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Antenatal testing

Danica Petrovic, Milan Perovic, Biljana Lazovic, Igor Pantic
Relationship between physical activity and mental disorders in late pregnancy is unclear. In this work, we demonstrate that there is a significant association between the time spent on walking and symptoms of depression and anxiety in antenatal period. The cross-sectional study was done on a sample of 200 healthy women in 9th month of physiological pregnancy at Health center Kraljevo, Serbia during 2015. Each participant was given a questionnaire consisting of general questions regarding physical activity, pregnancy, and other parameters...
October 8, 2016: Psychiatry Research
Jane Fisher
Antenatal screening for Down's syndrome, and particularly the potential NHS implementation of the more sensitive cell-free DNA screening known as NIPT (non-invasive prenatal testing), has had intense media coverage recently, prompted by the BBC2 documentary A World Without Down's Syndrome.
October 12, 2016: Nursing Standard
Antonella Giancotti, Valentina D'Ambrosio, Enrica Marchionni, Antonia Squarcella, Camilla Aliberti, Renato La Torre, Lucia Manganaro, Antonio Pizzuti
PURPOSE: Pfeiffer syndrome (PS) is an autosomal dominant disorder caused by mutations in FGFR1 and FGFR2 genes. Given its wide range of clinical expression and severity, early prenatal diagnosis is difficult and genetic counseling is desirable. We report a literature review of all prenatal diagnosis of PS and a case report, with a focused description of ultrasound findings. METHODS: After literature search, we selected 14 studies of antenatal diagnosis of PS. Prenatal ultrasound findings, outcome, maternal and obstetrical data and genetic tests were recorded and analyzed...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Masahiro Kinoshita, Sachiko Iwata, Hisayoshi Okamura, Mamoru Saikusa, Naoko Hara, Chihoko Urata, Yuko Araki, Osuke Iwata
Studies suggested the presence of foetal adrenal rhythms of cortisol, which are entrained in antiphase to maternal rhythms. In contrast, neonates are thought to have no adrenal rhythm until 2-3 months after birth. To test the hypothesis that a foetal-type adrenal rhythm is preserved after birth, saliva samples were collected from 65 preterm/term infants during hospital stay (30-40 weeks corrected age) at 10:00 and 19:00 h. Cortisol levels were assessed for their diurnal difference and dependence on antenatal/postnatal clinical variables...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Suzy Duckworth, Lucy C Chappell, Paul T Seed, Lucy Mackillop, Andrew H Shennan, Rachael Hunter
OBJECTIVE: To model the resource implications of placental growth factor (PlGF) testing in women with suspected pre-eclampsia prior to 35 weeks' gestation as part of a management algorithm, compared with current practice. METHODS: Data on resource use from 132 women with suspected pre-eclampsia prior to 35 weeks' gestation, enrolled in a prospective observational cohort study evaluating PlGF measurement within antenatal assessment units within two UK consultant-led maternity units was extracted by case note review...
2016: PloS One
Etienne Karita, Sabin Nsanzimana, Felix Ndagije, Kristin M Wall, Jeannine Mukamuyango, Placidie Mugwaneza, Eric Remera, Pratima L Raghunathan, Roger Bayingana, Kayitesi Kayitenkore, Brigitte Bekan-Homawoo, Amanda Tichacek, Susan Allen
BACKGROUND: Couples' voluntary HIV counseling and testing (CVCT) is a WHO-recommended intervention for prevention of heterosexual HIV transmission which very few African couples have received. We report the successful nationwide implementation of CVCT in Rwanda. METHODS: From 1988 to 1994 in Rwanda, pregnant and postpartum women were tested for HIV and requested testing for their husbands. Partner testing was associated with more condom use and lower HIV and sexually transmitted infection rates, particularly among HIV-discordant couples...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
Lianne M Tomfohr-Madsen, Tavis S Campbell, Gerald F Giesbrecht, Nicole L Letourneau, Linda E Carlson, Joshua W Madsen, Sona Dimidjian
BACKGROUND: Clinically significant psychological distress in pregnancy is common, with epidemiological research suggesting that between 15 and 25 % of pregnant women experience elevated symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. Untreated psychological distress in pregnancy is associated with poor obstetrical outcomes, changes in maternal physiology, elevated incidence of child physical and psychological disorders, and is predictive of maternal postpartum mood disorders. Despite the wide-ranging impact of antenatal psychological distress on mothers and their children, there is a gap in our knowledge about the most effective treatments that are available for psychological distress experienced in pregnancy...
