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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640845/is-self-assessment-of-medical-abortion-using-a-low-sensitivity-pregnancy-test-combined-with-a-checklist-and-phone-text-messages-feasible-in-south-african-primary-healthcare-settings-a-randomized-trial
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Deborah Constant, Jane Harries, Kristen Daskilewicz, Landon Myer, Kristina Gemzell-Danielsson
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate feasibility of self-assessment of medical abortion outcome using a low-sensitivity urine pregnancy test, checklist and text messages. The study assessed whether accurate self-assessment required a demonstration of the low-sensitivity urine pregnancy test or if verbal instructions suffice. METHODS: This non-inferiority trial enrolled 525 adult women from six public sector abortion clinics. Eligible women were undergoing medical abortion at gestations within 63 days...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634082/cytokine-modulation-by-stress-hormones-and-antagonist-specific-hormonal-inhibition-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss-and-gilthead-sea-bream-sparus-aurata-head-kidney-primary-cell-culture
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Ali Reza Khansari, David Parra, Felipe E Reyes-López, Lluís Tort
A tight interaction between endocrine and immune systems takes place mainly due to the key role of head kidney in both hormone and cytokine secretion, particularly under stress situations in which the physiological response promotes the synthesis and release of stress hormones which may lead into immunomodulation as side effect. Although such interaction has been previously investigated, this study evaluated for the first time the effect of stress-associated hormones together with their receptor antagonists on the expression of cytokine genes in head kidney primary cell culture (HKPCC) of the freshwater rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and the seawater gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata)...
June 17, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632953/updates-to-the-us-food-and-drug-administration-regulations-for-mifepristone-implications-for-clinical-practice-and-access-to-abortion
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Katherine E Simmonds, Margaret W Beal, Meghan K Eagen-Torkko
This article provides information on recent changes in the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labeling and safety regulations for mifepristone (Mifeprex). The revised label now permits midwives, advanced practice nurses, and physician assistants to order and prescribe mifepristone, eliminating the requirement for physician supervision. The updated label also extends eligibility for use from 49 to 70 days' gestation and decreases the number of required visits from 3 to 2. The recommended dose of mifepristone has been reduced, and the dosage, timing, and route of administration for misoprostol have also been changed to reflect current research...
May 2017: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630551/exploring-legal-restrictions-regulatory-reform-and-geographic-disparities-in-abortion-access-in-thailand
#4
Grady Arnott, Grace Sheehy, Orawee Chinthakanan, Angel M Foster
Despite decades of advocacy among Thai governmental and nongovernmental actors to remove abortion from the country's 1957 Criminal Code, this medically necessary service remains significantly legally restricted. In 2005, in the most recent regulatory reform to date, the Thai Medical Council established regulatory measures to allow a degree of physician interpretation within the confines of the existing law. Drawing on findings from a review of institutional policies and legislative materials, key informant interviews, and informal discussions with health service providers, government representatives, and nonprofit stakeholders, this article explores how legal reforms and health policies have shaped the abortion landscape in Thailand and influenced geographic disparities in availability and accessibility...
June 2017: Health and Human Rights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624988/mifepristone-vs-balloon-catheter-for-labor-induction-in-previous-cesarean-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Chanderdeep Sharma, Anjali Soni, Amit Gupta, Ashok Verma, Suresh Verma
OBJECTIVE: To compare oral mifepristone (400 mg) with trans-cervical balloon catheter for induction of labor (IOL) in post date women with previous one cesarean section (CS). METHODS: In this randomized trial, post date pregnant women (gestation 40 weeks 5 days), with previous one low segment CS (no previous vaginal delivery) were induced either with oral mifepristone (400 mg) or balloon catheter [Foley's catheter (16 Fr); bulb filled with 30 ml normal saline]...
June 17, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605710/chronic-dexamethasone-treatment-results-in-hippocampal-neurons-injury-due-to-activate-nlrp1-inflammasome-in-vitro
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Biqiong Zhang, Yaodong Zhang, Tanzhen Xu, Yanyan Yin, Rongrong Huang, Yuchan Wang, Junyan Zhang, Dake Huang, Weizu Li
Neuroinflammation mediated by NLRP-1 inflammasome plays an important role in the pathogenesis of neurodegeneration diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). Chronic glucocorticoids (GCs) exposure has deleterious effect on the structure and function of neurons and was found to be correlated with development and progression of AD. We hypothesize that chronic glucocorticoids may down-regulate the expression of glucocorticoids receptor (GR) and activate NLRP-1 inflammasome in hippocampal neurons, which may promote neuroinflammation and induce neuronal injury...
June 9, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599068/methods-of-term-labour-induction-for-women-with-a-previous-caesarean-section
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Helen M West, Marta Jozwiak, Jodie M Dodd
BACKGROUND: Women with a prior caesarean delivery have an increased risk of uterine rupture and for women subsequently requiring induction of labour it is unclear which method is preferable to avoid adverse outcomes. This is an update of a review that was published in 2013. OBJECTIVES: To assess the benefits and harms associated with different methods used to induce labour in women who have had a previous caesarean birth. SEARCH METHODS: We searched Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth's Trials Register (31 August 2016) and reference lists of retrieved studies...
