Aniña M. Pescatore

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Asthma and wheezing disorders are common chronic health problems in childhood. Breastfeeding provides health benefits, but it is not known whether or how breastfeeding decreases the risk of developing asthma. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies published between 1983 and 2012 on breastfeeding and asthma in children from the general(More)
We thank Michael Kramer for his insightful comments (1) on our systematic review and meta-analysis on breastfeeding and childhood asthma (2). Following a concise summary of our findings, he points out the high heterogeneity of the results and addresses issues that might explain this, namely the phenotypic variability of asthma, lack of objective(More)
BACKGROUND Among children with wheeze and recurrent cough there is great variation in clinical presentation and time course of the disease. We previously distinguished 5 phenotypes of wheeze and cough in early childhood by applying latent class analysis to longitudinal data from a population-based cohort (original cohort). OBJECTIVE To validate previously(More)
BACKGROUND Many preschool children have wheeze or cough, but only some have asthma later. Existing prediction tools are difficult to apply in clinical practice or exhibit methodological weaknesses. OBJECTIVE We sought to develop a simple and robust tool for predicting asthma at school age in preschool children with wheeze or cough. METHODS From a(More)
Impaired hand motor function resulting from neurological, psychiatric or orthopaedic disorders affects patients of all ages. Existing hand function assessment methods, e.g. rating scales, accelerometers and electromyographical devices, are often time-consuming to administer, subjective in interpretation and/or expensive. Graphonomic tests are gaining(More)
To enable convincing first-person interactions involving object manipulation, virtual reality systems need to represent the user's body in the virtual environment. Virtual body parts, particularly the arms and hands, must appear in the correct perceived spatial positions in a first-person view so that users can " take ownership " of them. One current method(More)
rituximab treatment in response to a severe obstructive ventilatory defect and, thus, our results do not preclude the potential efficacy of rituximab in less severe BO. Further studies are needed to determine whether rituximab is a valuable therapeutic option in chronic lung GVHD. Health consensus development project on criteria for clinical trials in(More)
— Virtual reality-based rehabilitation systems involving first-person object manipulation need to include representations of the patient's hands and arms in the virtual environment. The virtual arms and hands should appear in the correct first-person spatial positions to allow natural interaction with the system. Head-mounted displays have cost and motion(More)