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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644857/beneficial-effects-of-hibiscus-rosa-sinensis-l-flower-aqueous-extract-in-pregnant-rats-with-diabetes
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Luana Alves Freitas Afiune, Thaís Leal-Silva, Yuri Karen Sinzato, Rafaianne Queiroz Moraes-Souza, Thaigra Sousa Soares, Kleber Eduardo Campos, Ricardo Toshio Fujiwara, Emilio Herrera, Débora Cristina Damasceno, Gustavo Tadeu Volpato
PURPOSE: The Hibiscus rosa-sinensis flower is widely used in Brazilian traditional medicine for the treatment of diabetes and has shown antifertility activity in female Wistar rats. However, there is no scientific confirmation of its effect on diabetes and pregnancy. The aim of this study was evaluate the effect of aqueous extract of H. rosa-sinensis flowers on maternal-fetal outcome in pregnant rats with diabetes. METHODS: Diabetes was induced by streptozotocin (STZ, 40 mg/kg) in virgin, adult, female Wistar rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640470/contingent-first-trimester-screening-for-aneuploidies-with-cell-free-dna-in-a-danish-clinical-setting
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Caroline Borregaard Miltoft, Line Rode, Charlotte Kvist Ekelund, Karin Sundberg, Susanne Kjaergaard, Helle Zingenberg, Ann Tabor
OBJECTIVES: The primary aim was to compare the screening performance for Trisomy 21, of standard combined first trimester screening with referral to invasive testing at a cut-off at 1 in 300, with a contingent testing, consisting of referral to invasive testing at a 1 in 100 cut-off and referral to cell-free DNA (cfDNA) testing for a risk between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1000. METHODS: Singleton pregnant women with a combined first trimester risk ≥ 1 in 1000 were consecutively recruited from two Danish hospitals between August 2014 and May 2015...
June 22, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640243/in-depth-investigations-of-adolescents-and-adults-with-holoprosencephaly-identify-unique-characteristics
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Karin Weiss, Paul Kruszka, Maria J Guillen Sacoto, Yonit A Addissie, Donald W Hadley, Casey K Hadsall, Bethany Stokes, Ping Hu, Erich Roessler, Beth Solomon, Edythe Wiggs, Audrey Thurm, Robert B Hufnagel, Wadih M Zein, Jin S Hahn, Elaine Stashinko, Eric Levey, Debbie Baldwin, Nancy J Clegg, Mauricio R Delgado, Maximilian Muenke
PurposeWith improved medical care, some individuals with holoprosencephaly (HPE) are surviving into adulthood. We investigated the clinical manifestations of adolescents and adults with HPE and explored the underlying molecular causes.MethodsParticipants included 20 subjects 15 years of age and older. Clinical assessments included dysmorphology exams, cognitive testing, swallowing studies, ophthalmic examination, and brain magnetic resonance imaging. Genetic testing included chromosomal microarray, Sanger sequencing for SHH, ZIC2, SIX3, and TGIF, and whole-exome sequencing (WES) of 10 trios...
June 22, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640239/temple-syndrome-comprehensive-molecular-and-clinical-findings-in-32-japanese-patients
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Masayo Kagami, Keisuke Nagasaki, Rika Kosaki, Reiko Horikawa, Yasuhiro Naiki, Shinji Saitoh, Toshihiro Tajima, Tohru Yorifuji, Chikahiko Numakura, Seiji Mizuno, Akie Nakamura, Keiko Matsubara, Maki Fukami, Tsutomu Ogata
PurposeTemple syndrome (TS14) is a rare imprinting disorder caused by aberrations at the 14q32.2 imprinted region. Here, we report comprehensive molecular and clinical findings in 32 Japanese patients with TS14.MethodsWe performed molecular studies for TS14 in 356 patients with variable phenotypes, and clinical studies in all TS14 patients, including 13 previously reported.ResultsWe identified 19 new patients with TS14, and the total of 32 patients was made up of 23 patients with maternal uniparental disomy (UPD(14)mat), six patients with epimutations, and three patients with microdeletions...
