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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331477/atypical-presentation-of-pregnancy-related-hemolytic-uremic-syndrome
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Salim Baghli, Catherine Abendroth, Umar Farooq, Jennifer A Schaub
The cause of acute kidney injury during pregnancy and in the postpartum period can be particularly challenging to diagnose, especially when it is necessary to differentiate among preeclampsia; eclampsia; hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelets (HELLP) syndrome; and thrombotic microangiopathies (TMAs). All these disease entities can present with kidney failure, microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, and thrombocytopenia. We present a teaching case of atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome in the postpartum period in a young woman who was found to have mutations of uncertain clinical significance in the complement cascade, including in C3, CFH, and CFI...
January 10, 2018: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317337/heart-and-bile-acids-clinical-consequences-of-altered-bile-acid-metabolism
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REVIEW
Tharni Vasavan, Elisa Ferraro, Effendi Ibrahim, Peter Dixon, Julia Gorelik, Catherine Williamson
Cardiac dysfunction has an increased prevalence in diseases complicated by liver cirrhosis such as primary biliary cholangitis and primary sclerosing cholangitis. This observation has led to research into the association between abnormalities in bile acid metabolism and cardiac pathology. Approximately 50% of liver cirrhosis cases develop cirrhotic cardiomyopathy. Bile acids are directly implicated in this, causing QT interval prolongation, cardiac hypertrophy, cardiomyocyte apoptosis and abnormal haemodynamics of the heart...
January 6, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305253/chronic-hypertension-first-trimester-blood-pressure-control-and-likelihood-of-severe-hypertension-preeclampsia-and-small-for-gestational-age
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Diane Nzelu, Dan Dumitrascu-Biris, Kypros H Nicolaides, Nikos A Kametas
BACKGROUND: There is extensive evidence that pre-pregnancy chronic hypertension is associated with high risk of development of severe hypertension and preeclampsia and birth of small for gestational age neonates. However, previous studies have not reported whether anti-hypertensive use, blood pressure control or normalization of blood pressure during early pregnancy influence the rates of these pregnancy complications. OBJECTIVE: To stratify women with pre-pregnancy chronic hypertension according to the use of antihypertensive medications and level of blood pressure control at the first hospital visit during the first-trimester of pregnancy and examine the rates of severe hypertension, preeclampsia and birth of small for gestational age neonates according to such stratification...
January 2, 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304564/unexplained-cholestasis-in-adults-and-adolescents-diagnostic-benefit-of-genetic-examination
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Luise Aamann, Nikolaj Ørntoft, Ida Vogel, Henning Grønbaek, Naja Becher, Hendrik Vilstrup, Peter Ott, Dorte Launholt Lildballe
OBJECTIVES: A few adult and adolescent patients with even severe cholestatic liver disease remain unexplained after standard diagnostic work-up. We studied the value of genetic examination in such patients and developed a panel of eight genes with known cholestatic associations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-three patients with unexplained cholestasis despite a thorough clinical work-up were examined for sequence variations in the coding regions of the ABCB4, ABCB11, ABCC2, ABCG5, ATP8B1, JAG1, NOTCH2, and UGT1A1 genes and the promoter region of UGT1A1 by massive parallel sequencing of DNA extracted from whole blood...
