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Prevention of miscarriage

Rachel Flink-Bochacki, Megan E Hamm, Sonya Borrero, Beatrice A Chen, Sharon L Achilles, Judy C Chang
OBJECTIVE: To explore initial pregnancy intentions and postmiscarriage family planning needs and counseling preferences of women experiencing spontaneous abortion. METHODS: We conducted semistructured qualitative interviews with women who recently experienced spontaneous abortion to explore their feelings about conception, pregnancy, and miscarriage; their future family planning goals; and contraceptive counseling preferences. Two trained coders utilized an inductive, iterative approach to code transcripts and identify themes using Atlas...
March 8, 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Linlin Liu, Xiaowu Huang, Enlan Xia, Xiaoyu Zhang, Tin-Chiu Li, Yuhuan Liu
This is a retrospective cohort study conducted in a national training centre for hysteroscopy between January 2012 and December 2014 to compare the clinical outcome of two doses of oestradiol valerate (4 mg and 10 mg daily) in the prevention of recurrence of adhesions after hysteroscopic adhesiolysis. A total of 176 women who suffered from Asherman syndrome with moderate to severe intrauterine adhesions were included: 91 subjects received a 10 mg daily dose of oestradiol and 85 subjects received a 4 mg daily dose of oestradiol in the postoperative period...
March 5, 2018: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
Wioleta J Omeljaniuk, Katarzyna Socha, Jolanta Soroczynska, Angelika E Charkiewicz, Tadeusz Laudanski, Marek Kulikowski, Edward Kobylec, Maria H Borawska
BACKGROUND: Cadmium (Cd) and lead (Pb) are toxic elements which, when ingested excessively in food and drinking water, accumulate in selected organs and pass through the placenta barrier to the foetus, showing teratogenic effects. The aim of the study was to determine the concentration of Cd and Pb in blood and placental tissue in women who miscarried. METHODS: The study group consisted of 83 women who miscarried. The control group included 35 women in the first trimester of pregnancy and after childbirth...
January 1, 2018: Clinical Laboratory
N Kotova, V Maichuk, O Fedorenko
Neural tube defects occupy second place in frequency after the defects of the cardiovascular system. The folate metabolism violation and hyperhomocysteinemia in women are proved to be the leading risk factors for the NTD of the fetus. Polymorphism of the 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene (MTHFR) is a genetic determinant of folate metabolism violation. Admission of folic acid in a standard dose of 0.4 mg and / or the use of fortified foods does not allow reaching the protective level of folic acid if there is a mutation of the MTHFR gene or when several risk factors combine, which requires a higher dose of folic acid...
January 2018: Georgian Medical News
Rachel S Bolton-King
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January 2018: Science & Justice: Journal of the Forensic Science Society
Peixia Shi, Hui Ren, Hong Li, Qin Dai
Maternal depression has been intensively explored; however, less attention has been paid to maternal suicide. No studies to date have observed maternal depression and suicide at immediate prenatal and early postpartum stages. In total, 213 Chinese women were recruited in hospitals after they were admitted for childbirth. All completed a short-term longitudinal survey at perinatal stages. Women reported lower depression scores (6.65) and higher suicidal ideation incidence (11.74%) after childbirth. Prenatal depression raised the possibility of prenatal suicidal ideation, while prenatal depression and suicidal ideation increased postpartum depression and suicidal ideation...
March 2018: Psychiatry Research
Karen Schreiber, Savino Sciascia, Philip G de Groot, Katrien Devreese, Soren Jacobsen, Guillermo Ruiz-Irastroza, Jane E Salmon, Yehuda Shoenfeld, Ora Shovman, Beverley J Hunt
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies, such as lupus anticoagulant, anticardiolipin antibodies and anti-β2-glycoprotein 1 antibodies. APS can present with a variety of clinical phenotypes, including thrombosis in the veins, arteries and microvasculature as well as obstetrical complications. The pathophysiological hallmark is thrombosis, but other factors such as complement activation might be important. Prevention of thrombotic manifestations associated with APS includes lifestyle changes and, in individuals at high risk, low-dose aspirin...
