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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150340/placental-transfer-and-levels-of-mercury-selenium-vitamin-e-and-docosahexaenoic-acid-in-maternal-and-umbilical-cord-blood
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Mineshi Sakamoto, Hing Man Chan, José L Domingo, Chihaya Koriyama, Katsuyuki Murata
Methylmercury (MeHg) is a neurotoxicant known to affect the developing fetal brain as a sensitive target organ. As most mercury (Hg) in blood is MeHg, total mercury (THg) levels in blood are used to estimate the body burden of MeHg. The nutrients selenium (Se), vitamin E, and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are protective against MeHg toxicity. We compared maternal and cord blood concentrations of biochemical substances, THg and Se, vitamin E, DHA, and other elements, fatty acids, and amino acids in 54 Japanese mother-newborn pairs to elucidate the fetal risk of MeHg toxicity...
November 14, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149698/ectrodactyly-in-a-chinese-patient-born-to-a-mother-with-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder
#2
Yanyu Chang, Yaqing Shu, Xiaobo Sun, Chengfang Xu, Dan He, Ling Fang, Chen Chen, Xueqiang Hu, Allan Kermode, Wei Qiu
NMOSD develops primarily in women of childbearing age, and several previous studies have shown that the disorder may increase the risk of miscarriage. However, there are no reports, to our knowledge, of fetal malformation, other than neonatal hydrocephalus, related to NMOSD. We report a 30-year-old woman who experienced recurrent neuritis and who was seropositive for AQP4-IgG. She became pregnant, and the fetus was found to have ectrodactyly. Histological analysis of the placenta showed moderate inflammatory infiltration; however, whether fetal malformation in NMOSD is related to inflammation and AQP4-IgG remains to be determined...
November 8, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149636/examining-characteristics-associated-with-quitting-smoking-during-pregnancy-and-relapse-postpartum
#3
Farnaaz Kia, Nicole Tosun, Samantha Carlson, Sharon Allen
INTRODUCTION: Smoking during pregnancy is a significant public health concern that can cause adverse health outcomes for both the mother and fetus. Studies have shown only 40% of women quit smoking during pregnancy, with more than half relapsing within 6months, and up to 90% relapsing within one year. This study investigates differences in demographics and smoking-related symptomatology between pregnant smokers and pregnant quitters, as well as factors associated with postpartum relapse...
November 10, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148879/a-multicenter-investigation-of-factors-influencing-women-s-participation-in-clinical-trials
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Samantha Myles, Cheryl Tocci, Michele Falk, Stephanie Lynch, Caroline Torres, Barbara Brown, Brandy Leopanto Firman, Marian Lake, Cynthia A Maser, Ameneh Onativia, Erin M Obermeier, Jennifer Macfarlan, Ronald Wapner, John C Smulian, Anita Kurt
OBJECTIVE: To identify factors that influence women's participation in clinical research. METHODS: We administered a survey in outpatient and inpatient populations of Obstetrics and Gynecology facilities of six institutions located in four states. The survey included questions regarding any of the participant's past experiences in clinical research and the factors that would influence their participation in clinical research. Analyses included descriptive statistics and a Principal Component Analysis...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147891/long-term-presence-of-angiotensin-ii-type-1-receptor-autoantibody-reduces-aldosterone-production-by-triggering-ca-2-overload-in-h295r-cells
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Jinghui Lei, Suli Zhang, Pengli Wang, Yang Liao, Jingwei Bian, Xiaochen Yin, Ye Wu, Lina Bai, Feng Wang, Xiaoli Yang, Huirong Liu
Preeclamptic women are reported to have inadequate plasma volume expansion coupled with a suppressed secretion of aldosterone; however, the specific mechanism of preeclampsia remains unclear. We demonstrated that the presence of long-term angiotensin II type 1 receptor autoantibody (AT1-AA) reduces aldosterone production by triggering a Ca(2+) overload in H295R cells. AT1-AA was discovered in preeclamptic women and reported to activate AT1R, and consequently elevate intracellular Ca(2+). We found that AT1-AA significantly prolonged the time of intracellular Ca(2+) elevation...