June 9, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593774/-two-years-of-pharmacological-termination-of-pregnancy-in%C3%A2-the-silesian-hospital-opava-success-and-lessons
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A Šefčíková, L Šimková, A Dörr
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to summarize our departments experience with pharmacological termination of pregnancy up to 49 days of amenorrhea, to assess the success, and especially, to offer a closer analysis of the complications of this method. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis. SETTING: Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics at the Silesian Hospital. METHODS: The monitored sample consisted of 161 female patients who underwent pharmacological termination of pregnancy at our department from 1...
2017: Ceská Gynekologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580577/comparison-of-induction-of-labour-regimes-for-termination-of-pregnancy-with-and-without-mifepristone-from-20-to-41%C3%A2-weeks-gestation
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Rina Fyfe, Henry Murray
AIM: To investigate the efficacy of mifepristone for induction of labour in pregnancies at 20-41 weeks' gestation, by comparing the outcomes of length of labour and duration of admission in women with and without mifepristone pretreatment. METHOD: In this retrospective cohort study, all women who underwent a medical termination of a singleton pregnancy between 20 and 41 weeks gestation for either a fetal abnormality or fetal death in utero between 1 January, 2009 and 1 January, 2014 were identified...
June 5, 2017: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559440/bitter-taste-receptors-as-targets-for-tocolytics-in-preterm-labor-therapy
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Kaizhi Zheng, Ping Lu, Ellen Delpapa, Karl Bellve, Ruitang Deng, Jennifer C Condon, Kevin Fogarty, Lawrence M Lifshitz, Tiffany A Moore Simas, Fangxiong Shi, Ronghua ZhuGe
Preterm birth (PTB) is the leading cause of neonatal mortality and morbidity, with few prevention and treatment options. Uterine contraction is a central feature of PTB, so gaining new insights into the mechanisms of this contraction and consequently identifying novel targets for tocolytics are essential for more successful management of PTB. Here we report that myometrial cells from human and mouse express bitter taste receptors (TAS2Rs) and their canonical signaling components (i.e., G-protein gustducin and phospholipase C β2)...
May 30, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549664/role-of-glucocorticoid-receptor-mediated-mechanisms-in-cocaine-memory-enhancement
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S J Stringfield, J A Higginbotham, R Wang, A L Berger, R J McLaughlin, R A Fuchs
The basolateral amygdala (BLA) is a critical site for the reconsolidation of labile contextual cocaine memories following retrieval-induced reactivation/destabilization. Here, we examined whether glucocorticoid receptors (GR), which are abundant in the BLA, mediate this phenomenon. Rats were trained to lever press for cocaine reinforcement in a distinct environmental context, followed by extinction training in a different context. Rats were then briefly exposed to the cocaine-paired context (to elicit memory reactivation and reconsolidation) or their home cages (no reactivation control)...
May 23, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530121/glucocorticoids-retain-bi-potent-fibroblast-progenitors-during-alveolar-septation-in-mice
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Stephen E McGowan, Diann M McCoy
Glucocorticoids have been widely used and exert pleiotropic effects on alveolar structure and function, but do not improve the long-term clinical outcomes for patients with bronchopulmonary dysplasia, emphysema, or interstitial lung diseases. Treatments which foster alveolar regeneration could substantially improve the long-term outcomes for such patients. One approach to alveolar regeneration is to stimulate and guide intrinsic alveolar progenitors along developmental pathways used during secondary septation...
May 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522814/daily-corticosterone-rhythm-modulates-pineal-function-through-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-related-gene-transcriptional-program
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Sanseray da Silveira Cruz-Machado, Eduardo K Tamura, Claudia E Carvalho-Sousa, Vanderlei Amadeu Rocha, Luciana Pinato, Pedro A C Fernandes, Regina P Markus
Melatonin and glucocorticoids are key hormones in determining daily rhythmicity and modulating defense responses. In nocturnal animals, corticosterone peaks at light/dark transition,while melatonin peaks at the middle of the night in both nocturnal and diurnal animals. The crosstalk between adrenal and pineal glands under inflammatory conditions indicates that corticosterone potentiates nocturnal melatonin synthesis by reducing the activity of NFκB. This transcription factor, which modulates the expression of a key enzyme in melatonin synthesis, is sharply reduced at the entrance of darkness in the rat pineal gland...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522271/medroxyprogesterone-acetate-drives-m2-macrophage-differentiation-toward-a-phenotype-of-decidual-macrophage
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Yung-Chieh Tsai, Joseph T Tseng, Chia-Yih Wang, Mei-Tsz Su, Jyun-Yuan Huang, Pao-Lin Kuo
M1 macrophage differentiation plays a crucial role in enhanced inflammation during pregnancy, which may lead to pregnancy complications. Therefore, modulation of macrophage differentiation toward the M2 phenotype is desirable to ensure a successful pregnancy. Medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) is a potent progestin with an anti-inflammatory property, but its effect on macrophage differentiation is unknown. This study aimed to examine whether MPA can induce an M2 macrophage differentiation by using the human monocytes cell line THP-1 or primary monocytes...
