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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923971/prolactin-action-in-the-medial-preoptic-area-is-necessary-for-postpartum-maternal-nursing-behavior
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Rosemary S E Brown, Mari Aoki, Sharon R Ladyman, Hollian R Phillipps, Amanda Wyatt, Ulrich Boehm, David R Grattan
Pregnancy hormones, such as prolactin, sensitize neural circuits controlling parental interactions to induce timely activation of maternal behaviors immediately after parturition. While the medial preoptic area (MPOA) is known to be critical for maternal behavior, the specific role of prolactin in this brain region has remained elusive. Here, we evaluated the role of prolactin action in the MPOA using complementary genetic strategies in mice. We characterized prolactin-responsive neurons within the MPOA at different hormonal stages and delineated their projections in the brain...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919596/outcome-of-pregnancy-related-acute-kidney-injury-observed-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital
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S U Ahammed, A A Chowdhury, A S Roy, M A Muqueet, M A Rahman, M S Kabir, M G Rabbani, M Asadujjaman, M B Hossain, M Akhtaruzzaman, S K Das, E H Khan, M A Islam, M J Hasan, M A Rahman, R K Talukder, J Ara, G C Barman, P P Roy, M K Saha, D Mondal
This prospective case control study was carried out in Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH) from April 2011 to March 2012. The main objective of the study was to determine the short term maternal outcome of pregnancy related Acute Kidney Injury and to identify aetiological factors and to observe clinical features of pregnancy related Acute Kidney Injury. Total 60 pregnant women with AKI were included in the study as sample and equal (60) number of pregnant women with normal renal function was taken as control...
July 2017: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891535/doppler-sonographic-evaluation-of-venogenic-extremity-swellings-analysis-of-170-patients-from-kano-nigeria
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A Ismail, A M Tabari, K Isyaku
INTRODUCTION: Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a serious problem that can potentially lead to many complications including life-threatening pulmonary arterial thrombosis. Screening and confirmation of the diagnosis are critical in the care of this condition. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to evaluate the role of Doppler sonography in diagnosing DVT and to illustrate the pattern in 170 suspected cases from our local environment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was conducted at our department over 18 months...
August 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874098/personal-support-and-expressions-of-care-for-pregnant-women-in-soweto-south-africa
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Langelihle Mlotshwa, Lenore Manderson, Sonja Merten
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy is life changing, making great demands on women to adapt physically, psychologically, and socially. Social relationships and the support that flow from these provide a critical role in managing health problems in pregnancy. Isolation and lack of care, in contrast, may lead women to experience increased distress during this time. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore South African women's perception and experience of care and support in pregnancy...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867295/asthma-outcomes-and-management-during-pregnancy
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REVIEW
Catherine A Bonham, Karen C Patterson, Mary E Strek
Asthma during pregnancy poses a common, increasingly prevalent threat to the health of women and their children. We review recent insights gained from the epidemiology of asthma during pregnancy, demonstrating the many short and long-term risks to mother and fetus incurred by poorly controlled maternal asthma. We further discuss emerging evidence that active asthma management during pregnancy can positively influence and perhaps completely mitigate these poor outcomes. Recent high-quality trials examining best methods for asthma treatment are reviewed and synthesized to offer an evidence-based pathway for comprehensive treatment of asthma in the outpatient setting...
August 31, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844823/addressing-maternal-deaths-due-to-violence-the%C3%A2-illinois-experience
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Abigail R Koch, Stacie E Geller
Homicide, suicide, and substance abuse accounted for nearly one fourth of all pregnancy-associated deaths in Illinois from 2002 through 2013. Maternal mortality review in Illinois has been primarily focused on obstetric and medical causes and little is known about the circumstances surrounding deaths due to homicide, suicide, and substance abuse, if they are pregnancy related, and if the deaths are potentially preventable. To address this issue, we implemented a process to form a second statewide maternal mortality review committee for deaths due to violence in late 2014...
August 24, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841850/implementing-the-who-integrated-tool-to-assess-quality-of-care-for-mothers-newborns-and-children-results-and-lessons-learnt-from-five-districts-in-malawi
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Helen Smith, Atnafu Getachew Asfaw, Kyaw Myint Aung, Lastone Chikoti, Florence Mgawadere, Luigi d'Aquino, Nynke van den Broek
BACKGROUND: In 2014 the World Health Organization (WHO) developed a new tool to be used to assess the quality of care for mothers, newborns and children provided at healthcare facility level. This paper reports on the feasibility of using the tool, its limitations and strengths. METHODS: Across 5 districts in Malawi, 35 healthcare facilities were assessed. The WHO tool includes checklists, interviews and observation of case management by which care is assessed against agreed standards using a Likert scale (1 lowest: not meeting standard, 5 highest: compliant with standard)...
