine-selective efflux channel in the lysosomes of all cells of the body. Oral therapy with cysteamine reduces intralysosomal cystine accumulation and slows organ deterioration but cannot reverse renal Fanconi syndrome nor prevent the eventual need for renal transplantation. A definitive therapeutic remains elusive. About 15% of cystinosis patients worldwide carry one or more nonsense mutations that halt tran...
In the clinical practice, prednisone (PDN) dose in children is often prescribed using the patient weight, despite dose calculation using body surface area (BSA) is assumed to be preferable, because it parallels better with PDN metabolism in human subjects.
Hemolytic uremic syndrome due to Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC-HUS) is the main cause of acute kidney injury in young children. Most fully recover kidney function; however, some develop long-term sequelae. We aimed to determine whether kidney injury 1 year after HUS onset is associated with long-term kidney outcome in pediatric STEC-HUS.
Providing proof of presence of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infection forms the basis for differentiating STEC-hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and atypical HUS. As the gold standard to diagnose STEC-HUS has limitations, using ELISA to detect serum antibodies against STEC lipopolysaccharides (LPS) has proven additional value. Yet, conventional LPS-ELISA has drawbacks, most importantly presence of cross-reactivity due to the conserved lipid A part of LPS. The newly described glyco-iELISA tackles this ...