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Behavior and development

Section edited by Paramala Santosh

This section considers studies of behavioral and developmental disorders in children and adolescents.

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  1. There is growing scientific evidence supports a link between increased childhood adiposity and early onset of puberty in girls worldwide in recent decades. However, the data from Chinese girls remain ambiguous...

    Authors: Qiguo Lian, Yanyan Mao, Shan Luo, Shucheng Zhang, Xiaowen Tu, Xiayun Zuo, Chaohua Lou and Weijin Zhou

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2019 19:1

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Substance use and abuse by young adolescents has become a serious issue for public health services, and several socio-environmental factors can influence how vulnerable a young adolescent may be to their appea...

    Authors: Alessandra Buja, Luigi Gallimberti, Sonia Chindamo, Camilla Lion, Alberto Terraneo, Michele Rivera, Elena Marini, Luis Javier Gomez-Perez, Emanuele Scafato and Vincenzo Baldo

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:367

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  3. Slowing eating rate using the Mandolean® previously helped obese adolescents to self-select smaller portion sizes, with no reduction in satiety, and enhanced ghrelin suppression. The objective of this pilot, r...

    Authors: Elanor C. Hinton, Laura A. Birch, John Barton, Jeffrey M. P. Holly, Kalina M. Biernacka, Sam D. Leary, Aileen Wilson, Olivia S. Byrom and Julian P. Hamilton-Shield

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:366

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  4. Working memory allows us to hold information in an active state for short periods of time, and is essential in facilitating goal directed cognitive functioning. Difficulties in working memory and decision-maki...

    Authors: Nikita Sood, Celia Godfrey, Vicki Anderson and Cathy Catroppa

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:362

    Content type: Study protocol

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  5. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a heterogeneous group of neurodevelopmental disorders. Genetically based subtype identification may prove more beneficial not only in illuminating the course and prognosis, bu...

    Authors: Jiangping Wang, Jinling Liu, Yi Gao, Kaixuan Wang and Kewen Jiang

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:338

    Content type: Case report

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  6. Beneficial effects of mastication on cognitive abilities in the elderly have been shown in human studies. However, little is currently known about the effect of masticatory stimulation on cognitive and percept...

    Authors: Kensuke Kiriishi, Hirokazu Doi, Nobuaki Magata, Tetsuro Torisu, Mihoko Tanaka, Makoto Ohkubo, Mitsuhiro Haneda, Masaki Okatomi, Kazuyuki Shinohara and Takao Ayuse

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:331

    Content type: Research article

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  7. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends shared reading beginning as soon as possible after birth to promote healthy development. Shared reading quality can strongly influence outcomes, especially i...

    Authors: John S Hutton, Guixia Huang, Kieran J Phelan, Thomas DeWitt and Richard F Ittenbach

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:330

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common cause of physical disability in children. The best opportunity to maximize lifelong independence is early in motor development when there is the most potential for neurop...

    Authors: Laura A. Prosser, Samuel R. Pierce, Timothy R. Dillingham, Judy C. Bernbaum and Abbas F. Jawad

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:329

    Content type: Study protocol

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  9. Late preterm infants, previously considered low risk, have been identified to be at risk of developmental problems in infancy and early childhood. There is limited information on the outcome of these infants i...

    Authors: Tanusha Ramdin, Daynia Ballot, David Rakotsoane, Lethile Madzudzo, Nicolette Brown, Tobias Chirwa, Peter Cooper and Victor Davies

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:326

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Over the last decade, several studies investigated the outcomes in children born very preterm. Only recently there has been an increasing interest in the late preterm infants (born between 34 + 0 and 36 + 6 we...

    Authors: Roberto Palumbi, Antonia Peschechera, Mariella Margari, Francesco Craig, Arcangelo Cristella, Maria Giuseppina Petruzzelli and Lucia Margari

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:318

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Infant mortality rates are still high in Ethiopia. Breastfeeding is regarded as the simplest and least expensive strategy for reduction of infant mortality rates. Community-based educational and support interv...

    Authors: Misra Abdulahi, Atle Fretheim and Jeanette H. Magnus

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:313

    Content type: Study protocol

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  12. The aim of this cluster-randomised, controlled study was to examine whether a teacher-led multifactorial back education programme could improve back pain in pupils, motor skills, back behaviour, and back knowl...

    Authors: Silvia Dullien, Joachim Grifka and Petra Jansen

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:312

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Evidence supports that better parental involvement and communication are related to reduced obesity in children. Parent-child collaborative decision-making is associated with lower BMI among children; while ch...