October 13, 2016: Trials
Shaun K Morris, Lisa G Pell, Mohammed Ziaur Rahman, Michelle C Dimitris, Abdullah Mahmud, M Munirul Islam, Tahmeed Ahmed, Eleanor Pullenayegum, Tahmid Kashem, Shaila S Shanta, Jonathan Gubbay, Eszter Papp, Michelle Science, Stanley Zlotkin, Daniel E Roth
BACKGROUND: Early infancy is a high-risk period for severe acute respiratory infection (ARI), particularly in low-income countries with resource-limited health systems. Lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) is commonly preceded by upper respiratory infection (URTI), and often caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza and other common community-acquired viral pathogens. Vitamin D status is a candidate modifiable early-life determinant of the host antiviral immune response and thus may influence the risk of ARI-associated morbidity in high-risk populations...
October 13, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Stephane Helleringer
New HIV infections among children have declined significantly more slowly in West and central African countries (WCA) than in eastern and southern African countries between 2009 and 2015. Since adolescent fertility is particularly high in WCA countries, frequent mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV may in part be due to low coverage of HIV testing among adolescents during antenatal care (ANC). We investigated this adolescent gap in HIV testing using survey data from the demographic and health surveys and multiple indicators cluster surveys collected in 21 WCA countries since 2009...
October 12, 2016: AIDS and Behavior
Saira Parveen Jolly, Mahfuzar Rahman, Kaosar Afsana, Fakir Md Yunus, Ahmed M R Chowdhury
BACKGROUND: A continuous influx of poor people to urban slums poses a challenge to Bangladesh's health system as it has failed to tackle maternal morbidity and mortality. BRAC is the largest non-governmental organisation in Bangladesh. BRAC has been working to reduce maternal, neonatal and under-five children morbidity and mortality of slum dwellers in cities. BRAC has been doing this work for a decade through a programme called MANOSHI. This programme provides door-to-door services to its beneficiaries through community health workers (CHWs) and normal delivery service through its delivery and maternity centres...
2016: PloS One
Kamal Ali, Thomas Rosser, Ravindra Bhat, Kim Wolff, Simon Hannam, Gerrard F Rafferty, Anne Greenough
OBJECTIVES: To determine at the peak age for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) the ventilatory response to hypoxia of infants whose mothers substance misused in pregnancy (SM infants), or smoked during pregnancy (S mothers) and controls whose mothers neither substance misused or smoked. In addition, we compared the ventilatory response to hypoxia during the neonatal period and peak age of SIDS. WORKING HYPOTHESIS: Infants of S or SM mothers compared to control infants would have a poorer ventilatory response to hypoxia at the peak age of SIDS...
October 10, 2016: Pediatric Pulmonology
Pei-Chao Lin, Chich-Hsiu Hung, Te-Fu Chan, Kuan-Chia Lin, Yu-Yun Hsu, Ya-Ling Tzeng
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the risk factors for developing GDM among Taiwanese pregnant women. DESIGN: A retrospective cohort and case-control study. SETTING: At a medical centre in Southern Taiwan. PARTICIPANTS: The hospitalised pregnant women who were diagnosed with either GDM or normal glucose tolerance (NGT) between 1997 and 2011. The glucose tolerance test results were interpreted according to criteria established by the National Diabetes Data Group for GDM...
September 22, 2016: Midwifery
Jacob Sakala, Nellisiwe Chizuni, Selestine Nzala
INTRODUCTION: Despite roll-out of cost-effective point-of-care tests, less than half antenatal attendees in rural western Zambia are screened for syphilis. This study formulated a clinical, risk-based assessment criteria and evaluated its usefulness as a non-biomedical alternative for identifying high-risk prenatal cases. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional survey of antenatal clinic attendees in Kaoma, Luampa and Nkeyema districts to collect data on exposure to nine pre-selected syphilis risk factors...