August 25, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836060/delays-contributing-to-the-development-and-repair-of-obstetric-fistula-in-northern-tanzania
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Cody Cichowitz, Melissa H Watt, Bariki Mchome, Gileard G Masenga
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Delays in receiving obstetric care during labor contribute to high rates of maternal morbidity in sub-Saharan Africa. This exploratory study was conducted to identify important delays experienced during the development and subsequent repair of obstetric fistula in northern Tanzania. METHODS: Sixty women presenting to a tertiary hospital with obstetric fistula completed structured surveys about the birth experience that led to fistula development and their experiences seeking surgical repair...
August 23, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828876/development-spots-in-communication-during-the-management-of-the-intrapartum-period-an-interpretive-multiple-case-study-in-a-developing-context
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Doreen K M M'Rithaa, Susan R Fawcus, Margaretha De la Harpe, Mikko Korpela
BACKGROUND: Health care activities are influenced by information communication between women during pregnancy, birth and motherhood and skilled birth attendants (SBAs) and further, between the health care workers during the continuum of care. Therefore, effective information communication processes (ICP) within and between health care facilities are a requirement for appropriate management of patients or clients. The management of the intrapartum period requires swift responses while managing critical information required for further referral and management processes...
July 31, 2017: African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827238/making-a-balanced-plate-for-pregnant-women-to-improve-birthweight-of-infants-a-study-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial-in-rural-bangladesh
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Morseda Chowdhury, Camille Raynes-Greenow, Ashraful Alam, Michael J Dibley
OBJECTIVES: Low birthweight significantly contributes to neonatal mortality, morbidities and psychosocial debilities throughout the course of life. A large proportion of infants (36-55%) in Bangladesh is born with low birthweight. Nutritional status of women during pregnancy is critical for optimal growth and development of the fetus. Nutrition education has been found to improve maternal nutritional status. Our study aims to determine whether nutrition education with a practical demonstration during pregnancy is an effective intervention for improving the birthweight of infants compared with standard nutrition education only...
August 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28825897/hiv-care-providers-communication-with-patients-about-safer-conception-for-people-living-with-hiv-in-tanzania
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Haneefa T Saleem, Pamela J Surkan, Deanna Kerrigan, Caitlin E Kennedy
CONTEXT: People living with HIV may desire children, but often lack information about safer conception and pregnancy and face barriers to obtaining high-quality reproductive health services. To inform clinical guidance that supports HIV-affected couples wanting to conceive, it is important to better understand communication between patients and providers about childbearing and safer-conception guidelines for people living with HIV. METHODS: In-depth interviews were conducted with 30 providers of HIV-related services in seven health facilities in Iringa, Tanzania, and with 60 HIV-positive women and men attending study facilities...
December 1, 2016: International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822238/the-environmental-injustice-of-beauty-framing-chemical%C3%A2-exposures-from-beauty-products-as-a-health%C3%A2-disparities-concern
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Ami R Zota, Bhavna Shamasunder
The obstetrics-gynecology community has issued a call to action to prevent toxic environmental chemical exposures and their threats to healthy human reproduction. Recent committee opinions recognize that vulnerable and underserved women may be impacted disproportionately by environmental chemical exposures and recommend that reproductive health professionals champion policies that secure environmental justice. Beauty product use is an understudied source of environmental chemical exposures. Beauty products can include reproductive and developmental toxicants such as phthalates and heavy metals; however, disclosure requirements are limited and inconsistent...
August 16, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815690/treatment-of-individuals-who-cannot-receive-blood-products-for-religious-or-other-reasons
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REVIEW
Carlton D Scharman, Joseph J Shatzel, Edward Kim, Thomas G DeLoughery
By virtue of their religious principles, Jehovah's Witnesses (JWs) generally object to receiving blood products, raising numerous ethical, legal, and medical challenges for providers who care for these patients, especially in the emergent setting. In this review, we discuss several areas relevant to the care of JWs, including the current literature on "bloodless" medical care in the setting of peri- and intra-operative management, acute blood loss, trauma, pregnancy, and malignancy. We have found that medical and administrative efforts in the form of bloodless medicine and surgery programs can be instrumental in helping to reduce risks of morbidity and mortality in these patients...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807019/barriers-and-facilitators-to-the-implementation-of-antenatal-syphilis-screening-and-treatment-for-the-prevention-of-congenital-syphilis-in-the-democratic-republic-of-congo-and-zambia-results-of-qualitative-formative-research
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Dalau Nkamba, Musaku Mwenechanya, Arlette Mavila Kilonga, Maria Luisa Cafferata, Amanda Mabel Berrueta, Agustina Mazzoni, Fernando Althabe, Ezequiel Garcia-Elorrio, Antoniette K Tshefu, Elwyn Chomba, Pierre M Buekens, Maria Belizan
BACKGROUND: The impact of untreated syphilis during pregnancy on neonatal health remains a major public health threat worldwide. Given the high prevalence of syphilis during pregnancy in Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Preventive Congenital Syphilis Trial (PCS Trial), a cluster randomized trial, was proposed to increase same-day screening and treatment of syphilis during antenatal care visits. To design an accepted and feasible intervention, we conducted a qualitative  formative research...
