Anastasia Topalidou

Anastasia Topalidou
University of Central Lancashire | UCLAN · Faculty of Health and Care, School of Community Health and Midwifery, Research in Childbirth and Health Unit

PhD, MSc, BSc
Research Fellow (Biomechanics of Pregnancy and Childbirth - Thermal Imaging)

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Introduction
Anastasia specialises in the fields of clinical biomechanics, musculoskeletal biomechanics and clinical measurements, with extensive experience in non-invasive techniques, thermal imaging applications and sensors for use in medicine and clinical research. She has participated in several inter- and trans-disciplinary projects combining biomedical engineering, health sciences, midwifery, psychology and other disciplines. More info: https://www.uclan.ac.uk/academics/anastasia-topalidou
Additional affiliations
February 2017 - present
University of Central Lancashire
Position
  • Research Associate
September 2010 - July 2015
University of Crete
Position
  • PhD Student

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Publications (41)
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Background: The possibility of using thermal imaging, as a non-invasive method, in medicine may provide potential ability of advanced imaging. Objective: The conduction of a preliminary study in healthy non-pregnant females in order to investigate the imaging ability of thermography and its implementation; and to determine hot and cold areas in ord...
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The mobility of the spine and the change in the angle of the curvatures are directly related to spinal pain and spinal stenosis. The aim of the study was the evaluation of morphology and mobility of the spine in patients who were subjected to decompression and posterior fusion with pedicle screws. The treatment group consisted of 20 patients who un...
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Background: In neonatal care, assessment of the temperature of the neonate is essential to confirm on-going health, and as an early signal of potential pathology. However, some methods of temperature assessment involve disturbing the baby, disrupting essential sleep patterns, and interrupting maternal/infant interaction. Thermal imaging is a compl...
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Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) has much potential in the field of maternal-fetal health and wellbeing research. The fact that it is totally non-invasive is particularly important in this context. The purpose of this study was, for the first time, to assess DITI's ability to record fetal presentation and position, and other pregnancy-relate...
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Human fetal thermoregulation, maternal-fetal heat exchange, and the role of the umbilical cord in these processes are not well understood. Ethical and technical limitations have restricted current knowledge to animal studies, that do not reflect human morphology. Here, we present the first 3-dimensional computational model of the human umbilical co...
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Most perinatal research relating to COVID‐19 focuses on its negative impact on maternal and parental mental health. Currently, there are limited data on how to optimise positive health during the pandemic. We aimed to bridge this knowledge gap by exploring how women have adapted to becoming a new parent during the pandemic and to identify elements...
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Background The COVID-19 pandemic had a severe impact on women’s birth experiences. To date, there are no studies that use both quantitative and qualitative data to compare women’s birth experiences before and during the pandemic, across more than one country. Aim To examine women’s birth experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and to compare the...
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Background The national health care response to coronavirus (COVID-19) has varied between countries. The United Kingdom (UK) and the Netherlands (NL) have comparable maternity and neonatal care systems, and experienced similar numbers of COVID-19 infections, but had different organisational responses to the pandemic. Understanding why and how simil...
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Objectives To explore stakeholders’ and national organisational perspectives on companionship for women/birthing people using antenatal and intrapartum care in England during COVID-19, as part of the Achieving Safe and Personalised maternity care In Response to Epidemics (ASPIRE) COVID-19 UK study. Setting Maternity care provision in England. Par...
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The coronavirus (COVID‐19) pandemic has resulted in rapid changes in many areas of health care worldwide.1 Some organisational and governance controls on innovation have been relaxed, to enable rapid adaptation to changing circumstances. The speed of innovation raises a range of ethical, governance and organisational issues. It is important to asse...
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The aim of this prospective longitudinal study was to examine the association between Cesarean section (CS) and child development and behavior. The sample consisted of 256 children who were born at term without serious perinatal pathologies. Their development and behavior was assessed at the age of four using Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3),...
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Background High numbers of women experience a traumatic birth, which can lead to childbirth-related post-traumatic stress disorder (CB-PTSD) onset, and negative and pervasive impacts for women, infants, and families. Policies, suitable service provision, and training are needed to identify and treat psychological morbidity following a traumatic bir...
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The national health care response to coronavirus (COVID-19) has varied between countries. The United Kingdom and the Netherlands have comparable maternity and neonatal care systems, and experienced similar numbers of COVID-19 infections, but had different organisational responses to the pandemic. Understanding why and how similarities and differenc...
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This is the first article in a series reflecting on the role of research midwives in the ASPIRE (Achieving Safe and Personalised maternity care In Response to Epidemics) study. In this article we introduce ASPIRE and provide an overview of the study. We also reflect on what makes ASPIRE uniquely midwifery-led within the National Institute for Healt...
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This article is currently available as pre-print (https://www.authorea.com/doi/full/10.22541/au.163303575.51283208). The Manuscript is currently under review in BJOG.
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The chapter depicts findings on prenatal dynamics and fetal existence and how prenatal experience is connected with postnatal health and well-being from an integral-systemic perspective. From the times of Freud onwards, especially his fellow students of psyche took psychoanalysis from childhood to birth experience, to pregnancy, conception and beyo...
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Aim: The purpose of this study was to summarise the evidence of the clinical and psychological impacts of COVID-19 on perinatal women and their infants. Methods: A rapid scoping review was conducted based on methods proposed by Arksey and O’Malley, and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) practical guide for rapid reviews. We searched EMBASE, MED...
