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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920020/repeated-failed-non-invasive-prenatal-testing-in-a-woman-with-immune-thrombocytopenia-and-antiphospholipid-syndrome-lessons-learnt
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C Y Y Hui, W C Tan, E L Tan, L K Tan
We present a case of a 37-year-old Chinese woman (gravida 4 para 0) with a history of immune thrombocytopenia and type IIb antiphospholipid syndrome. She was started on 100 mg of aspirin, 20 mg of prednisolone and 20 mg of subcutaneous low-molecular-weight heparin daily for her fourth pregnancy. She opted for non-invasive prenatal testing for aneuploidy screening but had failed results three times consecutively from insufficient fetal cfDNA initially or high variance in cfDNA counts on redraws. She declined invasive karyotyping...
December 5, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919310/indicators-of-fetal-growth-and-adult-liver-enzymes-the-bogalusa-heart-study-and-the-cardiovascular-risk-in-young-finns-study
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E W Harville, W Chen, L Bazzano, M Oikonen, N Hutri-Kähönen, O Raitakari
Despite the interest in the relationship of fetal exposures to adult cardiovascular disease, few studies have examined indicators of adult fatty liver disease as an outcome. Previous results are inconsistent, and indicate possible variation by sex. Adult liver enzymes [γ-glutamyl transferase (GGT), alanine transaminase (ALT) and aspartase transaminase (AST)] were measured in two cohort studies: the Bogalusa Heart Study (BHS; n=1803) and the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns (YF; n=3571) study, which also had ultrasound measures of liver fat (n=2546)...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918828/peripapillary-choroidal-thickness-in-former-preterm-and-full-term-infants-aged-from-4-to-10-years
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Achim Fieß, Luka Christian, Ruth Kölb-Keerl, Markus Knuf, Bernd Kirchhof, Philipp S Muether, Jacqueline Bauer
Purpose: The aim of the study was to investigate peripapillary choroidal thickness in former preterm and full-term infants with spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Methods: Subanalysis of infants with successful peripapillary choroidal thickness measurements of a prospective, controlled, cross-sectional, hospital-based study in a tertiary center of maximum care. The study examined 503 infants aged 4 to 10 years at the time of examination. Infants were divided into different groups: group 1 born with gestational age (GA) ≥37 weeks, group 2 born with GA between 29 and 32 weeks without ROP (retinopathy of prematurity), group 3 born with GA ≤28 weeks without ROP, and group 4 born with GA ≤32 weeks and presence of ROP...
December 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918167/-coeliac-disease-as-a-possible-cause-of-some-gynecological-and-obstetric-abnormalities
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K Fiolková, K Biringer, M Hrtánková, R Fiolka, J Danko
OBJECTIVE: To bring a review of available literature sources on the prevalence of coeliac disease and its possible impact on gynecological and obstetric disorders. DESIGN: Review article. SETTING: Gynecology and Obstetrics Clinic, Jessenius Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University in Bratislava, Martin, Slovakia. METHODS: Analysis of literary sources. CONCLUSION: Coeliac disease is an autoimmune enteropathy caused by abnormal immune system response to gluten...
2016: Ceská Gynekologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917469/association-of-dysfunctional-synapse-defective-1-syde1-with-restricted-fetal-growth-syde1-regulates-placental-cell-migration-and-invasion
#5
Hsiao-Fan Lo, Ching-Yen Tsai, Chie-Pein Chen, Liang-Jie Wang, Yun-Shien Lee, Chia-Yu Chen, Chung-Tiang Liang, Mei-Leng Cheong, Hungwen Chen
The transcription factor glial cells missing 1 (GCM1) regulates trophoblast differentiation and function during placentation. Decreased GCM1 expression is associated with preeclampsia, suggesting that abnormal expression of GCM1 target genes may contribute to the pathogenesis of pregnancy complications. Here we identified a novel GCM1 target gene, synapse defective 1 (SYDE1), which encodes a RhoGAP that is highly expressed in human placenta, and demonstrated that SYDE1 promotes cytoskeletal remodelling and cell migration and invasion...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916232/neuroinflammation-in-intrauterine-growth-restriction
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REVIEW
Julie A Wixey, Kirat K Chand, Paul B Colditz, S Tracey Bjorkman
Disruption to the maternal environment during pregnancy from events such as hypoxia, stress, toxins, inflammation, and reduced placental blood flow can affect fetal development. Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is commonly caused by chronic placental insufficiency, interrupting supply of oxygen and nutrients to the fetus resulting in abnormal fetal growth. IUGR is a major cause of perinatal morbidity and mortality, occurring in approximately 5-10% of pregnancies. The fetal brain is particularly vulnerable in IUGR and there is an increased risk of long-term neurological disorders including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, learning difficulties, behavioural difficulties and psychiatric diagnoses...
