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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722561/the-quality-of-free-antenatal-and-delivery-services-in-northern-sierra-leone
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Manso M Koroma, Samuel S Kamara, Evelyn A Bangura, Mohamed A Kamara, Virgil Lokossou, Namoudou Keita
BACKGROUND: The number of maternal deaths in sub-Saharan Africa continues to be overwhelmingly high. In West Africa, Sierra Leone leads the list, with the highest maternal mortality ratio. In 2010, financial barriers were removed as an incentive for more women to use available antenatal, delivery and postnatal services. Few published studies have examined the quality of free antenatal services and access to emergency obstetric care in Sierra Leone. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in 2014 in all 97 peripheral health facilities and three hospitals in Bombali District, Northern Region...
July 12, 2017: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715784/elemental-content-of-the-placenta-a-comparison-between-two-high-risk-obstetrical-populations-adult-women-carrying-multiples-and-adolescents-carrying-singletons
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Paolo de Angelis, Richard K Miller, Thomas H Darrah, Philip J Katzman, Eva K Pressman, Tera R Kent, Kimberly O O'Brien
BACKGROUND: The placenta is responsible for the exchange of nutrients and for preventing harmful compounds from entering the fetal circulation. With increasing industrialization, exposures to commercial and toxic metals become a concern for both pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy. The understanding of transport mechanisms and pharmacokinetics for most inorganic elements is incomplete and limited to normal term deliveries. OBJECTIVES: To obtain novel data on 46 inorganic elements in placentae from two high-risk obstetric populations, women carrying multiples and adolescents carrying singletons, evaluating differences, if present, and identifying predictors of placental content...
July 14, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715339/development-of-a-low-cost-medical-ultrasound-scanner-using-a-monostatic-synthetic-aperture
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Thomas L A van den Heuvel, David J Graham, Kristopher J Smith, Chris L de Korte, Jeffrey A Neasham
OBJECTIVE: In this paper, we present the design of low-cost medical ultrasound scanners aimed at the detection of maternal mortality risk factors in developing countries. METHOD: Modern ultrasound scanners typically employ a high element count transducer array with multichannel transmit and receive electronics. To minimize hardware costs, we employ a single piezoelectric element, mechanically swept across the target scene, and a highly cost-engineered single channel acquisition circuit...
July 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709767/obstetrical-brachial-plexus-palsy
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Patricia O'Berry, Mackenzie Brown, Leslie Phillips, Sarah Helen Evans
Obstetrical brachial plexus palsy is a disorder of the peripheral nervous system and occurs in as many as 0.4% of infants born. It is associated with shoulder dystocia, use of mechanical extraction, and macrosomia; it occurs more frequently in infants born by vaginal delivery. The unilateral injury to the brachial plexus complex occurs during the delivery phase as lateral traction is applied to the head to permit shoulder clearance. The infant typically presents in the delivery room with decreased active movements of the affected arm and asymmetrical primitive reflex responses...
July 11, 2017: Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706445/histone-demethylase-kdm2b-upregulates-histone-methyltransferase-ezh2-expression-and-contributes-to-the-progression-of-ovarian-cancer-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Yan Kuang, Fangfang Lu, Jianfeng Guo, Hong Xu, Qi Wang, Chaohuan Xu, Longjia Zeng, Suyi Yi
Aberrant histone methylation contributes to the progression and development of many tumors. Histone methylation is a dynamic process regulated by both histone demethylase and histone methyltransferase, which ultimately alters the levels of gene transcription. However, the relationship between histone demethylase and histone methyltransferase, as well as their regulatory mechanisms in ovarian cancer development, is still unclear. Lysine-specific demethylase 2B (KDM2B) is a key demethylase of H3K36me3 and H3K4me3 that regulates gene expression and plays a role in tumorigenesis via epigenetic mechanisms...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697100/venous-thromboembolism-prophylaxis-during-antepartum-admissions-and-postpartum-readmissions
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Anne H Mardy, Zainab Siddiq, Cande V Ananth, Jason D Wright, Mary E DʼAlton, Alexander M Friedman
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the use of venous thromboembolism prophylaxis during antepartum and postpartum hospitalizations in the United States. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study using the Perspective database was performed to analyze temporal trends of mechanical and pharmacologic venous thromboembolism prophylaxis for patients hospitalized for antepartum and postpartum indications between 2006 and 2015. Delivery hospitalizations were excluded. The association between use of prophylaxis and medical and obstetric risk factors as well as patient demographic and hospital characteristics was evaluated with unadjusted and adjusted models accounting for demographic, hospital and medical, and obstetric risk factors...
July 7, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678605/the-early-pregnancy-placenta-foreshadows-dna-methylation-alterations-of-solid-tumors
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Akpéli V Nordor, Djamel Nehar-Belaid, Sophie Richon, David Klatzmann, Dominique Bellet, Virginie Dangles-Marie, Thierry Fournier, Martin J Aryee
The placenta relies on phenotypes that are characteristic of cancer to successfully implant the embryo in the uterus during early pregnancy. Notably, it has to invade its host tissues, promote angiogenesis-while surviving hypoxia-, and escape the immune system. Similarities in DNA methylation patterns between the placenta and cancers suggest that common epigenetic mechanisms may be involved in regulating these behaviors. We show here that megabase-scale patterns of hypomethylation distinguish first from third trimester chorionic villi in the placenta, and that these patterns mirror those that distinguish many tumors from corresponding normal tissues...