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This paper presents a rapid evidence review into the clinical and psychological impacts of COVID-19 on perinatal women and their infants. Literature search revealed that there is very little formal evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on pregnant, labouring and postnatal women or their babies. The clinical evidence to date suggests that pregnant and...
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Background: There is speculation that an immature vestibular system may be associated with breech presentation at delivery. Our aim was to determine whether syndromes with congenital inner ear malformations were accompanied by a higher frequency of breech presentation/malpresentations than in the general population (2%-3%). Methods: A review was c...
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Rationale: The majority of the fetal heat is transferred through the umbilical cord. Conditions that disrupt the circulation, alter ing the thermal balance can be clinically significant. Although the fetal heat mechanism is well obtained from animal studies, the research in human subjects is limited. Aim: The creation of a dynamic computational mod...
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Objectives: The aims of this paper are: 1. To investigate spontaneous changes in fetal presentation during the second half of gestation in guinea pig fetus, 2. to observe provoked changes of fetal presentation, by passive positioning fetus into an upside-down position and “sitting” position. Eight fetuses from singleton pregnancies were included. E...
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Background. Health-oriented practice is advocated, since ‘too much medicine’ has led to increased health costs without an increase in health. Conversely, negative iatrogenic outcomes have been reported in both medicine and midwifery care. Recent research has described health-oriented midwifery practice, but little is known about how health-oriented...
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Introduction It is estimated that every year over 1.4 million people worldwide sustain vertebral fractures (VFs), mainly due to osteoporosis and secondly due to other causes such as trauma, neoplasm, and infection. The present study aims to investigate the clinical outcomes of osteoporotic VFs. Methods The present is a prospective study with a 1-ye...
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Purpose of the symposium To present an overview of two EU COST networking Actions, focused on physiological labour and birth. The common focus Optimal maternal and infant health is critical to societal well-being. Reducing pathology is essential, but overuse of interventions for healthy women and newborns is associated with adverse outcomes, and r...
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Research in the prenatal human experience has very clearly shown that whatever mother experiences all her life until conception and even more impact fully during conception and pregnancy passes down to the child she is pregnant with. Modern Biology has shown that environmental information and the perception that governs this environment gets encode...
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Fetal pain remains a controversial subject both in terms of recognizing its existence and the time-frame within which it appears. This article investigates the hypothesis that pain perception during development is not related to any determined structures of the central nervous system (CNS), on the contrary, the process of perception could be made w...
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In the current climate of risk-avoidance in maternal and neonatal care, there is a lack of systematic evidence about practices that could strengthen the health of mothers, babies, and families. On the other hand, specific characteristics of pre- peri- and postnatal salutogenic maternity care were recently described. However, knowing what salutogeni...
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Introducation: Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) represents an alternative method to optimize conditions for wound healing. Delayed wound closure is a significant health problem, which is directly associated with pain and suffering from patient's aspect, as well with social and financial burden. Presentation of case: We report a case of vac...
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Hip fractures are the second cause of hospitalization in geriatric patients. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) classification scheme is a scoring system for the evaluation of the patients’ health and comorbidities before an operative procedure. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the ASA score is a predictive factor for...
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Although it is known that a change in any level of the spine alters biomechanics, there are not many studies to evaluate the spine as a whole in both sagittal and frontal planes. This prospective cohort study evaluates the morphology and mobility of the entire spine in patients with vertebral fractures. The Treatment Group consisted of 43 patients...
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Unlabelled: For the evaluation of the functionality and mobility of the spine, several methods have been developed. The purpose of this study was to estimate the test-retest reliability of the Spinal Mouse, a new, non-invasive, computer-assisted wireless telemetry device for the assessment of the curvatures, the mobility and the functionality of t...
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The purpose of the study is the evaluation of partial patellectomy in 17 patients with displaced comminuted patella fractures from a total of 146 fractures. Surgical restoration of the knee extension mechanism was supplemented by tension band wired from the patella to the tibial tubercle. The average follow- up period was 26 months. The Cincinatti...
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Background: Generally, schools are an important setting to provide programmes for obesity prevention for children because the vast majority of children attend school. This study investigates how an intervention programme in the school subject of Physical Education can help reduce obesity for junior high school students in combination with informati...
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Morton’s Neuroma is a common metatarsalgia in athletes created due to the entrapment of the inter-digital nerve inside the transverse inter-metatarsal ligament. The purpose of the present study is to draw the necessary conclusions from the use of a particular surgical treatment to release the digital nerve, accompanied by neurolysis in adults who e...
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“Tennis Elbow” or Lateral Epicondylitis is a painful syndrome of the elbow which affects a large portion of the adult population, such as heavy labour workers and athletes. The aim of this comparative study is the investigation of the results of the percutaneous technique as a surgical treatment method compared to the conservative treatment for peo...
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The purpose of the present research was to evaluate the push-up exercise of the upper extremities in respect of biomechanics, to compare the muscle function, while changing the position of performance and to examine the torso’s inclination during the exercise. Eleven young males participated in the research (n=11). All of them exercised systematica...
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ABSTRACT: Gas gangrene is a necrotic infection of soft tissue associated with high mortality, often necessitating amputation in order to control the infection. Herein we present a case of gas gangrene of the arm in an intravenous drug user with a history of intramuscular injections with normal saline in the shoulder used to provoke pain for recover...