January 5, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302904/acute-kidney-injury-in-pregnancy-with-special-reference-to-pregnancy-specific-disorders-a-hospital-based-study-2014-2016
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Jai Prakash, Vivek C Ganiger, Suraj Prakash, Mohammad Iqbal, Deba Prasad Kar, Usha Singh, Ashish Verma
INTRODUCTION: There are numerous reports in the literature describing acute kidney injury in pregnancy (P-AKI) due to various obstetric complications. However, there is a dearth of studies on AKI related to pregnancy-specific disorders from India. We aimed to analyze clinical features and outcome of P-AKI related to pregnancy-specific disorders compared to total pregnancy, in India. METHOD: All pregnant women attending the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from November 2014 to July 2016 were screened for AKI based on: (1) sudden elevation of serum creatinine ≥ 1 mg/dl; (2) oligoanuria for > 12 h; and (3) need for dialysis...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286012/hepatitis-a-b-c-and-hiv-seroprevalence-among-syrian-refugee-children-admitted-to-outpatient-clinics
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Şükran Köse, Ilker Ödemiş, Didem Çelik, Bengü Gireniz Tatar, Ilkay Akbulut, Dilek Yilmaz Çiftdoğan
Viral hepatitis is the most common cause of serious health problems such as liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Leading to immunodeficiency disorders through different mechanisms, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) causes the development of severe secondary infections. Hepatitis A (HAV) is thought to spread by the faecal-oral route, while Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HCV) and HIV are mostly transmitted vertically during childhood. In our study, we aimed to determine the seroprevalence of HAV, HBV, HCV and HIV among Syrian refugee children who were admitted to outpatient clinics...
December 1, 2017: Le Infezioni in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277507/osmotic-demyelination-unrelated-to-hyponatremia
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Maulin K Shah, Sreedhar Mandayam, Horacio J Adrogué
Osmotic demyelination unrelated to hyponatremia is rarely reported. We present a case of osmotic demyelination in a patient with hypernatremia in the absence of preceding hyponatremia and review previously reported cases of osmotic demyelination in nonhyponatremic patients. We conclude that a rapid increase in serum sodium concentration and plasma tonicity even in the absence of preceding hyponatremia may surpass the brain's capacity for adaptation to hypertonicity and lead to osmotic demyelination in predisposed individuals...
December 22, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29249214/hitting-a-triple-in-the-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-field-sucrose-intake-in-adulthood-increases-fat-content-in-the-female-but-not-in-the-male-rat-offspring-of-dams-fed-a-gestational-low-protein-diet
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L Nicolás-Toledo, M Cervantes-Rodríguez, E Cuevas-Romero, D L Corona-Quintanilla, E Pérez-Sánchez, E Zambrano, F Castelán, J Rodríguez-Antolín
The excessive consumption of carbohydrates is related to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in infants and adults. The effect of combining maternal malnutrition and a high carbohydrate intake on the development of NAFLD in adulthood remains unknown. We therefore hypothesized that consumption of 5% sucrose by the offspring of dams fed a low-protein diet during pregnancy promotes liver fat accumulation and oxidative damage differently in females and males. To test this, 12-month-old female and male offspring of mothers fed a Control (C) or low-protein diet (Restricted, R) were provided with either tap water or 5% sucrose for a period of 10 weeks...
December 18, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29246152/linking-physiologically-based-pharmacokinetic-and-genome-scale-metabolic-networks-to-understand-estradiol-biology
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Joanna H Sier, Alfred E Thumser, Nick J Plant
BACKGROUND: Estrogen is a vital hormone that regulates many biological functions within the body. These include roles in the development of the secondary sexual organs in both sexes, plus uterine angiogenesis and proliferation during the menstrual cycle and pregnancy in women. The varied biological roles of estrogens in human health also make them a therapeutic target for contraception, mitigation of the adverse effects of the menopause, and treatment of estrogen-responsive tumours. In addition, endogenous (e...
December 15, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225680/presumed-acute-fatty-liver-of-pregnancy-following-influenza-a-hepatitis
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Adam Morton
Acute fatty liver of pregnancy is a rare mitochondrial hepatopathy characterised by microvesicular fatty infiltration, and is believed to be due to impaired fatty acid oxidation. Hepatitis following influenza virus infection is uncommon. Rarely influenza virus infection may be complicated by Reye's syndrome, another hepatic microvesicular fat disease. A case of influenza A hepatitis in third trimester of pregnancy, followed by the evelopment of presumed acute fatty liver of pregnancy is described in this report and a potential mechanism why this may have occurred is discussed...