June 22, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639717/a-prospective-study-on-transvaginal-ultrasound-of-cervical-length-cl-in-the-first-and-second-trimester-in-a-low-risk-population
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C B Wulff, L Rode, S Rosthøj, E Hoseth, O B Petersen, A Tabor
OBJECTIVES: To assess cervical length (CL) longitudinally in the first and second trimester and to determine the proportion of women with a short CL. Further, to assess if women with a short CL at 19-24 weeks could be identified at the combined first-trimester screening (cFTS) at 11-14 weeks in relation to a potential implementation of CL screening in the Danish population. METHODS: We recruited singleton pregnant women attending the combined first-trimester screening from 1 November 2013 to 1 December 2014 to a longitudinal prospective study at three University Hospitals in Denmark...
June 22, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639424/parental-attitudes-toward-pediatric-use-of-complementary-alternative-medicine-in-turkey
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Fadime Ustuner Top, Dilek Konuk Sener, Sengul Cangur
PURPOSE: This study was conducted to determine the pediatric usage of complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) by parents in Turkey, the incidence of using these methods, and the factors affecting their use. DESIGN AND METHODS: The sectional and relational design of the study included a sample of 497 parents who took children for treatment at the Maternity and Children's Hospital in Giresun, Turkey. Data for the study were collected via the Personal Information Form and the Evaluation Form for Complementary/Alternative Treatment Use...
June 21, 2017: Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing: JSPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637461/prenatal-exposure-to-antifungal-medication-may-change-anogenital-distance-in-male-offspring-a-preliminary-study
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Djamilla Madelung Mogensen, Maria Bergkvist Pihl, Niels E Skakkebæk, Helle Raun Andersen, Anders Juul, Henriette Boye Kyhl, Shanna Swan, David Møbjerg Kristensen, Marianne Skovager Andersen, Dorte Vesterholm Lind, Tina Kold Jensen
BACKGROUND: Vaginal candidiasis is frequent among pregnant women and it is treated with anti-fungal medication (conazoles). Conazoles have anti-androgenic properties and prenatal exposure in rodents is associated with a shorter (less masculine) anogenital distance (AGD) in male offspring. To our knowledge this has never been studied in humans. METHOD: In the Odense Child Cohort pregnant women residing in Odense municipality, Denmark, were recruited at gestational age 8-16 weeks between 2010 and 2012...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629475/can-formalizing-links-among-community-health-workers-accredited-drug-dispensing-outlet-dispensers-and-health-facility-staff-increase-their-collaboration-to-improve-prompt-access-to-maternal-and-child-care-a-qualitative-study-in-tanzania
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Angel Dillip, Suleiman Kimatta, Martha Embrey, John C Chalker, Richard Valimba, Mariam Malliwah, John Meena, Rachel Lieber, Keith Johnson
BACKGROUND: In Tanzania, progress toward achieving the 2015 Millennium Development Goals for maternal and newborn health was slow. An intervention brought together community health workers, health facility staff, and accredited drug dispensing outlet (ADDO) dispensers to improve maternal and newborn health through a mechanism of collaboration and referral. This study explored barriers, successes, and promising approaches to increasing timely access to care by linking the three levels of health care provision...
June 19, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629273/the-association-between-maternal-race-and-adverse-outcomes-in-twin-pregnancies-with-similar-healthcare-access
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Marti D Soffer, Mariam Naqvi, Stephanie Melka, Aren Gottlieb, Julie Romero, Nathan S Fox
OBJECTIVE: To compare twin pregnancy outcomes between white and nonwhite women with similar access to healthcare. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of all twin pregnancies delivered by a single maternal-fetal medicine practice from 2005-2016. All patients had private health insurance and equal access to physician care. Outcomes were compared between white and nonwhite women using logistic regression to adjust for differences at baseline. RESULTS: Of the 858 women included, 730 (85...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629247/obstetric-practice-patterns-in-pregnancies-complicated-by-fetal-trisomy-13-or-18
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Sarah K Dotters-Katz, Marcela C Smid, Cora Mcelwain, Jeffrey A Kuller, Jay Schulkin
PURPOSE: Describe practice patterns among obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYNs) when caring for women with pregnancy complicated by fetal trisomy 13(T13) or 18(T18), and compare these between maternal-fetal-medicine (MFM) and non-MFM providers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted an electronic survey using the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists database. Using simple statistics, we describe demographics and practice patterns among respondents, and compare those of MFM practitioners with non-MFM providers...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620542/preconception-consultations-with-maternal-fetal-medicine-for-obese-women-a-retrospective-chart-review
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Charlotte M Page, Elizabeth S Ginsburg, Randi H Goldman, Chloe A Zera
BACKGROUND: Obesity is associated with impaired fertility and pregnancy complications, and preconception weight loss may improve some of these outcomes. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) preconception consults for obese women. METHODS: We performed a retrospective chart review examining 162 consults at an academic medical center from 2008 to 2014. The main outcome measures included consultation content - e...
