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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342401/matched-placental-and-circulating-plasmodium-falciparum-parasites-are-genetically-homologous-at-the-var2csa-id1-dbl2x-locus-by-deep-sequencing
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Andreea Waltmann, Jaymin C Patel, Kyaw L Thwai, Nicholas J Hathaway, Christian M Parobek, Achille Massougbodji, Nadine Fievet, Jeffery A Bailey, Philippe Deloron, Jonathan J Juliano, Nicaise Tuikue Ndam, Steven R Meshnick
In pregnancy-associated malaria, infected erythrocytes accumulate in the placenta. It is unclear if in polyclonal infections this results in distinct peripheral and placental parasite populations. We used long amplicon deep sequencing of Plasmodium falciparum var2csa ID1-DBL2X from 15 matched peripheral and placental samples collected at delivery from a high transmission area to determine genetic homology. Despite substantial sequence variation and detecting 23 haplotypes, the matched pairs mostly contained the same genetic variants, with 11 pairs sharing 100% of their variants, whereas others showed some heterogeneity...
January 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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/29342272/daily-decision-making-about-food-during-pregnancy-a-new-zealand-study
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Susan Pullon, Angela Ballantyne, Lindsay Macdonald, Christine Barthow, Kristin Wickens, Julian Crane
Pregnancy has always been a life-changing event for women and their families, but societal concern about pregnancy and motherhood has become intense in the digital age. The role of health promotion agencies and others supplying health-related resources about lifestyle behaviours is both important and in need of scrutiny. Ever increasing advice for pregnant women, their families and health professionals, abounds. This study of decision making during pregnancy investigated how women made everyday decisions during pregnancy about food and drink, as well as dietary supplements and medications, alcohol and recreational drugs...
January 12, 2018: Health Promotion International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342269/a-silent-epidemic-the-prevalence-incidence-and-persistence-of-mycoplasma-genitalium-among-young-asymptomatic-high-risk-women-in-the-united-states
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Arlene C Seña, Jeannette Y Lee, Jane Schwebke, Susan S Philip, Harold C Wiesenfeld, Anne M Rompalo, Robert L Cook, Marcia M Hobbs
Background: Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can result in pelvic inflammatory disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes. We analyzed data collected from a prospective study of asymptomatic bacterial vaginosis (BV) to determine the natural history of MG. Methods: Women aged 15-25 years, with ≥2 STI risk factors and asymptomatic BV were recruited from 10 sites throughout the United States. Vaginal swabs were collected at enrollment, and by home-based testing every 2 months over 12 months...
January 12, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342264/effect-of-continuous-glucose-monitoring-on-glycemic-control-acute-admissions-and-quality-of-life-a-real-world-study
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Sara Charleer, Chantal Mathieu, Frank Nobels, Christophe De Block, Regis P Radermecker, Michel P Hermans, Youri Taes, Chris Vercammen, Guy T'Sjoen, Laurent Crenier, Steffen Fieuws, Bart Keymeulen, Pieter Gillard
Context: Randomized controlled trials evaluating real-time continuous glucose monitoring (RT-CGM) patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D) show improved glycemic control, but limited data are available on real-world use. Objective: To assess impact of RT-CGM in real-world settings on glycemic control, hospital admissions, work absenteeism and quality of life (QOL). Design: Prospective, observational, multicenter, cohort study. Participants: Five hundred fifteen adults with T1D on continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) therapy starting in the Belgian RT-CGM reimbursement program...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342261/prevalence-of-smoking-during-pregnancy-and-associated-risk-factors-a-cross-sectional-study-in-northern-greece
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Ioannis Tsakiridis, Apostolos Mamopoulos, Georgios Papazisis, Stamatios Petousis, Athanasia Liozidou, Apostolos Athanasiadis, Themistoklis Dagklis
Background: Many pregnant women smoke despite the extensive data available on the detrimental perinatal outcomes. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of smoking during pregnancy and to identify the factors associated with smoking among pregnant women in Northern Greece. Methods: A sample of pregnant women (mean gestational age: 12.6 weeks) participated in a cross-sectional study assessing the prevalence of smoking. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were used to examine the factors associated with their smoking behavior...
January 12, 2018: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342256/comparison-of-pregnancy-outcomes-between-maternity-waiting-home-users-and-non-users-at-hospitals-with-and-without-a-maternity-waiting-home-retrospective-cohort-study
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Floris Braat, Tienke Vermeiden, Gashaw Getnet, Rita Schiffer, Thomas van den Akker, Jelle Stekelenburg
Objective: To examine the impact of a maternity waiting home (MWH) by comparing pregnancy outcomes between users and non-users at hospitals with and without an MWH. Methods: We conducted a retrospective cohort study in Ethiopia comparing one hospital with an MWH (Attat) to a second hospital without one (Butajira). A structured questionnaire among sampled women in 2014 and hospital records from 2011 to 2014 were used to compare sociodemographic characteristics and pregnancy outcomes between Attat MWH users and non-MWH users, Attat MWH users and Butajira, and Attat non-MWH users and Butajira...
