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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351170/risk-of-preterm-birth-following-late-pregnancy-exposure-to-nsaids-or-cox-2-inhibitors
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Anick Bérard, Odile Sheehy, Sylvie Girard, Jin-Ping Zhao, Sasha Bernatsky
Pregnant women may take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), selective cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 inhibitors or biologic agents to relieve symptoms or manage disease flares in late pregnancy. We aimed to quantify the risk of prematurity associated with late pregnancy exposure to non-selective NSAIDs, selective COX-2 inhibitors and biologic agents. Using data from Quebec Pregnancy Cohort, we performed a population-based cohort study. We included all women who were covered by the Quebec Drug Plan and had a singleton livebirth between 1/1/1998 and 31/12/2009...
January 18, 2018: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348500/myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-coming-of-age
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Filippo Veglia, Michela Perego, Dmitry Gabrilovich
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) are a heterogeneous population of cells generated during a large array of pathologic conditions ranging from cancer to obesity. These cells represent a pathologic state of activation of monocytes and relatively immature neutrophils. MDSCs are characterized by a distinct set of genomic and biochemical features, and can, on the basis of recent findings, be distinguished by specific surface molecules. The salient feature of these cells is their ability to inhibit T cell function and thus contribute to the pathogenesis of various diseases...
January 18, 2018: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341431/risk-of-infantile-hemangiomas-in-the-offspring-of-women-with-autoimmune-disease-and-the-pathogenic-implications-of-these-lesions
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Chelsey J F Smith, Kenneth L Jones, Diana L Johnson, Gretchen Bandoli, Loan K Robinson, Arthur Kavanaugh, Christina D Chambers
The purpose of this study was to analyze the risk of maternal autoimmune disease or associated treatments on infantile hemangiomas (IHs), a common benign vascular tumor in infants, and to better understand how maternal chronic inflammation may play a factor in the pathogenesis of these lesions. Eligible women from the United States and Canada who enrolled before 19 weeks' gestation and delivered at least one live born infant were recruited as part of the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) Autoimmune Disease in Pregnancy Project from 2004-2013...
January 17, 2018: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339317/arterial-stenosis-in-antiphospholipid-syndrome-update-on-the-unrevealed-mechanisms-of-an-endothelial-disease
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Ghita Harifi, Wared Nour-Eldine, Mohammad Hassan A Noureldine, Mohammad Baker Berjaoui, Romy Kallas, Rita Khoury, Imad Uthman, Jamal Al-Saleh, Munther A Khamashta
First described in 1983, antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune condition characterized by the occurrence of recurrent arterial and/or venous thrombosis, and/or pregnancy morbidity, in the setting of persistent presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). While thrombosis is the most well-known pathogenic mechanism in this disorder, the relevance of some other mechanisms such as arterial stenosis is being increasingly recognized. Arterial stenosis has been first described in the renal arteries in patients with APS, however intracranial and coeliac arteries can also be involved with various and treatable clinical manifestations...
January 12, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338856/parental-health-status-and-infant-outcomes-upstate-kids-study
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Germaine M Buck Louis, Erin Bell, Yunlong Xie, Rajeshwari Sundaram, Edwina Yeung
OBJECTIVE: To assess parental health status inclusive of infertility and infant outcomes. DESIGN: Birth cohort with cross-sectional analysis of parental health status and infant outcomes. SETTING: Not applicable. PATIENT(S): Parents (n = 4,886) and infants (n = 5,845) participating in the Upstate KIDS birth cohort. INTERVENTION(S): None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Infertility was defined as [1] sexually active without contraception for 1+ years without pregnancy, [2] ever requiring ≥12 months to become pregnant, and [3] requiring ≥12 months for index pregnancy...
January 12, 2018: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321641/antiphospholipid-syndrome
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REVIEW
Karen Schreiber, Savino Sciascia, Philip G de Groot, Katrien Devreese, Soren Jacobsen, Guillermo Ruiz-Irastroza, Jane E Salmon, Yehuda Shoenfeld, Ora Shovman, Beverley J Hunt
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies, such as lupus anticoagulant, anticardiolipin antibodies and anti-β2-glycoprotein 1 antibodies. APS can present with a variety of clinical phenotypes, including thrombosis in the veins, arteries and microvasculature as well as obstetrical complications. The pathophysiological hallmark is thrombosis, but other factors such as complement activation might be important. Prevention of thrombotic manifestations associated with APS includes lifestyle changes and, in individuals at high risk, low-dose aspirin...
January 11, 2018: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319359/secondary-and-tertiary-preventions-of-thyroid-disease
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Fereidoun Azizi, Ladan Mehran, Farhad Hosseinpanah, Hossein Delshad, Atieh Amouzegar
INTRODUCTION: Secondary and tertiary preventions are concerned with the recognition of the disease process in a very early stage and delay in progression to complete disease and minimization of complications and the impact of illness. METHODS: All articles related to secondary and tertiary prevention of thyroid diseases were reviewed. Using related key words, articles published between 2001 and 2015 were evaluated, categorized, and analyzed. RESULTS: In secondary prevention, congenital hypothyroidism and subclinical hypo and hyperthyroidism are equally important...
