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Xiang Kong, Yan Kong, Fangyuan Zhang, Tingting Wang, Jin Yan
BACKGROUND: Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) is a specific pregnancy-related disorder without standard medical therapies. Ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) is the most used medicine, but the efficacy and safety of UDCA remain uncertain. Several meta-analyses had been made to assess the effects of UDCA in ICP. However, the samples were not large enough to convince obstetricians to use UDCA. We conducted a meta-analysis to evaluate the effects and safety of UDCA in patients with ICP, which included only randomized controlled trials (RCTs)...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Ronald Ching Wan Ma, Maria Ines Schmidt, Wing Hung Tam, Harold David McIntyre, Patrick M Catalano
The global epidemic of obesity has led to an increasing number of obese women of reproductive age. Obesity is associated with reduced fertility, and pregnancies complicated by maternal obesity are associated with adverse outcomes, including increased risk of gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, preterm birth, instrumental and caesarean births, infections, and post-partum haemorrhage. The medical and obstetric management of obese women is focused on identifying, addressing, and preventing some of these associated complications, and is a daunting challenge given the high percentage of patients with obesity and few therapeutic options proven to improve outcomes in this population...
October 10, 2016: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
Veronica Gomez-Lobo, Anne-Marie Amies Oelschlager
Disorders (differences) of sexual development encompass a variety of conditions with atypical development of chromosomal, gonadal, or anatomic sex. Three of the most common differences of sex development conditions include congenital adrenal hyperplasia, complete androgen insensitivity, and Turner syndrome. Obstetrician-gynecologists who care for affected individuals in their practice must be familiar with the genetic, endocrine, and anatomic considerations of the most common conditions to provide optimal care...
October 6, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Matthew A R Stokes, Glenn D Guest, Perista Mamadi, Westin Seta, Noel Yaubihi, Grace Karawiga, Billy Naidi, David A K Watters
BACKGROUND: Timely access to emergency and essential surgical care (EESC) and anaesthesia in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) prevents premature death, minimises lifelong disability and reduces their economic impact on families and communities. Papua New Guinea is one of the poorest countries in the Pacific region, and provides much of its surgical care at a district hospital level. We aimed to evaluate the surgical capacity of a district hospital in PNG and estimate the effectiveness of surgical interventions provided...
October 13, 2016: World Journal of Surgery
Caroline Se Homer
There has been substantial reform in the past decade in the provision of maternal and child health services, and specifically regarding models of maternity care. Increasingly, midwives are working together in small groups to provide midwife-led continuity of care. This article reviews the current evidence for models of maternity care that provide midwifery continuity of care, in terms of their impact on clinical outcomes, the views of midwives and childbearing women, and health service costs. A systematic review of midwife-led continuity of care models identified benefits for women and babies, with no adverse effects...
October 17, 2016: Medical Journal of Australia
Dilek Ulubaş-Işık, Sara Erol, Nihal Demirel, Yusuf Kale, İstemi Han Çelik, Ömer Lütfi Tapısız, Bülent Yırcı, Ahmet Yağmur Baş
Early-term infants incur higher risks for neonatal morbidities compared to full-term infants. In this study, we investigated the neonatal morbidities in early-term infants admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Early-term (37 0/7 and 38 6/7 weeks of gestation) and full-term (39 0/7 and 41 6/7 weeks of gestation) infants born between January 2013 and December 2014 were enrolled in this study. Early-term deliveries accounted for 8,026 (25.7%) of all live births (n = 31,170). The admission rate of early-term infants to the NICU was 7...
