Neurodevelopmental Outcomes of Preterm Birth: From Childhood to Adult Life

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The improved survival of very preterm and very low birth weight infants in recent decades has been associated with an increase in the prevalence of physical and neurodevelopmental problems. Attention is increasingly being focused on the quality of life of survivors, who are at greater risk of brain damage and consequent neurological disorders, and neuropsychological and behavioural impairments. In this volume, leading experts present a comprehensive and up-to-date perspective on research in various aspects of the long-term consequences of very preterm birth. As well as extending existing knowledge of the neurodevelopmental sequelae following very preterm birth, a shared aim of this burgeoning body of research is to identify the mechanisms underlying variations in outcome, and thus recognise subgroups of children who are at increased risk of neurodevelopmental problems, for whom appropriate intervention strategies can be devised. Pediatricians, neurologists, psychiatrists and psychologists will all find this to be essential reading.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521871792
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Chiara Nosarti is Lecturer in Mental Health Studies and Neuroimaging, Institute of Psychiatry at the Maudsley, King's College London, London, UK.

Robin M. Murray is Professor of Psychiatric Research, Institute of Psychiatry at the Maudsley, King's College London, London, UK.

Maureen Hack is Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA.

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Table of Contents

Sect. 1 Introduction

1 Epidemiology of preterm birth Stefan Johansson Johansson, Stefan Sven Cnattigius Cnattigius, Sven 1

2 The changing face of intensive care for preterm newborns John Wyatt Wyatt, John 17

3 Clinical outcome: neurological sequelae following preterm birth Ingeborg Krageloh-Mann Krageloh-Mann, Ingeborg 30

Sect. 2 Neuroimaging

4 Imaging the preterm brain Terrie E. Inder Inder, Terrie E. Russell K. Lawrence Lawrence, Russell K. Jeffrey J. Neil Neil, Jeffrey J. 39

5 Structural magnetic resonance imaging Richard W. I. Cooke Cooke, Richard W. I. 54

6 Magnetic resonance imaging findings from adolescence to adulthood Matthew P. G. Allin Allin, Matthew P. G. Muriel Walshe Walshe, Muriel Chiara Nosarti Nosarti, Chiara 68

7 Functional neuroimaging following very preterm birth Chiara Nosarti Nosarti, Chiara Larry Rifkin Rifkin, Larry 76

8 Diffusion tensor imaging findings in preterm and low birth weight populations Matthew P. G. Allin Allin, Matthew P. G. 97

Sect. 3 Behavioral outcome

9 Behavioral outcome of preterm birth in childhood and adolescence Elaine Healy Healy, Elaine 113

10 Preterm birth and fetal growth in relation to adult psychopathology Christina M. Hultman Hultman, Christina M. Chiara Nosarti Nosarti, Chiara 127

Sect. 4 Neuropsychological outcome

11 Cognitive and functional outcomes of children born preterm Betty R. Vohr Vohr, Betty R. 141

12 Methodological considerations in neurodevelopmental outcome studies of infants born prematurely Glen P. Aylward Aylward, Glen P. 164

13 Language function after preterm birth Teresa M. Rushe Rushe, Teresa M. 176

14 A cognitive neuroscience perspective on the development of memory in children born preterm Michelle de Haan de Haan, Michelle 185

15 Executive function development in preterm children Peter J. Anderson Anderson, Peter J. Kelly Howard Howard, Kelly Lex W. Doyle Doyle, Lex W. 195

Sect. 5 Applied research

16 Academic performance and learning disabilities H. Gerry Taylor Taylor, H. Gerry 209

17 Pathways of risk and resiliency after prematurity: role of socioeconomic status Michael E. Msall Msall, Michael E. Mary C. Sullivan Sullivan, Mary C. Jennifer Park Park, Jennifer 224

18 Cognitive and behavioral interventions Marie C. McCormick McCormick, Marie C. Beth McManus McManus, Beth 237

Sect. 6 Conclusions

19 Integrative summary and future directions Chiara Nosarti Nosarti, Chiara Robin M. Murray Murray, Robin M. Maureen Hack Hack, Maureen 251

Index 265

Color plate section between pp. 150 and 151

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