Geoffrey Ford

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The aims of this study were to determine the motor outcome of extremely-low-birthweight (ELBW; <1000g) or very preterm (<28wks) children compared with normal birthweight (NBW) children, to establish the perinatal associations of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and its cognitive and behavioural consequences. Participants were consecutive surviving(More)
Antenatal corticosteroid therapy substantially improves the survival rate of preterm infants, with few side effects. Higher blood pressure in adulthood has been described in several animal species after exposure to antenatal corticosteroids, but there are no similar reports in humans. The objective of the present study was to determine the relationship(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this work was to determine the relationship between lung function in late adolescence and bronchopulmonary dysplasia, to establish whether lung function changed more from earlier in childhood in those with bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and to assess the effect of different definitions of bronchopulmonary dysplasia on respiratory(More)
A large cohort of consecutive live births with gestational ages assessed antenatally from 24 to 28 weeks from one tertiary center was studied to determine the association between mode of delivery and in-hospital mortality and morbidity and morbidity at two years of age. Between 1 January 1977 and 31 March 1982, 52.8% (172 of 326) of such infants survived(More)
The occipitofrontal circumference was measured in all available children in the following cohorts at ages 2, 5, and 8 years: group 1, consisting of 79 children with birth weight between 500 and 999 g; group 2, with 111 children with birth weight between 1000 and 1499 g; and group 3 with 56 children with birth weight greater than 2500 g; all were white with(More)
Information on the likelihood of catch up growth in poorly grown very low birthweight children is sparse. The centiles for weight, height, and head circumference were recorded at both 2 and 5 years of age for 135 very low birthweight children and 42 normal birthweight children. At both ages significantly more children of very low birth weight were under the(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the growth and pubertal development of very low-birth-weight (VLBW) children (birth weight <1500 g) and normal-birth-weight (NBW) children (birth weight >2499 g) to adolescence to determine if, and at what age, VLBW children "catch up." DESIGN Inception cohort study to age 14 years. SETTING Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne,(More)
Apart from higher rates of mortality and adverse neurosensory outcome, extremely low birth weight (ELBW, birth weight 500-999 g) children have more hospital readmissions and other health problems in the early years after discharge than do normal birth weight (NBW, birth weight >2499 g) children. Respiratory illnesses, including lower respiratory infections,(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the sensorineural outcome at 2 years of age in a complete cohort of survivors of fetal intravascular transfusions. METHODS From March 1984 to May 1990, 38 of 52 consecutive fetuses (73%) suffering from severe erythroblastosis survived attempted intravascular transfusions at the Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne. At 2 years of age,(More)