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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214848/human-birth-weight-and-reproductive-immunology-testing-for-interactions-between-maternal-and-offspring-kir-and-hla-c-genes
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Michelle M Clark, Olympe Chazara, Eric M Sobel, Håkon K Gjessing, Per Magnus, Ashley Moffett, Janet S Sinsheimer
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Maternal and offspring cell contact at the site of placentation presents a plausible setting for maternal-fetal genotype (MFG) interactions affecting fetal growth. We test hypotheses regarding killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) and HLA-C MFG effects on human birth weight by extending the quantitative MFG (QMFG) test. METHODS: Until recently, association testing for MFG interactions had limited applications. To improve the ability to test for these interactions, we developed the extended QMFG test, a linear mixed-effect model that can use multi-locus genotype data from families...
February 18, 2017: Human Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214760/genotyping-analysis-of-protein-s-tokushima-k196e-and-the-involvement-of-protein-s-antigen-and-activity-in-patients-with-recurrent-pregnancy-loss
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Yasushi Matsukawa, Eriko Asano, Tomohide Tsuda, Hiroyuki Kuma, Tamao Kitaori, Kinue Katano, Yasuhiko Ozaki, Mayumi Sugiura-Ogasawara
OBJECTIVE: Preston et al. indicated that Protein S (PS) deficiency was associated with stillbirths but not miscarriages. The PS-Tokushima missense variant was reported to serve as a genetic risk factor for deep vein thrombosis in the Japanese population. A previous cross-sectional study showed no increase in the prevalence of PS-Tokushima in patients with recurrent early pregnancy loss or in patients with intra uterine fetal death and/or fetal growth restriction. There has been limited number of prospective studies examining the pregnancy outcome in patients with both a PS deficiency and recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL)...
February 8, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211317/primary-human-cytomegalovirus-hcmv-infection-in-pregnancy
#3
Horst Buxmann, Klaus Hamprecht, Matthias Meyer-Wittkopf, Klaus Friese
BACKGROUND: In 0.5-4% of pregnancies, the prospective mother sustains a primary infection with human cytomegalovirus (HCMV). An HCMV infection of the fetus in the first or second trimester can cause complex post-encephalitic impairment of the infant brain, leading to motor and mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, retinal defects, and progressive hearing loss. METHODS: This review is based on pertinent publications from January 2000 to October 2016 that were retrieved by a selective search in PubMed employing the terms "cytomegalovirus and pregnancy" and "congenital cytomegalovirus...
January 27, 2017: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209489/the-systematic-error-in-the-estimation-of-fetal-weight-and-the-underestimation-of-fetal-growth-restriction
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Justin R Lappen, Stephen A Myers
Fetal growth restriction (FGR) is associated with an increased risk of perinatal morbidity and mortality and has lifetime implications for the risk of chronic medical conditions. Antenatal diagnosis of fetal growth restriction (FGR) remains poor with the majority of cases remaining undiagnosed. While several factors contribute to the underdiagnosis of FGR, the error in ultrasound estimation of fetal weight (EFW) is generally not considered in clinical practice. In this commentary, we suggest that the intrinsic, or systematic, error in ultrasound EFW is a significant factor contributing to the underestimation of fetuses predicted to have FGR and should be incorporated into screening and surveillance recommendations...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207425/evidence-based-interventions-for-improvement-of-maternal-and-child-nutrition-in-low-income-settings-what-s-new
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Tyler Vaivada, Michelle F Gaffey, Jai K Das, Zulfiqar A Bhutta
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Maternal and child malnutrition continues to disproportionately affect low and middle-income countries, contributing to high rates of morbidity, mortality, and suboptimal development. This article reviews evidence from recent systematic reviews and studies on the effectiveness of interventions to improve nutritional status in these especially vulnerable populations. RECENT FINDINGS: Macronutrients provided to expectant mothers in the form of balanced protein energy supplements can improve fetal growth and birth outcomes, and new research suggests that lipid nutrient supplements can reduce both stunting and wasting in newborns...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203724/endocrine-changes-fetal-growth-and-uterine-artery-hemodynamics-after-chronic-estrogen-suppression-during-the-last-trimester-of-equine-pregnancy%C3%A2
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Alejandro Esteller-Vico, Barry A Ball, Mats H T Troedsson, Edward L Squires
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 1, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196346/organochlorine-pesticides-ocps-and-polychlorinated-biphenyls-pcbs-in-human-breast-milk-and-associated-health-risks-to-nursing-infants-in-northern-tanzania
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M H B Müller, A Polder, O B Brynildsrud, M Karimi, E Lie, W B Manyilizu, R H Mdegela, F Mokiti, M Murtadha, H E Nonga, J U Skaare, J L Lyche
This is the first study to report organochlorines (OCs), including chlorinated pesticides (OCPs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in human milk from Tanzania. The main aims of this study were to assess the level of contamination and the possible health risks related to OC exposure in nursing infants from the Northern parts of Tanzania. Ninety-five healthy mother-infant couples attending Mount Meru Regional Referral Hospital (MMRRH), Arusha, Tanzania, were assessed for associations between maternal/infant characteristics, i...