November 2015: Turkish Journal of Pediatrics
Orkun Cetin, Erbil Karaman, Harun Arslan, Ali Kolusarı, Recep Yıldızhan, Mesut Ozgokce, Abdussamet Batur, Ibrahim Akbudak
PURPOSE: To compare maternal liver elasticity scores by Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI) elastosonography in healthy and preeclamptic pregnancies and its association with the severity of the disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-two healthy, 33 mild, 33 severe preeclamptic and 28 pregnant women with Hemolysis, Elevated Liver enzymes, and Low Platelets (HELLP) syndrome were included into the study. Maternal liver elasticity was measured by ARFI elastosonography at the first day of puerperium...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Bradley D Holbrook, Stephen M Petterson, William F Rayburn
Objectives Retirement of "baby boomer" physicians is a matter of growing concern in light of the shortage of certain physician groups. The objectives of this investigation were to define what constitutes a customary retirement age range of maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) physicians and examine how that compares with other obstetrician-gynecologist (ob-gyn) specialists. Study Design This descriptive study was based on American Medical Association Masterfile survey data from 2010 to 2014. Data from the National Provider Identifier were used to correct for upward bias in reporting retirement ages...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Rebecca Feldman Hamm, Eileen Y Wang, Jamie A Bastek, Sindhu K Srinivas
Background Obstetrical hemorrhage is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality, yet is inconsistently defined. In 2014, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) reVITALize program redefined postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) as greater than 1,000 mL blood loss regardless of the mode of delivery (MOD). Objective We sought to assess the reVITALize definition's validity by understanding whether the definition of PPH should, as proposed by ACOG, be one value regardless of MOD. Study Design This is a retrospective study of all women who delivered at the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from October 15, 2013 through December 15, 2013...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Neeraj Nagpal
Physicians and Internists in India have tended to brush under the carpet legal issues affecting their profession. Of concern to all Physicians is the judgment in a recent case where the NCDRC has stated that if MD Medicine Physicians write Physician & Cardiologist on their letterhead it is Quackery. What is MD Medicine degree holder in India qualified and trained to treat ? These are issues which need debate and that can only be initiated once we recognize that there is a problem. Either an MD Medicine is a cardiologist or he is not...
February 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Rounak B Rawal, Lauren A Kilpatrick, Jeyhan S Wood, Amelia F Drake
OBJECTIVE: To describe medical malpractice trends in patients with cleft and/or craniofacial abnormalities. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A modified Delphi approach was used to gather search terms. Search settings included "all jury verdicts and settlements", with jurisdiction of "all states" and "all federal courts" (by court and circuit). A retrospective review of WestLawNext legal database was conducted. Cases were excluded if they did not have a direct association from the patient's craniofacial anomaly or if they were not related to malpractice...
November 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Sharona Vonck, Anneleen Simone Staelens, Ine Bollen, Lien Broekx, Wilfried Gyselaers
BACKGROUND: The maternal cardiovascular system adapts quickly when embryo implantation is recognized by the body. Those adaptations play an important role, as a normal cardiovascular adaptation is a requirement for a normal course of pregnancy. Disturbed adaptations predispose to potential hypertensive disorders further in pregnancy [1-3]. This report aims to briefly inform the obstetricians, general practitioners and midwives, who are the key players in detecting and treating hypertensive disorders during pregnancy...
October 12, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
S Portz, M Schmidt, M Weitz
Objectives: In many countries pregnant women in term singleton pregnancies are advised by obstetricians and midwives to lie down immediately after rupture of membranes until engagement of the foetal head is confirmed. The horizontal positioning aims to prevent the prolapse of the umbilical cord. The objective of this systematic review is to assess the effects of the maternal lying down measure in term singleton pregnancies. Search methods: We searched the databases of MEDLINE/PubMed, EMBASE/Ovid and CENTRAL (Issue 10, 2015) from their inception until September 30(th), 2015...
