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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623904/impact-of-preconceptional-micronutrient-supplementation-on-maternal-mental-health-during-pregnancy-and-postpartum-results-from-a-randomized-controlled-trial-in-vietnam
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Phuong H Nguyen, Ann M DiGirolamo, Ines Gonzalez-Casanova, Hoa Pham, Wei Hao, Hieu Nguyen, Truong V Truong, Son Nguyen, Kimberly B Harding, Gregory A Reinhart, Reynaldo Martorell, Usha Ramakrishnan
BACKGROUND: Micronutrient malnutrition has been associated with maternal depressive symptoms (MDS), but little is known about the effects of preconceptional micronutrient supplementation. This paper examined the effects of preconceptional micronutrient supplementation on MDS during pregnancy and postpartum. METHODS: We used data from a double-blind controlled trial (PRECONCEPT) in which 5011 Vietnamese women were randomized to receive weekly supplements containing either a) multiple micronutrients (MM) b) iron and folic acid (IFA) or c) folic acid (FA) until conception (n = 1813)...
June 17, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623887/association-between-the-ercc1-polymorphism-and-platinum-based-chemotherapy-effectiveness-in-ovarian-cancer-a-meta-analysis
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Ning Tang, Dan Lyu, Yan Zhang, Haiping Liu
BACKGROUND: Ovarian cancer is a prominent public health problem which affects people all around the world. Platinum-based chemotherapy is a common treatment for ovarian cancer, however, the effectiveness of chemotherapy varies from patient to patient. The excision repair cross complementation group 1 (ERCC1) protein may mediate chemotherapy resistance. A meta-analysis was conducted to explore whether platinum-based chemotherapy effectiveness could be attributed to the ERCC1 C19007T polymorphisms...
June 17, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610572/postlaparoscopic-reduction-of-pain-by-combining-intraperitoneal-normal-saline-and-the-pulmonary-recruitment-maneuver-polar-bear-trial-rct-to-estimate-reduction-in-pain-after-laparoscopic-surgery-when-using-a-combination-therapy-of-intraperitoneal-normal-saline
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J E W van Dijk, S J Dedden, P M A J Geomini, P Meijer, N van Hanegem, M Y Bongers
BACKGROUND: Shoulder pain and pain in the upper abdomen are common complaints after laparoscopy, sometimes surpassing the pain at incision sites. The incidence of shoulder pain ranges from 35 to 80%. Post-laparoscopic pain is caused by retention of carbon dioxide in the abdomen, which irritates the phrenic nerve and diaphragm, causing referred pain in the shoulder and in the upper abdomen. A promising strategy to reduce this post-laparoscopic pain is the pulmonary recruitment maneuver, which indirectly increases intraperitoneal pressure and thereby facilitates removal of residual carbon dioxide...
June 13, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599635/effects-of-peer-health-education-on-perception-and-practice-of-screening-for-cervical-cancer-among-urban-residential-women-in-south-east-nigeria-a-before-and-after-study
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Chinyere Mbachu, Cyril Dim, Uche Ezeoke
BACKGROUND: Effective female education on cervical cancer prevention has been shown to increase awareness and uptake of screening. However, sustaining increase in uptake poses a challenge to control efforts. Peer health education has been used as an effective tool for ensuring sustained behavior change. This study was undertaken to assess the effectiveness of peer health education on perception, willingness to screen and uptake of cervical cancer screening by women. METHODS: A before and after intervention study was undertaken in 2 urban cities in Enugu state, Nigeria among women of reproductive age attending women's meeting in Anglican churches...
June 9, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578675/a-case-report-of-bicornis-bicollis-uterus-with-unilateral-cervical-atresia-an-unusual-aetiology-of-chronic-debilitating-pelvic-pain-in-a-cameroonian-teenager
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Julius Sama Dohbit, Esther Meka, Joel Noutakdie Tochie, Igor Kamla, Darolles Mwadjie, Pascal Foumane
BACKGROUND: Congenital uterine anomalies like bicornis or bicornuate uterus are relatively rare in sub-Saharan Africa. They are associated with an increased rate of spontaneous abortion, preterm delivery, and infertility. The occurrence of bicornis bicollis uterus with unilateral cervical atresia is exceptional and its management is controversial. We hereby report a rare cause of chronic pelvic pain in a Cameroonian teenager due to unilateral obstructive hematometra and hematosalpinx in the non-communicating horn of a bicornis bicollis uterus...
June 2, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576143/cervical-cancer-risk-perceptions-sexual-risk-behaviors-and-sexually-transmitted-infections-among-bivalent-human-papillomavirus-vaccinated-and-non-vaccinated-young-women-in-uganda-5%C3%A2-year-follow-up-study
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Edward Kumakech, Sören Andersson, Henry Wabinga, Caroline Musubika, Samuel Kirimunda, Vanja Berggren
BACKGROUND: Previous studies were conflicting regarding the associations between HPV vaccination, cervical cancer risk perceptions, high-risk sexual behaviors and STIs. This study compared the HPV-vaccinated and non-vaccinated young women in Uganda regarding cervical cancer risk perceptions, high-risk sexual behaviors, syphilis and HIV infections 5 years after vaccine implementation. METHODS: This was a population-based comparative cross-sectional survey conducted in Uganda...
