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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099882/the-35-year-odyssey-of-beta-blockers-in-cirrhosis-any-gender-difference-in-sight
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REVIEW
Maria Antonella Burza, Hanns-Ulrich Marschall, Laura Napoleone, Antonio Molinaro
Cirrhosis is the end-stage of chronic liver disease and leads to the development of portal hypertension and its complications such as esophagogastric varices. Non-selective beta blockers (NSBB) are the keystone for the treatment of portal hypertension since the 1980s and, over the decades, several studies have confirmed their beneficial effect on the prevention of variceal (re)bleeding. Pharmacological studies showed effects of gender, sex hormones, oral contraceptives, and pregnancy on cytochrome P450 (CYPs) enzymes that metabolise NSBB, suggesting that gender differences might exist in the effect of NSBB...
January 15, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092845/cinnamaldehyde-potentially-attenuates-gestational-hyperglycemia-in-rats-through-modulation-of-ppar%C3%AE-proinflammatory-cytokines-and-oxidative-stress
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Ahmed A Hosni, A Adel Abdel-Moneim, Eman S Abdel-Reheim, Samah M Mohamed, Hamdi Helmy
Cinnamon has a history of use for medicinal purposes and its major benefits have been linked to cinnamaldehyde. The present study aimed to investigate the hypoglycemic action of cinnamaldehyde against fatty-sucrosed diet/streptozotocin (FSD/STZ)-rat model of gestational diabetes. Female albino rats were divided into three groups. Group I fed with normal diet (ND) while group II and III were fed with FSD for eight weeks (five weeks pre-gestational and three weeks gestational). Rats of group III were administered with a daily oral dose of 20mg/kg cinnamaldehyde one week before mating onward...
January 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079767/primary-gastric-choriocarcinoma-presenting-as-a-pregnancy-of-unknown-location
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Alyssa Larish, Amanika Kumar, Sarah Kerr, Carrie Langstraat
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy of unknown location presents a diagnostic challenge, in rare occasions leading to the diagnosis of malignancy. We describe a case of β-hCG-secreting nongestational primary gastric choriocarcinoma presenting as a pregnancy of unknown location. CASE: A 37-year-old woman, gravida 4 para 3013, presented with several days of vaginal bleeding and rising β-hCG level without ultrasound localization of pregnancy. The diagnosis of pregnancy of unknown location was made and methotrexate administered at a β-hCG level of 7,779 milli-international units/mL...
January 9, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077740/the-jarisch-herxheimer-reaction-after-antibiotic-treatment-of-spirochetal-infections-a-review-of-recent-cases-and-our-understanding-of-pathogenesis
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REVIEW
Thomas Butler
Within 24 hours after antibiotic treatment of the spirochetal infections syphilis, Lyme disease, leptospirosis, and relapsing fever (RF), patients experience shaking chills, a rise in temperature, and intensification of skin rashes known as the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction (JHR) with symptoms resolving a few hours later. Case reports indicate that the JHR can also include uterine contractions in pregnancy, worsening liver and renal function, acute respiratory distress syndrome, myocardial injury, hypotension, meningitis, alterations in consciousness, seizures, and strokes...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074213/-intrahepatic-cholestasis-of-pregnancy-rare-but-important
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REVIEW
A E Kremer, K Wolf, S Ständer
Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) is a liver-specific disorder occurring in approximately 0.5-2.0% of all pregnancies with a considerable variation in certain ethnic groups. ICP usually runs a benign course for the mother and is characterized by maternal pruritus mainly in the third trimester, elevated transaminases and fasting total serum bile salts and increased fetal adverse events. The etiology of ICP is only partially understood but seems to be multifactorial. Cholestasis-inducing effects of certain female sex hormones and their metabolites play an important role in genetically susceptible women...
