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Rabab A Moussa, Ahmed N Eesa, Zeinab F Abdallah, Ayman Abdelmeged, Ahmed Mahran, Haitham Bahaa
Objectives: This study aims to assess whether the expression of Twist1, Ki-67, and E-cadherin can guide the differential diagnosis of complete hydatidiform mole (CHM), partial hydatidiform mole (PHM), and hydropic abortion (HA). Methods: Differential expression of Twist1, Ki-67, and E-cadherin was analyzed in gestational products from 55 cases of CHM, PHM, and HA using immunohistochemistry. Prior to analysis, the studied cases were confirmed for their diagnosis by flow cytometric assessment of DNA ploidy and p57 immunostaining...
March 19, 2018: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
Valentina Cardiello, Enrico Zecca, Mirta Corsello, Teresa Pianini, Francesca Serrao, Simonetta Costa, Francesco Cota
BACKGROUND: Hypernatremic dehydration is a complication of preterm infants with reportedly high morbility. In preterm infants, this happens due to a combination of low fluid intake, transepidermal water loss (TEWL), and immaturity of kidney function. Semipermeable membranes are self-adhesive membranes that can be applied as an artificial skin to reduce TEWL. AIMS: To test the hypothesis that early application of a semipermeable membrane (Tegaderm™) in preterm infants ≤30 weeks could result in a significant reduction of hypernatremia (serum Na > 145 mEq/l) during the first 15 days of life...
March 18, 2018: Early Human Development
G H Callejas, R L Figueira, F L L Gonçalves, F A P Volpe, A W Zuardi, J A Crippa, J E Hallak, L Sbragia
Gastroschisis (GS) is an abdominal wall defect that results in histological and morphological changes leading to intestinal motility perturbation and impaired absorption of nutrients. Due to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuroprotective effects, cannabidiol (CBD) has been used as a therapeutic agent in many diseases. Our aim was to test the effect of maternal CBD in the intestine of an experimental model of GS. Pregnant rats were treated over 3 days with CBD (30 mg/kg) after the surgical induction of GS (day 18...
March 15, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
Robert Galinsky, Simerdeep K Dhillon, Christopher A Lear, Kyohei Yamaguchi, Guido Wassink, Alistair J Gunn, Laura Bennet
Magnesium sulfate (MgSO4 ) is recommended for preterm neuroprotection, preeclampsia and preterm labor prophylaxis. There is an important unmet need to carefully test clinical interventions in both sexes. Therefore, we aimed to investigate cardiovascular and neurophysiological adaptations to MgSO4 during normoxia and asphyxia in preterm male and female fetal sheep. Fetuses were instrumented at 98{plus minus}1 days of gestation (d; term=147 d). At 104 d, unanaesthetised fetuses were randomly assigned to intravenous MgSO4 (n=12 F, 10 M) or saline (n=13 F, 10 M)...
March 21, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Maria Jose Escalante, Jose Maria Ceriani-Cernadas, Ivonne D'Apremont, Aldo Bancalari, Veronica Webb, Larisa Genes, Luis Villarroel, Elizabeth Munoz, Jose L Tapia
OBJECTIVE: The main aim is to determine the incidence and associated factors of late onset sepsis (LOS) in very low birth weight (VLBW) infants (500-1500 g), from the NEOCOSUR Network during years 2001-2013. Secondary objectives are to describe the microbiology of the first and second episode of LOS and to study the association between catheter dwell time and LOS. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Demographic information and outcome data are prospectively and routinely collected across the Network using predefined diagnostic criteria and online data entry...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Joseph Ting, Ashley Roberts, Anne Synnes, Roderick Canning, Jaya Bodani, Luis Monterossa, Prakesh S Shah
BACKGROUND: Neonatal fungaemia is associated with adverse neonatal outcomes and higher overall healthcare expenditure. Our objective is to review the epidemiology of invasive fungal infections (IFIs) in neonates in Canada. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study using data collected by the Canadian Neonatal Network (CNN) was conducted. Using a nested matched cohort study design, risk factors and outcomes of neonates born <33 weeks gestation (n=39,305) during 2003-2013 were compared between neonates diagnosed with an IFI during their stay to infection-free controls...
