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Michael S Zhang, Jon C D Houtman
Glycerol monolaurate (GML) is a monoglyceride with well characterized anti-microbial properties. Because of these properties, GML is widely used in food, cosmetics, and personal care products and currently being tested as a therapeutic for menstrual associated toxic shock syndrome, superficial wound infections, and HIV transmission. Recently, we have described that GML potently suppresses select T cell receptor (TCR)-induced signaling events, leading to reduced human T cell effector functions. However, how soluble host factors present in the blood and at sites of infection affect GML-mediated human T cell suppression is unknown...
2016: PloS One
Gianni Allais, Chiara Benedetto
Migraine is a common neurovascular disorder, affecting millions of people worldwide. Current guidelines recommend triptans as first-line treatment for moderate-to-severe migraine attacks. Frovatriptan is a second-generation triptan with a longer terminal elimination half-life in blood than other triptans (~26 hours). Three double-blind, randomized crossover preference studies have been recently conducted, assessing efficacy and safety of frovatriptan versus rizatriptan, zolmitriptan, and almotriptan, respectively...
2016: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Sui Cheung Man, Xian-Bin Li, Huai-Hai Wang, Hai-Ning Yuan, Hua-Ning Wang, Rui-Guo Zhang, Qing-Rong Tan, Hei Kiu Wong, Grainne M McAlonan, Chuan-Yue Wang, Zhang-Jin Zhang
OBJECTIVES: An herbal preparation called peony-glycyrrhiza decoction (PGD) may have the potential in reducing antipsychotic-related hyperprolactinemia (hyperPRL). This double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled study aimed to reevaluate the efficacy of PGD against antipsychotic-related hyperPRL. METHODS: Ninety-nine schizophrenic women who were under antipsychotic therapy and had symptomatic hyperPRL were randomly assigned to additional treatment with placebo (n = 50) or PGD (n = 49, 45 g/d) for 16 weeks...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
Puja Dudeja, Apoorva Sindhu, Pooja Shankar, Tukaram Gadekar
INTRODUCTION: Reproductive health of adolescent girls is crucial as it determines the health of future generations. School girls when experiencing menarche find themselves in a setting without water, toilets or a supportive female teacher to explain the changes happening in their body. An important concern for adolescent girls is to have adequate, correct knowledge along with facilities and the cultural environment to manage menstruation hygienically and with dignity. Hence, the present study was done to assess knowledge and practices about menstruation in adolescent school girls of an urban slum...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
A Kugelman, M Peniakov, S Zangen, Y Shiff, A Riskin, A Iofe, I Shoris, D Bader, S Arnon
OBJECTIVE: The efficacy of inhaled steroids in spontaneously breathing infants with established bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is debatable. The inhaled steroid hydrofluoalkane-beclomethasone dipropionate (QVAR) is unique in its small particle size that results in higher lung deposition. Our objective was to determine if inhaled QVAR could decrease respiratory rehospitalizations of infants with established BPD. STUDY DESIGN: Double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled, multicenter pilot study...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
Charlotte W Usselman, Chantelle A Nielson, Torri A Luchyshyn, Tamara I Gimon, Nicole S Coverdale, Stan H M Van Uum, J Kevin Shoemaker
We tested the hypothesis that sympathetic responses to baroreceptor unloading may be affected by circulating sex hormones. During lower body negative pressure at -30, -60, and -80 mmHg, muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA), heart rate and blood pressure were recorded in women taking (n=8) and not taking (n=9) hormonal contraceptives. All women were tested twice, once during the low hormone phase (i.e. the early follicular phase of the menstrual cycle and the placebo phase of hormonal contraceptive use), and again during the high hormone phase (i...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Brittany R Counts, Lindy M Rossow, Kevin T Mattocks, J Grant Mouser, Matthew B Jessee, Samuel L Buckner, Scott J Dankel, Jeremy P Loenneke
Low-load resistance exercise with the blood flow restriction (BFR) has been shown to increase muscle size similar to that of traditional high-load resistance training. Throughout the BFR literature, there is a vast difference between the quantity of young females included in the literature compared to young males, older males and older females. Therefore, the purpose of this minireview is to discuss the underrepresentation of young females in the BFR literature and review the potential physiologic reasons as to why they may have been excluded...