    Authors: Adrita Rahman, Kimberly G. Fulda, Susan F. Franks, Shane I. Fernando, Nusrath Habiba and Omair Muzaffar

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:311

    Content type: Research article

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  14. The phenotypic and genetic heterogeneity of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) presents considerable challenges in understanding etiological pathways, selecting effective therapies, providing genetic counselling, ...

    Authors: Gail A. Alvares, Paul A. Dawson, Cheryl Dissanayake, Valsamma Eapen, Jacob Gratten, Rachel Grove, Anjali Henders, Helen Heussler, Lauren Lawson, Anne Masi, Emma Raymond, Felicity Rose, Leanne Wallace, Naomi R. Wray and Andrew J. O. Whitehouse

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:284

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  15. Modified sport interventions run by physiotherapists have shown potential as cost-effective, engaging, and effective interventions to improve gross motor skills and support transition to real-world sports part...

    Authors: Georgina L. Clutterbuck, Megan L. Auld and Leanne M. Johnston

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:258

    Content type: Study protocol

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  16. Basic parenting research reveals that child mental health is associated with optimal parenting, which is composed of three key dimensions (structure, affiliation and autonomy support). The present study aims t...

    Authors: Mireille Joussemet, Geneviève A. Mageau, Marie-Pier Larose, Mélanie Briand and Frank Vitaro

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:257

    Content type: Study protocol

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  17. Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) is a serious complication of 10–15% of twin or triplet pregnancies in which multiple fetuses share a single placenta. Communicating placental vessels allow one fetus (t...

    Authors: Christie Bolch, Michael Fahey, Dinah Reddihough, Katrina Williams, Susan Reid, Angela Guzys, Stephen Cole, Andrew Edwards, Alison Fung, Ryan Hodges, Ricardo Palma-Dias, Mark Teoh and Susan Walker

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:256

    Content type: Study protocol

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  18. Upper limb (UL) deficits in children with unilateral cerebral palsy (uCP) have traditionally been targeted with motor execution treatment models, such as modified Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (mCIMT). H...

    Authors: Cristina Simon-Martinez, Lisa Mailleux, Els Ortibus, Anna Fehrenbach, Giuseppina Sgandurra, Giovanni Cioni, Kaat Desloovere, Nicole Wenderoth, Philippe Demaerel, Stefan Sunaert, Guy Molenaers, Hilde Feys and Katrijn Klingels

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:250

    Content type: Study protocol

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  19. Adolescents with chronic illness (CI) and parents of a child with CI are at risk for psychosocial problems. Psychosocial group interventions may prevent these problems. With the use of cognitive-behavioral the...

    Authors: Miriam Douma, Linde Scholten, Heleen Maurice-Stam and Martha A. Grootenhuis

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:235

    Content type: Study protocol

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  20. Children with congenital heart disease (CHD) are at increased risk for behavioral, emotional, and cognitive problems. They often have reduced exercise capacity and participate less in sports, which is associat...

    Authors: Malindi van der Mheen, Ingrid M. van Beynum, Karolijn Dulfer, Jan van der Ende, Eugène van Galen, Jorieke Duvekot, Lisette E. Rots, Tabitha P. L. van den Adel, Ad J. J. C. Bogers, Christopher G. McCusker, Frank A. Casey, Willem A. Helbing and Elisabeth M. W. J. Utens

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:230

    Content type: Study protocol

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  21. We previously reported that perinatal dioxin exposure increased autistic traits in children living in dioxin-contaminated areas of Vietnam. In the present study, we investigated the impact of dioxin exposure o...

    Authors: Anh Thi Nguyet Nguyen, Muneko Nishijo, Tai The Pham, Nghi Ngoc Tran, Anh Hai Tran, Luong Van Hoang, Hitomi Boda, Yuko Morikawa, Yoshikazu Nishino and Hisao Nishijo

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:213

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Newborn weight change (NWC) in the first 4 days represents short-term adaptations to external environment. It may be a key developmental period for future cardio-metabolic health, but this has not been explore...

    Authors: Maria João Fonseca, Milton Severo, Debbie A. Lawlor, Henrique Barros and Ana Cristina Santos

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:211

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) negatively impact health throughout the life course. For children exposed to ACEs, resilience may be particularly important. However, the literature regarding resilience, p...

    Authors: Nia Heard-Garris, Matthew M. Davis, Moira Szilagyi and Kristin Kan

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:204

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  24. Efficient trunk control is crucial in infant motor development when infants first learn how to move against gravity. Traditional assessments of trunk control commonly treat the trunk as one unit but the Segmen...