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Across all four countries of the UK, the government is promoting safe, personalised maternity and neonatal care. However, during COVID-19, routine tests and visits during pregnancy and after birth have been reduced in some places. Choices for some places and types of birth have been withdrawn or limited. Partners and birth companions have been unable to attend some antenatal visits, or to be present during some or all of labour and birth. Visits to postnatal wards, and to neonatal units have been limited. Some women with worrying symptoms are not going to hospital for check ups, because they are afraid of being infected with COVID-19. In contrast, some regions of the Netherlands have increased local community maternity services during COVID-19. In the UK and elsewhere, innovations like virtual appointments have been rapidly rolled out, including video links to neonatal units. The ASPIRE project will find out what has worked best in the UK and in the Netherlands to ensure safe and personalised care for mothers, babies, and partners during and after a pandemic, so that, in future, mothers and babies don’t miss out on good quality maternity care. https://aspire-covid19.com/
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Unlike other sources of trauma, perinatal or birth-related trauma is relatively unrecognised. Evidence suggests up to 30% of women describe their birth experience as traumatic and experience some symptoms of intrusion, avoidance or hyper-arousal. Meta-analyses show post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects 4% of women after birth and up to 18% of women in high risk groups. Rectification of this situation is essential. In 2016, 5.11 million babies were born in Europe, indicating that up to 1.5 million women may have had sub-optimal birth experiences and over 200,000 may have developed PTSD as a result. Developmental research has firmly established that the quality of infant-parent relationships is a critical factor in early and later childhood development, consequently, a family-centred approach to any investigation of birth-related trauma is critical, as trauma can be transmitted within the family system. Given the enormous economic burden it places on women, health systems, and particularly children, relatively small improvements in services to prevent, detect and treat this problem can benefit society significantly. The main aim of this Action is two-fold. The Action will establish an international multidisciplinary network of researchers, clinicians, NGOs and SMEs to 1) consolidate and disseminate current evidence and coordinate a joint effort to seek ways to prevent, minimise and resolve birth-related trauma, and to optimise emotional and psychological outcomes for parents and families and 2) accelerate the translation of that knowledge into best practices that can be shared across Europe to reduce the societal and economic burden arising from birth-related negative/traumatic experiences.
Archived project
an interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualising physiological labour and birth (BIRTH)