January 10, 2017: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072825/dietary-chromium-restriction-of-pregnant-mice-changes-the-methylation-status-of-hepatic-genes-involved-with-insulin-signaling-in-adult-male-offspring
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Qian Zhang, Xiaofang Sun, Xinhua Xiao, Jia Zheng, Ming Li, Miao Yu, Fan Ping, Zhixin Wang, Cuijuan Qi, Tong Wang, Xiaojing Wang
Maternal undernutrition is linked with an elevated risk of diabetes mellitus in offspring regardless of the postnatal dietary status. This is also found in maternal micro-nutrition deficiency, especial chromium which is a key glucose regulator. We investigated whether maternal chromium restriction contributes to the development of diabetes in offspring by affecting DNA methylation status in liver tissue. After being mated with control males, female weanling 8-week-old C57BL mice were fed a control diet (CON, 1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069796/high-dietary-folate-in-pregnant-mice-leads-to-pseudo-mthfr-deficiency-and-altered-methyl-metabolism-with-embryonic-growth-delay-and-short-term-memory-impairment-in-offspring
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Renata H Bahous, Nafisa M Jadavji, Liyuan Deng, Marta Cosín-Tomás, Jessica Lu, Olga Malysheva, Kit-Yi Leung, Ming-Kai Ho, Mercè Pallàs, Perla Kaliman, Nicholas DE Greene, Barry J Bedell, Marie A Caudill, Rima Rozen
Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) generates methyltetrahydrofolate for methylation reactions. Severe MTHFR deficiency results in homocystinuria and neurologic impairment. Mild MTHFR deficiency (677C>T polymorphism) increases risk for complex traits, including neuropsychiatric disorders. Although low dietary folate impacts brain development, recent concerns have focused on high folate intake following food fortification and increased vitamin use. Our goal was to determine whether high dietary folate during pregnancy affects brain development in murine offspring...
January 9, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051057/neonatal-neuroblastoma-with-adrenal-primary-and-metastasis-to-the-liver-a-case-report-and-a-review-of-literature
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Oladipo Omoseebi, Mosebolatan Olatokunboh Odubanjo, Olakanmi Ralph Akinde, Nzechukwu Z Ikeri, Adesoji O Ademuyiwa, Adekunle A O Adeyomoye
We report the case of a 23-day-old neonate with neuroblastoma (NBL) in the right adrenal gland and widespread metastases to the liver. This raises the possibility of foetal NBL, which was missed during periodic ultrasonography done during the mother's pregnancy. We hope that this report would increase the awareness of physicians about foetal, congenital and neonatal NBL; and of sonographers about space-occupying lesions in the foetus. The clinicopathologic features and the management of neonatal NBL are discussed...
October 2016: African Journal of Paediatric Surgery: AJPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050621/-a-two-faced-vitamin-folic-acid-prevention-or-promotion-of-colon-cancer
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Anke Weißenborn, Anke Ehlers, Karen-I Hirsch-Ernst, Alfonso Lampen, Birgit Niemann
In the late 1930s, it was discovered that liver and yeast extracts can be used to correct certain cases of megaloblastic anemia in pregnancy. The factor responsible for this was isolated from spinach leaves in the 1940s, and referred to as folate, a term derived from the Latin word folium for leaf. Folate is considered an essential nutrient for human beings. Folic acid, the synthetic form of the vitamin, is used in dietary supplements, medicines and fortified foods. Since the 1980s, it has been recommended that women who plan to become pregnant and pregnant women during the first trimester of pregnancy take folic acid supplements...
