Janet E Walstab

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Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) was diagnosed in 1928 of 35,253 (5.5%) tested pregnancies at the Mercy Maternity Hospital in Melbourne between 1979 and the end of 1988. Compared with women born in Australia and New Zealand, the incidence of GDM was significantly greater in women born on the Indian subcontinent (15%); in women born in Africa (9.4%),(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the causes of death and the characteristics of children with cerebral palsy that had died over a 25-year period in Victoria, Australia. METHODOLOGY Names of children that had died were collected from the Victorian Cerebral Palsy Register. Their hospital records were studied and information was gathered about age of death, motor(More)
OBJECTIVES Children with cerebral palsy (CP) have special health care needs. The aim of the study was to evaluate the inpatient care of children with CP, as perceived by their parents. METHODS Forty parents of children with CP and 90 parents of able-bodied children completed a questionnaire designed to evaluate their perception of their child's hospital(More)
INTRODUCTION There is debate about the type and intensity of early childhood intervention that is most helpful for children with developmental problems. The aim of the study was to determine whether a home-based programme provided over 12 months resulted in sustained improvement in development and behaviour 12 months after the intervention ceased. The(More)
The incidence of fetal malformations in a teaching hospital was determined by prospective study of 10,454 consecutively born infants. One or more major malformation was detected in 424 (4-1%) and one or more minor malformation was detected in 680 (6-5%). Major malformations were more common in stillborn infants (14-1%), in those who died in the neonatal(More)
Growth percentiles require periodic revision because of changes in the ethnic mix of a population and socioeconomic factors. Anthropometric measurements were derived from singleton livebirths, without lethal malformations, from 22 completed weeks' gestation, at the Mercy Hospital for Women, Melbourne, from 1980 to 1989 (49,429 infants). Infants were(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the value of measuring serum triglyceride (TG) levels early in pregnancy for predicting late-gestation glucose tolerance and neonatal birth weight ratio (BWR) (birth weight corrected for gestational age). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS The relationships between morning nonfasting TG measured early in pregnancy (gestational age 12 +/- 6(More)
BACKGROUND Functional abilities and social outcomes of young adults with cerebral palsy (CP) are relatively under-researched. Improvements in paediatric care have extended the expectation of achieving adulthood to 90%. METHOD Young adults aged 20-30 years with CP (n = 335) were compared to a population-based control group (n = 2,152) of the same age.(More)
In a study of 1216 pregnancies, 427 (35%) patients reported hand symptoms. Symptoms of the same quality and distribution were reported by 40 (30%) of 132 control subjects within the previous year, and although invariably mild, these symptoms suggest that pregnancy may aggravate a pre-existing condition. Fewer than 20% of the 427 affected patients described(More)