2016: Pan African Medical Journal
Mariya Angelova, Emil Kovachev, Nikolai Todorov
AIM: The aim of this publication is to present a case of CMV infection during pregnancy, with clinical manifestations of the development of microcephaly and simultaneous dilatation of the 3rd and 4th brain ventricle at 23 weeks gestation. This article discusses the role of ultrasound screening in the second trimester of pregnancy. CASE PRESENTATION: We present the case of a 25-year-old woman with the initials S.K. in her second pregnancy that came to our antenatal Consulting Centre...
September 15, 2016: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Mariya Angelova, Emil Kovachev, Veselina Tsankova, Iliana Koleva, Silvia Mangarova
AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of chlamydial infection among pregnant women and to determine the role of this infection in the fetus. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In the first phase of this study were reported 58 pregnant women with a positive test for active chlamydial infection by applying immunofluorescence. In the second phase of the study were reported pregnant with premature burst membranes (PBM), postnatal complications associated with chlamydial infection as puerperal endometritis, and newborns are monitored for low birth weight and growth retardation at birth...
September 15, 2016: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Grace Lim, Jeanne M Horowitz, Senta Berggruen, Linda M Ernst, Rebecca L Linn, Bradley Hewlett, Jennifer Kim, Laurie A Chalifoux, Robert J McCarthy
STUDY OBJECTIVE AND DESIGN: To evaluate the hypothesis that assigning grades to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of suspected placenta accreta will correlate with hemorrhagic outcomes. We chose a single-center, retrospective, observational design. SETTING, PATIENTS, AND MEASUREMENTS: Nulliparous or multiparous women who had antenatal placental MRI performed at a tertiary level academic hospital were included. Cases with antenatal placental MRI were included and compared with cases without MRI performed...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
L M Yee, A R Goldberger, P M Garcia, E S Miller
OBJECTIVE: To characterize pregnant patients' knowledge, attitudes and preferences regarding antenatal HIV testing for themselves and their sexual partners. STUDY DESIGN: Observational, mixed methods study of HIV-negative pregnant women from a university-based urban clinic. Participants completed an anonymous survey about HIV testing for themselves and their partners. Descriptive statistics, bivariable analyses, multivariable logistic regression and qualitative thematic analysis were utilized...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
Aamer Imdad, Zunirah Ahmed, Zulfiqar A Bhutta
BACKGROUND: Vitamin A deficiency is a significant public health problem in low- and middle-income countries. Vitamin A supplementation provided to infants less than six months of age is one of the strategies to improve the nutrition of infants at high risk of vitamin A deficiency and thus potentially reduce their mortality and morbidity. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of synthetic vitamin A supplementation in infants one to six months of age in low- and middle-income countries, irrespective of maternal antenatal or postnatal vitamin A supplementation status, on mortality, morbidity and adverse effects...
September 28, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Alemi Kebede, Kalkidan Hassen, Aderajew Nigussie Teklehaymanot
BACKGROUND: Most obstetric complications occur unpredictably during the time of delivery, but they can be prevented with proper medical care in the health facilities. Despite the Ethiopian government's efforts to expand health service facilities and promote health institution-based delivery service in the country, an estimated 85% of births still take place at home. OBJECTIVE: The review was conducted with the aim of generating the best evidence on the determinants of institutional delivery service utilization in Ethiopia...
2016: International Journal of Women's Health
Soo Yeon Park, In Ae Jang, Min Ah Lee, Young Ju Kim, Sun Hee Chun, Mi Hye Park
OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to review the screening performance of combined test at the Ewha Womans University Mokdong hospital. METHODS: All women admitted for routine antenatal care between January 1st 2008 and December 31st 2012 with a known pregnancy outcome were included in this study, totaling 1,156 women with singleton pregnancies presenting at 10 to 13 weeks of gestation. Women were offered screening using a combination of maternal serum pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A, free β-human chorionic gonadotropin and fetal nuchal translucency thickness...
September 2016: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
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