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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)
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)
AIM To identify antenatal and intrapartum factors contributing to the aetiology of cerebral palsy (CP). METHODS A case-control study using moderate/severe cases of cerebral palsy identified from the Victorian Cerebral Palsy Register and two controls per case identified through the Victorian Perinatal Data Collection Unit. RESULTS A number of previously(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)
Gestational diabetes is associated with an increased risk of fetal macrosomia and perinatal death. Immigrant mothers from Vietnam who delivered in the Mercy Hospital for Women between January 1, 1979 and December 31, 1990 were investigated to assess their risk of gestational diabetes, the factors that were associated with gestational diabetes, and the(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aimed to (1) investigate whether provision of a home-based program in addition to a center-based program improves development in young children with disabilities and coping abilities of their families and (2) describe the characteristics of children and families who benefit most from the intervention. METHODS Fifty-nine children, aged(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify factors during the neonatal period that are associated with the subsequent development of cerebral palsy (CP). DESIGN Case-control study. SETTING Ten hospitals in Victoria, Australia. SAMPLE Cases were babies with moderate or severe CP identified from the Victorian Cerebral Palsy Register. Controls were matched with cases for(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)
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)
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)