November 16, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147122/use-of-lipid-lowering-medicinal-herbs-during-pregnancy-a-systematic-review-on-safety-and-dosage
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REVIEW
Hojjat Rouhi-Boroujeni, Esfandiar Heidarian, Hamid Rouhi-Boroujeni, Minasadat Khoddami, Mojgan Gharipour, Mahmoud Rafieian-Kopaei
BACKGROUND: Hyperlipidemia is one of the important diseases in pregnancy that causes fetal abnormalities during pregnancy and after the birth. Unfortunately, the usual anti-fat drugs are associated with high morbidity in fetus and due to people's inclination towards taking herbs, it is required to identify side effects of medicinal herbs in pregnancy. The aim of this study was to present hypolipidemic herbs that would not any complications for mother and fetus. METHODS: In this review article, the major electronic databases such as EBSCO, Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), China Network Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Cochrane, Google scholar, MEDLINE, SciVerse, Scopus, and Web of Science were searched using the key words "herbal" and "hyperlipidemia", "herbal" and "pregnancy" matched by MeSH from their respective inceptions till September, 2016...
May 2017: ARYA Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147113/clinical-presentation-management-and-outcomes-of-primary-hyperparathyroidism-during-pregnancy
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Ya Hu, Ming Cui, Zhengyi Sun, Zhe Su, Xiang Gao, Quan Liao, Yupei Zhao
Background: Primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT) in pregnancy is a rare event, but it poses a significant risk to mothers and fetuses. The optimal treatment strategy remains controversial. Methods: We present a consecutive series of twelve pregnant women with pHPT. Results: Twelve women were diagnosed with pHPT during pregnancy or in the postpartum period. Four of them presented no symptoms or mild symptoms. Four patients experienced serious complications, including hypercalcaemic crisis, acute pancreatitis, and eclampsia...
2017: International Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146387/dilemmas-in-genetic-counseling-for-low-penetrance-neuro-susceptibility-loci-detected-on-prenatal-chromosomal-microarray-analysis
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Dana Brabbing-Goldstein, Adi Reches, Ran Svirsky, Anat Bar-Shira, Yuval Yaron
BACKGROUND: Chromosomal microarray analysis is standard of care in fetuses with malformations, detecting clinically significant copy number variants in 5-7% of cases over conventional karyotyping. However, it also detects variants of uncertain significance in 1.6% - 4.2% of the cases, some of which are low-penetrance neuro-susceptibility loci. The interpretation of these variants in pregnancy is particularly challenging, because the significance is often unclear and the clinical implications may be difficult to predict...
November 13, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146078/bisphenol-a-distribution-in-serum-urine-placenta-breast-milk-and-umbilical-cord-serum-in-a-birth-panel-of-mother-neonate-pairs
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Jangwoo Lee, Kyungho Choi, Jeongim Park, Hyo-Bang Moon, Gyuyeon Choi, Jeong Jae Lee, Eunsook Suh, Hai-Joong Kim, So-Hee Eun, Gun-Ha Kim, Geum Joon Cho, Sung Koo Kim, Sungjoo Kim, Su Young Kim, Seunghyo Kim, Soyong Eom, Sooran Choi, Young Don Kim, Sungkyoon Kim
Bisphenol A (BPA) exposure during the perinatal and postnatal periods increases the susceptibility to disease over the life cycle. However, information on the BPA delivered to fetuses or infants via the placenta and breastfeeding is limited. We determined the BPA exposure levels in various bodily fluids and tissues of pregnant women and described fetus and infant exposures to BPA based on associations and BPA ratios in mother-neonate paired samples. Maternal serum, urine, placenta, breast milk, cord serum, and neonatal urine samples were collected from 318 mother-neonate pairs at six university hospitals in Korea...