June 2, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558740/experiences-with-vha-care-a-qualitative-study-of-u-s-women-veterans-with-self-reported-trauma-histories
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Shannon M Kehle-Forbes, Eileen M Harwood, Michele R Spoont, Nina A Sayer, Heather Gerould, Maureen Murdoch
BACKGROUND: Women veterans in the United States, particularly those with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or a history of military sexual assault, have unique health care needs, but their minority status in the US Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has led to documented healthcare disparities when compared to men. This study's objective was to obtain a richer understanding of the challenges and successes encountered by women veterans with self-reported service-related trauma histories (particularly those with a history of military sexual assault and/or posttraumatic stress symptomology) receiving VHA care...
May 30, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545584/can-community-health-workers-play-a-greater-role-in-increasing-access-to-medical-abortion-services-a-qualitative-study
#8
Pallavi Gupta, Sharad D Iyengar, Bela Ganatra, Heidi Bart Johnston, Kirti Iyengar
BACKGROUND: Despite being legally available in India since 1971, barriers to safe and legal abortion remain, and unsafe and/or illegal abortion continues to be a problem. Community health workers have been involved in improving access to health information and care for maternal and child health in resource poor settings, but their role in facilitating accurate information about and access to safe abortion has been relatively unexplored. A qualitative study was conducted in Rajasthan, India to study acceptability, perspectives and preferences of women and community health workers, regarding the involvement of community health workers in medical abortion referrals...
May 25, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526031/breast-cancer-relatives-physical-activity-intervention-needs-and-preferences-qualitative-results
#9
Sheri J Hartman, Rochelle K Rosen
BACKGROUND: While many risk factors for breast cancer, such as family history, are not modifiable, some, however, can be modified. The study used formative qualitative research to learn about the physical activity intervention preferences and needs of first-degree female relatives (FDFRs) of breast cancer patients; that information was then used to develop a targeted physical activity intervention. METHODS: Twenty FDFRs first completed a 12-week physical activity intervention and then attended two sequential focus groups (7 groups total)...
May 19, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490358/effectively-engaging-stakeholders-and-the-public-in-developing-violence-prevention-messages
#10
Jennifer A Boyko, C Nadine Wathen, Anita Kothari
BACKGROUND: Preventing family violence requires that stakeholders and the broader public be involved in developing evidence-based violence prevention strategies. However, gaps exist in between what we know (knowledge), what we do (action), and the structures supporting practice (policy). DISCUSSION: We discuss the broad challenge of mobilizing knowledge-for-action in family violence, with a primary focus on the issue of how stakeholders and the public can be effectively engaged when developing and communicating evidence-based violence prevention messages...
May 11, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415994/a-pathological-and-clinical-study-of-706-primary-tumours-of-the-ovary-in-the-largest-tertiary-hospital-in-ghana
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Patrick Kafui Akakpo, Leonard Derkyi-Kwarteng, Richard Kwasi Gyasi, Solomom Edward Quayson, Simon Naporo, Jehoram Tei Anim
BACKGROUND: Ovarian tumours are a leading cause of death in Ghana. Even though geographical and racial differences exist in the frequency, types and age distribution of primary ovarian tumours, information about the clinical and pathological characteristics of ovarian tumours in Ghana and its neighboring countries is scanty. We determined the frequency, age distribution, histopathological types and clinical features of primary ovarian tumours diagnosed at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana to aid in the management of patients...
April 17, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412949/skin-whitening-among-cameroonian-female-university-students-knowledge-attitudes-practices-and-motivations
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Emmanuel Armand Kouotou, Jobert Richie N Nansseu, Hugues Adegbidi, Theophane Christel Joel Zoa Mebara, Elie Claude Ndjitoyap Ndam
BACKGROUND: Lack of data on skin whitening (SW) among Cameroonian female university students prompted us to undertake the present study which aimed at assessing the knowledge, attitudes, practices and motivations of female university students vis-a-vis SW. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study conducted from January to April 2013 in 4 university campuses of Yaoundé, Cameroon. Any female student regularly registered in one of the study sites, who was present at the campus when the investigator visited and volunteered to participate in the study was enrolled...
April 17, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412942/breast-cancer-screening-practices-of-african-migrant-women-in-australia-a-descriptive-cross-sectional-study
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Olayide Oluyemisi Ogunsiji, Cannas Kwok, Lee Chun Fan
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer among women and a leading cause of mortality and morbidity, globally. Breast cancer mortality can be improved through routine cancer screening, yet migrant populations have lower participation rates. While African migrants are among the fastest growing migrant population in Australia, their breast cancer screening behaviour is under-studied. The aims of this study were to report breast cancer screening status of African migrant women and factors associated with their breast cancer screening behaviour in Australia...
