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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29355138/management-of-malaria-in-pregnancy
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REVIEW
Stephen J Rogerson
Pregnant women are especially susceptible to malaria infection. Without existing immunity, severe malaria can develop requiring emergency treatment, and pregnancy loss is common. In semi-immune women, consequences of malaria for the mother include anaemia while stillbirth, premature delivery and foetal growth restriction affect the developing foetus. Preventive measures include insecticide-treated nets and (in some African settings) intermittent preventive treatment. Prompt management of maternal infection is key, using parenteral artemisinins for severe malaria, and artemisinin combination treatments (ACTs) in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy...
September 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353034/impact-of-targeted-scanning-protocols-on-perinatal-outcomes-in-pregnancies-at-risk-of-placenta-accreta-spectrum-or-vasa-previa
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Yaakov Melcer, Eric Jauniaux, Shlomit Maymon, Anna Tsviban, Marina Pekar-Zlotin, Moshe Betser, Ron Maymon
BACKGROUND: Placenta accreta spectrum (PAS) and vasa previa (VP) are congenital disorders of placentation associated with high morbidity and mortality for both mothers and newborns when undiagnosed before delivery. Prenatal diagnosis of these conditions is essential to allow multidisciplinary management and thus improve perinatal outcomes. OBJECTIVES: To compare perinatal outcome in women with PAS or VP before and after implementation of targeted scanning protocols...
January 15, 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353032/clinical-assessment-and-brain-findings-in-a-cohort-of-mothers-fetuses-and-infants-infected-with-zika-virus
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Magdalena Sanz Cortes, Ana Maria Rivera, Mayel Yepez, Carolina V Guimaraes, Israel Diaz Yunes, Alexander Zarutskie, Ivan Davila, Anil Shetty, Arun Mahadev, Saray Maria Serrano, Nicolas Castillo, Wesley Lee, Gregory Valentine, Michael Belfort, Guido Parra, Carrie Mohila, Kjersti Aagaard, Miguel Parra
BACKGROUND: Congenital Zika virus (ZIKV) infection can be detected in both the presence and absence of microcephaly, and manifests as a number of signs and symptoms detected clinically and by neuroimaging. However, to date, qualitative and quantitative measures for the purpose of diagnosis and prognosis are limited. OBJECTIVES: Main objectives of this study conducted on fetuses and infants with confirmed congenital ZIKV infection and detected brain abnormalities are: 1) To assess the prevalence of microcephaly and the frequency of the anomalies including a detailed description based on ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in fetuses and ultrasound, MRI and computed tomography imaging postnatally; 2) To provide quantitative measures of fetal and infant brain findings by MRI using volumetric analyses and diffusion weighted imaging (DWI); 3) To obtain additional information from placental and fetal histopathological assessments and postnatal clinical evaluations...
January 15, 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352119/parturition-in-baboons-papio-spp
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N Schlabritz-Loutsevitch, J Maher, R Sullivan, G Mari, M Schenone, H L Cohen, R A Word, G B Hubbard, E J Dick
The Old World non-human primates (NHP) - baboons (Papio spp.) share similarities with humans regarding fetal and placental development and some pregnancy-related complications. Information about the mechanism of birth and complications arising during parturition in these species is relatively sparse. In this manuscript, we add information from a series of pathological and observational cases to highlight insights and selected complications of birth in Papio spp, based on video-recording of the delivery process, X-ray, MRI, and ultrasound evaluations in pregnant baboons...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351580/maternal-nutrient-restriction-impairs-young-adult-offspring-ovarian-signaling-resulting-in-reproductive-dysfunction-and-follicle-loss
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K A Chan, P A Jazwiec, W Gohir, J J Petrik, D M Sloboda
Reproductive abnormalities are included as health complications in offspring exposed to poor prenatal nutrition. We have previously shown in a rodent model, that offspring born to nutrient restriction during pregnancy are born small, enter puberty early, and display characteristics of early ovarian aging as adults. The present study investigated whether key proteins involved in follicle recruitment and growth mediate ovarian follicle loss. Pregnant rats were randomized to: a standard diet throughout pregnancy and lactation (CON), or a calorie-restricted (50% of control) diet (UN) during pregnancy...
