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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424947/neurodevelopmental-effects-of-antiepileptic-drugs
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Marissa Kellogg, Kimford J Meador
Increasing evidence suggests that exposure to certain antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) during critical periods of development may induce transient or long-lasting neurodevelopmental deficits across cognitive, motor and behavioral domains. The developing nervous system may endure prolonged chronic exposure to AEDs during pregnancy (in utero) or during childhood, which can lead to neurodevelopmental defects such as congenital neural tube defects, lower IQ, language deficits, autism and ADHD. To date, valproate is the most widely recognized AED to significantly negatively affect neurodevelopment, and demonstrates greater adverse effects than any other AEDs that have been assessed...
April 19, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421540/maternal-folic-acid-supplementation-during-pregnancy-improves-neurobehavioral-development-in-rat-offspring
#2
Xinyan Wang, Wen Li, Shou Li, Jing Yan, John X Wilson, Guowei Huang
Maternal folate status during pregnancy may influence central nervous system (CNS) development in offspring. However, the recommended intakes of folic acid for women of childbearing age differ among countries and there is still no consensus about whether folic acid should be supplemented continuously throughout pregnancy. We hypothesized that folic acid supplementation may be more beneficial for offspring's neurobehavioral development if prolonged throughout pregnancy instead of being limited to the periconceptional period...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413208/anti-m-induced-severe-haemolytic-disease-of-foetus-and-newborn-in-a-malay-woman-with-recurrent-pregnancy-loss
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H Mohd Nazri, M N Noor Haslina, M Y Shafini, A R Noor Shaidatul Akmal, M Rapiaah, A Wan Zaidah
Haemolytic disease of the foetus and newborn (HDFN) is caused by maternal red blood cells (RBC) alloimmunisation resulted from incompatibility of maternal and foetal RBCs. However, only a few HDFN attributed to anti-M were reported, varying from asymptomatic to severe anaemia with hydrops foetalis and even intrauterine death. A case of severe HDFN due to anti-M alloantibody from an alloimmunized grandmultiparous Malay woman with recurrent pregnancy loss is reported here. The newborn was delivered with severe and prolonged anaemia which required frequent RBC transfusions, intensive phototherapy and intravenous immunoglobulin administration...
April 2017: Malaysian Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409493/obesity-in-pregnancy-a-novel-concept-on-the-roles-of-adipokines-in-uterine-contractility
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REVIEW
Judit Hajagos-Tóth, Eszter Ducza, Reza Samavati, Sandor G Vari, Robert Gaspar
Obesity is a global health problem even among pregnant women. Obesity alters quality of labor, such as preterm labor, prolonged labor, and higher oxytocin requirements in pregnant women. The most important factors to play a role in the altered gestational period and serve as drug targets to treat the consequences are female sexual hormones, calcium channels, adrenergic system, oxytocin, and prostaglandins. However, we have limited information about the impact of obesity on the pregnant uterine contractility and gestation time...
April 14, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407807/subclinical-inflammation-associated-with-prolonged-timp-1-upregulation-and-arterial-stiffness-after-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-a-hospital-based-cohort-study
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Tiina Vilmi-Kerälä, Anneli Lauhio, Taina Tervahartiala, Outi Palomäki, Jukka Uotila, Timo Sorsa, Ari Palomäki
BACKGROUND: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) has significant implications for the future health of the mother. Some clinical studies have suggested subclinical inflammation and vascular dysfunction after GDM. We aimed to study whether concentrations of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1), matrix metalloproteinase-8 (MMP-8) and -9, as well as values of arterial stiffness differ between women with and without a history of GDM a few years after delivery...
April 13, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407656/high-blood-pressure-during-pregnancy-is-not-a-protective-factor-for-preterm-infants-with-very-low-birth-weight-a-case-control-study
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Annibal Tagliaferri Sabino, Eduardo de Souza, Ana Lucia Goulart, Adriana Martins de Lima, Nelson Sass
Objective To evaluate whether the presence of maternal blood pressure reduces the risks of morbidity, perinatal mortality and morbidity at 24 months of age in very low birth weight infants (VLBWIs) compared with a control group. Methods A retrospective, observational, case-control study. Total 49 VLBWIs were allocated to the study group, called the maternal arterial hypertension group (AHG), and matched with 44 in the control group (CG). The infants were assessed during hospitalization and at 12 and 24 months corrected age at a specialized clinic...
April 2017: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401076/presentation-of-placental-site-trophoblastic-tumor-with-amenorrhea
#7
Fariba Behnamfar, Safoura Rouholamin, Mahboubeh Esteki
Placental site throphoblastic tumor (PSTT) is a rare manifestation of gestational trophoblastic neoplasia that may complicate any type of pregnancy. The disease is unique from other type, and is defined by slow growth, low human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) serum levels, the late-onset metastatic potential, and most significantly, insensitivity to chemotherapy. We describe a case of a 31-year-old woman with prolonged amenorrhea and slightly elevated serum beta hCG (βhCG) level, referred for termination of abnormal pregnancy...
