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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496370/trends-and-causes-of-maternal-mortality-in-jimma-university-specialized-hospital-southwest-ethiopia-a-matched-case-control-study
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Tegene Legesse, Misra Abdulahi, Anteneh Dirar
INTRODUCTION: Measures of maternal death are fundamental to a country's health and development status. In developing countries, it remains a daunting and largely unmet public health challenge. There were two studies completed over 10 years ago in Jimma University Specialized Hospital to identify trends, but recently there have been many changes in Ethiopia to reduce maternal death. Therefore, it is important to track the achievements made in Ethiopia in the context of Jimma University Specialized Hospital...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496369/efficacy-and-safety-of-a-flexible-extended-regimen-of-ethinylestradiol-drospirenone-for-the-treatment-of-dysmenorrhea-a-multicenter-randomized-open-label-active-controlled-study
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Mikio Momoeda, Masami Kondo, Joerg Elliesen, Masanobu Yasuda, Shigetomo Yamamoto, Tasuku Harada
BACKGROUND: Dysmenorrhea is a common condition in women, which is characterized by menstrual pain. Low-dose estrogen/progestin combined oral contraceptives have been shown to reduce the severity of dysmenorrhea symptoms, and a 28-day cyclic regimen of ethinylestradiol/drospirenone (28d regimen) is approved for this indication in Japan. AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the safety and efficacy of a flexible extended regimen of ethinylestradiol/drospirenone (flexible regimen) in Japanese women with dysmenorrhea...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496368/self-management-and-psychological-sexological-interventions-in-patients-with-endometriosis-strategies-outcomes-and-integration-into-clinical-care
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Laura Buggio, Giussy Barbara, Federica Facchin, Maria Pina Frattaruolo, Giorgio Aimi, Nicola Berlanda
Endometriosis has a multifactorial etiology. The onset and progression of the disease are believed to be related to different pathogenic mechanisms. Among them, the environment and lifestyle may play significant roles. Diet, dietary supplements, physical exercise, osteopathy, massage, acupuncture, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, and Chinese herbal medicine may represent a complementary and feasible approach in the treatment of symptoms related to the disease. In this narrative review, we aimed to examine the most updated evidence on these alternative approaches implicated in the self-management of the disease...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496367/radiation-induced-vaginal-stenosis-current-perspectives
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Lucinda Morris, Viet Do, Jennifer Chard, Alison H Brand
Treatment of gynecological cancer commonly involves pelvic radiation therapy (RT) and/or brachytherapy. A commonly observed side effect of such treatment is radiation-induced vaginal stenosis (VS). This review analyzed the incidence, pathogenesis, clinical manifestation(s) and assessment and grading of radiation-induced VS. In addition, risk factors, prevention and treatment options and follow-up schedules are also discussed. The limited available literature on many of these aspects suggests that additional studies are required to more precisely determine the best management strategy of this prevalent group after RT...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496366/factors-associated-with-psychological-distress-among-young-women-in-kisumu-kenya
#5
Deborah A Gust, Roman Gvetadze, Melissa Furtado, Mumbi Makanga, Victor Akelo, Kenneth Ondenge, Beatrice Nyagol, Eleanor McLellan-Lemal
BACKGROUND: Attention to mental health issues is growing globally. In many countries, including Kenya, however, assessment of psychological distress, especially in rural areas, is limited. METHODS: We analyzed data from young women screened for a longitudinal contraceptive ring study in Kisumu, Kenya. Multivariable regression analysis was used to assess factors associated with recent moderate and high psychological distress, as measured by the Kessler (K-6) psychological distress scale...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490905/reproductive-and-hormonal-risk-factors-of-breast-cancer-a-historical-perspective
#6
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Julie Horn, Lars J Vatten
The complexity of breast cancer etiology has puzzled scientists for more than 300 years. In this brief review, we emphasize the importance of reproductive and hormonal factors in relation to the risk of breast cancer. By following the historical course of how various risk factors have been determined, this study attempts to illustrate the origin of hypotheses, their subsequent rejection, and development of new hypotheses. Starting with the contributions of Italian physicians in the 18th century and covering the activity of British epidemiologists before World War II, this review ends up with the international collaboration that became increasingly important in the second half of the 20th century...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461768/cervical-elastography-during-pregnancy-clinical-perspectives
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Malgorzata Swiatkowska-Freund, Krzysztof Preis