January 17, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350490/chronic-exposure-to-high-doses-of-selenium-in-the-first-trimester-of-pregnancy-case-report-and-brief-literature-review
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Luisa D'Oria, Massimo Apicella, Carmen De Luca, Angelo Licameli, Caterina Neri, Marcella Pellegrino, Daniela Simeone, Marco De Santis
BACKGROUND: Obstetricians usually prescribe supplements during pregnancy without actual indication. The use of selenium during pregnancy has increased, due to its function in several antioxidant mechanisms. CASE: A pregnant woman received 200,000 micrograms (μg) per day of a selenium galenic formulation, since gestational week (g.w.) 7 to 12, due to a prescription error. The patient experienced nausea, vomiting, hand and foot paresthesia, followed by fatigue, loss of fingernails and hair...
January 19, 2018: Birth Defects Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343580/advancing-our-understanding-of-protective-maternal-immunity-as-a-guide-for-development-of-vaccines-to-reduce-congenital-cytomegalovirus-infections
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Sallie R Permar, Mark R Schleiss, Stanley A Plotkin
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is the most common congenitally transmitted pathogen worldwide, impacting an estimated 1 million newborns annually. Congenital HCMV (cCMV) infection is a major global contributor to long-term neurologic deficits, including deafness, microcephaly, neurodevelopmental delay, as well as fetal loss and occasional infant mortality. Accordingly, a maternal vaccine to prevent cCMV continues to be a top public health priority. Nevertheless, we remain without a licensed vaccine. Maternal immunity provides partial protection, as the risk of vertical HCMV transmission from chronically infected mothers is reduced compared to settings in which the mother is newly infected during pregnancy...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343193/perinatal-sclerostin-concentrations-in-abnormal-fetal-growth-the-impact-of-gestational-diabetes
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Despina D Briana, Maria Boutsikou, Antonios Marmarinos, Dimitrios Gourgiotis, Ariadne Malamitsi-Puchner
OBJECTIVE: To prospectively evaluate maternal and cord blood concentrations of sclerostin -an osteocyte-secreted factor, inhibiting osteoblast differentiation and bone formation and associated with adverse metabolism- in pregnancies with normal and abnormal fetal growth. METHODS: Plasma sclerostin concentrations were determined by ELISA in 80 maternal and 80 cord blood samples from asymmetric intrauterine-growth-restricted (IUGR, n = 30), large-for-gestational-age (LGA, n = 30) and appropriate-for-gestational-age (AGA, n = 20) singleton full-term pregnancies...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342292/clinical-utility-of-the-global-anti-phospholipid-syndrome-score-for-risk-stratification-a-pooled-analysis
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Savino Sciascia, Massimo Radin, Giovanni Sanna, Irene Cecchi, Dario Roccatello, Maria Laura Bertolaccini
Objective: Recently, our group conceived a risk score for clinical manifestations of APS (the global APS score, or GAPSS) that takes into account the combination of independent cardiovascular risk factors and the aPL positivity profile. These include hyperlipidaemia, arterial hypertension, aCL, anti-β2 glycoprotein-I, aPS-PT and the LA. A complementary version, the adjusted GAPSS (aGAPSS), which excludes aPS-PT, was also designed. The aim of our study was to systematically review the literature to assess the clinical utility of the GAPSS and aGAPSS for risk stratification of any APS clinical manifestation...