November 25, 2016: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915495/placental-respiratory-chain-complex-activities-in-high-risk-pregnancies
#7
Mojtaba Beyramzadeh, Zeliha Gunnur Dikmen, Nergiz K Erturk, Zafer Selcuk Tuncer, Filiz Akbiyik
OBJECTIVES: Mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation is the key energy source for placental functions and fetal growth. The purpose of this study was to investigate the function of placenta in high risk pregnancies by measuring mitochondrial respiratory chain complex (RCC) activities, and to evaluate the correlation between double test risk ratio and RCC activities. METHODS: The placenta samples were collected from 50 pregnant women. The controls consisted of 20 normal uncomplicated pregnancies and the study group (n = 30) consisted of preeclampsia (PE), intrauterin growth restriction (IUGR), advanced maternal age (AMA), twins and preterm deliveries...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914214/antithrombin-improves-the-maternal-and-neonatal-outcomes-but-not-the-angiogenic-factors-in-extremely-growth-restricted-fetuses-at-28-weeks-of-gestation
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Midori Fujisaki, Ken Furuta, Masanao Ohhashi, Seishi Furukawa, Yuki Kodama, Yasuyuki Kawagoe, Hiroshi Sameshima, Tsuyomu Ikenoue
AIMS: Severe preterm fetal growth restriction (FGR) remote from term is problematic. We aimed to investigate the effect of maternally-administered antithrombin on maternal and neonatal outcomes. A prospective, one-arm, pilot study was performed in 14 women with severe FGR (≤5th centile) at <28 weeks of gestation, without hypertensive disorders. Maternal plasma concentrations of soluble Feline McDonough Sarcoma (FMS)-like trypsin kinase-1 (sFlt-1) and placental growth factor (PlGF) were measured and categorized into three groups: group 1; low sFlt-1 and high PlGF, group 2; moderate sFlt-1 and low PlGF, and group 3; high sFlt-1 and low PlGF...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913562/relationship-between-maternal-hypoglycaemia-and-small-for-gestational-age-infants-according-to-maternal-weight-status-a-retrospective-cohort-study-in-two-hospitals
#9
Satoshi Shinohara, Yuzo Uchida, Mitsuo Hirai, Shuji Hirata, Kohta Suzuki
OBJECTIVE: The relationship between pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and low glucose challenge test (GCT) results by maternal weight status has not been examined. This study aimed to clarify the relationship between a low GCT result and small for gestational age (SGA) by maternal weight status. DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study in 2 hospitals. SETTING: This study evaluated the obstetric records of women who delivered in a general community hospital and a tertiary perinatal care centre...
December 2, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905648/-a-new-fetal-death-classification-system
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Alfredo Ovalle, Ariel Fuentes, Valentina Chacón, Carolina Espinoza, Rodrigo González, Manuel Ramos, Jorge Geraldo, Letsy Osses, Elena Kakarieka
BACKGROUND: Stillbirth is the mayor contributor to perinatal mortality. AIM: To report a system for classification of fetal deaths. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of 29,916 births with 258 fetal deaths that occurred in a public hospital. Data were obtained from audit reports of stillbirths. The method for classification “obstetric condition relevant to the death” was applied, based on obstetric and placental pathological findings analyzed exclusively by a single obstetrician and a single pathologist...