May 15, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512085/self-reported-outcomes-and-adverse-events-after-medical-abortion-through-online-telemedicine-population-based-study-in-the-republic-of-ireland-and-northern-ireland
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Abigail R A Aiken, Irena Digol, James Trussell, Rebecca Gomperts
Objectives To assess self reported outcomes and adverse events after self sourced medical abortion through online telemedicine.Design Population based study.Setting Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, where abortion is unavailable through the formal healthcare system except in a few restricted circumstances.Population 1000 women who underwent self sourced medical abortion through Women on Web (WoW), an online telemedicine service, between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2012.Main outcome measures Successful medical abortion: the proportion of women who reported ending their pregnancy without surgical intervention...
May 16, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487068/contraceptive-provision-after-medication-and-surgical-abortion
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Laura Laursen, Katrina Stumbras, Irene Lewnard, Sadia Haider
OBJECTIVE: This study sought to compare contraception provided to patients after medication and surgical abortion. STUDY DESIGN: Women who underwent first trimester induced abortion at a university-based urban clinic between May 2009 and May 2014 were identified. Medical records were reviewed to determine the method of contraception provided by the clinic to patients after medication and surgical abortion. Postabortal contraception was defined as any contraception administered or prescribed from our health system within 4 weeks of surgical abortion or mifepristone administration...
May 6, 2017: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485925/occurrence-and-ecotoxicological-effects-of-free-conjugated-and-halogenated-steroids-including-17%C3%AE-hydroxypregnanolone-and-pregnanediol-in-swiss-wastewater-and-surface-water
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Kun Zhang, Yanbin Zhao, Karl Fent
Apart from estrogens, the occurrence and ecotoxicity of steroids in aquatic environments is poorly known. Here, we analyzed 33 steroids, including estrogens, androgens, progestins, and glucocorticoids, in hospital wastewaters, river water, and municipal wastewater treatment plant (WTP) influents and effluents at different sites in Switzerland. In addition, wastewater from different treatment steps of two WTPs with advanced treatment, such as ozonation or pulverized activated carbon, were analyzed to study the steroid's behavior during treatment...
June 6, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479892/chemical-constituents-of-cyperus-rotundus-l-and-their-inhibitory-effects-on-uterine-fibroids
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Ju Ying, Xiao Bing
BACKGROUND: Xiang Fu (Cyperus rotundus L) enters the liver, spleen and triple warmer meridians, and has qi stagnation-removing, qi circulation-promoting, menstruation-regulating and pain-relieving effects. Besides, it can improve ovarian function, and has hypolipidemic, hypoglycemic and neuroprotective actions. OBJECTIVES: To study the biflavone constituents in Cyperus rotundus L and to investigate the effect and mechanism of amentoflavone on inhibition of uterine tumors...
December 2016: African Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461586/dexamethasone-downregulates-endothelin-receptors-and-reduces-endothelin-induced-production-of-matrix-metalloproteinases-in-cultured-rat-astrocytes
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Yutaka Koyama, Ayano Ukita, Kana Abe, Kuniaki Iwamae, Shogo Tokuyama, Keisuke Tanaka, Yuki Kotake
In brain disorders, astrocytes change phenotype to reactive astrocytes and are involved in the induction of neuroinflammation and brain edema. The administration of glucocorticoids (GCs), such as dexamethasone (Dex), reduces astrocytic activation, but the mechanisms underlying this inhibitory action are not well understood. Endothelins (ETs) promote astrocytic activation. Therefore, the effects of Dex on ET receptor expressions were examined in cultured rat astrocytes. Treatment with 300 nM Dex for 6-48 hours reduced the mRNA expression of astrocytic ETA and ETB receptors to 30-40% of nontreated cells...
July 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459512/lichong-decoction-reduces-matrix-metalloproteinases-2-expression-but-increases-tissue-inhibitors-of-matrix-metalloproteinases-2-expression-in-a-rat-model-of-uterine-leiomyoma
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Yasong Wang, Donghua Li, Xin Xu, Ruiya Qian, Yalan Zhang, Yuhua Huang, Jianguo Geng, Xiaoli Zou, Hongjuan Han, Wufang Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of Lichong decoction (LD) on expression of matrix metalloproteinase- 2 (MMP-2) and metalloproteinase-2 (TIMP-2) in a rat model of uterine leiomyoma (UL). METHODS: UL was induced in rats using exogenous estrogen and progesterone. LD was administered (p.o.) for 4 weeks, and mifepristone (RU-486) used as a control. To observe the effect of LD on the uterine coefficient and uterine transverse diameter, a radioimmunoassay method was used to detect serum levels of sex hormones...
August 2016: Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chung i Tsa Chih Ying Wen Pan
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