October 11, 2016: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
J Bohlin, S E Håberg, P Magnus, S E Reese, H K Gjessing, M C Magnus, C L Parr, C M Page, S J London, W Nystad
BACKGROUND: We explored the association between gestational age and cord blood DNA methylation at birth and whether DNA methylation could be effective in predicting gestational age due to limitations with the presently used methods. We used data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Birth Cohort study (MoBa) with Illumina HumanMethylation450 data measured for 1753 newborns in two batches: MoBa 1, n = 1068; and MoBa 2, n = 685. Gestational age was computed using both ultrasound and the last menstrual period...
October 7, 2016: Genome Biology
Linda Linton, Monica Taylor, Sheila Dunn, Lisa Martin, Sonia Chavez, Greg Stanitz, Ella Huszti, Salomon Minkin, Norman Boyd
BACKGROUND: In previous work in young women aged 15-30 years we measured breast water and fat using MR and obtained blood for hormone assays on the same day in the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle. Only serum growth hormone levels and sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) were significantly associated with percent breast water after adjustment for covariates. The sex hormones estradiol, progesterone and testosterone were not associated with percent water in the breast in the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle...
2016: PloS One
Deepthi Rajashekar, Gowri Srinivasa, Anand Vinekar
Computer aided analysis plays a nontrivial role in assisting the diagnosis of various eye pathologies. In this paper, we propose a framework to help diagnose the presence of Aggressive Posterior Retinopathy Of Prematurity (APROP), a pathology that is characterised by rapid onset and increased tortuosity of blood vessels close to the optic disc (OD). We quantify vessel characteristics that are of clinical relevance to APROP such as tortuosity and the extent of branching i.e., vessel segment count in the defined diagnostic region...
2016: PloS One
Anne H Calhoun, Nicole Gill
BACKGROUND: This retrospective observational study describes what appears to be a not-uncommon yet not previously typified headache disorder, "end-menstrual migraine" (EMM) named for its proximate occurrence with the terminal days of menstrual bleeding each month. METHODS: Our menstrual migraine (MM) clinic's database was queried for patients with migraine, regular menses, and the locally used diagnostic code of EMM, signifying the patient's assertion that she had migraine at the end of menses as well as calendar data confirming that association...
October 5, 2016: Headache
Alisa P Domnina, Polina V Novikova, Olga G Lyublinskaya, Valeriy V Zenin, Irina I Fridlyanskaya, Vyacheslav M Mikhailov, Nikolay N Nikolsky
Stem cell transplantation, which is based on the application of mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs), is a rapidly developing approach to the regenerative therapy of various degenerative disorders characterized by brain and heart failure, as well as skin lesions. In comparison, the use of stem cell transplantations to treat infertility has received less attention. One of the causes of miscarriages and fetal growth delay is the loss of the decidual reaction of endometrial cells. The present study modeled decidualization processes in pseudopregnant rats...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
I Jiménez-Díaz, L M Iribarne-Durán, O Ocón, E Salamanca, M F Fernández, N Olea, E Barranco
Benzophenones and parabens are synthetic chemicals used in many personal care products, foods and pharmaceuticals. Benzophenones are used to protect the skin and materials from the adverse effects of UV-radiation, and parabens are used as preservatives. Despite their widespread occurrence and proven endocrine disrupting activity, relatively little is known about human exposure to these compounds. In the present work, an analytical method based on sample treatment using dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) for the extraction of six benzophenones (benzophenone-1, -2, -3, -6, -8 and 4-hydroxybenzophenone) and four parabens (methyl-, ethyl-, propyl- and butyl- paraben) from human menstrual blood samples, followed by ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) analysis, is proposed and validated...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Khatera Ibrahimi, Steve Vermeersch, Pascal Frederiks, Vincent Geldhof, Cedric Draulans, Linde Buntinx, Emmanuel Lesaffre, Antoinette MaassenVanDenBrink, Jan de Hoon
BACKGROUND: Migraine is much more common in females than in males, and occurrence is associated with changes in female sex hormones. Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) plays a key role in migraine, and variations in female sex hormones may affect CGRP sensitivity and/or production. OBJECTIVES: Investigate repeatability, gender differences, influence of the menstrual cycle and of migraine on CGRP-dependent changes in dermal blood flow (DBF). METHODS: CGRP-dependent increases in DBF were assessed using laser Doppler perfusion imaging after topical application of 300 or 1000 µg capsaicin on the forearm of healthy subjects and migraine patients...
