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Tamsin Phillips, Annibale Cois, Robert H Remien, Claude A Mellins, James A McIntyre, Greg Petro, Elaine J Abrams, Landon Myer
BACKGROUND: Antiretroviral therapy (ART) regimens containing efavirenz (EFV) are recommended as part of universal ART for pregnant and breastfeeding women. EFV may have appreciable side effects (SE), and ART adherence in pregnancy is a major concern, but little is known about ART SE and associations with adherence in pregnancy. METHODS: We investigated the distribution of patient-reported SE (based on Division of AIDS categories) and the association of SE with missed ART doses in a cohort of 517 women starting EFV+3TC/FTC+TDF during pregnancy...
2016: PloS One
Luis D Pacheco, Antonio F Saad, Gary D V Hankins, Giuseppe Chiosi, George Saade
Guillain-Barré syndrome has been reported in pregnancy and is a potentially lethal condition. It affects the nervous system with acute onset of symmetric ascending weakness and may result in frank respiratory failure and autonomic dysfunction. Most patients recall symptoms of a respiratory or gastrointestinal illness in the weeks preceding the onset of weakness. Recent evidence suggests a potential role of the Zika virus as a trigger for the syndrome. The diagnosis of Guillain-Barré is clinical. Supportive measures include venous thromboembolism prophylaxis, aggressive physical therapy, pressure ulcer prevention, enteral nutrition, and respiratory support...
October 6, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Lena Huebl, Stephan Leick, Lukas Guettl, Grace Akello, Ruth Kutalek
The etiology and health consequences of geophagy are still poorly understood. The consumed soil, individual motives, consumption habits, and the clinical perspective of geophagy in northern Uganda were examined. A total of 50 semistructured interviews (17 pregnant, eight nonpregnant women, 10 men, and 15 health-care professionals) were conducted. Our results suggest that geophagy is not limited to pregnancy and can also be found among nonpregnant women and men. During gestation, excessive amounts of various soil types are consumed and can replace food at times...
October 3, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Catherine E Taylor
Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) remains difficult to treat. Last century, thalidomide was used to alleviate NVP, but it caused teratogenesis by interfering with angiogenesis. The gasotransmitters hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and nitric oxide are mutually dependent on each other for their angiogenesis-related functions. Pregnancy-related requirements for increased endogenous H2S could create a temporary excess of sulfite, an H2S catabolite, which is toxic and can induce nausea. Sulfite oxidase, a molybdenum-containing enzyme, catalyzes oxidation of sulfite to sulfate, which can then be excreted or reused by the body...
October 2016: Medical Hypotheses
Jason M Hirshburg, Petra A Kelsey, Chelsea A Therrien, A Carlo Gavino, Jason S Reichenberg
Finasteride and dutasteride, both 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, are considered first-line treatment for androgenetic hair loss in men and used increasingly in women. In each case, patients are expected to take the medications indefinitely despite the lack of research regarding long-term adverse effects. Concerns regarding the adverse effects of these medications has led the United States National Institutes of Health to add a link for post-finasteride syndrome to its Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center...
July 2016: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
Ubaka Ogbogu, Candace Necyk
BACKGROUND: Reports of regulatory and evidentiary gaps have raised concerns about the marketing and use of natural health products (NHPs). The majority of NHPs offered for sale are purchased at a community pharmacy and pharmacists are "front-line" health professionals involved in the marketing and provision of NHPs. To date, the involvement of pharmacists in pharmacy care involving NHPs and the degree to which concerns over the safety, efficacy, marketing and regulation of NHPs are addressed in pharmacy care in Canada have not been studied...
2016: PloS One
Fiona J Stewart, Andrew Bentley, Barbara K Burton, Nathalie Guffon, Susan L Hale, Paul R Harmatz, Susanne G Kircher, Pavan K Kochhar, John J Mitchell, Ursula Plöckinger, Sue Graham, Stephen Sande, Zlatko Sisic, Tracey A Johnston
The mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS disorders) are rare inherited diseases associated with multi-organ accumulation of glycosaminoglycans, leading to musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiac, neurological, ophthalmological, otolaryngological, and gastrointestinal abnormalities. As a result of improvements in diagnosis, multi-disciplinary care, and therapies such as enzyme replacement therapy and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, an increasing number of patients with MPS are reaching adulthood and are involved in family planning...