January 12, 2018: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342224/elabela-apj-axis-contributes-to-embryonic-development-and-prevents-pre-eclampsia-in-pregnancy
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Qionglin Zhou, Kai Zhang, Yu Guo, Linxi Chen, Lanfang Li
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January 12, 2018: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
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/29342163/doxylamine-pyridoxine-for-nausea-and-vomiting-of-pregnancy-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial-prespecified-analyses-and-reanalysis
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Navindra Persaud, Christopher Meaney, Khaled El-Emam, Rahim Moineddin, Kevin Thorpe
BACKGROUND: Doxylamine-pyridoxine is recommended as a first line treatment for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy and it is commonly prescribed. We re-analysed the findings of a previously reported superiority trial of doxylamine-pyridoxine for the treatment of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy using the clinical study report obtained from Health Canada. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We re-analysed individual level data for a parallel arm randomized controlled trial that was conducted in six outpatient obstetrical practices in the United States...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342157/timing-of-maternal-death-levels-trends-and-ecological-correlates-using-sibling-data-from-34-sub-saharan-african-countries
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Leena Merdad, Mohamed M Ali
Millennium Development Goal 5 has not been universally achieved, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Understanding whether maternal deaths occur during pregnancy, childbirth, or puerperium is important to effectively plan maternal health programs and allocate resources. Our main research objectives are to (1) describe the proportions and rates of mortality for the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum periods; (2) document how these trends vary by sub-region; and (3) investigate ecological correlations between these rates and maternal care interventions...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341952/a-pharmacological-review-leptadenia-reticulata-wight-arn-jivanti-the-real-life-giving-plant
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Jayesh M Dhalani, Pankaj B Nariya
The present review reveals a comprehensive description of various pharmacological studies carried out on Leptadenia reticulata, a source of several active compounds, i.e. Leptadenia reticulata plant belonging to family Asclepiadaceae, it is also known as 'Jivanti', used for the treatment of various ailments in human civilization as well as used in folk medicine as a remedy in various reported herbal formulations. The plant has been found to exhibit diverse pharmacological activities like antibacterial activity, anticancer activity, lactogenic eff ect, antioxidant activity, anti-implantation activity, anti-asthmatic activity, modulating eff ect, activity of silver nano particles, hepatoprotective activity, antifungal activity, antidiabetic activity and anti-infl ammatory activity...
December 20, 2017: Folia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341895/prenatal-paracetamol-exposure-and-child-neurodevelopment-a-review
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Ann Z Bauer, David Kriebel, Martha R Herbert, Carl-Gustaf Bornehag, Shanna H Swan
BACKGROUND: The non-prescription medication paracetamol (acetaminophen, APAP) is currently recommended as a safe pain and fever treatment during pregnancy. However, recent studies suggest a possible association between APAP use in pregnancy and offspring neurodevelopment. OBJECTIVES: To conduct a review of publications reporting associations between prenatal APAP use and offspring neurodevelopmental outcomes. METHODS: Relevant sources were identified through a key word search of multiple databases (Medline, CINAHL, OVID and TOXNET) in September 2016...
January 13, 2018: Hormones and Behavior
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/29341861/genome-wide-survey-reveals-dynamic-effects-of-folate-supplement-on-dna-methylation-and-gene-expression-during-c2c12-differentiation
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Yi Li, Qiang Feng, Miao Guo, Yuding Wang, Yunliang Jiang, Jinyi Xing
Folic acid supplements during pregnancy can prevent neural tube defects and other developmental abnormalities. Here, we explored the effects of folate supplement on gene expression and DNA methylation during C2C12 differentiation. Based on the folic acid concentration, this study comprised three groups: low folate (L), normal folate (N), and high-folate supplement (H). Our analyses revealed that differentiation and the mRNA expression of myogenin in C2C12 cell were enhanced by folic acid, however, the overall methylation percentage in myogenin promoter between different treatment groups was not significantly different (P>0...
January 12, 2018: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341830/pregnancy-related-hormones-progesterone-and-human-chorionic-gonadotrophin-upregulate-expression-of-maternal-plasma-gelsolin
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Renu Garg, Nagesh Peddada, Kunzes Dolma, Neeraj Khatri, Ashish Ashish
Plasma gelsolin (pGSN), a protein primarily involved in clearance of circulating actin filaments, is an upcoming novel biomarker. Its level changes in multiple disease and injury conditions, attributable mainly to its consumption during actin clearance, the endogenous regulation of its expression, however, remains elusive as well as unexplored. Here, we are reporting first isolation of the promoter region of pGSN gene and investigation of its transcriptional regulation during pregnancy (a natural process associated with a well programmed injury course of parturition)...
January 17, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
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/29341347/employing-the-arts-for-knowledge-production-and-translation-visualizing-new-possibilities-for-women-speaking-up-about-safety-concerns-in-maternity
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Nicola Mackintosh, Jane Sandall, Claire Collison, Wendy Carter, James Harris
OBJECTIVES: This project used animated film to translate research findings into accessible health information aimed at enabling women to speak up and secure professional help for serious safety concerns during pregnancy and after birth. We tested as proof of concept our use of the arts both as product (knowledge production) and process (enabling involvement). BACKGROUND: Emergencies during pregnancy and birth, while unusual, can develop rapidly and unexpectedly, with catastrophic consequences...
January 17, 2018: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
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/29341271/review-shows-that-early-fetal-alcohol-exposure-may-cause-adverse-effects-even-when-the-mother-consumes-low-levels
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Ihsan Sarman
AIM: Studies are increasingly focusing on the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) on child health. The aim of this review was to provide paediatricians with new insights to help them communicate key messages about avoiding alcohol during pregnancy. METHODS: Inspired by the 7th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, which focused on integrating research, policy and practice, we studied English language papers published since 2010 on how early PAE triggered epigenetic mechanisms that had an impact on the development of some chronic diseases...
January 17, 2018: Acta Paediatrica
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