    Authors: Tamis W. Pin, Penelope B. Butler, Hon-Ming Cheung and Sandra Lai-Fong Shum

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:182

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  25. ‘About My Child’ 19-item version (AMC-19) is a parent-report measure developed to assess the complexity of a child’s life due to biological, psychological, social and environmental issues, that can be complete...

    Authors: Uzma Williams, Peter Rosenbaum, Jan Willem Gorter, Dayle McCauley and Roman Gulko

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:174

    Content type: Research article

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  26. The outcomes of psycho-educational interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) comorbid with severe to moderate intellectual disability (ID) are insufficiently documented. In this prospective study, we ...

    Authors: Elodie Tilmont Pittala, Yann Saint-Georges-Chaumet, Claire Favrot, Antoine Tanet, David Cohen and Catherine Saint-Georges

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:165

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Excess weight gain in infancy and childhood is associated with increased risk of subsequent obesity. Identifying patterns of infancy and childhood weight gain associated with subsequent obesity or overweight s...

    Authors: Joseph M. Braun, Heidi J. Kalkwarf, George D. Papandonatos, Aimin Chen and Bruce P. Lanphear

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:161

    Content type: Research article

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  28. The use of technology to assist in the communication, socialization, language, and motor skills of children with Down’s syndrome (DS) is required. The aim of this study was to analyse research findings regardi...

    Authors: Renata Thaís de Almeida Barbosa, Acary Souza Bulle de Oliveira, Jennifer Yohanna Ferreira de Lima Antão, Tânia Brusque Crocetta, Regiani Guarnieri, Thaiany Pedrozo Campos Antunes, Claudia Arab, Thaís Massetti, Italla Maria Pinheiro Bezerra, Carlos Bandeira de Mello Monteiro and Luiz Carlos de Abreu

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:160

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  29. Early detection of changes at the muscular level before a contracture develops is important to gain knowledge about the development of deformities in individuals with spasticity. However, little information is...

    Authors: Annika Kruse, Christian Schranz, Markus Tilp and Martin Svehlik

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:156

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:273

  30. Targeted interventions during early childhood can assist families in providing strong foundations that promote children’s health and wellbeing across the life course. There is growing recognition that longer f...

    Authors: Elizabeth M. Westrupp, Clair Bennett, Meabh Cullinane, Naomi J. Hackworth, Donna Berthelsen, Sheena Reilly, Fiona K. Mensah, Lisa Gold, Shannon K. Bennetts, Penny Levickis and Jan M. Nicholson

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:148

    Content type: Study protocol

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  31. Social skills might play an important role for the relationship between maternal psychological distress and subsequent development of depressive symptoms. The majority perspective is that social skills is adap...

    Authors: Wendy Nilsen, Evalill Bølstad Karevold, Jannike Kaasbøll and Anne Kjeldsen

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:133

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) and abdominal pain are commonly seen in a pediatric emergency department (8 and 18% incidence respectively in our center). They are manifestations of a wide variety of diseases ran...

    Authors: Giuseppe Cannalire, Luigi Conti, Maurizio Celoni, Carmine Grassi, Andrea Cella, Giulia Bensi, Patrizio Capelli and Giacomo Biasucci

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:125

    Content type: Case report

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  33. Early detection of neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) enables access to early interventions for children. We assess the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)’s ability to identify children with a NDD in populat...

    Authors: Ramesh Lamsal, Daniel J. Dutton and Jennifer D. Zwicker

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:122

    Content type: Research article

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  34. The aims of our study were to: (i) determine the prevalence of children aged 4 to 6 years with probable Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms in the Spanish population; and (ii) analyse the ...

    Authors: Alberto José Cerrillo-Urbina, Antonio García-Hermoso, Vicente Martínez-Vizcaíno, María Jesús Pardo-Guijarro, Abel Ruiz-Hermosa and Mairena Sánchez-López

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:111

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  35. Obesity has been hypothesized to be associated with reduced moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and increased sedentary time (ST). It is important to assess whether, and the extent to which, levels o...

    Authors: Rabha Elmesmari, Anne Martin, John J. Reilly and James Y. Paton

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:106

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  36. Indigenous infants and children in Australia, especially in remote communities, experience early and chronic otitis media (OM) which is difficult to treat and has lifelong impacts in health and education. The ...