August 2016: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905000/decidual-natural-killer-cells-and-the-immune-microenvironment-at-the-maternal-fetal-interface
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REVIEW
Binqing Fu, Haiming Wei
During early pregnancy, an orchestrated evolutionary maternal adaption toward tolerance of the semiallogeneic fetus is required to ensure decidualization and early embryo development. Remodeling of the immune system involves natural killer cells (NKs), macrophages, T cells and dendritic cells (DCs) altering the microenvironment in the deciduas. In particular, a unique population of NK cells with a CD56(bright)CD16(-) phenotype in the decidua has been proposed to play a key role in the maternal adaptation to pregnancy...
November 29, 2016: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904610/effects-of-air-pollution-on-human-health-and-practical-measures-for-prevention-in-iran
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REVIEW
Adel Ghorani-Azam, Bamdad Riahi-Zanjani, Mahdi Balali-Mood
Air pollution is a major concern of new civilized world, which has a serious toxicological impact on human health and the environment. It has a number of different emission sources, but motor vehicles and industrial processes contribute the major part of air pollution. According to the World Health Organization, six major air pollutants include particle pollution, ground-level ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, and lead. Long and short term exposure to air suspended toxicants has a different toxicological impact on human including respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, neuropsychiatric complications, the eyes irritation, skin diseases, and long-term chronic diseases such as cancer...
2016: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903743/uric-acid-crystals-induce-placental-inflammation-and-alter-trophoblast-function-via-an-il-1-dependent-pathway-implications-for-fetal-growth-restriction
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Marie-Eve Brien, Cyntia Duval, Julia Palacios, Ines Boufaied, Andrée-Anne Hudon-Thibeault, Mathieu Nadeau-Vallée, Cathy Vaillancourt, Colin P Sibley, Vikki M Abrahams, Rebecca L Jones, Sylvie Girard
Excessive placental inflammation is associated with several pathological conditions, including stillbirth and fetal growth restriction. Although infection is a known cause of inflammation, a significant proportion of pregnancies have evidence of inflammation without any detectable infection. Inflammation can also be triggered by endogenous mediators, called damage associated molecular patterns or alarmins. One of these damage-associated molecular patterns, uric acid, is increased in the maternal circulation in pathological pregnancies and is a known agonist of the Nlrp3 inflammasome and inducer of inflammation...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903408/correlations-between-ceruloplasmin-lactoferrin-and-myeloperoxidase-in-meconium
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Ewa Skarżyńska, Joanna Żytyńska-Daniluk, Barbara Lisowska-Myjak
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Oxidative stress and the generation of reactive oxygen/nitrogen species has a known significant impact on intrauterine fetal growth and the risk of metabolic diseases in adulthood. Compounds accumulated in fetal meconium may be a source of information about the oxidoreductive status during the intrauterine development. Three metal-containing proteins ceruloplasmin (CP), lactoferrin (LF) and myeloperoxidase (MPO) constitute the complementary panel modulating oxidative stress...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893064/effect-of-increased-enteral-protein-intake-on-growth-in-human-milk-fed-preterm-infants-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Christoph Maas, Michaela Mathes, Christine Bleeker, Julia Vek, Wolfgang Bernhard, Cornelia Wiechers, Andreas Peter, Christian F Poets, Axel R Franz
Importance: Protein, supplied in currently available commercial fortifiers, may be inadequate to meet the requirements of very preterm infants; in addition, intraindividual and interindividual variability of human milk protein and energy content potentially contribute to unsatisfactory early postnatal growth. Objective: To determine effects on growth of different levels of enteral protein supplementation in predominantly human milk-fed preterm infants. Design, Setting, and Participants: This randomized clinical and partially blinded single-center trial was conducted in a neonatal tertiary referral center in Germany...
