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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437855/mild-fetal-cerebral-ventriculomegaly-prevalence-characteristics-and-utility-of-ancillary-testing-in-cases-presenting-to-a-tertiary-referral-center
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Alison J Mehlhorn, Cara E Morin, Jade J Wong-You-Cheong, Stephen A Contag
OBJECTIVE: Ventriculomegaly is the most common fetal brain anomaly identified during prenatal anatomy ultrasound. The aim of our study was to characterize cases of mild ventriculomegaly and investigate the utility of ancillary tests. METHOD: We reviewed 121 cases of mild ventriculomegaly, defined as lateral ventricle diameter of 10-15 mm. Characteristics of the ventricular dilation as well as each pregnancy were investigated. Ancillary tests performed included follow-up MRI, chromosomal abnormality testing, and maternal serologic infection screening...
April 24, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437779/further-evidence-of-male-offspring-preference-for-certain-subgroups-in-the-united-states-2007-2015
#2
Grech Victor
INTRODUCTION: Males are born in excess of females. This ratio (M/T=male/total births) is influenced by various factors. A recent study showed that M/T in the United States (US) is Asian or Pacific Islander>White>American Indian or Alaska Native>Black or African American. This study was carried out in order to ascertain whether there are M/T differences in different races in the US by birth order. METHODS: Monthly male and female live births by race and birth order for the entire US were obtained for 2007-2015 with birth order as 1-≥6 for these races...
April 21, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437694/the-benefits-of-paid-maternity-leave-for-mothers-post-partum-health-and-wellbeing-evidence-from-an-australian-evaluation
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Belinda Hewitt, Lyndall Strazdins, Bill Martin
This paper investigates the health effects of the introduction of a near universal paid parental leave (PPL) scheme in Australia, representing a natural social policy experiment. Along with gender equity and workforce engagement, a goal of the scheme (18 weeks leave at the minimum wage rate) was to enhance the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies. Although there is evidence that leave, especially paid leave, can benefit mothers' health post-partum, the potential health benefits of implementing a nationwide scheme have rarely been investigated...
April 14, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437659/the-relationship-between-maternal-education-and-the-neural-substrates-of-phoneme-perception-in-children-interactions-between-socioeconomic-status-and-proficiency-level
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Lisa L Conant, Einat Liebenthal, Anjali Desai, Jeffrey R Binder
Relationships between maternal education (ME) and both behavioral performances and brain activation during the discrimination of phonemic and nonphonemic sounds were examined using fMRI in children with different levels of phoneme categorization proficiency (CP). Significant relationships were found between ME and intellectual functioning and vocabulary, with a trend for phonological awareness. A significant interaction between CP and ME was seen for nonverbal reasoning abilities. In addition, fMRI analyses revealed a significant interaction between CP and ME for phonemic discrimination in left prefrontal cortex...
April 21, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437601/maternal-hemodynamics-in-normal-pregnancies-reference-ranges-and-the-role-of-maternal-characteristics
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Dimuthu Vinayagam, Baskaran Thilaganathan, Oliver Stirrup, Elena Mantovani, Asma Khalil
OBJECTIVES: The main aim of this study was to construct reference ranges of the maternal central hemodynamic parameters during pregnancy. The second aim was to determine the maternal and pregnancy characteristics, which influence these hemodynamic parameters. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study of low-risk pregnant women attending for routine antenatal care at St George's Hospital, London. The exclusion criteria included any medical disorder present at the time of study recruitment, or development of hypertension or intrauterine fetal growth restriction following study recruitment...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437587/relationship-type-affects-the-reliability-of-dispersal-distance-estimated-using-pedigree-inferences-in-partially-sampled-populations-a-case-study-involving-invasive-american-mink-in-scotland
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Y Melero, M K Oliver, X Lambin
Estimating dispersal - a key parameter for population ecology and management - is notoriously difficult. The use of pedigree assignments, aided by likelihood-based softwares, has become popular to estimate dispersal rate and distance. However, the partial sampling of populations may produce false assignments. Further, it is unknown how the accuracy of assignment is affected by the genealogical relationships of individuals and is reflected by software-derived assignment probabilities. Inspired by a project managing invasive American mink (Neovison vison), we estimated individual dispersal distances using inferred pairwise relationships of culled individuals...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437562/no-post-copulatory-selection-against-mhc-homozygous-offspring-evidence-from-a-pedigreed-captive-rhesus-macaque-colony
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E H M Sterck, R E Bontrop, N de Groot, A J M de Vos-Rouweler, G G M Doxiadis
