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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326958/persistent-left-superior-vena-cava
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Vrinda Nair, Kamran Yusuf, Weiming Yu, Hafez AlAwad, Kathy Paul, Essa Al Awad
Persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVC) is a common cardiac anomaly associated with congenital heart diseases. A diagnosis of PLSVC usually warrants a detailed fetal echocardiography. Lesser known associations are the extra cardiac anomalies notably the upper airway and the gastrointestinal tract anomalies. We highlight here the importance of detailed fetal assessment for extra cardiac anomalies in addition to fetal echocardiography in fetuses diagnosed with PLSVC. We hereby present a preterm infant who presented with a triad of PLSVC, laryngeal atresia, and esophageal atresia...
March 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325913/persistent-dna-methylation-changes-associated-with-prenatal-mercury-exposure-and-cognitive-performance-during-childhood
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Andres Cardenas, Sheryl L Rifas-Shiman, Golareh Agha, Marie-France Hivert, Augusto A Litonjua, Dawn L DeMeo, Xihong Lin, Chitra J Amarasiriwardena, Emily Oken, Matthew W Gillman, Andrea A Baccarelli
Prenatal exposure to mercury, a known neurotoxic metal, is associated with lower cognitive performance during childhood. Disruption of fetal epigenetic programming could explain mercury's neurodevelopmental effects. We screened for epigenome-wide methylation differences associated with maternal prenatal blood mercury levels in 321 cord blood DNA samples and examined the persistence of these alterations during early (n = 75; 2.9-4.9 years) and mid-childhood (n = 291; 6.7-10.5 years). Among males, prenatal mercury levels were associated with lower regional cord blood DNA methylation at the Paraoxonase 1 gene (PON1) that persisted in early childhood and was attenuated in mid-childhood blood...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322690/biologic-evidence-required-for-zika-disease-enhancement-by-dengue-antibodies
#3
Scott B Halstead
The sudden appearance of overt human Zika virus infections that cross the placenta to damage fetal tissues, target sexual organs, and are followed in some instances by Guillain-Barré syndrome raises questions regarding whether these outcomes are caused by genetic mutations or if prior infection by other flaviviruses affects disease outcome. Because dengue and Zika viruses co-circulate in the urban Aedes aegypti mosquito-human cycle, a logical question, as suggested by in vitro data, is whether dengue virus infections result in antibody-dependent enhancement of Zika virus infections...
April 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322134/reproductive-microbiomes
#4
Michael L Power, Caroline Quaglieri, Jay Schulkin
Almost every part of our body has a coevolved microbial community. The expressed microbial genes comprise the various microbiomes that play important roles in normal physiology and development. The various microbiomes are separate, yet often connected, with the species composition of one affecting others. The female reproductive system microbiomes (eg, vaginal, placental, and mammary/milk) remain less well explored than the gut microbiome although they comprise a large proportion of the female microbial network...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321847/antenatal-corticosteroids-for-accelerating-fetal-lung-maturation-for-women-at-risk-of-preterm-birth
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Devender Roberts, Julie Brown, Nancy Medley, Stuart R Dalziel
BACKGROUND: Respiratory morbidity including respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) is a serious complication of preterm birth and the primary cause of early neonatal mortality and disability. While researching the effects of the steroid dexamethasone on premature parturition in fetal sheep in 1969, Liggins found that there was some inflation of the lungs of lambs born at gestations at which the lungs would be expected to be airless. Liggins and Howie published the first randomised controlled trial in humans in 1972 and many others followed...
March 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321338/frequency-risk-factors-and-adverse-fetomaternal-outcomes-of-placenta-previa-in-northern-tanzania
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Elizabeth Eliet Senkoro, Amasha H Mwanamsangu, Fransisca Seraphin Chuwa, Sia Emmanuel Msuya, Oresta Peter Mnali, Benjamin G Brown, Michael Johnson Mahande
Background and Objective. Placenta previa (PP) is a potential risk factor for obstetric hemorrhage, which is a major cause of fetomaternal morbidity and mortality in developing countries. This study aimed to determine frequency, risk factors, and adverse fetomaternal outcomes of placenta previa in Northern Tanzania. Methodology. A retrospective cohort study was conducted using maternally-linked data from Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre birth registry spanning 2000 to 2015. All women who gave birth to singleton infants were studied...
2017: Journal of Pregnancy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320554/pregnancy-and-kidney-outcomes-in-patients-with-iga-nephropathy-a-cohort-study
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Xiaole Su, Jicheng Lv, Youxia Liu, Jinwei Wang, Xinxin Ma, Sufang Shi, Lijun Liu, Hong Zhang
BACKGROUND: The outcomes of pregnancy in immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN) are controversial. This cohort study assessed the effects of pregnancy on kidney disease progression and risk factors for adverse pregnancy outcomes in patients with IgAN. STUDY DESIGN: A cohort study. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: Women of child-bearing age with IgAN and minimum follow-up of 1 year after biopsy from December 2003 to September 2014. PREDICTORS: Pregnancy, treated as a time-dependent variable; baseline (at time of biopsy) estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), proteinuria, blood pressure, and kidney pathology (Oxford MEST classification)...