January 11, 2018: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
Fatima Ahmed AL-Hammadi, Fatema Al-Tahri, Asma Al-Ali, Satish C Nair, Mahera Abdulrahman
Global data indicate that cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer among women worldwide. Important factors that affect interventions for early diagnosis of cervical cancer include social beliefs and values and poor knowledge. These may contribute to women’s participation in screening for cervical cancer and have a significant impact on decisions to take preventive action. The present study was conducted with 599 women in the UAE between September 2016 and March 2017. A cross-sectional survey was conducted to determine knowledge about cervical cancer and screening, demographic characteristics and perceived barriers...
December 29, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
Saul M Kassin
Recent advances in DNA technology have shined a spotlight on thousands of innocent people wrongfully convicted for crimes they did not commit-many of whom had been induced to confess. The scientific study of false confessions, which helps to explain this phenomenon, has proved highly paradoxical. On the one hand, it is rooted in reliable core principles of psychology (e.g., research on reinforcement and decision-making, obedience to authority, and confirmation biases). On the other hand, false confessions are highly counterintuitive if not inconceivable to most people (e...
December 2017: American Psychologist
Robert Lee Stanley, Takako Ohashi, Jacob Gordon, Chishimba Nathan Mowa
A timely and complete uterine cervical tissue repair postpartum is of necessity to prevent obstetrical complications, such as cervicitis, ectropion, hemorrhage, repeated miscarriages or abortions and possibly preterm labor and malignancies. We recently characterized the morphological alterations, as well as changes in angiogenic expression profile in a mice uterine cervix during the immediate postpartum period. Here, we build on this previous study using a proteomic analysis to profile postpartum tissue changes in mice cervix during the same period, the first 48 h of postpartum...
January 2018: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
Simone De Leo, Elizabeth N Pearce
Understanding of changes in thyroid function and the consequences of thyroid disease during pregnancy has rapidly grown in the past two decades, and revised American Thyroid Association guidelines on this topic were published in 2017. This Review explores the association between thyroid autoimmunity and complications during and after pregnancy. Thyroid autoimmunity refers to the presence of antibodies to thyroperoxidase or thyroglobulin, or thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor antibodies (TRAbs), or a combination of these, and is present in up to 18% of pregnant women...
December 12, 2017: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
Umberto Leone Roberti Maggiore, Annalisa Inversetti, Matteo Schimberni, Paola Viganò, Veronica Giorgione, Massimo Candiani
Over the past few years, a new topic in the field of endometriosis has emerged: the potential impact of the disease on pregnancy outcomes. This review aims to summarize in detail the available evidence on the relationship between endometriosis, particularly deep endometriosis (DE), and obstetrical outcomes. Acute complications of DE, such as spontaneous hemoperitoneum, bowel perforation, and uterine rupture, may occur during pregnancy. Although these events represent life-threatening conditions, they are rare and unpredictable...
December 2017: Fertility and Sterility
Qiliang Xin, Shuangbo Kong, Junhao Yan, Jingtao Qiu, Bo He, Chan Zhou, Zhangli Ni, Haili Bao, Lin Huang, Jinhua Lu, Guoliang Xia, Xicheng Liu, Zi-Jiang Chen, Chao Wang, Haibin Wang
Natural and synthetic progestogens have been commonly used to prevent recurrent pregnancy loss in women with inadequate progesterone secretion or reduced progesterone sensitivity. However, the clinical efficacy of progesterone and its analogs for maintaining pregnancy is variable. Additionally, the underlying cause of impaired endometrial progesterone responsiveness during early pregnancy remains unknown. Here, we demonstrated that uterine-selective depletion of BMI1, a key component of the polycomb repressive complex-1 (PRC1), hampers uterine progesterone responsiveness and derails normal uterine receptivity, resulting in implantation failure in mice...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
K Taghavi, M L Gasparri, D Bolla, D Surbek
PURPOSE: The role of cervical cerclage to prevent preterm birth (PTB) remains controversial. The aim of this study was to identify prognostic factors for cerclage failure among singleton pregnant women following prophylactic cerclage (PC). METHODS: A retrospective analysis of PC was performed in a single center. The main outcome measure was cerclage failure, defined by spontaneous early PTB prior to 32 weeks' gestation. Age, BMI, history of instrumentation of the uterus, history of second trimester miscarriage, previous conization, positive vaginal swab prior cerclage, gestational age at time of cerclage, CRP 1 week after cerclage and post-cerclage US changes of cervical length were tested as predictive factors...