December 2017: Obstetric Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217467/why-should-we-measure-free-25-oh-vitamin-d
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REVIEW
Oleg Tsuprykov, Xin Chen, Carl-Friedrich Hocher, LianghongYin, Berthold Hocher
Vitamin D, either in its D2 or D3 form, is essential for normal human development during intrauterine life, kidney function and bone health. Vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to cancer development and some autoimmune diseases. Given this huge impact of vitamin D on human health, it is important for daily clinical practice and clinical research to have reliable tools to judge on the vitamin D status. The major circulating form of vitamin D3 is 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25(OH)D), although is not the most active metabolite, the concentrations of total 25-hydroxy vitamin D3 in the serum are currently routinely used in clinical practice to assess vitamin D status...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29201793/intrahepatic-cholestasis-of-pregnancy-spontaneous-vs-in-vitro-fertilization
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Filiz F Bolukbas, Cengiz Bolukbas, Hatice Y Balaban, Cem Aygun, Seyda Ignak, Emine Ergul, Mehtap Yazicioglu, Suat S Ersahin
Aim: Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) is the most common liver disease in pregnancy. Although it was shown that multiple pregnancy and hormone therapies increase the risk of ICP, there is limited information that compared spontaneous fertilization and in vitro fertilization (IVF) from the aspect of developing ICP. In our study, we investigated the potential relationship between ICP and IVF/ spontaneous pregnancy. Materials and methods: We reviewed the records (between June 2007 and December 2014) of pregnancies with ICP who were referred to gastroenterology clinics in three different hospitals...
July 2017: Euroasian Journal of Hepato-Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196155/assessment-of-liver-function-in-pregnant-anemic-women-upon-oral-iron-and-folic-acid-supplementation
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A K M Tiwari, A A Mahdi, S Mishra
Oral iron therapy is the most widely prescribed treatment for iron deficiency anemia. However, oral iron supplementation may also lead to various health problems. The recognition of these physiological variations is essential for the diagnosis of liver diseases during the course of pregnancy. Therefore, the objective of this study was to assess the variations in levels of routine liver function tests (LFTs) in pregnant women before and after iron and folic acid treatment. Iron and folic acid was supplemented to 500 normal pregnant anemic women (mild=200, moderate=200 and severe=100) and 100 age matched normal pregnant non-anemic as controls daily for 100 days...
November 28, 2017: Journal of gynecology obstetrics and human reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191195/maternal-dietary-free-or-bound-fructose-diversely-influence-developmental-programming-of-lipogenesis
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Armagan Aytug Yuruk, Reyhan Nergiz-Unal
BACKGROUND: Maternal dietary choices throughout preconception, pregnancy, and lactation irreversibly affect the development of fetal tissues and organs, known as fetal programming. Recommendations tend to emphasize reducing added sugars. However, the impact of maternal dietary free or bound fructose in added sugars on developmental programming of lipogenesis is unknown. METHODS: Virgin Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into five groups. Rats were given feed and plain water (control) or water containing maltodextrin (vehicle), fructose, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) containing 55% fructose, sucrose (20% w/v) for 12 weeks before mating and throughout the pregnancy and lactation periods...
December 1, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175797/diagnosis-of-hepatitis-c-in-pregnant-mothers-and-its-transfer-pattern-in-neonates
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Nosheen Aslam, Abdul Ghaffar, Mohsin Khurshid, Syed Makhdoom Hussain, Muhammad Afzal
Hepatitis is the most common liver diseases in the Pakistan caused by blood-borne infection of HCV. Viral transmission is frequent through blood contact. Vertical transmission is transfer of disease from mother to infant. The women who are infected with hepatitis C virus RNA are at high risk of infecting their babies. Actual transmission occurs during labor and at time of delivery when blood of both mother and neonate is in contact with each other. Vertical transmission rate is lowered when mother is HCV RN A negative...