August 14, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806494/body-piercing-motivations-and-implications-for-health
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REVIEW
Cheri Van Hoover, Carol-Ann Rademayer, Cindy L Farley
Body piercing has evolved from a behavior once considered extreme to an accepted choice among the general population. Earlobe piercing is so common that it is now considered a normative behavior. The motivations for choosing body piercing have changed and are associated with piercing site and number of piercings chosen by the individual. Meanings ascribed to body piercing were traditionally related to enhanced sexual desirability and experience, but now range from the innocuous, such as a fashion statement, to the risk laden, such as nonsuicidal self-injury...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782392/model-of-obstetric-attention-based-on-critical-care-in-latin-america
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María F Escobar, Javier A Carvajal, Albaro J Nieto, Adriana Messa, Juan M Burgos, Maria P Echavarría, Marcela Granados
Purpose of this article. Report the results obtained following the implementation of an OCC (Obstetric Critical Care) model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is an observational prospective study in obstetric population with high complexity illness attended in a safety and quality model of attention in a specific unit supporting the concept of obstetric critical care. Records were used as the primary source for collecting information, using the standards of the Center for Clinical Research...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780663/spontaneous-coronary-artery-dissection-and-pregnancy
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REVIEW
Sahar Naderi
Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is a non-atherosclerotic, non-traumatic cause of coronary artery dissection. SCAD is the most common cause of myocardial infarction in pregnancy or the postpartum period and results in significant cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in the pregnant population. It is important to consider pregnancy-associated spontaneous coronary artery dissection (PASCAD) high on the differential for a pregnant woman who presents with symptoms consistent with acute coronary syndrome...
September 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770593/differentiated-models-of-care-for-postpartum-women-on-antiretroviral-therapy-in-cape-town-south-africa-a-cohort-study
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REVIEW
Landon Myer, Victoria Iyun, Allison Zerbe, Tamsin K Phillips, Kirsty Brittain, Elton Mukonda, Joanna Allerton, Cathy D Kalombo, Andile Nofemela, Elaine J Abrams
BACKGROUND: The numbers of women initiating lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) during pregnancy and postpartum is increasing rapidly, presenting a burden on health systems and an urgent need for scalable models of care for this population. In a pilot project, we referred postpartum women who initiated ART during pregnancy to a community-based model of differentiated ART services. METHODS: Eligible women (on ART for at least 3 months with viral load (VL)<1000 copies/mL) were offered a choice of two ART models of care: (i) referral to an existing system of community-based 'adherence clubs', operated by lay counsellors with medication collection every 2-4 months; or (ii) referral to local primary healthcare clinics (PHC) with services provided by clinicians and medication collection every 1-2 months (local standard of care for postpartum ART)...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770341/prenatal-depression-screening-and-antidepressant-prescription-obstetrician-gynecologists-practices-opinions-and-interpretation-of-evidence
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Laura H Taouk, Kristen A Matteson, Lauren M Stark, Jay Schulkin
Obstetrician-gynecologists (ob-gyns) are well-positioned to detect symptoms of perinatal depression; however, little is known about how ob-gyns respond. The purpose of this study was to evaluate ob-gyns' beliefs and practices related to prenatal depression screening and antidepressant prescription during pregnancy. A larger survey on prenatal medication was developed at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and distributed to a sample of 1000 Fellows. The overall response rate was 37...
August 2, 2017: Archives of Women's Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768534/the-use-of-traditional-medicine-in-maternity-care-among-african-women-in-africa-and-the-diaspora-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Zewdneh Shewamene, Tinashe Dune, Caroline A Smith
BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of literature describing traditional health practices and beliefs of African women. The purpose of this study was to undertake a systematic review of the use of traditional medicine (TM) to address maternal and reproductive health complaints and wellbeing by African women in Africa and the diaspora. METHOD: A literature search of published articles, grey literature and unpublished studies was conducted using eight medical and social science databases (CINAHL, EMBASE, Infomit, Ovid Medline, ProQuest, PsychINFO, PubMed and SCOPUS) from the inception of each database until 31 December 2016...
August 2, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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