Uterine cervix is a part of the uterus responsible for maintaining pregnancy till term. As long as the cervix remains long and firm and its internal orifice (os) is closed, it can withstand enlargement of the uterine contents and resultant growing pressure. Mechanical properties of the cervix change during pregnancy; the cervix ripens prior to delivery, then effaces and dilates with contractions of the uterus. Ripening of the cervix can be assessed using the Bishop score and ultrasonographically determined length of the cervical canal and internal os...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461767/can-mhealth-improve-access-to-safe-blood-for-transfusion-during-obstetric-emergency
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Aminur Rahman, Sadika Akhter, Monjura Khatun Nisha, Syed Shariful Islam, Fatema Ashraf, Monjur Rahman, Nazneen Begum, Mahbub Elahi Chowdhury, Anne Austin, Iqbal Anwar
PURPOSE: Of the 99% maternal deaths that take place in developing countries, one-fourth is due to postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). PPH accounts for one-third of all blood transfusions in Bangladesh where the transfusion process is lengthy as most facilities do not have in-house blood bank facilities. In this context, the location where blood is obtained and the processes of obtaining blood products are not standardized, leading to preventable delays in collecting blood, when it is needed...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458583/current-perspectives-on-fetal-and-neonatal-alloimmune-thrombocytopenia-increasing-clinical-concerns-and-new-treatment-opportunities
#9
REVIEW
Heidi Tiller, Anne Husebekk, Maria Therese Ahlen, Tor B Stuge, Bjørn Skogen
Differences in platelet type between the fetus and the mother can lead to maternal immunization and destruction of the fetal platelets, a condition named fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT). FNAIT is reported to occur in ~1 per 1,000 live born neonates. The major risk is intracranial hemorrhage in the fetus or newborn, which is associated with severe neurological complications or death. Since no countries have yet implemented a screening program to detect pregnancies at risk, the diagnosis is typically established after the birth of a child with symptoms...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458582/health-care-decision-making-autonomy-of-women-from-rural-districts-of-southern-ethiopia-a-community-based-cross-sectional-study
#10
Mihiretu Alemayehu, Mengistu Meskele
INTRODUCTION: Millions of women have little health care decision making autonomy in many cultures and tribes. African women are often perceived to have little participation in health care decisions. However, little has been investigated to identify factors contributing to decision making autonomy. Hence, it is important to obtain information on the contributing factors of decision making autonomy and disparities across different socio-cultural contexts. METHODOLOGY: A cross-sectional study was conducted in Wolaita and Dawro zones, Southern Ethiopia from February to March 2015...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458581/insertion-of-intrauterine-devices-after-cesarean-section-a-systematic-review-update
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REVIEW
Norman D Goldstuck, Petrus S Steyn
BACKGROUND: Women who undergo a cesarean section (CS) are in a unique position to receive the intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD). They may also want to use the IUD as a long-acting reversible contraceptive method provided the IUD is safe and effective in the presence of a CS scar. SEARCH STRATEGY: We researched and reviewed the MEDLINE, POPLINE, Google Scholar, and ClinicalTrials.gov databases from January 1968 to June 2015. SELECTION CRITERIA: Eligible studies reported event rates or practical problems relating to IUD usage in post-placental or interval insertion (>90 days) after CS...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450790/a-revisit-of-the-fetal-foot-length-and-fetal-measurements-in-early-pregnancy-sonography
#12
Hong Soo Wong
OBJECTIVES: To present the fetal measurements in relation to the foot length at 10-16 weeks gestation on antenatal ultrasound. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We reviewed the fetal measurements in 47 scans performed at 10-16 weeks gestation in women attending routine antenatal care. The fetal measurements and measurement ratios were examined in relation to the foot length. RESULTS: The fetal biparietal diameter, head circumference, abdominal circumference, femur length and foot length increase linearly with the gestational age at 10-16 weeks gestation...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450789/body-after-baby-a-pilot-survey-of-genital-body-image-and-sexual-esteem-following-vaginal-birth
#13
Ruth Zielinski, Lisa Kane Low, Abigail R Smith, Janis M Miller
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine acceptability of the Vaginal Changes Sexual and Body Esteem (VSBE) scale for women post childbirth and explore the association between childbirth events and sexual/body esteem. DESIGN: This is a cross-sectional study within the Evaluating Maternal Recovery from Labor and Delivery study. SETTING: This study was conducted in a community setting. POPULATION: The study was conducted in women post first vaginal birth with birth events that posed risk factors for levator ani muscle tears...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442936/factors-influencing-maternal-mortality-among-rural-communities-in-southwestern-nigeria
#14
Dominic Ezinwa Azuh, Akunna Ebere Azuh, Emeka Joshua Iweala, Davies Adeloye, Moses Akanbi, Raphael C Mordi