September 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
Xian-Ling Zeng, Ya-Fei Zhang, Quan Tian, Yan Xue, Rui-Fang An
AIM: The aim of the study is to evaluate the effects of metformin on pregnancy outcomes in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). METHODS: We searched electronic databases and bibliographies of relevant papers to identify studies comparing the pregnancy outcomes in the metformin group with those in the placebo or blank control group. Then, we did this meta-analysis based on the PRISMA guidelines. The primary outcomes included early pregnancy loss (EPL), preterm delivery, term delivery, and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM)...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Jane Frawley, Helen Hall, Jon Adams, David Sibbritt
OBJECTIVE: Nausea, vomiting and reflux are common conditions experienced by women during pregnancy. The objective of this project was to examine women's use of health services for these conditions. METHODS: The study sample was obtained via the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. A total of 2445 women who were pregnant or who had recently given birth in 2009 were invited to complete a sub-survey in 2010 about pregnancy and health service utilisation...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Chi Chiu Mok
Renal disease in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) carries significant morbidity and mortality. Cyclophosphamide (CYC)- and mycophenolate mofetil (MMF)-based induction regimens are not ideal in terms of efficacy and toxicity. The adverse effects of CYC, such as infection risk, infertility, urotoxicity and oncogenicity, limit its use in lupus nephritis. Although MMF is non-inferior to CYC as induction therapy and has reduced gonadal toxicity and oncogenic potential, meta-analyses of clinical trials do not show a lower rate of infective and gastrointestinal complications...
October 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Horace Roman, Salwa Moatassim-Drissa, Noemie Marty, Mathilde Milles, Aurélie Vallée, Eulalie Desnyder, Emanuela Stochino Loi, Carole Abo
OBJECTIVE: To report postoperative outcomes after rectal shaving for deep endometriosis infiltrating the rectum. DESIGN: Retrospective study using data prospectively recorded in the CIRENDO database. SETTING: University tertiary referral center. PATIENT(S): One hundred and twenty-two consecutive patients whose follow-up observation ranged from 1 to 6 years. INTERVENTION(S): Rectal shaving performed using ultrasound scalpel or scissors and plasma energy in 68 and 54 women, respectively...
August 23, 2016: Fertility and Sterility
Julio César Cambray-Gutiérrez, Ulises Noel García-Ramírez, Leonel Gerardo Del Rivero-Hernández, Patricia López-Pérez, Aurora Chávez-García
BACKGROUND: Common variable immunodeficiency is the most commonly-diagnosed primary immunodeficiency in adults; it is characterized by recurrent sinopulmonary and gastrointestinal infections, and increased incidence of malignancy and autoimmune processes. Many patients begin to have clinical manifestations during reproductive age. CASE REPORT: A 34-year-old woman with 12 weeks of gestation who was diagnosed with common variable immunodeficiency after recurrent episodes of rhinosinusitis, pharyngoamygdalitis, and pneumonia...
July 2016: Revista Alergia Mexico: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Mexicana de Alergia e Inmunología, A.C
Russell P Saneto
Alpers-Huttenlocher syndrome (AHS) is a mitochondrial DNA-depletion syndrome. Age of onset is bimodal: early onset at 2-4 years and later adolescent onset at 17-24 years of age. Early development is usually normal, with epilepsy heralding the disorder in ~50% of patients. The onset of seizures is coupled with progressive cognitive decline. Hepatopathy is variable, and when present is a progressive dysfunction leading to liver failure in many cases. These features of seizures, cognitive degeneration, and hepatopathy represent the "classic triad" of AHS...
2016: Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
Selwan B Abdullah, Kelly R Dietz, Tara L Holm
BACKGROUND: Fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a routinely used tool in prenatal diagnosis; however, there is a lack of studies evaluating incidental findings observed in the mother. OBJECTIVE: This study describes and quantifies incidental findings observed in the mother during fetal MRI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We reviewed all fetal MRI studies at the University of Minnesota Medical Center from February 2008 to September 2014. Two pediatric radiologists retrospectively conducted a consensus evaluation...