January 3, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050371/haemostatic-profile-in-patients-of-myeloproliferative-neoplasms-a-tertiary-care-centre-experience
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Yatendra Parashar, Rashmi Kushwaha, Ashutosh Kumar, Kamal Agarwal, U S Singh, Mili Jain, S P Verma, A K Tripathi
INTRODUCTION: Patients of MPN commonly present with abnormalities in laboratory coagulation tests that are consistent with hypercoagulable state. Some individuals with MPN exhibit a pattern of exclusive bleeding or thrombotic events; many others have both bleeding and thrombosis during the course of the disease. AIM: This study was undertaken to assess the haemostatic defects and platelet functions in patients of MPN. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One year prospective study was conducted at a tertiary care centre in North India in Department of Pathology in collaboration with Department of Clinical Haematology...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046002/competition-for-materno-fetal-resource-partitioning-in-a-rabbit-model-of-undernourished-pregnancy
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Jorge Lopez-Tello, Maria Arias-Alvarez, Maria Angeles Jimenez-Martinez, Rosa Maria Garcia-Garcia, Maria Rodriguez, Pedro Luis Lorenzo Gonzalez, Ruben Bermejo-Poza, Antonio Gonzalez-Bulnes, Pilar Garcia Rebollar
The major goal of animal production is to obtain abundant and healthy meat for consumers. Maternal food restriction (MFR) is often applied in farms to reduce production costs. However, the suitability of MFR in livestock animals is questionable, as this management may compromise maternal fitness due to a severe negative energetic balance and can induce Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR) and prenatal programming in the offspring. Here, we sought to determine, using pregnant rabbits, the consequences of MFR on maternal endocrine and metabolic status and conceptus development...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039538/maternal-liver-elasticity-determined-by-acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-elastosonography-in-intrahepatic-cholestasis-of-pregnancy
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Orkun Cetin, Erbil Karaman, Harun Arslan, Ibrahim Akbudak, Recep Yildizhan, Ali Kolusari
PURPOSE: Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) is a pregnancy-specific liver disorder characterized by maternal pruritus and impaired liver function. The objective of the study was to evaluate maternal liver elasticity by acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) elastosonography in ICP and to compare it with that in healthy pregnant women. METHODS: This descriptive, case-control study consisted of 33 women with healthy pregnancies and 22 women with ICP in the third trimester of gestation...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028148/strokes-associated-with-pregnancy-and-puerperium-a-nationwide-study-by-the-japan-stroke-society
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Kazumichi Yoshida, Jun C Takahashi, Yohei Takenobu, Norihiro Suzuki, Akira Ogawa, Susumu Miyamoto
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The incidence and cause of strokes associated with pregnancy and the puerperium are still not fully understood. The aim of this study was to characterize pregnancy-related strokes in Japan using a large-scale survey with current imaging techniques. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted based on clinical chart reviews in 736 stroke teaching hospitals certified by the Japan Stroke Society between 2012 and 2013, using a web-based questionnaire requesting the detailed clinical course without any personally identifying information...
December 27, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024118/maternal-fetal-cholesterol-transport-in-the-second-half-of-mouse-pregnancy-does-not-involve-lrp2
#14
Mathijs V Zwier, Maria E Baardman, Theo H van Dijk, Angelika Jurdzinski, Lambertus J Wisse, Vincent W Bloks, Rolf M F Berger, Marco C DeRuiter, Albert K Groen, Torsten Plösch
AIM: Lipoprotein related receptor protein type 2 (LRP2) is highly expressed on both yolk sac and placenta. Mutations in the corresponding gene are associated with severe birth defects in humans, known as Donnai-Barrow syndrome. We here characterized the contribution of LRP2 and maternal plasma cholesterol availability to maternal-fetal cholesterol transport and fetal cholesterol levels in utero in mice. METHODS: Lrp2(+/-) mice were mated heterozygously to yield fetuses of all 3 genotypes...
December 26, 2016: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017702/arsenite-in-drinking-water-produces-glucose-intolerance-in-pregnant-rats-and-their-female-offspring
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María Marta Bonaventura, Nadia Soledad Bourguignon, Marianne Bizzozzero, Diego Rodriguez, Clara Ventura, Claudia Cocca, Carlos Libertun, Victoria Adela Lux-Lantos
Drinking water is the main source of arsenic exposure. Chronic exposure has been associated with metabolic disorders. Here we studied the effects of arsenic on glucose metabolism, in pregnant and post-partum of dams and their offspring. We administered 5 (A5) or 50 (A50) mg/L of sodium arsenite in drinking water to rats from gestational day 1 (GD1) until two months postpartum (2MPP), and to their offspring from weaning until 8 weeks old. Liver arsenic dose-dependently increased in arsenite-treated rats to levels similar to exposed population...