January 12, 2018: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342180/increased-prevalence-of-pregnancy-and-comparative-risk-of-program-attrition-among-individuals-starting-hiv-treatment-in-east-africa
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Charles B Holmes, Constantin T Yiannoutsos, Batya Elul, Elizabeth Bukusi, John Ssali, Andrew Kambugu, Beverly S Musick, Craig Cohen, Carolyn Williams, Lameck Diero, Nancy Padian, Kara K Wools-Kaloustian
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization now recommends initiating all pregnant women on life-long antiretroviral therapy (ART), yet there is limited information about the characteristics and program outcomes of pregnant women already on ART in Africa. Our hypothesis was that pregnant women comprised an increasing proportion of those starting ART, and that sub-groups of these women were at higher risk for program attrition. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We used the International Epidemiology Databases to Evaluate AIDS- East Africa (IeDEA-EA) to conduct a retrospective cohort study including HIV care and treatment programs in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341890/periodontal-diseases-and-adverse-pregnancy-outcomes-is-there-a-role-for-vitamin-d
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REVIEW
Anne Marie Uwitonze, Peace Uwambaye, Moses Isyagi, Chrispinus H Mumena, Alice Hudder, Afrozul Haq, Kamrun Nessa, Mohammed S Razzaque
Studies have shown a relationship between maternal periodontal diseases (PDs) and premature delivery. PDs are commonly encountered oral diseases which cause progressive damage to the periodontal ligament and alveolar bones, leading to loss of teeth and oral disabilities. PDs also adversely affect general health by worsening cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Moreover, maternal PDs are thought to be related to increasing the frequency of preterm-birth with low birth weight (PBLBW) new-borns. Prematurity and immaturity are the leading causes of prenatal and infant mortality and is a major public health problem around the world...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341340/bias-from-restricting-to-live-births-when-estimating-effects-of-prescription-drug-use-on-pregnancy-complications-a-simulation
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Elizabeth A Suarez, Suzanne N Landi, Mitchell C Conover, Michele Jonsson Funk
PURPOSE: Administrative claim databases are increasingly being used to study the safety of medication exposures during pregnancy. These studies are restricted to live births due to a reliance on algorithms for estimating gestational age that are based on codes associated with live delivery. Conditioning on live birth may induce selection bias when studying the effect of a drug on a pregnancy complication if fetal death is a competing risk for the complication or is caused by the complication...
January 17, 2018: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341210/subchorionic-hematoma-correlation-of-grading-techniques-with-first-trimester-pregnancy-outcome
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Howard T Heller, Elizabeth A Asch, Sara M Durfee, Robin P Goldenson, Hope E Peters, Elizabeth S Ginsburg, Peter M Doubilet, Carol B Benson
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate and compare grading systems of subchorionic hematoma (SCH) on first-trimester ultrasound examinations with live embryos to assess which best correlates with early pregnancy outcome and to assess the effect of gestational age at the time of diagnosis on outcome. METHODS: First-trimester live singleton pregnancies between 6 and 11 weeks' gestational age with SCH were identified by an institutional database search. First-trimester outcome was categorized as "live" or "demise" based on ultrasound or medical record documentation...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340017/altered-gnas-imprinting-due-to-folic-acid-deficiency-contributes-to-poor-embryo-development-and-may-lead-to-neural-tube-defects
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Li Wang, Shaoyan Chang, Zhen Wang, Shan Wang, Junsheng Huo, Gangqiang Ding, Rui Li, Chi Liu, Shaofang Shangguan, Xiaolin Lu, Ting Zhang, Zhiyong Qiu, Jianxin Wu
Disturbed epigenetic modifications have been linked to the pathogenesis of Neural Tube Defects (NTDs) in those with folate deficiency during pregnancy. However, evidence is lacking to delineate the critical region in epigenome regulated by parental folic acid and mechanisms by which folate deficiency affects normal embryogenesis. Our data from clinical samples revealed the presence of aberrant DNA methylation in GNAS imprinting cluster in NTD samples with low folate concentrations. Results from mouse models indicated that the establishment of GNAS imprinting was influenced by both maternal and paternal folate-deficient diets...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339132/exogenous-progesterone-hypersensitivity-associated-with-recurrent-pregnancy-loss
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Merin Kuruvilla, Kristine Vanijcharoenkarn, Justin Wan, Nigel Pereira, Pak Chung
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 12, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338855/vitrified-blastocyst-transfer-cycles-with-the-use-of-only-vaginal-progesterone-replacement-with-endometrin-have-inferior-ongoing-pregnancy-rates-results-from-the-planned-interim-analysis-of-a-three-arm-randomized-controlled-noninferiority-trial
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Kate Devine, Kevin S Richter, Eric A Widra, Jeffrey L McKeeby
OBJECTIVE: To assess the noninferiority of vaginal P (Endometrin) compared with daily intramuscular P for replacement in programmed vitrified-warmed blastocyst transfer cycles and to assess the noninferiority of vaginal P in combination with intramuscular progesterone every third day compared with daily intramuscular P. DESIGN: Three-arm randomized controlled noninferiority study. To enable early recognition of inferiority if present, an a priori interim analysis was planned and completed once ongoing pregnancy data were available for 50% of the total enrollment goal...