2017: Fertility Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617430/physician-views-regarding-the-benefits-and-burdens-of-prenatal-surgery-for-myelomeningocele
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R M Antiel, C A Collura, A W Flake, M P Johnson, N E Rintoul, J D Lantos, F A Curlin, J C Tilburt, S D Brown, C Feudtner
OBJECTIVE: Examine how pediatric and obstetrical subspecialists view benefits and burdens of prenatal myelomeningocele (MMC) closure. STUDY DESIGN: Mail survey of 1200 neonatologists, pediatric surgeons and maternal-fetal medicine specialists (MFMs). RESULTS: Of 1176 eligible physicians, 670 (57%) responded. Most respondents disagreed (68%, 11% strongly) that open fetal surgery places an unacceptable burden on women and their families. Most agreed (65%, 10% strongly) that denying the benefits of open maternal-fetal surgery is unfair to the future child...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617416/genome-wide-cfdna-screening-clinical-laboratory-experience-with-the-first-10-000-cases
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Mathias Ehrich, John Tynan, Amin Mazloom, Eyad Almasri, Ron McCullough, Theresa Boomer, Daniel Grosu, Jason Chibuk
PurposeInvasive diagnostic prenatal testing can provide the most comprehensive information about the genetic status of a fetus. Noninvasive prenatal screening methods, especially when using cell-free DNA (cfDNA), are often limited to reporting only on trisomies 21, 18, and 13 and sex chromosome aneuploidies. This can leave a significant number of chromosomal and subchromosomal copy-number variations undetected. In 2015, we launched a new genome-wide cfDNA screening test that has the potential to narrow this detection gap...
June 15, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614986/higher-adherence-to-mediterranean-diet-prior-to-pregnancy-is-associated-with-decreased-risk-for-deviation-from-the-maternal-recommended-gestational-weight-gain
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Antonios E Koutelidakis, Olga Alexatou, Savvina Kousaiti, Elisavet Gkretsi, George Vasios, Anastasia Sampani, Maria Tolia, Dimitrios N Kiortsis, Constantinos Giaginis
The present retrospective study was conducted on 1482 women in order to evaluate whether their pre-pregnancy adherence to the Mediterranean diet may affect maternal gestational weight gain (GWG). For this purpose, the study population was classified according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations concerning GWG. Pre-pregnancy adherence to the Mediterranean diet was assessed with 11 food patterns groups based on their contribution in the Mediterranean diet pyramid. Women with high adherence to the Mediterranean diet were more frequently characterised by GWG inside the IOM recommendations...