November 21, 2016: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891191/birth-weight-for-gestational-age-is-associated-with-dna-methylation-at-birth-and-in-childhood
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Golareh Agha, Hanine Hajj, Sheryl L Rifas-Shiman, Allan C Just, Marie-France Hivert, Heather H Burris, Xihong Lin, Augusto A Litonjua, Emily Oken, Dawn L DeMeo, Matthew W Gillman, Andrea A Baccarelli
BACKGROUND: Both higher and lower fetal growth are associated with cardio-metabolic health later in life, suggesting that prenatal developmental programming determines long-term cardiovascular disease risk. Epigenetic mechanisms, which orchestrate fetal growth and development, may offer insight on the early programming of health and disease. We investigated whether birth weight-for-gestational is associated with DNA methylation at birth and mid-childhood, measured via the Infinium 450K array...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883318/maternal-lipids-may-predict-fetal-growth-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-and-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-pregnancies
#17
Brankica Krstevska, Sasha Misevska Jovanovska, Slagjana Simeonova Krstevska, Valentina Velkoska Nakova, Vladimir Serafimoski
AIM: During diabetic pregnancy, complex metabolic changes occur in the lipid profile. The aim of the study was to determine the predictive values of maternal serum lipid levels on large-for-gestational age newborns during the third trimester in pregnancies of women with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2) and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data of forty three pregnancies of women with DM2 and two hundred women with GDM were analyzed. The analysis encompassed the following parameters: age, body mass index (BMI), lipid parameters, HbA1c in first, second and third trimester of pregnancy, preeclampsia and baby birth weight...
November 1, 2016: Prilozi (Makedonska Akademija Na Naukite i Umetnostite. Oddelenie za Medicinski Nauki)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879450/human-placental-arterial-distensibility-birth-weight-and-body-size-are-positively-related-to-fetal-homocysteine-concentration
#18
Stephen W D'Souza, Nita Solanky, Jane Guarino, Stuart Moat, Colin P Sibley, Michael Taggart, Jocelyn D Glazier
Methionine demethylation during metabolism generates homocysteine (Hcy) and its remethylation requires folate and cobalamin. Elevated Hcy concentrations are associated with vascular-related complications of pregnancy, including increased vascular stiffness, predictive of clinical vascular disease. Maternal and fetal total Hcy (tHcy) concentrations are positively related, yet the influence of Hcy on fetoplacental vascular function in normal pregnancy has not been examined. We hypothesized that Hcy alters fetoplacental vascular characteristics with influences on fetal growth outcomes...
November 21, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876004/enoxaparin-for-the-prevention-of-preeclampsia-and-intrauterine-growth-restriction-in-women-with-a-prior-history-an-open-label-randomised-trial-the-eppi-trial-study-protocol
#19
K M Groom, L M McCowan, P R Stone, L C Chamley, C McLintock
BACKGROUND: Preeclampsia and intrauterine fetal growth restriction (IUGR) are two of the most common causes of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. Current methods of predicting those at most risk of these conditions remain relatively poor, and in clinical practice past obstetric history remains the most commonly used tool. Aspirin and, in women at risk of preeclampsia only, calcium have been demonstrated to have a modest effect on risk reduction. Several observational studies and randomised trials suggest that low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) therapy may confer some benefit...
November 22, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874979/risk-factors-for-recurrence-of-hypertensive-disorders-of-pregnancy-a-population-based-cohort-study
#20
Cathrine Ebbing, Svein Rasmussen, Rolv Skjaerven, Lorentz M Irgens
INTRODUCTION: Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) tend to recur from one pregnancy to the next. The aims of the study were to assess the recurrence risk according to type of HDP defined by gestational age at birth and to examine whether recurrence is associated with the following additional risk factors for HDP: maternal age, smoking, inter delivery interval, diabetes, body mass index, as well as fetal growth restriction, and to assess temporal trends in these associations. MATERIAL AND METHODS: All women with two singleton births in the Medical Birth Registry of Norway 1967-2012 (n= 742 980) were included in this population based cohort study...
November 22, 2016: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
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