January 12, 2018: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338095/patient-controlled-tissue-collection-for-genetic-testing-after-early-pregnancy-loss-a-pilot-study
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Alexander Kucherov, Jessica Atrio, Zev Williams
OBJECTIVE: To determine how frequently and effectively products of conception can be obtained among women pursuing medical management of early pregnancy loss. METHODS: This pilot study was conducted to assess products of conception recovery outcomes for participants opting for medical management compared to women opting for surgical aspiration A tissue-collection kit was provided to women opting for medical management. Outcomes measures included successful collection of products of conception, quantity and integrity of DNA, and participant satisfaction with the process...
January 16, 2018: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337383/the-national-pregnancy-in-diabetes-npid-audit-challenges-and-opportunities-for-improving-pregnancy-outcomes
#18
H R Murphy, R Bell, A Dornhorst, R Forde, N Lewis-Barned
Our aim was to review the data from the National Pregnancy in Diabetes (NPID) audit, and to identify the challenges and opportunities for improving pregnancy outcomes in women with diabetes. We reviewed three years of NPID data and relevant diabetes and obstetric literature, and found that there has been little change in pregnancy preparation or outcomes over the past 3 years, with substantial clinic-to clinic variations in care. Women with Type 2 diabetes remain less likely to take 5 mg preconception folic acid (22...
January 16, 2018: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336636/a-dysmorphology-based-systematic-approach-toward-perinatal-genetic-diagnosis-in-a-fetal-autopsy-series
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Shagun Aggarwal, Ashwani Tandon, Aneek Das Bhowmik, Jamal Mohamed Nurul Jain Safarulla, Ashwin Dalal
BACKGROUND: This retrospective study assesses the contribution of genetic disorders in fetuses undergoing postmortem evaluation and the performance of a clinical dysmorphology based systematic approach toward genetic diagnosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ninety fetuses, including spontaneous losses and terminated pregnancies, underwent a postmortem evaluation including dysmorphological examination, radiological studies, and histopathological examination. Genetic testing including karyotyping, biochemical testing, Sanger sequencing, and exome sequencing were performed selectively...
January 16, 2018: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336062/time-varying-effects-of-signs-and-symptoms-on-pregnancy-loss-20-weeks-findings-from-a-preconception-prospective-cohort-study
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Katherine J Sapra, Germaine M Buck Louis, Rajeshwari Sundaram, K S Joseph, Lisa M Bates, Sando Galea, Cande V Ananth
BACKGROUND: Although pregnancy loss affects one-third of pregnancies, the associated signs/symptoms have not been fully described. Given the dynamic nature of maternal physiologic adaptation to early pregnancy, we posited the relationships between signs/symptoms and subsequent loss would vary weekly. METHODS: In a preconception cohort with daily follow-up, pregnancies were ascertained by self-administered sensitive home pregnancy tests on day of expected menses...
January 2018: Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
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