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OBJECTIVE To describe policies towards family visiting in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) and compare findings with those of a survey carried out 10 years earlier. METHODS A questionnaire on early developmental care practices was mailed to 362 units in eight European countries (Sweden, Denmark, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain and(More)
We present an algorithm to generate a cell-and-portal decomposition of general indoor scenes. The method is an adaptation of the 3D watershed transform, computed on a distance-to-geometry sampled field. The watershed is processed using a flooding analogy in the distance field space. Flooding originates from local minima, each minimum producing a region.(More)
We report on newborn monozygotic twins with a Noonan-like phenotype, and multiple congenital anomalies due to a monocentric recombinant chromosome 18. The mother carried a paracentric inversion of the long arm of chromosome 18, inv(18)(q21.1q22.3). Cytogenetic, fluorescent in situ hybridization, comparative genomic hybridization and DNA marker analyses(More)
In infants who have experienced prenatal or perinatal injury, it is often difficult, on the basis of clinical examination and conventional investigations (electroencephalogram, cranial ultrasound scan), to diagnose those with brain damage and to predict the type and the severity of subsequent neurological handicaps. We investigated the predictive value of(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine mortality and morbidity at discharge from the hospital of a large population-based cohort of infants who were born at <or=26 weeks' gestation. METHODS Perinatal data were collected on extremely preterm infants who were alive at the onset of labor and born between January 1, 1999, and December 31, 2000, in all 19 Belgian perinatal(More)
The application of regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) study by means of lipophilic radiotracers and single photon emission computed (SPECT) devices in very young infants is hampered by the considerable changes of rCBF pattern as a result of the cerebral maturation process. In an attempt to determine the normal evolution of [123I]IMP SPECT pattern as a(More)
The objective of the present study was to develop a cellular phenotype assay for nucleotide excision repair (NER), using benzo[a]pyrene diol epoxide (BPDE) as model mutagen. Since in vitro exposure to BPDE may lead to DNA strand breaks resulting from both direct interaction with DNA and incisions introduced by the repair enzymes, we aimed to discriminate(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare, in a large representative sample of European neonatal intensive care units, the policies and practices regarding parental involvement and holding babies in the kangaroo care position as well as differences in the tasks mothers and fathers are allowed to carry out. DESIGN Prospective multicenter survey. SETTING Neonatal intensive(More)
The effect of diabetic control upon EEG has seldom been studied. In the present investigation, a significant positive correlation between EEG abnormalities and degree of diabetic control was found, but no definite increase was noted in relation to the duration of diabetes. Eighty per cent of our patients having more than 5 severe hypoglycemic attacks showed(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the use of heel blood sampling and non-pharmacological analgesia in a large representative sample of neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in eight European countries, and compare their self-reported practices with evidence-based recommendations. METHODS Information on use of heel blood sampling and associated procedures (oral sweet(More)