March 17, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320521/differential-mirna-expression-analysis-during-late-stage-terminal-hindgut-development-in-fetal-rats
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Shuguang Jin, Junxiang Wang, Hong Chen, Bo Xiang
BACKGROUND: Terminal hindgut deformity is the leading digestive tract malformation, however, the etiology and pathogenesis remained unknown. To date, gene expression abnormalities were considered the primary cause of these diseases. miRNAs have been found to play an important role in regulating the expression of genes. METHODS: A total of 24 pregnant rats were randomly divided into two groups. The experimental group (n=12) received 1% ethylenethiourea (125mg/kg) by gavage on gestational day 11, while the control group (n=12) received the same volume of distilled water...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320240/immunogenesis-of-preeclampsia-lessons-from-donor-gametes
#9
Richard P Porreco, Kent D Heyborne
BACKGROUND: Preeclampsia remains an important complication of pregnancy. It is associated with mortality and morbidity for both maternal and fetal/newborn patients. Although major inroads have been made in understanding the pathophysiology of preeclampsia in recent decades, the initial primary cause of its occurrence in some women and not others has escaped clarification. REVIEW: There have been a number of clinical clues pointing to an immune genesis of this disease, including most recently the use of donor gametes in assisted reproductive technology (ART)...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320222/demographic-and-perinatal-outcome-data-of-fetuses-with-sua-pruv
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Lulu Sun, Yanlin Wang
AIM: Identify structural anomalies and adverse pregnancy outcomes accompanying single umbilical artery (SUA) and persistent right umbilical vein (PRUV) and to investigate whether SUA and PRUV are associated with chromosomal abnormalities and if these defects warrant invasive antenatal diagnosis. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed pregnancies with an antenatal diagnosis of SUA/PRUV from the International Peace Maternity and Child Health Hospital (IPMCHH) database...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319995/clinical-trials-of-therapeutics-for-the-prevention-of-congenital-zika-virus-disease-challenges-and-potential-solutions
#11
Alex P Salam, Amanda Rojek, Jake Dunning, Peter W Horby
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection in pregnancy is associated with adverse fetal outcomes, such as microcephaly and other congenital malformations. No therapeutic options are available to pregnant women with ZIKV infection to prevent these effects. Drug trials in pregnancy raise several scientific, ethical, and logistical challenges, which are compounded further in ZIKV because of limited knowledge of the disease pathophysiology and a product development pipeline in its infancy. We evaluate the major challenges in choosing therapeutics to prevent congenital ZIKV disease and conducting clinical trials of these treatments, with a focus on preventing congenital central nervous system malformations...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319949/the-impact-of-kidney-development-on-the-life-course-a-consensus-document-for-action
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Hypertension and chronic kidney disease (CKD) have a significant impact on global morbidity and mortality. The Low Birth Weight and Nephron Number Working Group has prepared a consensus document aimed to address the relatively neglected issue for the developmental programming of hypertension and CKD. It emerged from a workshop held on April 2, 2016, including eminent internationally recognized experts in the field of obstetrics, neonatology, and nephrology. Through multidisciplinary engagement, the goal of the workshop was to highlight the association between fetal and childhood development and an increased risk of adult diseases, focusing on hypertension and CKD, and to suggest possible practical solutions for the future...
March 21, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318556/natural-killer-cells-in-placentation-and-cancer-implications-for-hypertension-during-pregnancy
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Heather Yvonne Small, Denise C Cornelius, Tomasz J Guzik, Christian Delles
Hypertension during pregnancy is the most common medical condition encountered during gestation. Despite this, knowledge of the mechanisms that underlie the disease and the development of new therapies are limited. Hypertension during pregnancy and some forms of cancer confer an increased risk to the development of cardiovascular disease later in life; one mechanism which may link these conditions is the involvement of natural killer (NK) cells. Whilst immunology and immunotherapy are well-developed areas in oncology; the complex mechanisms of the immune system in health and disease at the maternal-fetal interface are less well-defined...
