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Biochemical Changes Occuring in Neonates with Sepsis

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This retrospective study aims to analyze the relationship between biochemical changes occurring in newborns with sepsis proven by positive blood culture (BC) and possible correlations with 1 min Apgar score, 5 min Apgar score, gestational age (GA), and birth weight (BW). We included in the study all infants ≤7 days of life with positive BC that were admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Neonatology Department (ND) of the County Emergency Clinical Hospital of Târgu Mureş, a tertiary level hospital, between 2014-2018. The analyzed parameters are: day of life for blood sampling (0-7 days of life), gender, Apgar score (1 and 5 minute), GA, BW, urea, creatinine, total bilirubin, direct bilirubin, aspartate aminotransferase (AST/GOT), alanine aminotransferase (ALT/GPT), c-reactive protein (CPR), bacteria involved, empiric antibiotics administered before blood sampling, temperature of the newborn on the day of BC. We found there is a statistically significant negative correlation between 1 and 5 min Apgar score and creatinine, between GA and urea and also between BW, GA and Direct Bilirubin. We found a statistically significant positive correlation between BW, GA and GPT.

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The Association between Various Lifestyle Patterns and the Body Mass Index in Adolescents

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Objective: The study aims to analyze obesogenic behavioral patterns of adolescents living in Mureş County, Romania, as well as to establish a relationship between these behaviors and their Body Mass Index (BMI), in an attempt to provide effective prevention strategies for obesity.

Material and Methods: 153 students between 9th to 12th grade, aged between 14 and 19 years old, from the Vocational and Art Highschool of Târgu Mureş were included in the study. All the candidates filled out an evaluation questionnaire of lifestyle and risky behaviors. The analyzed data were sex, age, residence, BMI and risky eating behavior defined as the consumption of carbohydrates (bread, potatoes, sweets), sodas, junk food, alcohol (wine, distilled beverages, beer), beer separately, level of physical activity (school and extra-school sports activities), sedentary behaviors (≥2 hours/day in front of a screen: personal computer-PC and television-TV), and spending ≥2 hours/day separately on the PC and on the TV.

Results: A statistically significant association was observed between BMI and consumption of fast-food, tobacco, beer, sedentary behavior and spending ≥2 hours/day in front of the PC. Moreover, there was a statistically significant difference between the BMI values of adolescents presenting all studied risk behaviors compared to those who did not.

Conclusions: Obesity among adolescents from Mureş County is influenced by lifestyle choices like fast-food, tobacco, beer, sedentary behavior and spending ≥2 hours/day in front of the PC.

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