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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792180/screening-for-congenital-fetal-anomalies-in-low-risk-pregnancy-the-kenyatta-national-hospital-experience
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Callen Kwamboka Onyambu, Norah Mukiri Tharamba
BACKGROUND: Congenital malformations contribute significantly to the disease burden among children globally. A study conducted in Kenya on understanding the burden of surgical congenital anomalies, highlights the need for Kenyan health systems to go beyond the medical dimensions of illness. This could be achieved by linking knowledge of the severe congenital anomalies (CAs) and their impact of varying disability to the delivery of local health services and public health program planning...
May 23, 2018: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791583/what-we-know-and-do-not-know-about-women-and-kidney-diseases-questions-unanswered-and-answers-unquestioned-reflection-on-world-kidney-day-and-international-woman-s-day
#2
G B Piccoli, M Al Rukhaimi, Zhi-Hong Liu, E Zakharova, A 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 women's 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...
2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790815/maternal-psychosocial-stress-and-children-s-adhd-diagnosis-a-prospective-birth-cohort-study
#3
Lauren Okano, Yuelong Ji, Anne W Riley, Xiaobin Wang
OBJECTIVE: Examine the association of mothers' psychosocial stressors before and during pregnancy with their children's diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). METHODS: This study included 2140 mother-child pairs who had at least one postnatal pediatric visit at the Boston Medical Center between 2003 and 2015. Child ADHD was determined via International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes documented in electronic medical records...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787560/neutrophils-to-lymphocytes-ratio-and-platelets-to-lymphocytes-ratio-in-pregnancy-a-population-study
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Anat Hershko Klement, Efrat Hadi, Aula Asali, Tal Shavit, Amir Wiser, Einat Haikin, Yael Barkan, Tal Biron-Shental, Alona Zer, Yifat Gadot
BACKGROUND: Neutrophils to lymphocytes ratio (NLR) and platelets to lymphocytes ratio (PLR) are both inflammatory ratios that can be easily calculated from a simple blood count. They are frequently reported and tested as prognostic factors in several medical disciplines. Pregnancy involves special reference values for laboratory assays. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to define pregnancy-related reference values for NLR and PLR according to trimester, background morbidity and according to the patient's age...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782306/urticarial-lesions-in-a-pregnant-woman
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Sergio Santos-Alarcón, Cesar Benavente-Villegas, Isabel García-Briz, Magdalena Moneva-Léniz, Celia Sanchis-Sánchez, Almudena Mateu-Puchades
Dear Editor, Gestational pemphigoid (GP) is a rare autoimmune bullous dermatosis in pregnancy. GP usually occurs during the second or third month of pregnancy. It clinically manifests as the development of either early-onset urticarial lesions or late-onset subepidermal blisters that may linger for weeks or even months. Herein we report the case of a 45-year-old woman with the distinctive clinical onset of GP. A forty-five-year-old woman, gravida I, para 0, at 27 weeks gestation, was referred for evaluation to our Department with an extensive pruritic eruption that had developed over the previous 7 days...
April 2018: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781077/demographic-factors-determining-folic-acid-supplementation-in-pregnant-and-childbearing-age-women
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Grażyna Kurzawińska, Justyna Magiełda, Anna Romała, Joanna Bartkowiak-Wieczorek, Magdalena Barlik, Krzysztof Drews, Marcin Ożarowski, Agnieszka Seremak-Mrozikiewicz
OBJECTIVES: Adequate folate intake constitutes a significant problem in the periconceptional period and early pregnancy but can be achieved by folic acid (FA) supplementation. Low intake of folate may cause numerous negative effects on the pregnancy outcome, including recurrent miscarriage, preeclampsia, fetal hypotrophy, premature delivery, premature placental abruption, and intrauterine fetal death. The aim of the study was to evaluate factors determining FA supplementation in the population of Polish women before and during pregnancy...
2018: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780773/clinical-characteristics-and-outcomes-of-placental-site-trophoblastic-tumor-experience-of-single-institution-in-korea
#7
Hye-Joo Lee, Wonkyo Shin, Yun Jeong Jang, Chel Hun Choi, Jeong-Won Lee, Duk-Soo Bae, Byoung-Gie Kim
Objective: Placental site trophoblastic tumor (PSTT) is the rarest form of gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD) and the optimum management is still controversial. In this study, we analyzed the clinical features, treatment, and outcomes of 6 consecutive patients with PSTT treated in our institution. Methods: The electronic medical record database of Samsung Medical Center was screened to identify patients with PSTT from 1994 to 2017. Medical records for the details of each patient's clinical features and treatment were extracted and reviewed...
May 2018: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779040/association-between-unexplained-thickened-nuchal-translucency-and-adverse-pregnancy-outcomes
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Santee Tiyatha, Sirinart Sirilert, Ratanaporn Sekararithi, Theera Tongsong
OBJECTIVE: To determine the association between unexplained increased nuchal translucency (INT) and adverse pregnancy outcomes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The prospective database of our fetal down screening project was accessed to retrieve the records with NT measurement and complete follow-up. Pregnancies with pre-existing medical diseases, fetal chromosomal or structural abnormalities were excluded. The selected pregnancies were classified into the INT groups (> 95th percentile), the normal (< 95th percentile) group...
