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Laura Morlacchi, Paola Roggero, Maria Lorella Giannì, Beatrice Bracco, Debora Porri, Enrico Battiato, Camilla Menis, Nadia Liotto, Domenica Mallardi, Fabio Mosca
Background: Nutritional management of preterm infants aims to approximate the tissue growth and body composition of a fetus of the same postmenstrual age. The adequacy of the quality of protein supply can influence the rate and the relative quality of weight gain. Objective: We investigated the protein balance according to feeding regimen and the association between human milk feeding and fat-free mass content at the term-corrected age in very-low-birth-weight preterm infants...
February 1, 2018: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Kyle K Jensen, Karen Y Oh, Anne M Kennedy, Roya Sohaey
Intrauterine linear echogenicity (ILE) is a common ultrasonographic finding in the gravid uterus and has variable causes and variable maternal and fetal outcomes. Correctly categorizing ILE during pregnancy is crucial for guiding surveillance and advanced imaging strategies. Common causes of ILE include membranes in multiple gestations, uterine synechiae with amniotic sheets, and uterine duplication anomalies. Less common causes include circumvallate placenta, chorioamniotic separation, and hemorrhage between membranes...
March 2018: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Sophiya Dulal, Frédérique Liégeois, David Osrin, Adam Kuczynski, Dharma S Manandhar, Bhim P Shrestha, Aman Sen, Naomi Saville, Delan Devakumar, Audrey Prost
Introduction: Multiple Micronutrient (MMN) supplementation during pregnancy can decrease the proportion of infants born low birth weight and small for gestational age. Supplementation could also enhance children's cognitive function by improving access to key nutrients during fetal brain development and increasing birth weight, especially in areas where undernutrition is common. We tested the hypothesis that children whose mothers received MMN supplementation during pregnancy would have higher intelligence in early adolescence compared with those receiving Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) only...
2018: BMJ Global Health
Linping Yan, Jie Feng, Feng Cheng, Xianwei Cui, Lingjuan Gao, Yajun Chen, Fei Wang, Tianying Zhong, Yun Li, Lan Liu
Circular RNAs (circRNAs) have recently been shown to exert their effects on multiple pathological processes by acting as microRNA (miRNA) sponges. However, the roles of circRNAs in gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) are largely unknown. This study aimed to identify the circRNAs involved in GDM and predict their potential biological functions. We first performed next-generation sequencing (NGS) to generate unbiased placental villi circRNA expression profiles of GDM and normal controls. In total, 48,270 circRNAs from the placental villi of the two groups were sequenced...
March 8, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Maryam Kashanian, Nooshin Eshraghi, Narges Sheikhansari, Arash Bordbar, Elahehsadat Khatami
The purpose of the present study was to compare the effect of a two-dose administration of betamethasone with 12 hours interval vs. 24 hours interval on neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). The study was performed as a randomised clinical trial on 201 pregnant women with a gestational age of 26-34 weeks. In one group 12 mg of betamethasone every 12 hours for two doses and in the other group 12 mg of betamethasone every 24 hours for two doses were prescribed intramuscularly. There were no significant differences between the two groups according to maternal age, parity, gravidity, BMI, neonatal sex, need to surfactant, NICU admission, NICU stay, neonatal death, neonatal sepsis and Apgar score at minutes 1 and 5, but the gestational age at the beginning of the study and delivery receiving complete course of betamethasone and neonatal weight were lower in 24 hours group...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Mengling Tang, Shanshan Yin, Jianyun Zhang, Kun Chen, Mingjuan Jin, Weiping Liu
Prenatal exposure to polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) is suspected to interfere with fetal development including reproductive and thyroid function and birth outcomes, but published evidence are still sparse. We designed a cross-sectional study to analyze the associations between PCB levels in umbilical cord sera and hormones and birth outcomes of mothers and newborns who are residents from an island. Seven indicator-PCB (PCB-28, 52, 101, 118, 138, 153, 180), and five reproductive hormones including luteotropic hormones (LH), estradiol (E2), testosterone (T), follicle-stimulating hormones (FSH) and anti-Mullerian hormones (AMH), and three thyroid hormones including tri-iodothyronine (T3), tetra-iodothyronine (T4) and thyroid stimulating hormones (TSH) were measured in 106 cord sera specimens...
March 8, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Ali Khatibi, Anne-Marie Nybo Andersen, Mika Gissler, Nils-Halvdan Morken, Bo Jacobsson
OBJECTIVES: Childbearing at extremely advanced maternal age is a globally increasing trend, but only a few studies have described the outcomes of these pregnancies. The aim of this study was to describe the occurrence of childbearing at age 50 and up in the Nordic countries, as well as to examine the frequency of adverse obstetric and neonatal outcomes. STUDY DESIGN: A descriptive population-based study was designed. Data from 1991 to 2013 were collected from the Medical Birth Registries in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden...
