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Gitanjali Das, Vincent Damotte, Jeffrey M Gelfand, Carolyn Bevan, Bruce A C Cree, Lynn Do, Ari J Green, Stephen L Hauser, Riley Bove
Objective: To evaluate the safety of rituximab treatment before and during pregnancy in women with MS and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSDs) who may be at risk of relapses by performing a systematic literature review combined with a retrospective single-center case series. Methods: Studies were systematically identified in the PubMed, Google Scholar, and EMBASE using the key terms "pregnancy" and "rituximab"; 22 articles were included for review (>17,000 screened)...
May 2018: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
Jeanne S Mandelblatt, Aimee M Near, Diana L Miglioretti, Diego Munoz, Brian L Sprague, Amy Trentham-Dietz, Ronald Gangnon, Allison W Kurian, Harald Weedon-Fekjaer, Kathleen A Cronin, Sylvia K Plevritis
BACKGROUND: Since their inception in 2000, the Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Network (CISNET) breast cancer models have collaborated to use a nationally representative core of common input parameters to represent key components of breast cancer control in each model. Employment of common inputs permits greater ability to compare model output than when each model begins with different input parameters. The use of common inputs also enhances inferences about the results, and provides a range of reasonable results based on variations in model structure, assumptions, and methods of use of the input values...
April 2018: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
Carina Götestam Skorpen, Stian Lydersen, Inge-Margrethe Gilboe, Johan Fredrik Skomsvoll, Kjell Å Salvesen, Øyvind Palm, Hege Suorza Svean Koksvik, Bente Jakobsen, Marianne Wallenius
Objectives: To examine possible differences in the ability to get pregnant and time to pregnancy (TTP) in women with SLE and RA, and to study possible influencing factors. Methods: Data from RevNatus, a Norwegian nationwide prospective observational register including women with inflammatory rheumatic diseases when planning pregnancy or after conception, was used. We compared rate of achieved pregnancy, the pregnancy outcomes live birth or pregnancy loss, and TTP between women with SLE (n = 53) and women with RA (n = 180)...
March 14, 2018: Rheumatology
Majed Hababeh, Wafaa Zeidan, Mariam Abdel El-Kader, Anwar Al Thaher, Nimer Kassim, Elias Habash, Hasan Arab, Ali Khader, Akihiro Seita
BACKGROUND: UNRWA introduced family planning services in 1994 as an integral part of its expanded maternal and child health-care programme. The main objective of UNRWA's family planning programme is to promote the health of mothers, children, and their families. The aim of this follow-up study was to assess contraceptive practices in the target population 5 years after the 2010 follow-up study and to identify future programme needs. METHODS: This cross-sectional survey was a done by trained nurses from June 1 to Dec 31, 2015...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Kana R Jat, Dinesh K Walia, Anju Khairwa
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis is an autosomal recessive multisystem disorder with an approximate prevalence of 1 in 3500 live births. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis is a lung disease caused by aspergillus-induced hypersensitivity with a prevalence of 2% to 15% in people with cystic fibrosis. The mainstay of treatment includes corticosteroids and itraconazole. The treatment with corticosteroids for prolonged periods of time, or repeatedly for exacerbations of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, may lead to many adverse effects...
March 18, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Hannah Blencowe, Sowmiya Moorthie, Matthew W Darlison, Stephen Gibbons, Bernadette Modell
In the absence of intervention, early-onset congenital disorders lead to pregnancy loss, early death, or disability. Currently, lack of epidemiological data from many settings limits the understanding of the burden of these conditions, thus impeding health planning, policy-making, and commensurate resource allocation. The Modell Global Database of Congenital Disorders (MGDb) seeks to meet this need by combining general biological principles with observational and demographic data, to generate estimates of the burden of congenital disorders...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Community Genetics
Muralidhar Pai K, R Chandrasekhar Naidu, A Raja, Y S Rai, Niranjan Kumar, Anand Kini, Santhosh Joseph, Vinod Hegde, H S Ballal, Ramoorthi Rao, Saroja V Sharma, Vinay Kumar Valakatte
Craniopagus twins are conjoined twins fused at the cranium. This is the rarest anomaly seen in conjoined twins and craniopagus twins account for 2- 6% of conjoined twins. Conjoined twins are also extremely rare, with the anomaly seen in about 10-20 subjects per billion births. A female preponderance has been noted. Craniopagus twins can be classified into complete or partial, depending on whether or not they have shared dural venous sinuses. They can be further classified into angular or total depending on the alignment of the inter-twin longitudinal axis...