The heterozygosity status of polymorphic elements of the immune system, such as the Major Histocompatability Complex (MHC), are known to increase the potential to cope with a wider variety of pathogens. Pre- and post-copulatory processes may regulate MHC heterozygosity. In a population where mating occurs among individuals that share identical MHC-haplotypes, post-copulatory selection may disfavour homozygous offspring or ones with two MHC-haplotypes identical to its mother. We tested these ideas by determining the incidence of MHC-heterozygous and MHC-homozygous individuals in a pedigreed, partially consanguineous captive rhesus monkey colony...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437442/relationship-between-early-onset-severe-intrahepatic-cholestasis-of-pregnancy-and-higher-risk-of-meconium-stained-fluid
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Maria C Estiú, Maria A Frailuna, Carla Otero, Marcela Dericco, Catherine Williamson, Jose J G Marin, Rocio I R Macias
BACKGROUND: Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) is the commonest gestational liver disease. The risk of adverse fetal outcome has been associated with the severity of maternal hypercholanemia after diagnosis. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether there is a relationship between the severity and timing of onset of hypercholanemia and the risk of meconium-stained amniotic fluid (MSAF) and adverse neonatal events. STUDY DESIGN: The study included 382 pregnancies complicated by ICP managed at a referral hospital in Buenos Aires (Argentina) between June 2009 and December 2013...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437305/breast-feeding-analgesia-in-infants-an-update-on-the-current-state-of-evidence
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Britney Benoit, Ruth Martin-Misener, Margot Latimer, Marsha Campbell-Yeo
To provide an updated synthesis of the current state of the evidence for the effectiveness of breast-feeding and expressed breast milk feeding in reducing procedural pain in preterm and full-term born infants. A systematic search of key electronic databases (PubMed, CINAHL, EMBASE) was completed. Of the 1032 abstracts screened, 21 were found eligible for inclusion. Fifteen studies reported on the use of breast-feeding or expressed breast milk in full-term infants and 6 reported on preterm infants. Direct breast-feeding was more effective than maternal holding, maternal skin-to-skin contact, topical anesthetics, and music therapy, and was as or more effective than sweet tasting solutions in full-term infants...
April 2017: Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437216/posttraumatic-symptom-reporting-and-reported-cigarette-smoking-during-pregnancy
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Sara L Kornfield, Marian Moseley, Dina Appleby, Courtney L McMickens, Mary D Sammel, C Neill Epperson
INTRODUCTION: Increased prevalence of nicotine dependence among individuals suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is well established. However, there are limited studies on the prevalence of smoking during pregnancy in relation to prepregnancy history of trauma exposures and active PTSD symptoms during pregnancy. Prenatal smoking has been implicated in a host of negative outcomes for mother and baby. Given maternal and fetal risk, it is critical to define predictors of continued cigarette smoking during pregnancy...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436552/systematic-review-with-meta-analysis-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-tenofovir-to-prevent-mother-to-child-transmission-of-hepatitis-b-virus
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REVIEW
M H Hyun, Y-S Lee, J H Kim, J H Je, Y J Yoo, J E Yeon, K S Byun
BACKGROUND: Preventing mother to child transmission of chronic hepatitis B infection in the setting of a high maternal viral load is challenging. The idea has emerged from antepartum tenofovir treatment with combination immunoprophylaxis. AIMS: To demonstrate the efficacy and safety of tenofovir to prevent mother to child transmission of hepatitis B virus. METHODS: PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane databases were searched through August 16, 2016...
April 24, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436465/the-clinical-efficacy-of-fibrinogen-concentrate-in-massive-obstetric-haemorrhage-with-hypofibrinogenaemia
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Shigetaka Matsunaga, Yasushi Takai, Eishin Nakamura, Sumiko Era, Yoshihisa Ono, Koji Yamamoto, Hiroo Maeda, Hiroyuki Seki
Massive obstetric haemorrhage remains a major cause of maternal death attributable to hypofibrinogenaemia. Transfusion of large volumes of fresh frozen plasma (FFP) is required to normalise fibrinogen levels. We compared the efficacy of FFP (F group) with that of FFP plus fibrinogen concentrate (F + F group) in massive obstetric haemorrhage. In this retrospective study, we compared the medical charts (2004-2016) of 137 patients with <150 mg/dl fibrinogen treated with F + F (n = 47; after August 2009) or F (n = 56; before August 2009)...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436452/disrupted-neuronal-maturation-in-angelman-syndrome-derived-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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James J Fink, Tiwanna M Robinson, Noelle D Germain, Carissa L Sirois, Kaitlyn A Bolduc, Amanda J Ward, Frank Rigo, Stormy J Chamberlain, Eric S Levine
Angelman syndrome (AS) is a neurogenetic disorder caused by deletion of the maternally inherited UBE3A allele and is characterized by developmental delay, intellectual disability, ataxia, seizures and a happy affect. Here, we explored the underlying pathophysiology using induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neurons from AS patients and unaffected controls. AS-derived neurons showed impaired maturation of resting membrane potential and action potential firing, decreased synaptic activity and reduced synaptic plasticity...