BACKGROUND: Maternal mortality and morbidity reflect the status of population health and quality of life across nations. Poor understanding of the interplay of many antecedent factors, including sociocultural, economic and logistic factors, combined with an overwhelming poor health services delivery, is a basic challenge in several countries, particularly in rural settings where functional health care services are relatively scarce. There are still uncertainties as to the extent of this burden, owing to current challenges with information and data collation...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442935/new-developments-in-the-treatment-of-hypoactive-sexual-desire-disorder-a-focus-on-flibanserin
#15
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Christopher J Jayne, Michael J Heard, Sarah Zubair, Dustie L Johnson
The objective of the authors is to highlight the historical complexities for the diagnosis and treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) with a focus on Flibanserin. A systematic review of the medical literature published in PubMed using the search terms HSDD and Flibanserin was conducted. Each author reviewed the results of the systematic review for articles to include in this study. HSDD is defined as a persistent or recurrent deficiency or absence of sexual fantasies and desire for sexual activity causing marked distress or interpersonal difficulty that is not better accounted for by another diagnosis...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435327/effect-of-menopause-on-hormonal-receptors-in-ampullae-of-the-fallopian-tube-with-a-special-reference-to-the-p53-signature
#16
Rie Urabe, Toru Hachisuga, Taeko Ueda, Toshinori Kawagoe, Tomoko Kurita, Seiji Kagami, Masanori Hisaoka, Yoshihisa Fujino
OBJECTIVES: Age-related changes in the expression of hormonal receptors have not been well examined in the fallopian tube (FT). We herein report the effect of menopause on the hormone receptors in ampullae of the FTs (AFTs), in comparison with cortical inclusion cysts (CICs) of the ovary. METHODS: A total of 84 AFTs and 16 fimbriae of FTs, which were obtained from 26 premenopausal and 58 postmenopausal women; and 27 postmenopausal CICs were immunohistochemically studied for the expression of p53, Ki-67, estrogen receptor-alpha (ER-α), and progesterone receptor A (PRA)...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424562/immunological-and-hematological-reference-intervals-among-hiv-seronegative-pregnant-women-in-northwest-ethiopia
#17
Meaza Genetu, Debasu Damtie, Meseret Workineh, Biniam Mathewos Tebeje, Bamlaku Enawgaw, Tekalign Deressa
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy is a state characterized by profound physiological hematological changes. However, hematological reference intervals being used in clinical practice in Ethiopia are derived from nonlocal general populations, despite the significant variations reported previously. The aim of this study was to determine the immunological and hematological reference intervals in healthy pregnancy among HIV-seronegative pregnant women in northwest Ethiopia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 200 healthy, HIV-seronegative pregnant women were enrolled from February 2015 to June 2015 in a cross-sectional study setting at Gondar University Hospital...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356774/robotic-assisted-hysterectomy-patient-selection-and-perspectives
#18
Noam Smorgick
Minimally invasive hysterectomy via the laparoscopic or vaginal approach is beneficial to patients when compared with laparotomy, but has not been offered in the past to all women because of the technical difficulties and the long learning curve required for laparoscopic hysterectomy. Robotic-assisted hysterectomy for benign indications may allow for a shorter learning curve but does not offer clear advantages over conventional laparoscopic hysterectomy in terms of surgical outcomes. In addition, robotic hysterectomy is invariably associated with increased costs...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331371/vacuum-assisted-cesarean-section
#19
REVIEW
Ross W McQuivey, Jon E Block
There has been a dramatic rise in the frequency of cesarean sections, surpassing 30% of all deliveries in the US. This upsurge, coupled with a decreasing willingness to allow vaginal birth after cesarean section, has resulted in an expansion of the use of vacuum assistance to safely extract the fetal head. By avoiding the use of a delivering hand or forceps blade, the volume being delivered through the uterine incision can be decreased when the vacuum is used properly. Reducing uterine extensions with their associated complications (eg, excessive blood loss) in difficult cases is also a theoretical advantage of vacuum delivery...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280395/residential-greenness-current-perspectives-on-its-impact-on-maternal-health-and-pregnancy-outcomes
#20
REVIEW
Rachel F Banay, Carla P Bezold, Peter James, Jaime E Hart, Francine Laden
Recent research in environmental epidemiology has attempted to estimate the effects of exposure to nature, often operationalized as vegetation, on health. Although many analyses have focused on vegetation or greenness with regard to physical activity and weight status, an incipient area of interest concerns maternal health and birth outcomes. This paper reviews 14 studies that examined the association between greenness and maternal or infant health. Most studies were cross-sectional and conducted in birth cohorts...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
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