September 28, 2016: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
Megan Arnold Gomes, Xiaoyuan Jia, Iris Kolenski, Alison M Duncan, Kelly A Meckling
BACKGROUND: The links between dietary fat intake, polyunsaturated fatty acid intake and breast cancer risk remain equivocal, with some studies pointing to improvements in risk upon omega-3 supplementation. However, the background diet is poorly controlled in most studies, potentially confounding this link. Therefore, this study examined the hypothesis that in order to see the benefits of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation, the background diet must be low in fat. METHODS: Of the 56 healthy, pre-menopausal women randomized to one of two experimental arms, consisting of a two-treatment, randomized, cross-over design, 41 completed the 10 month intervention...
September 29, 2016: Lipids in Health and Disease
Andrew C Bjonnes, Richa Saxena, Corrine K Welt
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether European Americans with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) exhibit genetic differences associated with PCOS status and phenotypic features. DESIGN: Case-control association study in European Americans. SETTING: Academic center. SUBJECT(S): Women with PCOS diagnosed with the use of the National Institutes of Health criteria (n = 532) and control women with regular menstrual cycles and no evidence of hyperandrogenism (n = 432)...
September 22, 2016: Fertility and Sterility
Jichun Tan, Pingping Li, Qiushi Wang, Yaxuan Li, Xiaoni Li, Dongni Zhao, Xiaoyan Xu, Lin Kong
STUDY QUESTION: Does autologous transplantation of menstrual blood-derived stromal cells (menSCs) regenerate endometrium to support pregnancy in patients with severe Asherman's syndrome (AS)? SUMMARY ANSWER: Autologous menSCs transplantation significantly increases endometrial thickness (ET) for women with severe AS. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: AS is a major cause of secondary infertility in women. Cell transplantation has been tried in a few clinical cases with encouraging results...
September 22, 2016: Human Reproduction
Numan Cim, Mertihan Kurdoglu, Serhat Ege, Ibrahim Yoruk, Gorkem Yaman, Recep Yildizhan
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the roles of proangiogenic factors including serum vitamin D and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and anti-angiogenic factors including soluble endoglin (sEng) and soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt1) in the diagnosis and severity of late-onset preeclampsia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was conducted at Yuzuncu Yil University Research and Education Hospital Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics. The study included a patient group of 40 women with late-onset preeclampsia who were pregnant at ≥32 weeks of gestation according to the last menstrual period (LMP) or ultrasonographic fetal biometric measurement and a control group of 40 healthy pregnant women who presented to our clinic for routine pregnancy examination and were at the same age and gestational period with those in the patient group...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Annelien C de Kat, Hendrik Gremmels, Marianne C Verhaar, Frank J M Broekmans, Felicia Yarde
Vascular function is suggested to be associated with ovarian reserve, but the relationship with microvascular function has never been studied. In this cross-sectional pilot study, the relationship of microvascular damage markers with AMH was studied in premenopausal women. Twenty-two regularly cycling women with type 1 diabetes (DM-1) and a reference group of 20 healthy regularly cycling women were included, from whom blood was drawn in the early follicular phase of the menstrual cycle. The main outcome was the correlation between circulating progenitor cells (CPCs), markers for early vascular damage, and AMH, a marker for ovarian reserve...
2016: International Journal of Endocrinology
Anupam Kapur, Ranjeeta Angomchanu, Madhusudan Dey
BACKGROUND: Fibroid or myoma is the commonest reported tumor of uterus, and is one of the important reasons for hysterectomy in our setting. Different drugs are available for medical management of fibroid uterus including mifepristone, a progesterone antagonist. Varying dosage regimen for mifepristone was studied as medical management of fibroid uterus. The aim of the project was to study the effect of mifepristone on the symptoms and size of fibroids, especially using a low-dose regimen for 6 months...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
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