March 15, 2018: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Eszter Bogi, Kristina Belovicová, Eduard Ujhazy, Mojmír Mach, Romana Koprdova, Ludmila Zilava, Alexandra Garafová, Daniela Jezova, Michal Dubovicky
Depression during pregnancy and in the post-partum period is a growing health issue. Venlafaxine, a representative of serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors, is used to treat a wide spectrum of mood disorders. However, the limited number of prenatal and perinatal studies raises the question about the long-term consequences of venlafaxine therapy. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of venlafaxine exposure during pregnancy and lactation on anxiety-like and depression-like behaviors, as well as adrenocortical hormone concentrations in the adult rat offspring...
March 20, 2018: Behavioural Pharmacology
Darius M Moshfeghi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review highlights the common areas of medicolegal risk during retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) screening. RECENT FINDINGS: Most malpractice risk in ROP comes from systemic errors that ultimately result in failure to screen the patient in a timely fashion, resulting in failures to intervene and/or refer in a timely fashion. Currently, the emphasis is engaging the family members, the hospital staff, and clinic staff to pro-actively manage ROP patients and ensure that they are screened in a timely fashion...
March 20, 2018: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
Karen E Elkind-Hirsch, Martha S Paterson, Donna Shaler, Hanh C Gutowski
OBJECTIVE: Our pilot study examined the effectiveness of sitagliptin-metformin (SITA-MET), metformin (MET), and placebo (P) therapy on fasting and post-glucose challenge glucose levels in postpartum women with prior gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and impaired glucose regulation. METHODS: Prediabetic women (N = 36, age 18 to 42 years) with recent GDM were randomized to P (one pill twice a day), MET (1,000 mg twice a day), or SITA-MET (50 mg SITA, 1,000 mg MET twice a day) for 16 weeks in a single-blind fashion...
March 21, 2018: Endocrine Practice
Raquel González, Clara Pons-Duran, Mireia Piqueras, John J Aponte, Feiko O Ter Kuile, Clara Menéndez
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization recommends intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine for malaria for all women who live in moderate to high malaria transmission areas in Africa. However, parasite resistance to sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine has been increasing steadily in some areas of the region. Moreover, HIV-infected women on cotrimoxazole prophylaxis cannot receive sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine because of potential drug interactions. Thus, there is an urgent need to identify alternative drugs for prevention of malaria in pregnancy...
March 21, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Kelei Li, Jiaomei Li, Jiaojiao Gu, Xiaofei Guo, Tianlin Gao, Duo Li
Sodium valproate (VPA) is an anti-epileptic drug, but has a strong embryotoxicity due to its induced disturbance of folate-homocysteine (Hcy) metabolism and fatty acid metabolism. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) intake during pregnancy can relieve the embryotoxicity of VPA. VPA (dose: 500 mg kg-1, concentration: 38.5 mg ml-1) was intraperitoneally injected into pregnant mice on day 8.5 of gestation (E8.5d). PUFA intake significantly decreased fetal mortality and NTD incidence induced by VPA: n-3 long chain PUFAs (n-3 LCPUFAs) in fish oil had the best decreasing effect, followed by C18:3n-3 in flaxseed oil and then C18:2n-6 in corn oil...
March 21, 2018: Food & Function
Shuang Li, Huixia Yang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the levels of and dynamic changes of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in maternal plasma during pregnancy and explore the association between these levels and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). METHODS: This study recruited 90 GDM women and 90 healthy pregnant controls. The women received prenatal care and were hospitalized for delivery in Peking University First Hospital in China between October 2015 and April 2016. The patients were recruited and provided blood samples during gestational weeks 24-29...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Sophiane Ibrahimi, Abbas Ali Mroué, Erik Francois, Robert Jagodzinski
A 34-year-old woman in the 22nd week of gestation presented with generalized pruritis and weight loss since the first trimester of pregnancy. Physical examination revealed cutaneous scratch lesions, jaundice, and hepatomegaly. Blood tests revealed cholestasis with elevated direct bilirubinemia. Auto-antibody and viral hepatitis tests were negative. Liver ultrasound was normal. The initial diagnosis was cholestasis of pregnancy. However despite treatment with ursodeoxycholic acid, the patient did not improve...
July 2017: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
M Vázquez-Gómez, C García-Contreras, L Torres-Rovira, S Astiz, C Óvilo, A González-Bulnes, B Isabel
Background: The aim of this study was to determine how maternal undernutrition during pregnancy and offspring birth-weight can affect the postnatal development of offspring under farm conditions, which may lead to consequences in its meat and carcass quality. The current study involved a total of 80 litters from Iberian sows fed a diet fulfilling daily requirements ( n  = 47; control) or providing 70% daily requirements ( n  = 33; underfed) from d 38 to d 90 of gestation when fetal tissue development begins...