November 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174520/liver-dysfunction-during-pregnancy-and-its-association-of-with-preterm-birth-in-china-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Xun Zhuang, Ai-Min Cui, Qin Wang, Xiao-Yan Cheng, Yi Shen, Wei-Hua Cai, Hai-Bo Li, Sheng Zhang, Gang Qin
BACKGROUND: Liver dysfunction is common in pregnancy but its association with adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm birth (PTB) remains unclear. METHODS: A prospective cohort of HBV-infected or uninfected pregnant women attending antenatal care was recruited at Nantong Maternal and Child Health Hospital between January 1, 2012, and June 30, 2016. Liver function tests (LFTs) were monitored through pregnancy. The primary outcomes were PTB and very PTB (delivery prior 37 and 32weeks' gestation respectively)...
November 21, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29173222/maternal-conjugated-linoleic-acid-modulates-tag-metabolism-in-adult-rat-offspring
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Jimena Lavandera, Carolina D Gerstner, Juliana Saín, Ana C Fariña, Marcela A González, Claudio A Bernal
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) might regulate the lipid depots in liver and adipose tissue. As there is an association between maternal nutrition, fat depots and risk of offspring chronic disease, the aim was to investigate the effect of maternal CLA consumption on TAG regulation and some inflammatory parameters in adult male rat offspring receiving or not receiving CLA. Female Wistar rats were fed control (C) or CLA-supplemented (1 %, w/w) diets during 4 weeks before and throughout pregnancy and lactation...
November 27, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169084/changes-in-first-trimester-fetal-cyp1a1-and-ahrr-dna-methylation-and-mrna-expression-in-response-to-exposure-to-maternal-cigarette-smoking
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Svetlana Fa, Trine Vilsbøll Larsen, Katrine Bilde, Tina F Daugaard, Emil H Ernst, Karin Lykke-Hartmann, Rasmus H Olesen, Linn S Mamsen, Erik Ernst, Agnete Larsen, Anders L Nielsen
Prenatal exposure to maternal cigarette smoking increases the risk of intrauterine growth retardation, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and diseases later in life. Exposure can result in postnatal global and gene-specific DNA methylation changes, with the latter well documented for the CYP1A1 and AHRR genes involved in the detoxification of xenobiotic substances. This study assessed the impact of exposure to maternal smoking on first trimester fetal CYP1A1 and AHRR mRNA expression and DNA methylation for CpG-sites displaying maternal smoking during pregnancy-mediated methylation changes at birth...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167102/coffee-consumption-and-health-umbrella-review-of-meta-analyses-of-multiple-health-outcomes
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REVIEW
Robin Poole, Oliver J Kennedy, Paul Roderick, Jonathan A Fallowfield, Peter C Hayes, Julie Parkes
Objectives To evaluate the existing evidence for associations between coffee consumption and multiple health outcomes.Design Umbrella review of the evidence across meta-analyses of observational and interventional studies of coffee consumption and any health outcome.Data sources PubMed, Embase, CINAHL, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and screening of references.Eligibility criteria for selecting studies Meta-analyses of both observational and interventional studies that examined the associations between coffee consumption and any health outcome in any adult population in all countries and all settings...
November 22, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120249/alcohol-addiction-the-safety-of-available-approved-treatment-options
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Mariangela Antonelli, Anna Ferrulli, Luisa Sestito, Gabriele A Vassallo, Claudia Tarli, Carolina Mosoni, Maria M Rando, Antonio Mirijello, Antonio Gasbarrini, Giovanni Addolorato
Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD) is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. At present disulfiram, naltrexone and acamprosate are approved for the treatment of AUD in U.S. and Europe. Nalmefene is approved in Europe and sodium oxybate is approved in Italy and Austria only. Baclofen received a 'temporary recommendation for use' in France. Areas covered: The safety of the above mentioned medications on liver, digestive system, kidney function, nervous system, pregnancy and lactation and their possible side effects are described and discussed...
November 20, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
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