July 5, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675713/obesity-in-pregnancy-as-a-model-to-identify-women-at-risk-for-later-metabolic-syndrome
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C Neri, C Di Cesare, A Labianca, M Viggiano, A Caruso, G Paradisi
The aim of our study is to identify - in a cohort of obese women - cardiovascular and clinical risk factors in women with previous complicated pregnancies and protective factors in women with previous physiological pregnancies. A total of 135 nonpregnant obese women referring to Policlinico Gemelli in Rome were prospectively collected in 2009-2010. Thirty-two women matched inclusion criteria: 16 reported a previous physiological pregnancy and 16 reported previous obstetric complications. A clinical, instrumental and laboratory evaluation has been performed for each patient...
July 4, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674684/effect-of-fetal-sex-on-maternal-and-obstetric-outcomes
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Mohammed Al-Qaraghouli, Yu Ming Victor Fang
Fetal sex plays an important role in modifying the course and complications related to pregnancy and may also have an impact on maternal health and well-being both during and after pregnancy. The goal of this article is to review and summarize the findings from published research on physiologic and pathologic changes that may be affected by fetal sex and the effect of these changes on the maternal and obstetrical outcomes. This will help create awareness that fetal sex is not just a random chance event but an interactive process between the mother, the placenta, and the fetus...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672786/residential-proximity-to-roadways-and-ischemic-placental-disease-in-a-cape-cod-family-health-study
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Amelia K Wesselink, Jenny L Carwile, María Patricia Fabian, Michael R Winter, Lindsey J Butler, Shruthi Mahalingaiah, Ann Aschengrau
Exposure to air pollution may adversely impact placental function through a variety of mechanisms; however, epidemiologic studies have found mixed results. We examined the association between traffic exposure and placental-related obstetric conditions in a retrospective cohort study on Cape Cod, MA, USA. We assessed exposure to traffic using proximity metrics (distance of residence to major roadways and length of major roadways within a buffer around the residence). The outcomes included self-reported ischemic placental disease (the presence of at least one of the following conditions: preeclampsia, placental abruption, small-for-gestational-age), stillbirth, and vaginal bleeding...
June 24, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664740/the-impact-of-physiological-peripartal-stress-on-the-lifelong-health-of-newborn
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J Hederlingova, P Psenkova, J Zahumensky
In the last decades the exponential increase in frequency of Caesarean sections is being observed. At the same time, there is growing amount of epidemiologic data showing higher lifetime risk of incidence of several diseases in offspring who do not experience natural labour. These findings lead to investigation of mechanisms which are responsible for maladaptation of several organ systems. Authors of this article describe these mechanisms, focusing especially on epigenetic programming, production of microbiome and positive effect of peripartal stress on successful beginning of extrauterine life...
2017: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658852/severe-puerperal-sepsis-a-simmering-menace
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Sheeba Marwah, Sonam R Topden, Manjula Sharma, Ritin Mohindra, Pratima Mittal
INTRODUCTION: Even decades after the development of effective low-cost antibiotics, sepsis persists as the foremost cause of preventable maternal death worldwide. In developing countries like India, where the paramount impediment to intervention is poverty, maternal mortality due to sepsis is a continuing representation of maternal health inequality. AIM: To determine the incidence, risk factors and mortality in women presenting with puerperal sepsis in a tertiary care health facility in India...
May 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657680/lysophosphatidic-acid-triggered-pathways-promote-the-acquisition-of-trophoblast-endovascular-phenotype-in-vitro
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Jimena S Beltrame, Micaela S Sordelli, Vanesa A Cañumil, Ana M Franchi, María L Ribeiro
Successful implantation and placentation requires that extravillous cytotrophoblast acquires an endovascular phenotype and remodels uterine spiral arteries. Defects in this mechanism correlate with severe obstetric complications as implantation failure and preeclampsia. Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) participates in embryo implantation and contributes to vascular physiology in different biological systems. However, the role of LPA on trophoblast endovascular transformation has not been studied. Due to difficulties in studying human pregnancy in vivo, we adopted a pharmacological approach in vitro to investigate LPA action in various aspects of trophoblast endovascular response, such as the formation of endothelial capillary-like structures, migration and proliferation...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651495/mir-205-serves-as-a-prognostic-factor-and-suppresses-proliferation-and-invasion-by-targeting-insulin-like-growth-factor-receptor-1-in-human-cervical-cancer
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Hui Pang, Xiuying Yue
MicroRNAs are a kind of small and non-coding RNAs, which have been demonstrated to play an important role in the progression of human cervical cancer. Here, we found that the expression of miR-205 was low in cervical cancer cell lines and tissues, compared with matched non-tumor tissues and human endocervical epithelial cells. Also, miR-205 was inversely correlated with histological differentiation, metastasis, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics stage, and the expression of insulin-like growth factor receptor 1 messenger RNA and protein...