2017: Advanced Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400369/in-utero-particulate-matter-exposure-produces-heart-failure-electrical-remodeling-and-epigenetic-changes-at-adulthood
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Vineeta Tanwar, Matthew W Gorr, Markus Velten, Clayton M Eichenseer, Victor P Long, Ingrid M Bonilla, Vikram Shettigar, Mark T Ziolo, Jonathan P Davis, Stephen H Baine, Cynthia A Carnes, Loren E Wold
BACKGROUND: Particulate matter (PM; PM2.5 [PM with diameters of <2.5 μm]) exposure during development is strongly associated with adverse cardiovascular outcomes at adulthood. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that in utero PM2.5 exposure alone could alter cardiac structure and function at adulthood. METHODS AND RESULTS: Female FVB mice were exposed either to filtered air or PM2.5 at an average concentration of 73.61 μg/m(3) for 6 h/day, 7 days/week throughout pregnancy...
April 11, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399813/the-netherlands-chlamydia-cohort-study-neccst-protocol-to-assess-the-risk-of-late-complications-following-chlamydia-trachomatis-infection-in-women
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B M Hoenderboom, A A M van Oeffelen, B H B van Benthem, J E A M van Bergen, N H T M Dukers-Muijrers, H M Götz, C J P A Hoebe, A A Hogewoning, F R M van der Klis, D van Baarle, J A Land, M A B van der Sande, M G van Veen, F de Vries, S A Morré, I V F van den Broek
BACKGROUND: Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) among young women, can result in serious sequelae. Although the course of infection is often asymptomatic, CT may cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), leading to severe complications, such as prolonged time to pregnancy, ectopic pregnancy, and tubal factor subfertility. The risk of and risk factors for complications following CT-infection have not been assessed in a long-term prospective cohort study, the preferred design to define infections and complications adequately...
April 11, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399640/associations-of-maternal-testosterone-and-cortisol-levels-with-health-outcomes-of-mothers-and-their-very-low-birth-weight-infants
#10
June Cho, Xiaogang Su, Diane Holditch-Davis
OBJECTIVE: Although the roles of testosterone and cortisol in various health problems have been extensively investigated, little is known about their associations with health outcomes in mothers and their very-low-birth weight (VLBW) infants when maternal testosterone and cortisol are examined together during the postpartum period. METHOD: The 101 mother-VLBW infant pairs were recruited from the neonatal intensive care unit of a tertiary medical center in the southeastern United States...
January 1, 2017: Biological Research for Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397763/endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-homeostasis-in-reproductive-physiology-and-pathology
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REVIEW
Elif Guzel, Sefa Arlier, Ozlem Guzeloglu-Kayisli, Mehmet Selcuk Tabak, Tugba Ekiz, Nihan Semerci, Kellie Larsen, Frederick Schatz, Charles Joseph Lockwood, Umit Ali Kayisli
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER), comprises 60% of the total cell membrane and interacts directly or indirectly with several cell organelles i.e., Golgi bodies, mitochondria and proteasomes. The ER is usually associated with large numbers of attached ribosomes. During evolution, ER developed as the specific cellular site of synthesis, folding, modification and trafficking of secretory and cell-surface proteins. The ER is also the major intracellular calcium storage compartment that maintains cellular calcium homeostasis...
April 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395331/immune-response-to-a-model-shared-placenta-tumor-associated-antigen-reduces-cancer-risk-in-parous-mice%C3%A2
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Susmita Jasti, Mina Farahbakhsh, Sean Nguyen, Brian K Petroff, Margaret G Petroff
During human pregnancy, paternally inherited antigens expressed by the fetal-placental unit can elicit expansion of antigen-specific CD8+ T cells. These cells can persist for years as memory T cells, but their effects on long-term maternal health are unknown. Shared placenta/tumor-associated antigens are expressed by placenta and tumors, but are minimally expressed or absent in normal adult tissues. We hypothesized that maternal T cells elicited against these antigens can alter risk of cancers expressing the same antigen after pregnancy, and tested this in mice using chicken ovalbumin (OVA) as a surrogate shared placenta/tumor antigen...
