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Pregnancy and gastrointestinal

Afsaneh Shakeri, Mohammad Hashem Hashempur, Mahdieh Mojibian, Fatemeh Aliasl, Soodabeh Bioos, Fatemeh Nejatbakhsh
Quince (Cydonia oblonga Mill) is a popular medicinal herb in different traditional medicines. Concentrated quince fruit extract, also known as quince sauce (QS), is traditionally used for the treatment of a variety of gastrointestinal disorders. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of QS versus ranitidine on gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in pregnant women. We compared the efficacy of 4 weeks of ranitidine (150 mg, twice daily) with the efficacy of QS (10 mg, after meals) on 137 pregnant women with GERD...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
O Alejadro Aleuy, Kathreen Ruckstuhl, Eric P Hoberg, Alasdair Veitch, Norman Simmons, Susan J Kutz
Gastrointestinal helminths can have a detrimental effect on the fitness of wild ungulates. Arctic and Subarctic ecosystems are ideal for the study of host-parasite interactions due to the comparatively simple ecological interactions and limited confounding factors. We used a unique dataset assembled in the early seventies to study the diversity of gastrointestinal helminths and their effect on fitness indicators of Dall's sheep, Ovis dalli dalli, in the Mackenzie Mountains, Northwest Territories, Canada. Parasite diversity included nine species, among which the abomasal nematode Marshallagia marshalli occurred with the highest prevalence and infection intensity...
2018: PloS One
Wolfgang Miehsler, Clemens Dejaco, Hans-Peter Gröchenig, Harry Fuchssteiner, Christoph Högenauer, Lili Kazemi-Shirazi, Harald Maier, Andreas Mayer, Alexander Moschen, Walter Reinisch, Wolfgang Petritsch, Reingard Platzer, Pius Steiner, Herbert Tilg, Harald Vogelsang, Heimo Wenzl, Gottfried Novacek
Anti-TNFα-antibodies have revolutionized the therapy of inflammatory bowel diseases and other immune-mediated inflammatory diseases. Due to the increasing application of these substances, the Working Group of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases of the Austrian Association of Gastroenterology and Hepatology intended to update their consensus report on the safe use of Infliximab (published in 2010) and to enlarge its scope to cover all anti-TNFα-antibodies. The present consensus report summarizes the current evidence on the safe use of anti-TNFα-antibodies and covers the following topics: general risk of infection, bacterial infections (i...
March 2018: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
Lindsey M Charo, Adam M Burgoyne, Paul T Fanta, Hitendra Patel, Juliann Chmielecki, Jason K Sicklick, Michael T McHale
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are rare in pregnancy, with only 11 reported cases. Adjuvant imatinib therapy, which targets the most common driver mutations in GIST ( KIT and PDGFRA) , is recommended for patients with high-risk GIST, but it has known teratogenicity in the first trimester. A 34-year-old G3P2 woman underwent exploratory laparotomy at 16 weeks' gestation for a presumed adnexal mass. Surgical findings included normal adnexa and a 14-cm solid small bowel mass. The mass was resected en bloc with a segment of jejunum followed by a primary anastomosis...
March 2018: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: JNCCN
Pan Hu, Zhi Mao, Chao Liu, Xin Hu, Hongjun Kang, Feihu Zhou
Malignant atrophic papulosis (MAP) is a rare type of obliterating vasculopathy that can present as pure cutaneous lesions or a systemic entity affecting multiple organs. Systemic disease, such as gastrointestinal or central nervous system involvement, may predispose the patients to poorer or even fatal outcomes. We present a 30-year-old female patient with systemic manifestation of MAP 10 days after delivery of a full-term pregnancy who subsequently developed motor aphasia and intestinal perforation. The patient was administrated empirical treatment with an antiplatelet, anticoagulant, methylprednisolone sodium succinate and alprostadil...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Dermatology
Gianluca Lista, Fabio Meneghin, Ilia Bresesti, Francesca Castoldi
The development of a proper neonatal microbiota is of great importance, especially for the effects that dysbiosis has in acute and chronic diseases' onset. The microbiota, particularly the intestinal one, plays a crucial role in maintaining the health of the host, preventing colonization by pathogenic bacteria and significantly influencing the development and maturation of a normal gastrointestinal mucosal immunity. Several factors may interfere with the physiological development of microbiota, such as diseases during pregnancy, type of delivery, maternal nutrition, type of neonatal feeding, use of antibiotics, exposition to hospital environment (e...
