Updates from Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology –March 2022

Updates from Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology –March 2022

18th March, 2022

Welcome to the March issue of the Mac Keith Press newsletter.


SINDA: Standardized Infant NeuroDevelopmental Assessment

Mijna Hadders-Algra, Uta Tacke, Joachim Pietz, Heike Philippi

Is there a way to accurately predict neurodevelopmental disability within the first year of life? Standardized Infant NeuroDevelopmental Assessment (SINDA) has been developed as a screening instrument for infants aged 6 weeks to 12 months corrected age, to assist early detection of infants at high risk of neurodevelopmental disorders. It is the first developmental instrument to allow a comprehensive (360-degree) approach including “all” dimensions of development. With assessment in less than 10 minutes, SINDA can be used quickly in virtually any environment and requires only simple equipment.

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Volcanoes in Iceland: How it all started with SINDA
In this blog post, Mac Keith Press author, Mijna Hadders-Algra reflects on how her upcoming book, SINDA: Standardized Infant NeuroDevelopmental Assessment was conceived and how an Icelandic Volcano played a pivoted role. Vist the blog here


Key papers this month

Declining trends in birth prevalence and severity of singletons with cerebral palsy of prenatal or perinatal origin in Australia: A population-based observational study
This study assesses trends in birth prevalence, disability severity, and motor type for children with pre- or perinatally acquired cerebral palsy. The authors found birth prevalence and moderate–severe disability declined in Australian singletons between 1995 and 2014, reflecting changes in care over time.

Neurological effects of COVID-19 in infants and children
In this review, Professor Carl E. Stafstrom focuses on the effects of SARS-CoV-2 on the brain in infancy and childhood, concluding that clinicians should be attentive to both the acute effects and long-term consequences of COVID-19 from a neurological perspective.

Other recent highlights

Have you seen our latest Virtual Issue? Prof Alexander H Hoon Jr and Dr Jacqueline Harris from the Kennedy Krieger Institute provide a comprehensive introduction to the collection: Epigenetic mechanisms in human growth, development, and disease,

Need help preparing your manuscript for publication? Mac Keith Press Editorial Services provide language and/or technical support to non-native English-speaking authors who plan to submit a paper to Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. Find out more here.


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