January 1, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393316/profiling-of-selenium-absorption-and-accumulation-in-healthy-subjects-after-prolonged-l-selenomethionine-supplementation
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C Di Dato, D Gianfrilli, E Greco, M Astolfi, S Canepari, A Lenzi, A M Isidori, E Giannetta
PURPOSE: Autoimmune thyroiditis and its complications for the reproductive system are a growing problem. Selenium is a common ingredient in numerous food supplements recommended for thyroiditis and pregnancy. A fast, simple method to measure serum selenium concentration will improve knowledge of its pharmacokinetics and toxicity. AIM: To validate a useful method to measure serum selenium concentration and to study selenium absorption and accumulation in a prospective interventional study of prolonged treatment...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391733/antenatal-magnesium-sulfate-for-both-tocolysis-and-fetal-neuroprotection-in-premature-rupture-of-the-membranes-before-32-weeks-gestation
#14
Eun Jung Jung, Jung Mi Byun, Young Nam Kim, Kyung Bok Lee, Moon Su Sung, Ki Tae Kim, Jong Beom Shin, Dae Hoon Jeong
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to assess the impact of antenatal MgSO4 therapy given to women with PPROM before 32 weeks' gestation on latency, maternal outcomes, perinatal outcomes, and neurodevelopmental outcomes. METHODS: We undertook a retrospective cohort observational study of 184 singleton pregnancies complicated by PPROM at 23(°)-31(6) weeks who were hospitalized and received magnesium therapy for tocolysis (MgSO4 group) or did not received tocolytic therapy (no MgSO4 group) between 2005 and 2013...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389056/effects-of-adipokines-and-obesity-on-uterine-contractility
#15
REVIEW
Henri Azaïs, Audrey Leroy, Louise Ghesquiere, Philippe Deruelle, Sandy Hanssens
Obesity is a major public health problem. The prevalence of obesity has significantly increased in developed countries, particularly in France with an overall increase of 76% over the last 15 years. In pregnant women, obesity is associated with alterations in the quality of labor, such as delayed onset of labor, a higher rate of prolonged pregnancies, prolonged labor, and higher oxytocin requirements. There is also an increased prevalence of Cesarean sections, particularly during the active phase of labor, and perinatal complications (postpartum hemorrhage)...
January 13, 2017: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377559/recent-advances-in-understanding-the-clinical-relevance-of-antiplatelet-alloantibodies
#16
Katarzyna Guz, Małgorzata Uhrynowska, Izabella Kopeć, Marzena Dębska, Anne Husebekk, Ewa Brojer
Alloimmunization to human platelet antigens (HPAs) may occur either during pregnancy, when a HPA‑negative mother gives birth to a newborn who inherits HPAs from the father, or following blood transfusion or stem cell transplantation. Antiplatelet alloantibodies do not cause thrombocytopenia in a patient, but their detection must always be recorded in medical records because they may induce fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia in present and all subsequent pregnancies, platelet refractoriness, posttransfusion purpura, or prolonged thrombocytopenia with engraftment failure after stem cell transplantation...
March 31, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376665/thinking-outside-the-box
#17
Judith Ingles, Chandrashekara N Kyathanahalli, Pancharatnam Jeyasuria, Jennifer C Condon
A broad definition of preconditioning is "the preparation for a subsequent action." Mounting evidence demonstrates that novel remote preconditioning paradigms, in which protective stimuli experienced locally can capacitate systemic tolerance and enhanced cell viability upon exposure to ensuing cellular insults, have been largely successful in the field of cardiovascular ischemia/reperfusion injury. To ensure successful protective preconditioning, some models (including the uterus) have been demonstrated to activate the unfolded protein response (UPR), which is a cellular stress response controlled at the level of the endoplasmic reticulum...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370252/fetal-cardiac-cine-imaging-using-highly-accelerated-dynamic-mri-with-retrospective-motion-correction-and-outlier-rejection
#18
Joshua F P van Amerom, David F A Lloyd, Anthony N Price, Maria Kuklisova Murgasova, Paul Aljabar, Shaihan J Malik, Maelene Lohezic, Mary A Rutherford, Kuberan Pushparajah, Reza Razavi, Joseph V Hajnal
PURPOSE: Development of a MRI acquisition and reconstruction strategy to depict fetal cardiac anatomy in the presence of maternal and fetal motion. METHODS: The proposed strategy involves i) acquisition and reconstruction of highly accelerated dynamic MRI, followed by image-based ii) cardiac synchronization, iii) motion correction, iv) outlier rejection, and finally v) cardiac cine reconstruction. Postprocessing entirely was automated, aside from a user-defined region of interest delineating the fetal heart...
April 3, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361214/adolescent-pregnancy-and-eating-disorders-a-minireview-and-case-report
#19
Megan E Harrison, Bannuya Balasubramanaiam, Amy Robinson, Mark L Norris
BACKGROUND: Despite the fact that eating disorders (EDs) during pregnancy and early child bearing can both individually increase risk to mother and child, there is a paucity of research exploring pregnancy in adolescence and concomitant EDs. CASE: We report the case of a 16-year-old female with atypical anorexia nervosa, who experiences a remission of her ED behavior during pregnancy, followed by a severe relapse in the post-partum period. CONCLUSION: In this case, pregnancy functioned as a motivator for remission in our patient with concomitant ED...
March 30, 2017: Eating and Weight Disorders: EWD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358639/review-of-hazards-to-female-reproductive-health-in-veterinary-practice
#20
Joni M Scheftel, Brigid L Elchos, Carol S Rubin, John A Decker
OBJECTIVE To review publications that address female reproductive health hazards in veterinary practice, summarize best practices to mitigate reproductive risks, and identify current knowledge gaps. DESIGN Systematized review. SAMPLE English-language articles describing chemical, biological, and physical hazards present in the veterinary workplace and associations with adverse reproductive outcomes or recommendations for minimizing risks to female reproductive health. PROCEDURES Searches of the CAB abstracts database were performed in July 2012 and in May 2015 with the following search terms: veterinarians AND occupational hazards and vets...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
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