November 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145778/an-apparent-case-of-brodifacoum-toxicosis-in-a-whelping-dog
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Scott D Fitzgerald, Jennifer Martinez, John P Buchweitz
A 7-y-old Weimaraner bitch was presented to emergency service after 3 h of active labor with no puppies produced. Hemoabdomen and hemothorax were present at the time of surgery; prothrombin time (PT) and activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) were both found to be within normal ranges. Surgical cesarean section was performed; 4 dead puppies and 5 live puppies were delivered. Because hemostasis was difficult to achieve, a hysterectomy was performed; however, the dog died as the operation was being completed...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145400/zika-virus-an-updated-review-of-competent-or-naturally-infected-mosquitoes
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REVIEW
Yanouk Epelboin, Stanislas Talaga, Loïc Epelboin, Isabelle Dusfour
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an arthropod-borne virus (arbovirus) that recently caused outbreaks in the Americas. Over the past 60 years, this virus has been observed circulating among African, Asian, and Pacific Island populations, but little attention has been paid by the scientific community until the discovery that large-scale urban ZIKV outbreaks were associated with neurological complications such as microcephaly and several other neurological malformations in fetuses and newborns. This paper is a systematic review intended to list all mosquito species studied for ZIKV infection or for their vector competence...
November 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145274/diagnosis-of-fetal-megacystis-with-chromosomal-abnormality-by-2d-prenatal-ultrasound-a-case-report
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Fuman She, Shengwen Dong, Bibo Yuan, Xiaoli Gao
RATIONALE: The pathogenesis of fetal megacystis is divided into obstructive and nonobstructive. Megacystis combined with chromosomal abnormalities is rare and most of the cases are nonobstructive. PATIENT CONCERNS: The fetus showed posterior urethral obstructive megacystis with features of bladder enlargement, "keyhole" feature, and thick bladder wall. DIAGNOSES: Here, we present a case of fetal megacystis diagnosed by ultrasound at pregnancy week 15+2 and with multisystem abnormalities...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145065/gestational-differences-in-murine-placenta-glycolytic-metabolism-and-pregnancy-parameters
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Renee E Albers, Christopher A Waker, Chanel Keoni, Melissa R Kaufman, Michael A Bottomley, Sarah Min, David R Natale, Thomas L Brown
The placenta is a complex and essential organ composed largely of fetal-derived cells, including several different trophoblast subtypes that work in unison to support nutrient transport to the fetus during pregnancy. Abnormal placental development can lead to pregnancy-associated disorders that often involve metabolic dysfunction. The scope of dysregulated metabolism during placental development may not be fully representative of the in vivo state in defined culture systems, such as cell lines or isolated primary cells...
November 4, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144870/brain-maturation-differences-in-biochemical-composition-of-fetal-and-child-s-brain
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Andrzej Urbanik, Monika Cichocka, Justyna Kozub, Paulina Karcz, Izabela Herman-Sucharska
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to evaluate differences in (1)H MRS spectra of the brain of fetuses and children from 6 to 11 years of age. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 21 healthy fetuses in the third trimester and 22 children were examined using the proton nuclear magnetic resonance. The relative metabolite concentrations to the sum of all metabolites were calculated. RESULTS: In the (1)H MRS spectra of the brain from fetuses and children, there are the same characteristic peaks: N-acetylaspartate (NAA), creatine (Cr), choline (Cho), and myo-inositol (mI)...
October 2017: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144430/a-correlation-study-of-dha-intake-estimated-by-a-ffq-and-concentrations-in-plasma-and-erythrocytes-in-mid-and-late-pregnancy
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Yu-Bo Zhou, Hong-Tian Li, Leonardo Trasande, Lin-Lin Wang, Ya-Li Zhang, Ke-Yi Si, Man-Xi Bai, Jian-Meng Liu
Adequate docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is essential for the optimal growth and development of the fetus. Maternal DHA content fluctuates during pregnancy. The correlation of DHA content with dietary intake might be varied over the course of pregnancy. We aimed to compare the dietary DHA intake, estimated by a DHA-specific semiquantitative food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) against its blood content, among mid- and late-term pregnant women. A total of 804 Chinese pregnant women completed the tailored FFQ and provided fasting venous blood samples...