March 2018: Neurology India
Nancy A Scott, Taryn Vian, Jeanette L Kaiser, Thandiwe Ngoma, Kaluba Mataka, Elizabeth G Henry, Godfrey Biemba, Mary Nambao, Davidson H Hamer
BACKGROUND: The WHO recommends maternity waiting homes (MWH) as one intervention to improve maternal and newborn health. However, persistent structural, cultural and financial barriers in their design and implementation have resulted in mixed success in both their uptake and utilization. Guidance is needed on how to design a MWH intervention that is acceptable and sustainable. Using formative research and guided by a sustainability framework for health programs, we systematically collected data from key stakeholders and potential users in order to design a MWH intervention in Zambia that could overcome multi-dimensional barriers to accessing facility delivery, be acceptable to the community and be financially and operationally sustainable...
2018: PloS One
Tina Djernis Gundersen, Lone Krebs, Ellen Christine Leth Loekkegaard, Steen Christian Rasmussen, Julie Glavind, Tine Dalsgaard Clausen
OBJECTIVES: To examine the association between postpartum urinary tract infection and intended mode of delivery as well as actual mode of delivery. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: All live births in Denmark between 2004 and 2010 (n=450 856). Births were classified by intended caesarean delivery (n=45 053) or intended vaginal delivery (n=405 803), and by actual mode of delivery: spontaneous vaginal delivery, operative vaginal delivery, emergency or planned caesarean delivery in labour or prelabour...
March 14, 2018: BMJ Open
Irene Papanicolas, Liana R Woskie, Ashish K Jha
Importance: Health care spending in the United States is a major concern and is higher than in other high-income countries, but there is little evidence that efforts to reform US health care delivery have had a meaningful influence on controlling health care spending and costs. Objective: To compare potential drivers of spending, such as structural capacity and utilization, in the United States with those of 10 of the highest-income countries (United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Australia, Japan, Sweden, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Denmark) to gain insight into what the United States can learn from these nations...
March 13, 2018: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Homero Martinez, Aliki P Weakland, Lynn B Bailey, Lorenzo D Botto, Luz Maria De-Regil, Kenneth H Brown
As infectious disease control programs achieve increasing success, further reductions in child mortality in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) will require focused prevention strategies for birth defects and other noninfectious diseases. Neural tube defects (NTDs) can cause early death or lifelong disability. Preventing NTDs provides a feasible, significant opportunity to decrease the toll of birth defects and contribute to further reducing child mortality globally. The Micronutrient Forum convened a technical consultation on Folate Status in Women and Neural Tube Defects Prevention to develop a roadmap to inform and prioritize investments in NTD prevention in LMICs; help guide implementation efforts in terms of the feasibility of interventions and the potential for acceleration; and identify research and knowledge gaps...
February 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
I Hernández-García, A Chaure-Pardos, J Moliner-Lahoz, P Prieto-Andrés, R Mareca-Doñate, T Giménez-Júlvez, H López-Mendoza, J I García-Montero, C Aibar-Remón
BACKGROUND: Patient absenteeism in outpatient clinics represents a significant obstacle to the cost-effectiveness of healthcare. The aim of this study was to assess the frequency of absence of patients and its associated factors in scheduled visits to a Preventive Medicine department. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The cross-sectional study was carried out in the Service of Preventive Medicine of the Lozano Blesa University Clinical Hospital of Zaragoza. It included all the visits scheduled from 3 January to 31 March 2017...
March 9, 2018: Revista de Calidad Asistencial: Organo de la Sociedad Española de Calidad Asistencial
Alemayehu Gonie, Alemayehu Wudneh, Dejene Nigatu, Zelalem Dendir
BACKGROUND: Family planning is the ability of individuals and couples to anticipate and attain their desired number of children and the spacing and timing of their births. Providing family planning could prevent maternal deaths by allowing women to delay motherhood, space births, avoid unintended pregnancies and abortions, and stop childbearing when they reach their desired family size. Despite the fact that family planning is advantageous for maternal and newborn health and the services and commodities are free of charge, the reason of not using modern family planning methods is unclear in Bale Eco-Region...