April 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436446/opioid-self-administration-is-attenuated-by-early-life-experience-and-gene-therapy-for-anti-inflammatory-il-10-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-of-male-rats
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Michael J Lacagnina, Ashley M Kopec, Stewart S Cox, Richa Hanamsagar, Corinne Wells, Susan Slade, Peter M Grace, Linda R Watkins, Edward D Levin, Staci D Bilbo
Early-life conditions can contribute to the propensity for developing neuropsychiatric disease, including substance abuse disorders. However, the long-lasting mechanisms that shape risk or resilience for drug addiction remain unclear. Previous work has shown that a neonatal handling procedure in rats (which promotes enriched maternal care) attenuates morphine conditioning, reduces morphine-induced glial activation, and increases microglial expression of the anti-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-10 (IL-10)...
April 24, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436235/the-effect-of-epidural-analgesia-alone-and-in-association-with-other-variables-on-the-risk-of-cesarean-section
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Antonio Herrera-Gómez, Elvira De Luna-Bertos, Javier Ramos-Torrecillas, Francisco Manuel Ocaña-Peinado, Olga García-Martínez, Concepción Ruiz
INTRODUCTION: Epidural analgesia (EA) is the most widespread pharmacologic method of labor pain relief. There remains disagreement, however, regarding its adverse effects. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of EA administration on the risk of cesarean delivery and its causes (e.g., stalled labor, risk of loss of fetal well-being, among others) and the degree to which this effect may be modulated by mother-, newborn-, and labor-related variables. METHOD: A retrospective cohort observational study was conducted including all deliveries in a Spanish public hospital between March 2010 and March 2013 ( N = 2,450; EA = 562, non-EA = 1,888)...
January 1, 2017: Biological Research for Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436175/chronic-hypertension-and-adverse-pregnancy-outcomes-a-cohort-study
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Anca M Panaitescu, Argyro Syngelaki, Natalia Prodan, Ranjit Akolekar, Kypros H Nicolaides
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between chronic hypertension (CH) and a wide range of adverse pregnancy outcomes after adjustment for confounding factors in obstetric history and maternal characteristics. METHODS: This was a prospective screening study for adverse pregnancy outcomes in women with singleton pregnancies attending the first routine hospital visit at 11(+0) -13(+6) weeks' gestation. Data on maternal characteristics, medical and obstetric history and pregnancy outcomes were collected...
April 23, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436119/maternal-hypertrophy-and-diastolic-disfunction-and-brain-natriuretic-peptide-concentration-in-early-and-late-pre-eclampsia
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V T M Borges, S G Zanati, M T S PeraÇoli, J R Poiati, M Romão-Veiga, J C PeraÇoli, B Thilaganathan
OBJECTIVE: Pre-eclampsia is associated with maternal cardiac remodelling and diastolic dysfunction. The aim of this study was to assess and compare maternal left ventricular structure and diastolic function and Brain Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) levels in women with early-onset pre-eclampsia (<34 weeks of gestation) and late-onset pre-eclampsia (≥34weeks of gestation). METHODS: A prospective, cross-sectional observational study was performed in 30 women with early-onset pre-eclampsia, 32 with late-onset pre-eclampsia and 23 normotensive controls...
April 23, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435983/-effect-of-high-altitude-hypoxia-on-fetal-development-during-pregnancy-and-the-reason-analysis
#18
Juan-Li Liu, Si-Qing Ma, Ta-Na Wuren
High altitude hypoxia is an important factor to affect fetal development during pregnancy. In the special environment, maternal physiological functions are regulated to maintain the maternal and fetal homeostasis, so that limited oxygen is to meet the needs of fetal growth and development. In this review, the literatures about the effects of hypoxic environment on fetal development during pregnancy in recent years were summarized, in which the fetal growth characteristics, maternal physiological regulation, genetic and placental influencing factors in high altitude areas were involved...
April 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435979/oxytocin-system-in-neuropsychiatric-disorders-old-concept-new-insights
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Afzal Misrani, Sidra Tabassum, Cheng Long
Oxytocin (OXT) is a neuropeptide that plays a pivotal role among species peripherally and centrally. It recently has attracted much attention for its involvement in anxiety-related behavior, stress regulation, social behavior and various neuropsychiatric disorders. OXT is one of the important mediators of emotional and social behaviors such as maternal behavior, fear extinction, social support, happiness, and trust. It is also involved in learning and memory process. The recent progresses in OXT system have put this neuropeptide as an important psychotherapeutic intervention for various psychiatric disorders such as stress, anxiety disorders, social phobia, postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, autism, and schizophrenia...
April 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435887/correction-for-mahic-et-al-maternal-immunoreactivity-to-herpes-simplex-virus-2-and-risk-of-autism-spectrum-disorder-in-male-offspring
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Milada Mahic, Siri Mjaaland, Hege Marie Bøvelstad, Nina Gunnes, Ezra Susser, Michaeline Bresnahan, Anne-Siri Øyen, Bruce Levin, Xiaoyu Che, Deborah Hirtz, Ted Reichborn-Kjennerud, Synnve Schjølberg, Christine Roth, Per Magnus, Camilla Stoltenberg, Pål Surén, Mady Hornig, W Ian Lipkin
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1128/mSphere.00016-17.].
March 2017: MSphere
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