June 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641487/microrna-337-inhibits-cell-proliferation-and-invasion-of-cervical-cancer-through-directly-targeting-specificity-protein-1
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Wei Dong, Baosheng Li, Juan Wang, Yipeng Song, Zicheng Zhang, Chengrui Fu
Cervical cancer is the fourth most commonly occurring malignancy in females worldwide. Accumulated studies have demonstrated that the aberrant expression of microRNAs plays important roles in tumorigenesis and tumor development and potentially serves as therapeutic targets in various cancers including cervical cancer. Therefore, the identification of specific microRNAs contributed to cervical cancer formation and progression would provide critical clues for the treatments for patients with this disease. In this study, we aimed to detect microRNA-337 expression pattern and investigate the biological roles of microRNA-337 in the regulation of the malignant phenotypes of cervical cancer and its underlying mechanisms...
June 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628578/neuraxial-anesthesia-in-obstetric-patients-receiving-thromboprophylaxis-with-unfractionated-or-low-molecular-weight-heparin-a-systematic-review-of-spinal-epidural-hematoma
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Lisa R Leffert, Heloise M Dubois, Alexander J Butwick, Brendan Carvalho, Timothy T Houle, Ruth Landau
Venous thromboembolism remains a major source of morbidity and mortality in obstetrics with an incidence of 29.8/100,000 vaginal delivery hospitalizations; cesarean delivery confers a 4-fold increased risk of thromboembolism when compared with vaginal delivery. Revised national guidelines now stipulate that the majority of women delivering via cesarean and women at risk for ante- or postpartum venous thromboembolism receive mechanical or pharmacological thromboprophylaxis. This practice change has important implications for obstetric anesthesiologists concerned about the risk of spinal epidural hematoma (SEH) among anticoagulated women receiving neuraxial anesthesia...
July 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625306/spinal-induced-hypotension-incidence-mechanisms-prophylaxis-and-management-summarizing-20-years-of-research
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REVIEW
Jennifer E Lee, Ronald B George, Ashraf S Habib
Hypotension commonly occurs in parturients undergoing cesarean delivery under spinal anesthesia. This leads to maternal and neonatal adverse outcomes, including maternal nausea and vomiting and fetal acidosis, and might even lead to cardiovascular collapse if not treated. Arterial dilatation and reduction in systemic vascular resistance are the major contributors to spinal-induced hypotension. Therefore, strategies aimed at expanding the intravascular volume with fluid loading or increasing venous return with lower extremities mechanical compression and lateral tilt have had limited effectiveness in the management of spinal-induced hypotension...
March 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598117/-expression-level-of-membrane-associated-proteins-numb-in-epithelial-ovarian-carcinoma-and-its-relationship
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Hong Jing, Xiao-Yu Liu, Ya-Li Chen, Li-Ping Bai, Ai Zheng
OBJECTIVES: To explore the expression level of membrane-associated protein Numb in epithelial ovarian carcinoma and its relationship with ovarian cancer stem cell markers CD117,CD133,acetaldehyde dehydrogenase 1(ALDH1). METHODS: A total of 136 patients who had ovarian tumors and 22 patients who had not ovarian tumors in Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics,West China Second University Hospital,Sichuan University were chosen as the study subjects.According to the histopathologic examination results,they were divided into epithelial ovarian carcinoma group (n=92),ovarian borderline tumor group (n=23),ovarian benign tumor group (n=21) and normal ovary group (n=22)...
November 2016: Sichuan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Sichuan University. Medical Science Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586127/cervical-stitch-cerclage-for-preventing-preterm-birth-in-singleton-pregnancy
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REVIEW
Zarko Alfirevic, Tamara Stampalija, Nancy Medley
BACKGROUND: Cervical cerclage is a well-known surgical procedure carried out during pregnancy. It involves positioning of a suture (stitch) around the neck of the womb (cervix), aiming to give mechanical support to the cervix and thereby reduce risk of preterm birth. The effectiveness and safety of this procedure remains controversial. This is an update of a review last published in 2012. OBJECTIVES: To assess whether the use of cervical stitch in singleton pregnancy at high risk of pregnancy loss based on woman's history and/or ultrasound finding of 'short cervix' and/or physical exam improves subsequent obstetric care and fetal outcome...
June 6, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578177/the-impact-of-uterine-immaturity-on-obstetrical-syndromes-during%C3%A2-adolescence
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Ivo Brosens, Joanne Muter, Caroline E Gargett, Patrick Puttemans, Giuseppe Benagiano, Jan J Brosens
Pregnant nulliparous adolescents are at increased risk, inversely proportional to their age, of major obstetric syndromes, including preeclampsia, fetal growth restriction, and preterm birth. Emerging evidence indicates that biological immaturity of the uterus accounts for the increased incidence of obstetrical disorders in very young mothers, possibly compounded by sociodemographic factors associated with teenage pregnancy. The endometrium in most newborns is intrinsically resistant to progesterone signaling, and the rate of transition to a fully responsive tissue likely determines pregnancy outcome during adolescence...
May 31, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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