Christine Vervel

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In early 2009, four human cases of cowpox virus cutaneous infection in northern France, resulting from direct contact with infected pet rats (Rattus norvegicus), were studied. Pet rats, originating from the same pet store, were shown to be infected by a unique virus strain. Infection was then transmitted to humans who purchased or had contact with pet rats.
To determine the biological criteria for neonatal vitamin D deficiency, serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (calcidiol), parathyroid hormone (PTH), calcium, phosphates, and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity were measured during the winter-spring period in 80 healthy neonates and their mothers 3-6 d after delivery. A longitudinal 3-mo survey of the serum biology of(More)
INTRODUCTION A nursery nurse that was working in the neonatology service had been diagnosed with tuberculosis. As a consequence, the newborn infants were in danger of a possible contamination during a 4-month period. METHODOLOGY One hundred and thirty kids that had been in touch with the nurse were given attention. Prophylactic treatment for three months(More)
We report on upper limb anomalies in two children with a complete DiGeorge sequence: conotruncal defects, hypocalcemia, thymic aplasia, and facial anomalies. One child had preaxial polydactyly, and the other had club hands with hypoplastic first metacarpal. In both patients, molecular analysis documented a 22q11 deletion. To our knowledge, limb anomalies(More)
We report 2 observations in young girls who, after exposure to domestic rats from the same pet shop, presented with inflammatory and necrotic skin wounds in the neck and face. Since lesions did not improve with antibiotic therapy, surgical excision of necrosis healed the wounds, with a 2nd intervention necessary in 1 patient. All bacteriological(More)
Congenital afibrinogenemia is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by the complete absence of detectable fibrinogen. We previously identified the first causative mutations for this disease in a non-consanguineous Swiss family. These were homozygous deletions of approximately 11 kb of the fibrinogen alpha chain gene (FGA). Our subsequent study(More)
BACKGROUND Administration of oral vitamin D supplements has been the usual strategy used in France for the prevention of rickets. But this strategy needs reevaluation since the fortification of infant formulas with vitamin D is authorized in this country. We report the effects of oral daily supplements of vitamin D on the calcium metabolism and vitamin D(More)
BACKGROUND The incidence of childhood type 1 diabetes (T1D) incidence is rising in many countries, supposedly because of changing environmental factors, which are yet largely unknown. The purpose of the study was to unravel environmental markers associated with T1D. METHODS Cases were children with T1D from the French Isis-Diab cohort. Controls were(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare the coping strategies of adolescents with borderline personality disorder (BPD) to the coping strategies of adolescents without BPD, and to explore the association of coping with suicidal ideation and attempts among adolescents with BPD. METHOD Adolescent inpatients (n = 167) aged 13 to 17 years were admitted after suicide attempts(More)
The annual incidence of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is presently 1.3 case p. 1,000 alive births. The most severe forms of BPD are characterized by a prolonged oxygen-dependence and a spontaneous evolution marked by numerous complications which could be life-threatening. We studied retrospectively 65 premature infants with BPD who underwent ventilation(More)
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