March 7, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318499/loss-of-function-mutations-in-lgi4-a-secreted-ligand-involved-in-schwann-cell-myelination-are-responsible-for-arthrogryposis-multiplex-congenita
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Shifeng Xue, Jérôme Maluenda, Florent Marguet, Mohammad Shboul, Loïc Quevarec, Carine Bonnard, Alvin Yu Jin Ng, Sumanty Tohari, Thong Teck Tan, Mung Kei Kong, Kristin G Monaghan, Megan T Cho, Carly E Siskind, Jacinda B Sampson, Carolina Tesi Rocha, Fawaz Alkazaleh, Marie Gonzales, Luc Rigonnot, Sandra Whalen, Marta Gut, Ivo Gut, Martine Bucourt, Byrappa Venkatesh, Annie Laquerrière, Bruno Reversade, Judith Melki
Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) is a developmental condition characterized by multiple joint contractures resulting from reduced or absent fetal movements. Through genetic mapping of disease loci and whole-exome sequencing in four unrelated multiplex families presenting with severe AMC, we identified biallelic loss-of-function mutations in LGI4 (leucine-rich glioma-inactivated 4). LGI4 is a ligand secreted by Schwann cells that regulates peripheral nerve myelination via its cognate receptor ADAM22 expressed by neurons...
March 8, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318185/neonatal-acute-liver-failure-a-diagnosis-challenge
#15
Mirta Ciocca, Fernando Álvarez
Neonatal acute liver failure is a rare, very severe disease with a high rate of mortality. It is clinically and etiologically different from acute liver failure seen in older children and adults. Coagulopathy with an international normalized ratio ≥ 3 is the critical parameter that defines it. The most common causes are fetal alloimmune hepatitis, previously called neonatal hemochromatosis, viral infections, metabolic disorders, and hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. There is a group of treatable diseases that require a very early diagnosis for the prescription of an adequate treatment...
April 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317816/hemophagocytic-syndrome-secondary-to-tuberculosis-at-24-week-gestation
#16
Alexandra Arteaga Fernández, David Fernández de Velasco Pérez, M C Jiménez Fournier, J C Moreno Del Prado, B Paraíso Torras, M L Cañete Palomo
Hemophagocytic syndrome is a life-threatening disease characterized by the uncontrolled activation of macrophages, resulting in hemophagocytosis of blood cells in the bone marrow. A 20-year-old gravida at 23-week and 5-day gestation was admitted to hospital to evaluate fever up to 104°F of unknown origin, moderate cytopenia, and elevated levels of liver enzymes. Bone marrow biopsy confirmed hemophagocytic syndrome, and polymerase chain reaction came back positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Supportive care and tuberculosis treatment resulted in clinical improvement...
January 2017: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317619/membranoproliferative-glomerulonephritis-in-pregnancy
#17
Devika Nair, Laura Kidd, N Kevin Krane
BACKGROUND: Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN) is an uncommon form of glomerulonephritis and it can be particularly difficult to predict outcomes and manage women with this disorder during pregnancy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The management of 3 successful pregnancies in women with MPGN from 1 center and previously described cases from the world literature are reviewed. This includes a number of large studies of pregnancy in women with underlying glomerular disease as well as small case series and individual reports...
April 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316944/human-amnion-membrane-potential-applications-in-oral-and-periodontal-field
#18
REVIEW
Ranjana Mohan, Aashima Bajaj, Mohan Gundappa
Human amniotic membrane (HAM) is derived from the fetal membranes which consist of the inner amniotic membrane made of single layer of amnion cells fixed to collagen-rich mesenchyme attached to chorion. HAM has low immunogenicity, anti-inflammatory properties and their cells can be isolated without the sacrifice of human embryos. Amniotic membrane has biological properties which are important for the experimental and clinical applications in managing patients of various medical specialties. Abundant, natural and wonderful biomembrane not only protects the foetus but also has various clinical applications in the field of dermatology, ophthalmology, ENT surgery, orthopedics and dental surgery...
January 2017: Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316463/the-role-of-serotonin-transporter-in-human-lung-development-and-in-neonatal-lung-disorders
#19
E C C Castro, P Sen, W T Parks, C Langston, C Galambos
Introduction. Failure of the vascular pulmonary remodeling at birth often manifests as pulmonary hypertension (PHT) and is associated with a variety of neonatal lung disorders including a uniformly fatal developmental disorder known as alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins (ACD/MPV). Serum serotonin regulation has been linked to pulmonary vascular function and disease, and serotonin transporter (SERT) is thought to be one of the key regulators in these processes. We sought to find evidence of a role that SERT plays in the neonatal respiratory adaptation process and in the pathomechanism of ACD/MPV...
2017: Canadian Respiratory Journal: Journal of the Canadian Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315889/patterns-of-growth-in-early-childhood-and-infectious-disease-and-nutritional-determinants
#20
Robert E Black
The physical growth of young children in low- and middle-income countries is reduced compared to international standards. The deviations in growth in both weight and height are greatest in the first 2 years of life and this has serious consequences for child mortality, development, adult stature, and health. The determinants of these patterns of growth faltering include intergenerational factors, such as maternal height, short birth interval, and conditions in pregnancy, including maternal underweight and anemia...
2017: Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop Series
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