May 19, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775803/assisted-reproductive-technologies-and-imprinting-disorders-results-of-a-study-from-a-french-congenital-malformations-registry
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Audrey Uk, Sophie Collardeau-Frachon, Quentin Scanvion, Lucas Michon, Emmanuelle Amar
INTRODUCTION: Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) is increasingly used to help infertile couples to have children around the world. A number of studies have been published reporting an increased risk of major malformations in children born following ART, especially an increased incidence of epigenetic diseases (ED). This study aimed to assess the incidence of epigenetic diseases with affected imprinting genes in infants or children from pregnancies obtained through IVF/ICSI compared to infants or children from pregnancies obtained spontaneously...
May 15, 2018: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775476/maternal-asthma-is-associated-with-increased-risk-of-perinatal-mortality
#10
Mari Kemppainen, Anna-Maria Lahesmaa-Korpinen, Paula Kauppi, Martti Virtanen, Suvi M Virtanen, Riitta Karikoski, Mika Gissler, Turkka Kirjavainen
BACKGROUND: Asthma is the most common chronic disease during pregnancy and it may have influence on pregnancy outcome. OBJECTIVES: Our goal was to assess the association between maternal asthma and the perinatal risks as well as possible effects of asthma medication. METHODS: The study was based on a nationwide Finnish register-based cohort between the years 1996 and 2012 in the Drug and Pregnancy Database. The register data comprised 962 405 singleton live and stillbirths, 898 333 (93...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769499/toxoplasma-gondii-seropositivity-and-its-possible-associated-risk-factors-among-pregnant-women-attending-antenatal-clinic-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-of-dhaka-bangladesh
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C R Naheen, S Tarafder, S Khan
Toxoplasmosis is a well-documented cause of bad obstetric history (BOH) and a major reason of congenitally acquired infection. This observational study was conducted to detect the rate of seropositivity of toxoplasmosis in pregnant women and observe their risk factors associated with disease transmission attending the antenatal clinic of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka, Bangladesh from July 2015 to August 2016. The study subjects included 150 pregnant women of different gestational ages...
April 2018: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766570/melatonin-improves-endothelial-function-in-vitro-and-prolongs-pregnancy-in-women-with-early-onset-preeclampsia
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Sebastian R Hobson, Seshi Gurusinghe, Rebecca Lim, Nicole O Alers, Suzanne L Miller, John C Kingdom, Euan M Wallace
Preeclampsia remains a leading cause of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. There have been no material advances in the treatment of preeclampsia for nearly 50 years. Combining in vitro studies and a clinical trial, we aimed to determine if melatonin could be a useful adjuvant therapy. In a xanthine/xanthine oxidase (X/XO) placental explant model, melatonin reduced oxidative stress (8-isoprostane) and enhanced antioxidant markers (Nrf2 translocation, HO-1), but did not affect explant production of anti-angiogenic factors (sFlt, sEng, activin A)...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762633/using-a-mixture-of-bivariate-regression-model-to-explore-heterogeneity-of-effects-of-use-of-inhaled-corticosteroids-on-gestational-age-and-birthweight-among-pregnant-women-with-asthma
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Mariia Samoilenko, Lucie Blais, Isabelle Boucoiran, Geneviève Lefebvre
Asthma is a heterogeneous disease, and responses to asthma medications vary noticeably among patients. A substantively oriented objective of this study was to explore the potential heterogeneous effects of maternal inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) exposure on gestational age (GA) at delivery and birthweight (BW) using a cohort of 6,197 pregnancies from women with asthma (Quebec, Canada, 1998-2008). A methodologically oriented objective was to comprehensively describe the application of a Bayesian two-component mixture of bivariate regressions to address this issue and estimate the effects of ICS on GA and BW jointly...
May 14, 2018: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762274/decomposing-medicaid-spending-during-health-system-reform-and-aca-expansion-evidence-from-oregon
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Stephanie Renfro, Stephan Lindner, K John McConnell
BACKGROUND: Expansion of the Medicaid program is likely to create new budgetary pressures at the state and federal levels, creating a need for greater understanding of how program dollars are allocated and what drives spending growth. OBJECTIVE: To characterize Oregon Medicaid expenditures across diseases and medical conditions, during periods of payment reform and coverage expansion. RESEARCH DESIGN: Decomposition of changes in Medicaid expenditures using a person-based allocation of spending across 50 diseases/medical conditions...