    Authors: Caroline Jones, Mridula Sharma, Samantha Harkus, Catherine McMahon, Mele Taumoepeau, Katherine Demuth, Karen Mattock, Lee Rosas, Raelene Wing, Sulabha Pawar and Anne Hampshire

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:99

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  37. Adolescents with low motor competence participate less in physical activity and tend to exhibit decreased physical fitness compared to their peers with high motor competence. It is therefore essential to ident...

    Authors: Emmanuel Bonney, Eugene Rameckers, Gillian Ferguson and Bouwien Smits-Engelsman

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:78

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  38. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among children is an increasing public health concern. The identification of behavioral risk factors, including sleep quality, has important public health implic...

    Authors: Hui Cao, Shuangqin Yan, Chunli Gu, Sumei Wang, Lingling Ni, Huihui Tao, Ting Shao, Yeqing Xu and Fangbiao Tao

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:70

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  39. Factors influencing child development are not well studied in developing settings, and especially in Mongolia. This cohort study examined the relationship between maternal socio-demographic and psychological c...

    Authors: Amarjargal Dagvadorj, Duurenbayar Ganbaatar, Olukunmi O. Balogun, Naohiro Yonemoto, Bayasgalantai Bavuusuren, Kenji Takehara, Rintaro Mori and Moe Akahira-Azuma

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:68

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Children with specific language impairment often present with multiple comorbidities, which may adversely affect both participation in play and academic performance, potentially impacting a child’s health-rela...

    Authors: Kristy Nicola and Pauline Watter

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:62

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  41. Gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR) is common in infants. When the condition causes pathological symptoms and/or complications it is considered gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). It appears to be increasing...

    Authors: Hannah Grace Dahlen, Jann P. Foster, Kim Psaila, Kaye Spence, Nadia Badawi, Cathrine Fowler, Virginia Schmied and Charlene Thornton

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:30

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  42. While therapy services may start in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) there is often a gap in therapy after discharge. Supporting Play Exploration and Early Development Intervention (SPEEDI) supports par...

    Authors: Stacey C. Dusing, Tanya Tripathi, Emily C. Marcinowski, Leroy R. Thacker, Lisa F. Brown and Karen D. Hendricks-Muñoz

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:46

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  43. Extreme poverty is severe deprivation of basic needs and services. Children living in extreme poverty may lack adequate parental care and face increased developmental and health risks. However, there is a pauc...

    Authors: Berhanu Nigussie Worku, Teklu Gemechu Abessa, Mekitie Wondafrash, Marleen Vanvuchelen, Liesbeth Bruckers, Patrick Kolsteren and Marita Granitzer

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:45

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  44. Late Language Emergence (LLE) in the first two years of life is one of the most common parental concerns about child development and reasons for seeking advice from health professionals. LLE is much more preva...

    Authors: Catherine L. Taylor, Mabel L. Rice, Daniel Christensen, Eve Blair and Stephen R. Zubrick

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:41

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  45. Data on visuomotor performance in combat training and the effects of combat training on visuomotor performance are limited. This study aimed to investigate the effects of a specially designed combat sports (CS...

    Authors: Yan-Ying Ju, Yen-Hsiu Liu, Chih-Hsiu Cheng, Yu-Lung Lee, Shih-Tsung Chang, Chi-Chin Sun and Hsin-Yi Kathy Cheng

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:39

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  46. The decrease in the frequency of family meals among Asian youth is often lamented. In Japan, adolescents who eat breakfast alone might have an unhealthy diet, which increases the risk of overweight or obese. H...

    Authors: Takako Shirasawa, Hirotaka Ochiai, Takahiko Yoshimoto, Masaaki Matoba, Yuma Sunaga, Hiromi Hoshino and Akatsuki Kokaze

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:36

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  47. Children living with foster families in a resource-limited setting such as Ethiopia are at risk of developmental problems. It is not yet clear whether intensive home-based developmental stimulation assisted by...

    Authors: Berhanu Nigussie Worku, Teklu Gemechu Abessa, Mekitie Wondafrash, Johan Lemmens, Jan Valy, Liesbeth Bruckers, Patrick Kolsteren and Marita Granitzer

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:29

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  48. Sleep plays a prominent role in the growth and development of children. Children with cerebral palsy (CP) are more prone to sleep disorders (SDs) than their peers. Children with CP, have a higher prevalence of...

    Authors: Kisughu Munyumu, Richard Idro, Catherine Abbo, Mark Kaddumukasa, Elly Katabira, Ezekiel Mupere and Angelina Kakooza-Mwesige

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2018 18:26

    Content type: Research article

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