December 23, 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007783/early-pqq-supplementation-has-persistent-long-term-protective-effects-on-developmental-programming-of-hepatic-lipotoxicity-and-inflammation-in-obese-mice
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Karen R Jonscher, Michael S Stewart, Alba Alfonso-Garcia, Brian C DeFelice, Xiaoxin X Wang, Yuhuan Luo, Moshe Levi, Margaret J R Heerwagen, Rachel C Janssen, Becky A de la Houssaye, Ellen Wiitala, Garrett Florey, Raleigh L Jonscher, Eric O Potma, Oliver Fiehn, Jacob E Friedman
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is widespread in adults and children. Early exposure to maternal obesity or Western-style diet (WD) increases steatosis and oxidative stress in fetal liver and is associated with lifetime disease risk in the offspring. Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) is a natural antioxidant found in soil, enriched in human breast milk, and essential for development in mammals. We investigated whether a supplemental dose of PQQ, provided prenatally in a mouse model of diet-induced obesity during pregnancy, could protect obese offspring from progression of NAFLD...
December 22, 2016: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005587/diagnosis-and-management-of-hellp-syndrome-complicated-by-liver-hematoma
#17
Agnès Ditisheim, Baha M Sibai
Subcapsular liver hematoma is a rare but potentially life-threatening complication of preeclampsia and hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelets syndrome. It may present with nonspecific signs and symptoms, none of which are diagnostic, and can mimic pulmonary embolism of cholecystitis. There is no consensus on the management of subcapsular liver hematoma. Unruptured liver hematoma can be conservatively managed. When rupture occurs, surgical, endovascular approaches and, rarely, liver transplantation, may be required...
December 21, 2016: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004456/maternal-endothelial-function-and-vascular-stiffness-after-hellp-syndrome-a-case-control-study
#18
Rossana Orabona, Edoardo Sciatti, Enrico Vizzardi, Ivano Bonadei, Federico Prefumo, Adriana Valcamonico, Marco Metra, Tiziana Frusca
OBJECTIVES: To assess endothelial function and arterial stiffness in women with a previous pregnancy complicated by haemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelet count (HELLP) syndrome, and compare them with women with a previous preeclampsia (PE) without HELLP and controls with uncomplicated pregnancies. METHODS: Women who have had a singleton pregnancy complicated by PE with (n = 49) or without (n = 60) HELLP syndrome and controls (n = 60) underwent peripheral arterial tonometry (EndoPAT method) and pulse wave velocity (PWV) assessment at 6 months-4 years after delivery...
December 22, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002308/clinical-updates-in-women-s-health-care-summary-liver-disease-reproductive-considerations
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All women are at risk of acute and chronic liver diseases. Of particular importance are those diseases that exclusively affect pregnant women and have adverse effects on maternal, fetal, or neonatal outcomes. Acute viral hepatitis is an important cause of liver disease in pregnant women, and hepatitis E infection is associated with substantial mortality. An increasing number of women have chronic liver diseases caused by viral hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, autoimmune liver diseases, and genetic liver diseases...
January 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995667/liver-dysfunction-in-women-with-pregnancy-induced-antithrombin-deficiency
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Mamoru Morikawa, Kosuke Kawabata, Emi Kato-Hirayama, Yasunari Oda, Hiroto Ueda, Soromon Kataoka, Takashi Yamada, Kazuhiko Okuyama, Kazuo Sengoku, Hisanori Minakami
AIM: The aim of this study was to determine whether women with pregnancy-induced antithrombin deficiency (PIATD) had higher risk of liver dysfunction in the absence of thrombocytopenia. METHODS: We carried out a retrospective observational study at five centers in all 129 women with incidentally found PIATD among 5249 maternities and 129 control women without PIATD matched for number of fetuses and gestational week at delivery. PIATD was diagnosed in women with antenatal antithrombin (AT) activities of ≤75% followed by a further decrease to ≤65% peripartum...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
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