2018: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
Mehrafza Gharachourlo, Zohreh Mahmoodi, Mahnaz Akbari Kamrani, Maryam Tehranizadeh, Kourosh Kabir
Background: Gestational diabetes is a common pregnancy disorder that affects the mother's and neonate's health. The present study was conducted to investigate the effect of a health literacy approach to counselling on the lifestyle of women with gestational diabetes. The present randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted in 2017 using a parallel design. The subjects included 84 eligible women presenting to Alborz and Kamali Hospitals, Karaj, Iran. Methods: Convenience sampling was first used to select the subjects...
2018: F1000Research
Shirin Niromanesh, Mahboobeh Shirazi, Mitra Eftekhariyazdi, Forough Mortazavi
Background: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is one of the most common medical complications of pregnancy and is related to poor perinatal outcomes. Reduction of neonatal complications of GDM is feasible by assessment of fetal well-being. Both fetal Doppler and NST are used for the screening of high-risk pregnancies. Objective: We aimed to compare the non-stress test (NST) and umbilical artery (UA) Doppler assessments for evaluation of the adverse perinatal outcomes in GDM...
December 2017: Electronic Physician
Cristian R Astorga, Alejandro González-Candia, Alejandro A Candia, Esteban G Figueroa, Daniel Cañas, Germán Ebensperger, Roberto V Reyes, Aníbal J Llanos, Emilio A Herrera
Background: Chronic hypoxia and oxidative stress during gestation lead to pulmonary hypertension of the neonate (PHN), a condition characterized by abnormal pulmonary arterial reactivity and remodeling. Melatonin has strong antioxidant properties and improves pulmonary vascular function. Here, we aimed to study the effects of melatonin on the function and structure of pulmonary arteries from PHN lambs. Methods: Twelve lambs ( Ovis aries ) gestated and born at highlands (3,600 m) were instrumented with systemic and pulmonary catheters...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Yoshio Matsuda, Toshiya Itoh, Hiroaki Itoh, Masaki Ogawa, Kemal Sasaki, Naohiro Kanayama, Shigeki Matsubara
Objective: To classify the infants into 9 blocks based on the deviation of both placental weight (PW) and fetal/placental weight ratio (F/P) Z score and compared the incident rate of perinatal death in each of the small for date (SFD) vs. appropriate for date (AFD) vs. heavy for date (HFD) groups. Methods: The study population consisted of 93,034 placentas/infants from women who vaginally delivered a singleton infant. They were classified into 3 groups according to infants' weight: SFD (n=3,379), AFD (n=81,143) and HFD (n=8,512)...
2018: International Journal of Medical Sciences
H David McIntyre, Dorte M Jensen, Richard C Jensen, Henriette B Kyhl, Tina K Jensen, Dorte Glintborg, Marianne Andersen
OBJECTIVE: To define the prevalence and pregnancy outcomes related to elevated fasting venous plasma glucose (FVPG) in a Danish pregnancy cohort. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: This was an observational cohort study including 1,516 women without gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) by Danish criteria. FVPG measured at 28 weeks' gestation was related to pregnancy outcomes. RESULTS: With use of the World Health Organization 2013 threshold of FVPG ≥5...
March 20, 2018: Diabetes Care
Lucy Mackillop, Jane Elizabeth Hirst, Katy Jane Bartlett, Jacqueline Susan Birks, Lei Clifton, Andrew J Farmer, Oliver Gibson, Yvonne Kenworthy, Jonathan Cummings Levy, Lise Loerup, Oliver Rivero-Arias, Wai-Kit Ming, Carmelo Velardo, Lionel Tarassenko
BACKGROUND: Treatment of hyperglycemia in women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is associated with improved maternal and neonatal outcomes and requires intensive clinical input. This is currently achieved by hospital clinic attendance every 2 to 4 weeks with limited opportunity for intervention between these visits. OBJECTIVE: We conducted a randomized controlled trial to determine whether the use of a mobile phone-based real-time blood glucose management system to manage women with GDM remotely was as effective in controlling blood glucose as standard care through clinic attendance...
March 20, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
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