March 12, 2018: BMC Women's Health
Shahrzad Nematollahi, MohammadAli Mansournia, Abbas Rahimi-Foroushani, Mahmood Mahmoodi, Azin Alavi, Mohammad Shekari, Kourosh Holakouie-Naieni
Objectives: Consecutive community health assessments revealed that water pipe smoking in ‎women as well as child impaired growth are amongst the main health concerns of the ‎suburban communities in south of Iran. The aim of the present study was to identify the ‎effects of water pipe smoking during pregnancy on birthweight of the infant.‎. Methods: The data of a population-based prospective cohort study in 714 singleton live ‎pregnancies in the suburbs of Bandar Abbas, south of Iran in 2016-2018 were used in this ‎study...
March 13, 2018: Epidemiology and Health
Robert Hecht, Lindsey Hiebert, Wendy C Spearman, Mark W Sonderup, Teresa Guthrie, Timothy B Hallett, Shevanthi Nayagam, Homie Razavi, Shan Soe-Lin, Kgomotso Vilakazi-Nhlapo, Yogan Pillay, Stephen Resch
Even though WHO has approved global goals for hepatitis elimination, most countries have yet to establish programs for hepatitis B and C, which account for 320 million infections and over a million deaths annually. One reason for this slow response is the paucity of robust, compelling analyses showing that national HBV/HCV programs could have a significant impact on these epidemics and save lives in a cost-effective, affordable manner. In this context, our team used an investment case approach to develop a national hepatitis action plan for South Africa, grounded in a process of intensive engagement of local stakeholders...
February 26, 2018: Health Policy and Planning
Paras Ali, Sofia Butt, Nazli Hossain
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the practice of Eclampsia management at a tertiary care public sector hospital. PATIENTS & METHODS: We conducted criteria based audit of 93 Eclampsia patients admitted in Gynae unit III, Civil hospital and Dow University of Health Sciences Karachi, between 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2016. Management practices were assessed using evidence-based criteria for care. A clinical criteria for standards of care were developed from Royal College of Obstetrician & Gynecologist (RCOG/NICE) guidelines, World Health Organization (WHO) manual, twelve criteria were identified for the audit purpose...
January 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Katy B Kozhimannil, Peiyin Hung, Carrie Henning-Smith, Michelle M Casey, Shailendra Prasad
Importance: Hospital-based obstetric services have decreased in rural US counties, but whether this has been associated with changes in birth location and outcomes is unknown. Objective: To examine the relationship between loss of hospital-based obstetric services and location of childbirth and birth outcomes in rural counties. Design, Setting, and Participants: A retrospective cohort study, using county-level regression models in an annual interrupted time series approach...
March 8, 2018: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Jaimin S Shah, Susan Hosseini Nasab, Neil Chappell, Han-Yang Chen, Amy Schutt, Hector Mendez-Figueroa
PURPOSE: To investigate whether twin pregnancies conceived by different forms of fertility treatments are associated with adverse neonatal outcomes and to examine the difference in maternal and obstetrical characteristics between patients. METHODS: Our study was a retrospective analysis of twin pregnancies conceived by fertility treatments from a prospectively collected database. Treatments were stratified into two groups: group 1 (ART) consisted of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), and group 2 (non-ART) included intrauterine insemination (IUI) and ovulation induction (OI)...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Jonathan Bearak, Anna Popinchalk, Leontine Alkema, Gilda Sedgh
BACKGROUND: Estimates of pregnancy incidence by intention status and outcome indicate how effectively women and couples are able to fulfil their childbearing aspirations, and can be used to monitor the impact of family-planning programmes. We estimate global, regional, and subregional pregnancy rates by intention status and outcome for 1990-2014. METHODS: We developed a Bayesian hierarchical time series model whereby the unintended pregnancy rate is a function of the distribution of women across subgroups defined by marital status and contraceptive need and use, and of the risk of unintended pregnancy in each subgroup...
February 28, 2018: Lancet Global Health
Amy Peacock, Delyse Hutchinson, Judy Wilson, Clare McCormack, Raimondo Bruno, Craig A Olsson, Steve Allsop, Elizabeth Elliott, Lucinda Burns, Richard P Mattick
The aims of this study were to identify: (i) the proportion of women exceeding the caffeine intake guideline (>200 mg/day) during each trimester, accounting for point of pregnancy awareness; (ii) guideline adherence trajectories across pregnancy; (iii) maternal characteristics associated with trajectories; and (iv) association between adherence and growth restriction birth outcomes. Typical and maximal intake per consumption day for the first trimester (T1; pre- and post-pregnancy awareness), second (T2), and third trimester (T3) were recorded for a prospective cohort of pregnant Australian women with singleton births ( n = 1232)...
March 7, 2018: Nutrients
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