January 10, 2018: Endocrine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319160/macrophage-plasticity-polarization-and-function-in-health-and-disease
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REVIEW
Abbas Shapouri Moghaddam, Saeed Mohammadian, Hossein Vazini, Mahdi Taghadosi, Seyed-Alireza Esmaeili, Fatemeh Mardani, Bita Seifi, Asadollah Mohammadi, Jalil Tavakol Afshari, Amirhossein Sahebkar
Macrophages are heterogeneous and their phenotype and functions are regulated by the surrounding micro-environment. Macrophages commonly exist in two distinct subsets: 1) Classically activated or M1 macrophages, which are pro-inflammatory and polarized by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) either alone or in association with Th1 cytokines such as IFN-γ, GM-CSF and produce pro-inflammatory cytokines such as interleukin-1β (IL-1β), IL-6, IL-12, IL-23 and TNF-α, and 2) Alternatively activated or M2 macrophages, which are anti-inflammatory and immunoregulatory and polarized by Th2 cytokines such as IL-4 and IL-13 and produce anti-inflammatory cytokines such as IL-10 and TGF-β...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317240/toxicity-and-cardiac-effects-of-acute-exposure-to-tryptophan-metabolites-on-the-kynurenine-pathway-in-early-developing-zebrafish-danio-rerio-embryos
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Michal Majewski, Natalia Kasica, Anna Jakimiuk, Piotr Podlasz
Defects in tryptophan metabolism on the l-kynurenine pathway (KP) are implicated in a number of human diseases, including chronic kidney disease, brain edema or injury, tuberculosis and malaria - as well as cancer, neurodegenerative and autoimmune disorders. However, it is unclear to what extent detrimental effects of exposure to tryptophan metabolites might impact the early development of organism. Thus, this study examined the effects of KP exposure in zebrafish embryos starting at the blastula period (4hpf) and the segmentation stage (24hpf)...
January 6, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313509/patients-families-perceptions-of-lupus-in-sub-saharan-africa
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J Iba Ba, M Ouédraogo, Y S Oliveira, I Nseng Nseng, A Abo Ekomie, J B Boguikouma
Lupus is an autoimmune disease affecting the connective tissue. Its clinical and biological polymorphism is often misunderstood by patients and families and can lead to treatment interruption and a decision to turn to alternative medicine. We used a questionnaire to assess the degree of knowledge of this disease of family members living with lupus patients. Of the 56 lupus patients receiving regular follow-up at our hospital, 123 members of 30 of their families (53.5%) participated. Overall, among these families, 81...
November 1, 2017: Médecine et Santé Tropicales
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307303/hormones-and-ms-risk-factors-biomarkers-and-therapeutic-targets
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Riley Bove, Wendy Gilmore
Sex differences in epidemiological, clinical, and pathological features of multiple sclerosis (MS) have been observed for decades, establishing a foundation for more recent progress in our understanding of their overall impact on the disease. In the ACTRIMS session on Hormones, Sex Chromosomes, and MS: Risk Factors, Biomarkers, and Therapeutic Targets, this progress was summarized in three presentations by pioneers in the field, revealing evidence that sex chromosomes, epigenetic factors, and sex hormones function as interactive determinants of disease risk and phenotype in a fashion dependent upon life stage, from prenatal development, childhood, and adolescence to adulthood and aging...
January 2018: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287946/what-we-do-and-do-not-know-about-women-and-kidney-diseases-questions-unanswered-and-answers-unquestioned-reflection-on-world-kidney-day-and-international-woman-s-day
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Giorgina B Piccoli, Mona Alrukhaimi, Zhi-Hong Liu, Elena Zakharova, Adeera Levin
Chronic kidney disease affects approximately 10% of the world's adult population: it is within the top 20 causes of death worldwide, and its impact on patients and their families can be devastating. World Kidney Day and International Women's Day in 2018 coincide, thus offering an opportunity to reflect on the importance of women's health and specifically their kidney health, on the community, and the next generations, as well as to strive to be more curious about the unique aspects of kidney disease in women so that we may apply those learnings more broadly...
December 26, 2017: Nefrología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284954/effect-of-transcutaneous-electrical-nerve-stimulation-on-parotid-saliva-flow-in-patients-with-hyposalivation
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P Venkatalakshmi Aparna, S Leena Sankari, M Deivanayagi, A Priyadharshini, C K Vishnupriya, B Niveditha
Context: In recent days, we have come across an increase incidence of dry mouth as a side effects of drugs and in order to bring an awareness about a simple non- invasive method to increase the salivary flow, we have used TENS which in many way is beneficial to patients with metabolic disorders. Aims and Objectives: The aim is to assess the effectiveness of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation on salivary gland function in patients with hyposalivation. Subjects and Methods: The present study included total of 25 subjects with complaint of hyposalivation...