February 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Ming-Zhu Wang, Fang-Qin Lin, Min Li, Dan He, Qi-Hong Yu, Xue-Xi Yang, Ying-Song Wu
BACKGROUND Array CGH is the criterion standard for identifying copy number variations (CNV), but the restrictive requirement of DNA quality and relatively high cost prevent the use of this method as a general assay in hospitals in developing countries. Our principal objective was to determine whether the semiconductor sequencing platform (SSP) could be an alternative method in CNV detection for spontaneous miscarriage. MATERIAL AND METHODS A total of 443 spontaneous miscarriage samples were collected and subjected to low-coverage (0...
November 22, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Belinda S Pinto, Terry L Orr-Weaver
Proper segregation of chromosomes in meiosis is essential to prevent miscarriages and birth defects. This requires that sister chromatids maintain cohesion at the centromere as cohesion is released on the chromatid arms when the homologs segregate at anaphase I. The Shugoshin proteins preserve centromere cohesion by protecting the cohesin complex from cleavage, and this has been shown in yeasts to be mediated by recruitment of the protein phosphatase 2A B' (PP2A B'). In metazoans, delineation of the role of PP2A B' in meiosis has been hindered by its myriad of other essential roles...
December 5, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Paul Smith, Natalie Cooper, Rima Dhillon-Smith, Emily O'Toole, T Justin Clark, Arri Coomarasamy
INTRODUCTION: 'Core outcome sets' are an agreed, standardised set of outcomes based on what key stakeholders (clinicians, patients, their partners, researchers, service developers, funding organisations and so on) consider the important outcomes in the management or prevention of a condition. This paper describes the rationale and design for the development of Core Outcome Sets for Miscarriage Trials. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: Systematic reviews, interviews and focus groups with patients and their partners will be conducted to identify potential core outcomes that will be introduced into a modified Delphi survey...
November 16, 2017: BMJ Open
O Picone
OBJECTIVES: To analyze the consequences of genital herpes infections in pregnant women. METHODS: The PubMed database and the recommendations from the French and foreign obstetrical societies or colleges have been consulted. RESULTS: The symptomatology of herpes genital rash is often atypical (NP2) and not different during pregnancy (Professional consensus). It is most often due to HSV2 (NP2). Seventy percent of pregnant patients have a history of infection with Herpes simplex virus, without reference to genital or labial localization, and this is in most cases type 1 (NP2)...
December 2017: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
Gavin B Grant, Susan E Reef, Minal Patel, Jennifer K Knapp, Alya Dabbagh
Although rubella virus infection usually causes a mild fever and rash illness in children and adults, infection during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester, can result in miscarriage, fetal death, stillbirth, or infants with a constellation of congenital malformations known as congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) (1). Rubella is a leading vaccine-preventable cause of birth defects. Preventing these adverse pregnancy outcomes is the focus of rubella vaccination programs. In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) updated guidance on the preferred strategy for introduction of rubella-containing vaccine (RCV) into national immunization schedules and recommended an initial vaccination campaign, usually targeting children aged 9 months-14 years (1)...
November 17, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
N Belhomme, C Doudnikoff, E Polard, B Henriot, H Isly, P Jego
Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) has been used ever since the Antiquity for its painkilling and anti-inflammatory effects. Its antiplatelet properties have then extended its indications to the field of coronaropathy and vascular cerebral disease, and finally to vascular placental disease. Aspirin has been widely prescribed since the 1980's to prevent pre-eclampsia, intra-uterine growth retardation and fetal death of vascular origin. It has also been proposed to prevent unexplained recurrent miscarriages. Its use during pregnancy is considered as safe, provided the daily doses do not exceed 100mg...
December 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
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