Kerstin Albertsson-Wikland

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Plasticity in developmental programming has evolved in order to provide the best chances of survival and reproductive success to the organism under changing environments. Environmental conditions that are experienced in early life can profoundly influence human biology and long-term health. Developmental origins of health and disease and life-history(More)
To provide basic information on the normal functioning of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis in relation to pubertal development, growth (weight and height), body composition, and gender and to obtain reference data for serum cortisol concentrations in children, we investigated the basal circadian rhythm of serum cortisol in a group of 235 healthy(More)
OBJECTIVE Leptin, the obese gene product, is thought to regulate body fat through its action on hypothalamic receptors that influence satiety. The hormonal regulation of leptin is important, since it might affect adiposity. Leptin regulation in man is poorly understood. We studied the relation between endogenous cortisol and leptin levels as well as the(More)
BACKGROUND Growth charts and child growth assessment have become prime global instruments in child health practice over the 30 years. An updated, continuous growth standard that bridges size at birth values with postnatal growth values can improve child growth screening and monitoring. METHODS This novel growth chart was constructed from two sources of(More)
BACKGROUND Growth hormone (GH) contributes to insulin resistance, but whether children treated with GH are at increased risk of diabetes has not been established. We undertook a retrospective analysis of data from an international pharmacoepidemiological survey of children treated with GH to find out the incidence of impaired glucose tolerance and types 1(More)
The impact of the adoption of the new biosynthetic growth hormone (GH) WHO International Reference Preparation (IRP 88/624), and the recommendation to report results in microgram/L instead of mU/L, is described. Conversion factors were determined by comparing both the linear and nonlinear relations of the GH values. The Pharmacia polyclonal IRMA (p-IRMA)(More)
BACKGROUND There is uncertainty about the health of children born from in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) with cryopreserved embryos. We investigated the postnatal growth and health (up to 18 months) of these children compared with those born after standard IVF with fresh embryos and those from spontaneous pregnancies. METHODS 255 children from cryopreserved(More)
BACKGROUND Mathematical models can be used to predict individual growth responses to growth hormone (GH) therapy. The aim of this study was to construct and validate high-precision models to predict the growth response to GH treatment of short children, independent of their GH status, birth size and gestational age. As the GH doses are included, these(More)
OBJECTIVE In children with coeliac disease, the ingestion of gluten causes small intestinal inflammation and a clinical picture of malabsorption, weight reduction and short stature. Decreased alkaline phosphatase (ALP) during gluten challenge was found in a previous study. ALP is a marker of bone formation and ALP activities are correlated with growth(More)
BACKGROUND Pretreatment auxological variables, such as birth size and parental heights, are important predictors of the growth response to GH treatment. For children with missing pretreatment data, published prediction models cannot be used. The objective was to construct and validate a prediction model for children with missing background data based on the(More)