November 2017: Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280474/anemia-in-pregnancy-a-pragmatic-approach
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Dongmei Sun, Anne McLeod, Shital Gandhi, Ann Kinga Malinowski, Nadine Shehata
Importance: Anemia is common in pregnancy, ranging from 5.4% in developed countries to more than 80% in developing countries. Anemia in pregnancy has been associated with prematurity, low birth weight, and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Objective: This review uses clinical vignettes to illustrate the clinical presentations, approach to diagnosis, maternal and fetal implications, and treatment for the common etiologies of anemia in pregnancy. Evidence Acquisition: Literature review...
December 2017: Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276183/the-reaction-of-placental-grp78-protein-with-sera-from-women-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Behrouz Gharesi-Fard, Maryam Zare, Eskandar Kamali-Sarvestani
BACKGROUND: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) with four different types is one of the well studied autoimmune diseases of the central nervous system. Generally, two-thirds of MS patients are females who are at risk of pregnancy-related complications. Inappropriate responses of mother's immune system, such as antibody production against placental proteins, may lead to pregnancy-related disorders. The association between pregnancy complications and some autoantibodies including anti-phospholipid and anti-angiotensin II type-1 receptor antibodies are clear examples in this regard...
December 2017: Iranian Journal of Immunology: IJI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274563/iga-anti-%C3%AE-2-glycoprotein-i-antibodies-experience-from-a-large-center
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Alexandru Vlagea, Dora Pascual-Salcedo, Rita Álvarez Doforno, Paz Lavilla, Jesús Diez, Beatriz Padilla Merlano, María V Cuesta, Antonio Gil
OBJECTIVE: IgG and IgM antibodies directed at β2-glycoprotein I are included in the classification criteria for the antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) while the IgA antibodies against β2-glycoprotein I (IgA aβ2GPI) are not. Conflicting data about the significance of IgA aβ2GPI and APS manifestation can be found and more studies are necessary in order to define the diagnostic value of IgA aβ2GPI. In the present article, we investigated the possible role of IgA aβ2GPI as marker of APS...
December 12, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29258769/calcium-and-vitamin-d-in-human-health-hype-or-real
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REVIEW
Sunil J Wimalawansa, DSc Mohammed S Razzaque, Nasser M Al-Daghri
The incidence and the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency are increasing worldwide. It is estimated that over 50% of population in the world have low in vitamin D (i.e., hypovitaminosis D; levels below 30 ng/mL). 80% of our vitamin D requirement comes from the ultraviolet rays from sunlight, and for the remainder, we rely from the diet and supplements. The latter become important when one is exposing to less than optimal amounts of sunlight, inability of the skin to generate vitamin D efficiently, and/or having secondary causes that leads to increase catabolism of vitamin D...
December 16, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29249249/-what-s-new-in-internal-medicine
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L Fardet
As it is practiced in France, internal medicine meets the Anglo-Saxon definition of the specialty, ie doctors "equipped to handle the broad and comprehensive spectrum of illnesses that affect adults, and are recognized as experts in diagnosis, in treatment of chronic illness, and in health promotion and disease prevention - they are not limited to one type of medical problem or organ system". This 2017 "What's new in internal medicine" will consist of 2 parts, a first part on significant publications in the field of systemic and autoimmune diseases and a second part on more diverse publications (HIV, cancer, pregnancy, well-being...
December 2017: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29246752/autoimmune-thyroid-disease-during-pregnancy
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REVIEW
Simone De Leo, Elizabeth N Pearce
Understanding of changes in thyroid function and the consequences of thyroid disease during pregnancy has rapidly grown in the past two decades, and revised American Thyroid Association guidelines on this topic were published in 2017. This Review explores the association between thyroid autoimmunity and complications during and after pregnancy. Thyroid autoimmunity refers to the presence of antibodies to thyroperoxidase or thyroglobulin, or thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor antibodies (TRAbs), or a combination of these, and is present in up to 18% of pregnant women...
December 12, 2017: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29246598/intravenous-immunoglobulin-as-monotherapy-for-myasthenia-gravis-during-pregnancy
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Josep Gamez, Maria Salvado, Manel Casellas, Susana Manrique, Felix Castillo
INTRODUCTION: Pregnant women with myasthenia gravis (MG) are at increased risk of complications and adverse outcomes, including the teratogenic effects of many drugs used to treat MG women of childbearing age. The effectiveness of intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIg) on other autoimmune mediated diseases has been extensively reported in recent years, although little is known about the role of IVIg in the treatment of MG during pregnancy. We designed this study to determine the effectiveness of IVIg as monotherapy during pregnancy for women with MG...
December 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
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