June 14, 2017: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612629/uterine-artery-pulsatility-index-in-the-first-trimester-assessment-of-inter-sonographer-and-inter-sampling-site-measurement-differences
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Piya Chaemsaithong, Yuen Ha Ting, Kwun Yue Yvonne Cheng, Chiu Yee Liona Poon, Tak Yeung Leung, Daljit Singh Sahota
OBJECTIVE: To determine inter-sonographer, intersampling site pulsatility index differences in the ascending branch of the uterine artery (UtA-PI) and their effect on detection rates (DR) for early onset preeclampsia (PE). METHODS: A prospective observational study was conducted including 52 women with singleton viable pregnancy at 11-13 weeks' gestation. Consecutive bilateral UtA-PI measurements were performed by two sonographers. Both sonographers hold the Fetal Medicine Foundation (FMF) uterine artery Doppler assessment competency certificates...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607235/meeting-the-current-and-future-health-care-needs-of-sri-lanka-s-ageing-population
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Dilhar Samaraweera, Shiromi Maduwage
Sri Lanka is one of the fastest-ageing countries in the world. This rapid demographic transition is expected to result in one quarter of the population being elderly by the year 2041. Profound challenges face the country as a result, especially with respect to planning adequate elderly-oriented services in the social-care and health-care sectors. In response to this need, many initiatives have been put in place to promote and protect the welfare of older people, and these rights have been inscribed in law. Within the health sector, despite the wealth of policies and initiatives in recent years, it is clear that the existing health infrastructure and systems still require strengthening, reorientation and coordination, to meet the needs of the growing population of elderly individuals...
September 2016: WHO South-East Asia Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601764/maternal-perchlorate-exposure-in-pregnancy-and-altered-birth-outcomes
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Rainbow Rubin, Michelle Pearl, Martin Kharrazi, Benjamin C Blount, Mark D Miller, Elizabeth N Pearce, Liza Valentin-Blasini, Gerald DeLorenze, Jane Liaw, Andrew N Hoofnagle, Craig Steinmaus
BACKGROUND: At high medicinal doses perchlorate is known to decrease the production of thyroid hormone, a critical factor for fetal development. In a large and uniquely exposed cohort of pregnant women, we recently identified associations between environmental perchlorate exposures and decreased maternal thyroid hormone during pregnancy. Here, we investigate whether perchlorate might be associated with birthweight or preterm birth in the offspring of these women. METHODS: Maternal urinary perchlorate, serum thyroid hormone concentrations, birthweight, gestational age, and urinary nitrate, thiocyanate, and iodide were collected in 1957 mother-infant pairs from San Diego County during 2000-2003, a period when the county's water supply was contaminated with perchlorate...
June 8, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599895/variations-in-resting-energy-expenditure-impact-on-gestational-weight%C3%A2-gain
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Ek Berggren, P O'Tierney-Ginn, S Lewis, L Presley, S Hauguel De-Mouzon, P M Catalano
BACKGROUND: There are significant variations in gestational weight gain, with many women gaining in excess of the Institute of Medicine guidelines. Unfortunately, efforts to improve appropriate gestational weight gain have had only limited success. To date, interventions have focused primarily on decreasing energy intake and/or increasing physical activity. Maternal resting energy expenditure, which comprises ∼60% of total energy expenditure compared with the ∼20% that comes from physical activity, may be an important consideration in understanding variations in gestational weight gain...
June 17, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599894/impact-of-aspirin-on-fetal-growth-in-diabetic-pregnancies-according-to-white-classification
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Katlynn Adkins, Amanda A Allshouse, Torri D Metz, Kent D Heyborne
OBJECTIVE: Current United States Preventative Services Task Force and other guidelines recommend low-dose aspirin for all pregnant women with pre-gestational diabetes mellitus to prevent preeclampsia and small for gestational age birth. The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units High-Risk Aspirin trial did not show a reduction in either preeclampsia or small for gestational age birth in diabetic women. Our objective was to reassess the impact of aspirin on fetal growth in diabetic pregnancies overall and according to White classification...
June 6, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599577/a-retrospective-comparison-of-pregnancy-outcomes-between-women-with-alpha-thalassaemia-1-trait-and-normal-controls
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Kuntharee Traisrisilp, Phudit Jatavan, Theera Tongsong
The objective of this retrospective cohort study was to compare pregnancy outcomes between low-risk pregnant women with alpha-thalassaemia-1 trait and normal controls. The database of the Maternal-Foetal Medicine unit was used to identify low-risk singleton pregnant women complicated by alpha-thalassaemia-1 trait who gave birth between January 2002 and October 2014. The low-risk pregnancies with non-carrier status for thalassaemia were assigned into the control group, with a control-to-case ratio of 10:1. During the study period, 595 women with alpha-thalassaemia-1 trait and 5950 normal controls were identified...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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