March 3, 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Alan Leviton, Stephen R Hooper, Scott J Hunter, Megan N Scott, Elizabeth N Allred, Robert M Joseph, T Michael O'Shea, Karl Kuban
BACKGROUND: The incidence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is higher among children born very preterm than among children who are mature at birth. METHODS: We studied 583 ten-year-old children who were born before 28 weeks of gestation whose IQ was above 84 and had a parent-completed Child Symptom Inventory-4, which allowed classification of the child as having or not having symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. For 422 children, we also had a teacher report, and for 583 children, we also had a parent report of whether or not a physician made an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnosis...
December 21, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
Yvonne Kwun Yue Cheng, Lai Wa Law, Tak Yeung Leung, Oi Ka Chan, Daljit Singh Sahota
OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical utility of the sFlt-1:PlGF ratio rule-in/rule-out pre-eclampsia either directly or after correcting each marker for gestation and maternal weight. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study. sFlt-1, PlGF were measured in 965 women randomized to undergo a single blood withdraw between 20 and 39 weeks of gestation. sFlt-1, PlGF and the sFlt-1:PlGF ratio temporal relationship was determined. sFlt-1 and PlGF were converted to multiples of the expected gestational median (MoM) and adjusted for maternal weight...
January 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Matthew J Drago, Ursula Guillén, Maria Schiaratura, Jennifer Batza, Annette Zygmunt, Anja Mowes, David Munson, John M Lorenz, Christiana Farkouh-Karoleski, Haresh Kirpalani
Objective How Latino parents perceive and understand antenatal counseling for extreme prematurity, < 26 weeks of gestational age (GA), is not clear. We aim to characterize Latino parental perceptions of antenatal counseling in order to construct and validate a Spanish decision-aid (SDA) to improve parental knowledge of prematurity after antenatal consults. Methods This is a three-phased, prospective, multicenter study. First, interviews of 22 Latino parents with a history of birth < 26 weeks GA were conducted...
March 8, 2018: Maternal and Child Health Journal
Anne T Berg, Samya Chakravorty, Sookyong Koh, Zachary M Grinspan, Renée A Shellhaas, Russell P Saneto, Elaine C Wirrell, Jason Coryell, Catherine J Chu, John R Mytinger, William D Gaillard, Ignacio Valencia, Kelly G Knupp, Tobias Loddenkemper, Joseph E Sullivan, Annapurna Poduri, John J Millichap, Cynthia Keator, Courtney Wusthoff, Nicole Ryan, William B Dobyns, Madhuri Hegde
Infantile spasms are the defining seizures of West syndrome, a severe form of early life epilepsy with poorly-understood pathophysiology. We present a novel comparative analysis of infants with spasms versus other seizure-types and identify clinical, etiological, and molecular-genetic factors preferentially predisposing to spasms. We compared ages, clinical etiologies, and associated-genes between spasms and non-spasms groups in a multicenter cohort of 509 infants (<12months) with newly-diagnosed epilepsy...
2018: PloS One
Laura Schummers, Jennifer A Hutcheon, Michele R Hacker, Tyler J VanderWeele, Paige L Williams, Thomas A McElrath, Sonia Hernandez-Diaz
BACKGROUND: First deliveries in women older than 35, 40, or 45 are at increased risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes compared with those in younger women. However, specific relationships between each additional year of maternal age and pregnancy risks remain unclear, and absolute risks at each maternal age are not known. METHODS: Using a population-based cohort of nulliparous women in British Columbia, Canada, from 2004-2014 (n=203,414), We examined relationships between maternal age (modeled flexibly to allow curvilinear shapes) and pregnancy outcomes using logistic regression...
March 6, 2018: Epidemiology
Deedee R Kommers, Sophie E M Truijens, S Guid Oei, Sidarto Bambang Oetomo, Victor J M Pop
OBJECTIVE: To assess the relation between antenatal mother-infant bonding scores and maternal reports of infant crying behaviour. BACKGROUND: Crying is normal behaviour and it is important for parent-infant bonding. Even though bonding starts antenatally, the relation between antenatal bonding scores and infant crying behaviour has never been studied. METHOD: A secondary analysis was performed on data that were gathered in a large prospective study within our region...