February 11, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194805/fetal-adaptations-in-insulin-secretion-result-from-high-catecholamines-during-placental-insufficiency
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Sean W Limesand, Paul J Rozance
Placental insufficiency and intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) of the fetus affects approximately 8% of all pregnancies and is associated with short- and long-term disturbances in metabolism. In pregnant sheep, experimental models with a small, defective placenta that restricts delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the fetus result in IUGR. Low blood oxygen concentrations increase fetal plasma catecholamine concentrations, which lower fetal insulin concentrations. All of these observations in sheep models with placental insufficiency are consistent with cases of human IUGR...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193574/effects-of-preterm-birth-and-fetal-growth-retardation-on-life-course-cardiovascular-risk-factors-among-schoolchildren-from-colombia-the-fuprecol-study
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Robinson Ramírez-Vélez, Jorge Enrique Correa-Bautista, Emilio Villa-González, Javier Martínez-Torres, Anthony C Hackney, Antonio García-Hermoso
BACKGROUND: Both fetal growth restriction and prematurity have been associated with cardiometabolic risk in youth and adults, however, data on their combined effects on cardiometabolic health in youth are scarce. AIMS: This study aimed at assessing the effects of birth weight and gestational age combined on life-course cardiovascular risk factors and obesity among schoolchildren from Colombia. STUDY DESIGN: A cross-sectional study. SUBJECTS: Participants comprised 2510 Colombian schoolchildren (54...
February 10, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192505/a-perinatal-review-of-singleton-stillbirths-in-an-australian-metropolitan-tertiary-centre
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Supuni Kapurubandara, Sarah J Melov, Evangeline R Shalou, Monika Mukerji, Stephen Yim, Ujvala Rao, Zain Battikhi, Nirusha Karunaratne, Roshini Nayyar, Thushari I Alahakoon
It is estimated that everyday 7000 women worldwide have their pregnancy end with a stillbirth, however, research and data collection on stillbirth remains underfunded. This stillbirth case series audit investigates an apparent rise in stillbirths at a Sydney tertiary referral hospital in Australia. A retrospective case series of singleton stillbirths from 2005-2010 was conducted at Westmead Hospital. Stillbirth was defined as per the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand classification as a death of a baby before or during birth, from the 20th week of pregnancy onwards, or a birth weight of 400 grams or more if gestational age is unknown...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190855/high-maternal-age-and-low-pre-pregnancy-body-mass-index-correlate-with-lower-birth-weight-of-male-infants
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Sayuri Fukuda, Yurika Tanaka, Kiyomi Harada, Ayako Saruwatari, Kaori Kitaoka, Kiyoko Odani, Wataru Aoi, Sayori Wada, Yukari Nishi, Tatsuya Oguni, Hiroaki Asano, Nobuko Hagiwara, Akane Higashi
In Japan, the percentage of leanness has been increasing in young women, and the percentage of low birth weight infants (< 2,500 g) has increased. Moreover, the average age of primiparas rose 3.5 years during the last 30 years. The purpose of this study was to clarify the relationship between maternal age and the influence of maternal pre-pregnancy physique on the neonatal physique of infants. Questionnaires were issued to the participants and collected when they submitted their gestational notifications at their local ward office in Kyoto Prefecture...
2017: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188770/fetal-and-neonatal-outcomes-of-preterm-infants-born-before-32-weeks-of-gestation-according-to-antenatal-versus-postnatal-assessments-of-restricted-growth
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Isabelle Monier, Pierre-Yves Ancel, Anne Ego, Pierre-Henri Jarreau, Cécile Lebeaux, Monique Kaminski, François Goffinet, Jennifer Zeitlin
BACKGROUND: Fetal growth restriction is defined using ultrasound parameters during pregnancy or as a low birthweight for gestational age (GA) after birth, but these definitions are not always concordant. OBJECTIVE: To investigate fetal and neonatal outcomes based on antenatal versus postnatal assessments of growth restriction. STUDY DESIGN: From the EPIPAGE 2 population-based prospective study of very preterm births in France in 2011, we included 2919 singleton non-anomalous infants 24 to 31 weeks' GA...
February 8, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188365/quantitative-anatomy-of-the-growing-clavicle-in-the-human-fetus-ct-digital-image-analysis-and-statistical-study
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Marcin Wiśniewski, Mariusz Baumgart, Magdalena Grzonkowska, Bogdan Małkowski, Piotr Flisiński, Małgorzata Dombek, Michał Szpinda
PURPOSES: Knowledge of dimensions of fetal long bones is useful in both the assessment of fetal growth and early detection of inherited defects. Measurements of the fetal clavicle may facilitate detection of numerous defects, e.g., cleidocranial dysplasia, Holt-Oram syndrome, Goltz syndrome, and Melnick-Needles syndrome. METHODS: Using the methods of CT, digital image analysis, and statistics, the size of the growing clavicle in 42 spontaneously aborted human fetuses (21 males and 21 females) at ages of 18-30 weeks was studied...