December 22, 2017: La Pediatria Medica e Chirurgica: Medical and Surgical Pediatrics
Vahid Soleimani, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Hossein Hosseinzadeh
Curcumin is the major constituent of turmeric (Curcuma longa). Turmeric has been widely used as a spice in foods and for therapeutic applications such as anti-inflammatory, antihyperlipidemic, and antimicrobial activities. Turmeric and curcumin are nonmutagenic and nongenotoxic. Oral use of turmeric and curcumin did not have reproductive toxicity in animals at certain doses. Studies on human did not show toxic effects, and curcumin was safe at the dose of 6 g/day orally for 4-7 weeks. However, some adverse effects such as gastrointestinal upsets may occur...
February 26, 2018: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
Natalia V Nizyaeva, Tatiana V Sukhacheva, Roman A Serov, Galina V Kulikova, Marina N Nagovitsyna, Natalia E Kan, Victor L Tyutyunnik, Stanislav V Pavlovich, Rimma A Poltavtseva, Ekaterina L Yarotskaya, Aleksandr I Shchegolev, Gennadiy T Sukhikh
A new cell type, interstitial Cajal-like cell (ICLC), was recently described in different organs. The name was recently changed to telocytes (TCs), and their typical thin, long processes have been named telopodes (Tp). TCs regulate the contractile activity of smooth muscle cells and play a role in regulating vessel contractions. Although the placenta is not an innervated organ, we believe that TCs are present in the placenta. We studied placenta samples from physiological pregnancies and in different variants of preeclampsia (PE)...
February 22, 2018: Scientific Reports
Sarah M Hutchison, Louise C Mâsse, Jodi L Pawluski, Tim F Oberlander
The long-term impact of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant treatment during pregnancy and postpartum on offspring outcomes is still not clear. Specifically, perinatal SSRI exposure may have long-term consequences for body weight and related health outcomes in the newborn period and beyond. This review focuses on the impact of perinatal SSRI exposure on weight using human and animal findings. The impact of maternal mood is also explored. We propose potential mechanisms for weight changes, including how early alterations in serotonin signaling may have implications for weight via changes in metabolism and motor development...
February 12, 2018: Reproductive Toxicology
Shannon M Grabosch, Osman M Shariff, C William Helm
BACKGROUND: This is an updated version of the original Cochrane review published in 2014, Issue 4. Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) precedes the development of invasive carcinoma of the cervix. Current treatment of CIN is quite effective, but there is morbidity for the patient related to pain, bleeding, infection, cervical stenosis and premature birth in a subsequent pregnancy. Effective treatment with medications, rather than surgery, would be beneficial. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs), including cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors, to induce regression and prevent the progression of CIN...
February 12, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Lucy Fox, Solomon J Cohney, Joshua Y Kausman, Jake Shortt, Peter D Hughes, Erica M Wood, Nicole M Isbel, Theo de Malmanche, Anne Durkan, Pravin Hissaria, Piers Blombery, Thomas D Barbour
Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) arises in a variety of clinical circumstances with the potential to cause significant dysfunction of the kidneys, brain, gastrointestinal tract and heart. TMA should be considered in all patients with thrombocytopenia and anaemia, with an immediate request to the haematology laboratory to look for red cell fragments on a blood film. Whilst TMA of any aetiology generally demands prompt treatment, this is especially so in thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS), where organ failure may be precipitous, irreversible and fatal...
February 8, 2018: Nephrology
Johan Vekemans, Vasee Moorthy, Martin Friede, Mark R Alderson, Ajoke Sobanjo-Ter Meulen, Carol J Baker, Paul T Heath, Shabir A Madhi, Kirsty Mehring-Le Doare, Samir K Saha, Stephanie Schrag, David C Kaslow
Group B streptococcus, found in the vagina or lower gastrointestinal tract of about 10-40% of women of reproductive age, is a leading cause of early life invasive bacterial disease, potentially amenable to prevention through maternal immunization during pregnancy. Following a consultation process with global stakeholders, the World Health Organization is herein proposing priority research and development pathways and preferred product characteristics for GBS vaccines, with the aim to facilitate and accelerate vaccine licensure, policy recommendation for wide scale use and implementation...
February 2, 2018: Vaccine
Jorine de Haan, Magali Verheecke, Kristel Van Calsteren, Ben Van Calster, Roman G Shmakov, Mina Mhallem Gziri, Michael J Halaska, Robert Fruscio, Christianne A R Lok, Ingrid A Boere, Paolo Zola, Petronella B Ottevanger, Christianne J M de Groot, Fedro A Peccatori, Karina Dahl Steffensen, Elyce H Cardonick, Evgeniya Polushkina, Lukas Rob, Lorenzo Ceppi, Gennady T Sukhikh, Sileny N Han, Frédéric Amant
BACKGROUND: Awareness is growing that cancer can be treated during pregnancy, but the effect of this change on maternal and neonatal outcomes is unknown. The International Network on Cancer, Infertility and Pregnancy (INCIP) registers the incidence and maternal, obstetric, oncological, and neonatal outcomes of cancer occurring during pregnancy. We aimed to describe the oncological management and obstetric and neonatal outcomes of patients registered in INCIP and treated in the past 20 years, and assess associations between cancer type or treatment modality and obstetric and neonatal outcomes...