October 10, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Geburtshilfe und Neonatologie
Monika Kalra, Pradeep Tangade, Himanshu Punia, Vipul Gupta, Hunny Sharma, Ankita Jain
BACKGROUND: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is glucose intolerance which begins during pregnancy. Few studies have examined the association between periodontal disease and GDM. AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the association between periodontal disease and GDM. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study population comprised ninety patients, out of which thirty were cases and sixty were controls. All cases underwent a laboratory screening test for GDM between 24 and 30 weeks of gestation based on the recommendation of the obstetricians and gynecologists...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Dental Research: Official Publication of Indian Society for Dental Research
P Ginod, B Khallouk, E Benzenine, T Desplanches, T Dub, E Schmutz, S Douvier, P Sagot
OBJECTIVES: To analyse episiotomy and perineal tears rates in Burgundy after French National College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (CNGOF) guidelines in 2005. MATERIALS AND METHOD: Multicenter retrospective study, between 2003-2005 (period 1) et 2012-2014 (period 2), conducted on singletons vaginal deliveries, in cephalic presentation from 37 weeks. We compared the episiotomy rate (ER), and perineal lesions in normal deliveries (ND) and instrumental deliveries (ID) between the two periods...
October 6, 2016: Journal de Gynécologie, Obstétrique et Biologie de la Reproduction
Lucie Morin, Yvonne M Cargill, Phyllis Glanc
OBJECTIVE: OUTCOMES:: EVIDENCE: A MEDLINE search and review of bibliographies identified articles was conducted. VALUES: The evidence collected was reviewed by the Diagnostic Imaging Committee of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. The recommendations were made according to the guidelines developed by The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (Table 1). BENEFITS, HARMS, AND COSTS: Women presenting with first trimester bleeding may be incorrectly diagnosed with a missed abortion, may have an ectopic pregnancy overlooked, or may be inappropriately reassured about viability...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
Helena Boene, Marianne Vidler, Orvalho Augusto, Mohsin Sidat, Eusébio Macete, Clara Menéndez, Diane Sawchuck, Rahat Qureshi, Peter von Dadelszen, Khátia Munguambe, Esperança Sevene
BACKGROUND: Mozambique has drastically improved an array of health indicators in recent years, including maternal mortality rates which decreased 63 % from 1990-2013 but the rates still high. Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia constitute the third major cause of maternal death in the country. Women in rural areas, with limited access to health facilities are at greatest risk. This study aimed to assess the current state of knowledge and the regular practices regarding pre-eclampsia and eclampsia by community health workers in southern Mozambique...
September 30, 2016: Reproductive Health
David O Akeju, Marianne Vidler, J O Sotunsa, M O Osiberu, E O Orenuga, Olufemi T Oladapo, A A Adepoju, Rahat Qureshi, Diane Sawchuck, Olalekan O Adetoro, Peter von Dadelszen, Olukayode A Dada
BACKGROUND: The dearth of health personnel in low income countries has attracted global attention. Ways as to how health care services can be delivered in a more efficient and effective way using available health personnel are being explored. Task-sharing expands the responsibilities of low-cadre health workers and allows them to share these responsibilities with highly qualified health care providers in an effort to best utilize available human resources. This is appropriate in a country like Nigeria where there is a shortage of qualified health professionals and a huge burden of maternal mortality resulting from obstetric complications like pre-eclampsia...
September 30, 2016: Reproductive Health
Junichi Hasegawa, Tomoaki Ikeda, Akihiko Sekizawa, Hiroaki Tanaka, Masamitsu Nakamura, Shinji Katsuragi, Kazuhiro Osato, Kayo Tanaka, Takeshi Murakoshi, Masahiko Nakata, Isamu Ishiwata
To make recommendations for saving mothers' lives, issues related to maternal deaths including diseases, causes, treatments, and hospital and regional systems are analyzed by the Maternal Death Exploratory Committee in Japan. In this report, we present ten clinical important recommendations based on the analysis of maternal deaths between 2010 and 2014 in Japan.
October 8, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Shilpa Babbar, Karen B Williams, Dev Maulik
The use of complementary and alternative medicine during pregnancy is currently on the rise. A validated survey was conducted at the Central Association of Obstetrician and Gynecologists annual meeting to evaluate the knowledge, attitude, and practice of general obstetricians and gynecologists and maternal-fetal medicine specialists in America. We obtained 128 responses: 73 electronically (57%) and 55 via the paper survey (43%). Forty-five percent reported personally using complementary and alternative medicine and 9% of women respondents used complementary and alternative medicine during pregnancy...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine
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