February 10, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182335/how-to-monitor-pregnancies-complicated-by-fetal-growth-restriction-and-delivery-below-32-weeks
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W Ganzevoort, N Mensing van Charante, B Thilaganathan, F Prefumo, B Arabin, C M Bilardo, C Brezinka, J B Derks, A Diemert, J J Duvekot, E Ferrazzi, T Frusca, K Hecher, N Marlow, P Martinelli, E Ostermayer, A T Papageorghiou, D Schlembach, Ktm Schneider, T Todros, A Valcamonico, Gha Visser, A van Wassenaer-Leemhuis, C C Lees, H Wolf
OBJECTIVES: In the recent TRUFFLE study it appeared that, in pregnancies complicated by fetal growth restriction (FGR) between 26 and 32 weeks, monitoring of the ductus venosus (DV) combined with computerised cardiotocography (cCTG) as a trigger for delivery, increased the chance of infant survival without neurological impairment. However, concerns in interpretation were raised as DV monitoring appeared associated with a non-significant increase in fetal death, and part of the infants were delivered after 32 weeks, after which the study protocol was no longer applied...
February 9, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179126/vitamin-d-deficiency-in-mothers-neonates-and-children
#15
Deena H Elsori, Majeda S Hammoud
Vitamin D is produced in response to the exposure of skin to sunlight through UV-B synthesis. It can also be obtained from diet and dietary supplements. Vitamin D is essential for strong bones as it helps to absorb calcium from diet. Vitamin D deficiency mainly occurs if strict vegetarian diet is followed as mostly the source of vitamin D is animal based; therefore, exposure to sunlight is restricted or having dark skin color. Low vitamin D levels results in increased possibility of gestational diabetes among pregnant women, low birth weight and pre-eclampsia in infants, and mothers may suffer bone impairment, osteoporosis, hypocalcaemia, and hypertension...
February 5, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177716/a-role-for-maternally-derived-myokines-to-optimize-placental-function-and-fetal-growth-across-gestation
#16
Chantal Dubé, Céline Aguer, Kristi Adamo, Shannon Bainbridge
Exercise during pregnancy is associated with improved health outcomes for both mother and baby, including a reduced risk of future obesity and susceptibility to chronic diseases. Overwhelming evidence demonstrates a protective effect of maternal exercise against fetal birth weight extremes, reducing the rates of both large- and small-for-gestational-age infants. It is speculated that this protective effect is mediated in part through exercise-induced regulation of maternal physiology and placental development/function...
January 17, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176826/annexin-a5-organized-in-2d-network-at-the-plasmalemma-eases-human-trophoblast-fusion
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Severine A Degrelle, Pascale Gerbaud, Ludovic Leconte, Fatima Ferreira, Guillaume Pidoux
Only a limited number of human cells can fuse to form a multinucleated syncytium. Cell fusion occurs as part of the differentiation of some cell types, including myotubes in muscle and osteoclasts in remodeling bone. In the differentiation of the human placenta, mononuclear cytotrophoblasts aggregate and fuse to form endocrinologically active, non-proliferative, multinucleated syncytia. These syncytia allow the exchange of nutrients and gases between the maternal and fetal circulation. Alteration of syncytial formation during pregnancy affects fetal growth and the outcome of the pregnancy...
February 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176014/breech-presentation-at-term-and-associated-obstetric-risks-factors-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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Georg Macharey, Mika Gissler, Leena Rahkonen, Veli-Matti Ulander, Mervi Väisänen-Tommiska, Mika Nuutila, Seppo Heinonen
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to estimate whether breech presentation at term was associated with known individual obstetric risk factors for adverse fetal outcome. METHODS: This was a retrospective, nationwide Finnish population-based cohort study. Obstetric risks in all breech and vertex singleton deliveries at term were compared between the years 2005 and 2014. A multivariable logistic regression model was used to determine significant risk factors. RESULTS: The breech presentation rate at term for singleton pregnancies was 2...
February 7, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169502/physiological-adaptation-of-maternal-plasma-volume-during-pregnancy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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S de Haas, C Ghossein-Doha, S M J van Kuijk, J van Drongelen, M E A Spaanderman
OBJECTIVE: To describe the physiological pattern of gestational plasma volume adjustments in normal singleton pregnancy and compare this with the pattern in pregnancies complicated by pregnancy-induced hypertension, pre-eclampsia or fetal growth restriction. METHODS: We performed a meta-analysis of the current literature on plasma volume adjustments during physiological and complicated pregnancies. Literature was retrieved from PubMed (NCBI) and EMBASE (Ovid) databases...
February 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166526/pregnancy-impact-of-maternal-nutrition-on-intrauterine-fetal-growth
#20
Liran Hiersch, Yariv Yogev
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics
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