May 12, 2018: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761167/phenotypic-spectrum-and-diagnostic-pitfalls-of-abcb4-deficiency-depending-on-age-of-onset
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Stephanie Barbara Schatz, Christoph Jüngst, Verena Keitel-Anselmo, Ralf Kubitz, Christina Becker, Patrick Gerner, Eva-Doreen Pfister, Imeke Goldschmidt, Norman Junge, Daniel Wenning, Stephan Gehring, Stefan Arens, Dirk Bretschneider, Dirk Grothues, Guido Engelmann, Frank Lammert, Ulrich Baumann
Genetic variants in the adenosine triphosphate-binding cassette subfamily B member 4 ( ABCB4 ) gene, which encodes hepatocanalicular phosphatidylcholine floppase, can lead to different phenotypes, such as progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC) type 3, low phospholipid-associated cholelithiasis, and intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy. The aim of this multicenter project was to collect information on onset and progression of this entity in different age groups and to assess the relevance of this disease for the differential diagnosis of chronic liver disease...
May 2018: Hepatology Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758559/circrna-0004904-circrna-0001855-and-papp-a-potential-novel-biomarkers-for-the-prediction-of-preeclampsia
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Min Jiang, Gendie E Lash, Xueqing Zhao, Yan Long, Caijiao Guo, Hongling Yang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are transcribed prevalently in the genome; however, their potential roles in multiple cardiovascular diseases, particularly preeclampsia (PE), are not yet well understood. This study investigated the expression profiles of circRNAs and explored circRNA-mediated pregnancy-associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A) expression as a potential biomarker for PE before 20 weeks of pregnancy. METHODS: A nested case-control two-phase screening/validation study was performed in pregnant women before 20 weeks of gestation (before clinical diagnosis) at Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center from 2012 to 2015...
2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757392/thyroid-function-in-early-pregnancy-child-iq-and-autistic-traits-a-meta-analysis-of-individual-participant-data
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Deborah Levie, Tim I M Korevaar, Sarah C Bath, Albert Dalmau-Bueno, Mario Murcia, Mercedes Espada, Mariana Dineva, Jesús M Ibarluzea, Jordi Sunyer, Henning Tiemeier, Marisa Rebagliato, Margaret P Rayman, Robin P Peeters, Mònica Guxens
Context: Low maternal free thyroxine (FT4) has been associated with poor child neurodevelopment in some single-centre studies. Evidence remains scarce for potential adverse effects of high FT4 and whether associations differ in countries with a different iodine status. Objective: To assess the association of maternal thyroid function in early pregnancy with child neurodevelopment in countries with a different iodine status. Design, Setting and Participants: Meta-analysis of individual-participant data compromising 9,036 mother-child pairs from three prospective population-based birth cohorts: INMA (Spain), Generation R (The Netherlands) and ALSPAC (United Kingdom)...
May 10, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756588/toward-a-shared-care-model-of-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-role-of-the-primary-care-practitioner
#18
Jiwon Oh, Marie-Sarah Gagné-Brosseau, Melanie Guenette, Catherine Larochelle, François Lemieux, Suresh Menon, Sarah A Morrow, Laurence Poliquin-Lasnier, Chantal Roy-Hewitson, Carolina Rush, Anne-Marie Trudelle, Paul S Giacomini
The objective of this study was to develop a shared-care model to enable primary-care physicians to participate more fully in meeting the complex, multidisciplinary healthcare needs of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). DESIGN: The design consisted of development of consensus recommendations and a shared-care algorithm. PARTICIPANTS: A working group of 11 Canadian neurologists involved in the management of patients with MS were included in this study. MAIN MESSAGE: The clinical management of patients with multiple sclerosis is increasing in complexity as new disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) become available, and ongoing safety monitoring is required...
May 2018: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755034/association-between-gestational-hypertension-and-risk-of-cardiovascular-disease-among-617-589-norwegian-women
#19
Hilde Kristin Refvik Riise, Gerhard Sulo, Grethe S Tell, Jannicke Igland, Ottar Nygård, Ann-Charlotte Iversen, Anne Kjersti Daltveit
BACKGROUND: Preeclampsia and gestational hypertension (GH) are the most common hypertensive pregnancy disorders. Preeclampsia has been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), but a similar association for GH has not been established. We aimed to determine the association between GH and subsequent CVD, and explore the additional role of small-for-gestational-age infants, preterm delivery, and parity. METHODS AND RESULTS: Data from the Medical Birth Registry of Norway were linked to the Cardiovascular Disease in Norway project and the Norwegian Cause of Death Registry...
May 13, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754643/pregnancy-in-patients-with-cushing-s-syndrome
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Marcio Carlos Machado, Maria Candida Barisson Vilares Fragoso, Marcello Delano Bronstein
Progress in diagnosis and treatment of endocrine diseases has made pregnancy possible for women with endocrinopathies, including Cushing's syndrome (CS). The risk of maternal-fetal complications in patients who are not biochemically controlled, however, is substantial. Therefore, the surgical and/or medical control of hypercortisolism is mandatory prior to conceiving. A diagnosis of de novo CS during gestation is difficult due to changes in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis during pregnancy, which may lead to some clinical features suggestive of CS along with abnormal laboratory tests...
June 2018: Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America
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