November 16, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143863/morphometric-properties-of-the-latissimus-dorsi-muscle-in-human-fetuses-for-flap-surgery
#16
Orhan Beger, Burhan Beger, Deniz Uzmansel, Semra Erdoğan, Zeliha Kurtoğlu
PURPOSE: Although latissimus dorsi (LD) flaps are extensively used in a wide range of interventions, fetus studies on this subject are quite limited. This study aims to obtain detailed information about the morphometric features of LD, thoracodorsal artery (TDA) and nerve (TDN). METHODS: The study was carried out on both sides of 50 formalin-fixed human fetuses (22 male/28 female) with a mean gestational age of 24.5 ± 4.7 (range 18-36) weeks, which were in the inventory of Anatomy Department of Mersin University Faculty of Medicine...
November 16, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142885/successful-glycemic-control-using-a-flash-glucose-monitoring-system-for-a-pregnant-woman-with-diabetes-a-case-report
#17
Miyako Kishimoto, Saori Tamada, Yoko Oshiba
Background: Glucose control for pregnant women with glucose intolerance is important, as hyperglycemia may adversely affect the mother and the fetus. Case presentation: We report the case of a pregnant Japanese woman who experienced gestational diabetes mellitus during her first pregnancy and developed impaired glucose tolerance after the delivery. During her second pregnancy with twins, she required up to 75 units of injected insulin to control her postprandial hyperglycemia and occasionally experienced hypoglycemia...
2017: Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142763/array-characterization-of-prenatally-diagnosed-15q26-microdeletion-and-2q37-1-duplication-report-of-a-new-case-with-multicystic-kidneys-and-review-of-the-literature
#18
Molka Kammoun, Wafa Slimani, Hanene Hannachi, Mohamed Bibi, Ali Saad, Soumaya Mougou-Zerelli
We report on a molecular cytogenetic characterization of 15q26 deletion and 2q37.1 duplication in a fetus presenting with intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), diaphragmatic hernia, multicystic kidneys, left kidney pyelectasis, and clubfeet. A terminal 15q26 deletion and a terminal 2q duplication of at least 10 and 9 Mb, respectively, derived from a maternal translocation, were found. The 15q26 deletion represents a contiguous gene deletion syndrome mainly characterized by IUGR, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, and less frequently kidney defects...
December 2017: Journal of Pediatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141950/maternal-circadian-rhythms-and-the-programming-of-adult-health-and-disease
#19
Tamara Jayne Varcoe, Kathryn L Gatford, David J Kennaway
The in utero environment is inherently rhythmic, with the fetus subjected to circadian changes in temperature, substrates and various maternal hormones. Meanwhile, the fetus is developing an endogenous circadian timing system, preparing for life in an external environment where light, food availability and other environmental factors change predictably and repeatedly every 24 hours. In humans, there are many situations that can disrupt circadian rhythms, including shift work, international travel, insomnias and circadian rhythm disorders (e...
November 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141913/multiplexed-biomarker-panels-discriminate-zika-and-dengue-virus-infection-in-humans
#20
Guang Song, Hee-Sool Rho, Jianbo Pan, Pedro Ramos, Ki-Jun Yoon, Freddy A Medina, Emily M Lee, Daniel J Eichinger, Guo-Li Ming, Jorge L Muñoz-Jordan, Hengli Tang, Ignacio Pino, Hongjun Song, Jiang Qian, Heng Zhu
Zika virus (ZIKV) and dengue virus (DENV) are closely related flaviviruses that cause widespread, acute febrile illnesses, notably microcephaly for fetuses of infected pregnant women. Detecting the viral cause of these illnesses is paramount to determine risks to patients, counsel pregnant women, and help fight outbreaks. A combined diagnostic algorithm for ZIKV and DENV requires Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and IgM antibody detection. RT-PCR differentiates between DENV and ZIKV infections during the acute phases of infection, but differentiation based on IgM antibodies is currently nearly impossible in endemic areas...
November 15, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
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