January 25, 2018: Lancet Oncology
Wenfeng Ye, Yanhong Tang, Changfang Yao, Junyu Shi, Yongjuan Xu, Jingting Jiang
RATIONALE: Gastrointestinal carcinoma is rare during pregnancy. It is usually diagnosed at an advanced stage because special gastrointestinal symptoms are generally overlooked during pregnancy, and there are many limitations and contraindications for using diagnostic tools during pregnancy. PATIENT CONCERNS: We present a case of a 29-year-old patient with 27 weeks and 5 days of gestation due to massive ascites and hydrothorax. DIAGNOSES: The patient was diagnosed with an advanced gastrointestinal cancer...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
M Slupecka-Ziemilska, J Wolinski, A P Herman, K Romanowicz, Z Dziegielewska, M K Borszewska-Kornacka
Ghrelin and obestatin are gastrointestinal peptides with a potential role in the programming of metabolism in newborns. The present study aimed to investigate the influence of preterm delivery on ghrelin and obestatin concentrations in the maternal blood plasma and breast milk as well as their gene expressions in the mammary epithelial cells (MECs). On the 3rd day after delivery, milk and plasma samples were collected from mothers that carried to term or gave birth prematurely (< 36 weeks of gestation) and analyzed for ghrelin and obestatin concentrations...
October 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
Richard J Bodnar
This paper is the thirty-ninth consecutive installment of the annual review of research concerning the endogenous opioid system. It summarizes papers published during 2016 that studied the behavioral effects of molecular, pharmacological and genetic manipulation of opioid peptides, opioid receptors, opioid agonists and opioid antagonists. The particular topics that continue to be covered include the molecular-biochemical effects and neurochemical localization studies of endogenous opioids and their receptors related to behavior, and the roles of these opioid peptides and receptors in pain and analgesia, stress and social status, tolerance and dependence, learning and memory, eating and drinking, drug abuse and alcohol, sexual activity and hormones, pregnancy, development and endocrinology, mental illness and mood, seizures and neurologic disorders, electrical-related activity and neurophysiology, general activity and locomotion, gastrointestinal, renal and hepatic functions, cardiovascular responses, respiration and thermoregulation, and immunological responses...
March 2018: Peptides
Vineet S Rolston, Laleh Boroujerdi, Millie D Long, Dermot P B McGovern, Wenli Chen, Christopher F Martin, Robert S Sandler, John D Carmichael, Marla Dubinsky, Gil Y Melmed
Background: Many women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) report changes in symptoms in association with hormonal changes during menses, pregnancy, and hormonal contraceptive use, suggesting a hormonal influence on disease activity. We aimed to identify and characterize IBD symptom fluctuations in women during times of hormonal variation. Methods: From June 2012 through September 2012, women enrolled in Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America Partners , an online Internet cohort of patients with IBD, were invited to participate in this study...
January 18, 2018: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
J Khizroeva, V Bitsadze, A Makatsariya
We have observed the development of a catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome (CAPS) in a pregnant woman hospitalized at 28 weeks of gestation with a severe preeclampsia. On the same day, an eclampsia attack developed, and an emergency surgical delivery was performed. On the third day, multiorgan failure developed. Examination showed a persistent circulation of lupus anticoagulant, high level of antibodies to cardiolipin, b2-glycoprotein I, and prothrombin. The usual diagnosis of the severe preeclampsia masked a catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome, exacerbated by the coincident presence of several types of antiphospholipid antibodies...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Sunil J Wimalawansa, DSc Mohammed S Razzaque, Nasser M Al-Daghri
The incidence and the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency are increasing worldwide. It is estimated that over 50% of population in the world have low in vitamin D (i.e., hypovitaminosis D; levels below 30 ng/mL). 80% of our vitamin D requirement comes from the ultraviolet rays from sunlight, and for the remainder, we rely from the diet and supplements. The latter become important when one is exposing to less than optimal amounts of sunlight, inability of the skin to generate vitamin D efficiently, and/or having secondary causes that leads to increase catabolism of vitamin D...
December 16, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Yael Lichtman, Eyal Sheiner, Tamar Wainstock, Idit Segal, Daniella Landau, Asnat Walfisch
PROBLEM: Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) potentially involves an abnormal maternal inflammatory response. We investigated whether children of mothers with a history of RPL are at an increased risk for childhood gastrointestinal (GI) morbidity, with a specific focus on inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). METHOD OF STUDY: A population-based cohort analysis comparing the risk for long-term GI morbidity in children born to mothers with and without a history of RPL. Gastrointestinal (GI) morbidity included hospitalizations involving a pre-defined set of ICD-9 codes...
December 15, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
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