August 23, 2016: Pediatric Radiology
Pablo Olguin, Manuel Fuentes, Guillermo Gabler, Anna I Guerdjikova, Paul E Keck, Susan L McElroy
PURPOSE: To gain further understanding of the general medical comorbidity of binge eating disorder (BED) beyond its association with obesity. METHOD: We reviewed studies of general medical comorbidity in people with BED or clinically significant binge eating behavior beyond obesity. We also reviewed studies of BED in specific medical conditions. RESULTS: Three broad study categories of medical comorbidity in BED were found: cross-sectional studies of medical conditions in BED; prospective studies of medical conditions in BED; and studies of BED in specific medical conditions...
August 23, 2016: Eating and Weight Disorders: EWD
Judita Grzunov Letinić, Marijana Matek Sarić, Martina Piasek, Jasna Jurasović, Veda Marija Varnai, Antonija Sulimanec Grgec, Tatjana Orct
Pregnant and lactating women and infants are vulnerable population groups for adverse effects of toxic metals due to their high nutritional needs and the resultant increased gastrointestinal absorption of both, essential and toxic elements. Although breastfeeding is recommended for infants worldwide, as human milk is the best source of nutrients and other required bioactive factors, it is also a pathway of maternal excretion of toxic substances including toxic metals and thus a source of infant exposure. The aim of this research was to assess health risks in breastfeeding women in the coastal area of the Republic of Croatia and their infants (N=107) due to maternal exposure to Cd and Pb via cigarette smoking, and Hg via seafood and dental amalgam fillings, and their interaction with essential elements...
December 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
S Voleva, St Ivanova, B Marinov, P Genova-Kalou, V Manolov, V Vasilev
UNLABELLED: Viral infections during pregnancy, along with some form of accompanying pregnancy diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, kidney and others, are a major cause of arising complications and mortality of mother and fetus. AIM: To improved the laboratory diagnostic approach in the study of women with pathological pregnancy, including improve treatment and prognostic character of the outcome of pregnancy, with the inclusion of two infectious agent parvovirus B19 and Chlamydia trachomatis...
2016: Akusherstvo i Ginekologii︠a︡
Jean Y Ko, Stephen W Patrick, Van T Tong, Roshni Patel, Jennifer N Lind, Wanda D Barfield
Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a postnatal drug withdrawal syndrome that occurs primarily among opioid-exposed infants shortly after birth, often manifested by central nervous system irritability, autonomic overreactivity, and gastrointestinal tract dysfunction (1). During 2000-2012, the incidence of NAS in the United States significantly increased (2,3). Several recent publications have provided national estimates of NAS (2,3); however, data describing incidence at the state level are limited. CDC examined state trends in NAS incidence using all-payer, hospital inpatient delivery discharges compiled in the State Inpatient Databases of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) during 1999-2013...
2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Charlotte J Frise, Anna Ashcroft, Bryony A Jones, Lucy Mackillop
Non-diabetic ketoacidosis is increasingly recognised in pregnancy, particularly during the third trimester, and is usually associated with vomiting. In many cases, the cause of the vomiting is not identified and resolves rapidly, alongside the metabolic abnormalities, following delivery. Here, we report three cases in which pancreatitis was identified as an underlying cause of the gastrointestinal symptoms. To our knowledge, these are the first reports of pancreatitis precipitating non-diabetic ketoacidosis in pregnancy...
June 2016: Obstetric Medicine
André F Carvalho, Manu S Sharma, André R Brunoni, Eduard Vieta, Giovanni A Fava
Newer generation antidepressant drugs (ADs) are widely used as the first line of treatment for major depressive disorders and are considered to be safer than tricyclic agents. In this critical review, we evaluated the literature on adverse events, tolerability and safety of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors, bupropion, mirtazapine, trazodone, agomelatine, vilazodone, levomilnacipran and vortioxetine. Several side effects are transient and may disappear after a few weeks following treatment initiation, but potentially serious adverse events may persist or ensue later...
2016: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
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