November 2017: Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Nichole Fairbrother, Dana S Thordarson, Kathrin Stoll
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the current study was to investigate the relationship between the newly developed Childbirth Fear Questionnaire (CFQ) and demographic and reproductive variables. BACKGROUND: The CFQ was developed in an effort to improve measurement and understanding of women's childbirth fears. To our knowledge the CFQ is the only multidimensional measure of childbirth fears in which (a) multiple domains of childbirth fear are assessed and (b) individual subscales have been psychometrically developed...
February 2018: Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Enav Yefet, Olga Kuzmin, Naama Schwartz, Flora Basson, Zohar Nachum
AIM: Elevated human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) and alpha fetoprotein (AFP) have been linked to placental dysfunction and associated morbidities. We aimed to compare the induction of labor with expectant management at term in those pregnancies for the prevention of neonatal and maternal morbidities. METHODS: Women with second trimester HCG ≥ 2 and/or AFP ≥ 2 multiples of the median, without additional maternal or fetal complications, from their 38th gestational week were offered the choice of labor induction or expectant management...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Sobha Puppala, Cun Li, Jeremy P Glenn, Romil Saxena, Samer Gawrieh, Amy Quinn, Jennifer Palarczyk, Edward J Dick, Peter W Nathanielsz, Laura A Cox
Maternal obesity (MO) increases offspring cardiometabolic disease risk. Altered fetal liver development in response to the challenge of MO has metabolic consequences underlying adverse offspring life-course health outcomes. Little is known about molecular pathways and potential epigenetic changes regulating primate fetal liver responses to MO. We hypothesized that MO would induce fetal baboon liver epigenetic changes resulting in dysregulation of key metabolic pathways that impact lipid metabolism. MO was induced prior to pregnancy by a high fat, high sucrose diet...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Physiology
Guanghui Li, Wenyu Huang, Li Zhang, Zhihong Tian, Wei Zheng, Teng Wang, Ting Zhang, Weiyuan Zhang
BACKGROUND: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a strong risk factor for gestational diabetes (GDM). However, the association between features of PCOS during early pregnancy and the risk of GDM is not clearly characterized. In this prospective cohort study, we seek to identify early-pregnancy risk factors for GDM in PCOS women. METHODS: Between 2011-2013, 248 women with PCOS were followed from their first prenatal visit to delivery. Multiple early-pregnancy metabolic factors were evaluated for their association with the risk of GDM...
March 7, 2018: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
Sandra E Juul, Bryan A Comstock, Patrick J Heagerty, Dennis E Mayock, Amy M Goodman, Stephanie Hauge, Fernando Gonzalez, Yvonne W Wu
BACKGROUND: Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) remains an important cause of neonatal death and frequently leads to significant long-term disability in survivors. Therapeutic hypothermia, while beneficial, still leaves many treated infants with lifelong disabilities. Adjunctive therapies are needed, and erythropoietin (Epo) has the potential to provide additional neuroprotection. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to review the current incidence, mechanism of injury, and sequelae of HIE, and to describe a new phase III randomized, placebo-controlled trial of Epo neuroprotection in term and near-term infants with moderate to severe HIE treated with therapeutic hypothermia...
March 7, 2018: Neonatology
Katherine Leavey, Samantha L Wilson, Shannon A Bainbridge, Wendy P Robinson, Brian J Cox
Background: Preeclampsia (PE) is a heterogeneous, hypertensive disorder of pregnancy, with no robust biomarkers or effective treatments. We hypothesized that this heterogeneity is due to the existence of multiple subtypes of PE and, in support of this hypothesis, we recently identified five clusters of placentas within a large gene expression microarray dataset ( N  = 330), of which four (clusters 1, 2, 3, and 5) contained a substantial number of PE samples. However, while transcriptional analysis of placentas can subtype patients, we propose that the addition of epigenetic information could discern gene regulatory mechanisms behind the distinct PE pathologies, as well as identify clinically useful potential biomarkers...
2018: Clinical Epigenetics
Min Jeong Kim, Joo Hui Kim, Il Young Kim, Soo Bong Lee, In Seong Park, Mi Yeun Han, Harin Rhee, Sang Heon Song, Eun Young Seong, Ihm Soo Kwak, Dong Won Lee
Preeclampsia is the most common cause of proteinuria with hypertension during pregnancy. Primary kidney disease and kidney disease secondary to systemic disorders may rarely occur during pregnancy, resulting in proteinuria. A 34-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital with abdominal distention and lower extremity edema. The pregnancy was terminated at the 24th week of gestation due to preterm labor. Even after the delivery, proteinuria and renal deterioration continued to progress. The M-peak was not found on serum and urine protein electrophoresis...
March 2018: Iranian Journal of Kidney Diseases
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