April 17, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407737/pain-in-amaxhosa-women-living-with-hiv-aids-a-cross-sectional-study-of-ambulant-outpatients
#14
Romy Parker, Jennifer Jelsma, Dan J Stein
BACKGROUND: Pain is one of the most commonly reported symptoms in people living with HIV/AIDS, whether or not they are receiving anti-retroviral therapy. A recent systematic review identified a paucity of studies exploring pain in women in low and middle income countries. The prevalence and characteristics of pain in women living with HIV/AIDS may differ from that of men as many chronic pain conditions are more prevalent in women. The aims of this study were to establish pain prevalence, characteristics and management in amaXhosa women living with HIV/AIDS...
April 13, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403855/quality-of-life-of-breast-and-cervical-cancer-survivors
#15
Huei-Ying Huang, Wen-Chen Tsai, Wen-Yu Chou, Yao-Ching Hung, Liang-Chih Liu, Kuo-Feng Huang, Wen-Ching Wang, Kam-Wing Leung, Ruey-Kuen Hsieh, Pei-Tseng Kung
BACKGROUND: Breast and cervical cancer are the most common cancers affecting women. The symptom distresses experienced by cancer survivors are critical factors influencing their quality of life (QOL). This study investigated the QOL of breast and cervical cancer survivors, their physical, psychological and social conditions. METHODS: The participants were older than 20 years, had been diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer for more than 2 years, and had completed their cancer treatment...
April 12, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403851/making-connections-across-silos-intimate-partner-violence-mental-health-and-substance-use
#16
Robin Mason, Marni Wolf, Susan O'Rinn, Gabrielle Ene
BACKGROUND: Untold numbers of women worldwide are survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) with a substantial number of these experiencing co-occurring mental health and substance use problems. Despite the complex interconnections among these problems, funding mechanisms and organizational structures and mandates have been designed to address just a single, focal problem. One of the challenges for frontline providers is the lack of effective, evidence-informed inter-professional education or training to help them identify and appropriately respond to co-occurring problems...
April 12, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399866/evaluating-the-role-of-race-and-medication-in-protection-of-uterine-fibroids-by-type-2-diabetes-exposure
#17
Digna R Velez Edwards, Katherine E Hartmann, Melissa Wellons, Anushi Shah, Hua Xu, Todd L Edwards
BACKGROUND: Uterine fibroids (UF) affect 77% of women by menopause, and account for $9.4 billion in annual healthcare costs. Type-2-diabetes (T2D) has inconsistently associated with protection from UFs in prior studies. To further evaluate the relationship between T2D and UFs we tested for association between T2D and UF risk in a large clinical population as well as the potential differences due to T2D medications and interaction with race. METHODS: This nested case-control study is derived from a clinical cohort...
April 11, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388952/breast-cancer-in-iraq-is-associated-with-a-unimodally-distributed-predominance-of-luminal-type-b-over-luminal-type-a-surrogates-from-young-to-old-age
#18
Runnak A Majid, Hemin A Hassan, Dana N Muhealdeen, Hazha A Mohammed, Michael D Hughson
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer has recently increased in post-menopausal Iraqi women. In Western countries at high-risk for breast cancer, there is a bimodal increase in estrogen receptor (ER) positive tumors with a peak of low proliferation rate luminal A over higher proliferation rate luminal B tumors after 60 years of age. The aim of this study was to analyze in Iraqi women whether shifts are occurring in immunohistochemical (IHC) surrogates of molecular breast cancer subtypes toward a high-risk profile...
April 7, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381301/meanings-of-abortion-in-context-accounts-of-abortion-in-the-lives-of-women-diagnosed-with-breast-cancer
#19
Maggie Kirkman, Carmel Apicella, Jillian Graham, Martha Hickey, John L Hopper, Louise Keogh, Ingrid Winship, Jane Fisher
BACKGROUND: A breast cancer diagnosis and an abortion can each be pivotal moments in a woman's life. Research on abortion and breast cancer deals predominantly with women diagnosed during pregnancy who might be advised to have an abortion. The other-discredited but persistent-association is that abortions cause breast cancer. The aim here was to understand some of the ways in which women themselves might experience the convergence of abortion and breast cancer. METHODS: Among 50 women recruited from the Australian Breast Cancer Family Study and interviewed in depth about what it meant to have a breast cancer diagnosis before the age of 41, five spontaneously told of having or contemplating an abortion...
April 5, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376779/factors-influencing-use-of-long-acting-versus-short-acting-contraceptive-methods-among-reproductive-age-women-in-a-resource-limited-setting
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Leevan Tibaijuka, Robert Odongo, Emma Welikhe, Wilber Mukisa, Lilian Kugonza, Imelda Busingye, Phelomena Nabukalu, Joseph Ngonzi, Stephen B Asiimwe, Francis Bajunirwe
BACKGROUND: Unplanned pregnancy remains a common problem in many resource-limited settings, mostly due to limited access to modern family planning (FP) services. In particular, use of the more effective long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods (i.e., intrauterine devices and hormonal implants) remains low compared to the short-acting methods (i.e., condoms, hormonal pills, injectable hormones, and spermicides). Among reproductive-age women attending FP and antenatal care clinics in Uganda, we assessed perceptions and practices regarding the use of modern contraceptive methods...
April 4, 2017: BMC Women's Health
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