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Damien Seth Hunter, Susan J Hazel, Karen L Kind, Hong Liu, Danila Marini, Lynne C Giles, Miles J De Blasio, Julie A Owens, Julia B Pitcher, Kathryn L Gatford
Poor perinatal growth in humans results in asymmetrical grey matter loss in fetuses and infants and increased functional and behavioural asymmetry, but specific contributions of pre- and postnatal growth are unclear. We therefore compared strength and direction of lateralization in obstacle avoidance and maze exit preference tasks in offspring of placentally restricted (PR: 10M, 13F) and control (CON: 23M, 17F) sheep pregnancies at 18 and 40 weeks of age, and examined gross brain structure of the prefrontal cortex at 52 weeks of age (PR: 14M, 18F; CON: 23M, 25F)...
October 19, 2016: Laterality
Jacob R Joseph, Brandon W Smith, Hugh J L Garton
Blunt prenatal trauma is known to have consequences to the developing brain, and can result in subdural hematoma (SDH) or epidural hematoma (EDH). The authors present a case of blunt prenatal trauma resulting in a fetal SDH, intraparenchymal hematoma, and intraventricular hemorrhage, and perform a systematic review of the literature. This systematic review was conducted according to the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) guidelines. Relevant studies (up to April 2016) that reported on cases of fetal SDH or EDH after blunt prenatal trauma were identified from the PubMed database...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Robert Brian Lowry, Tanya Bedard, Barbara Sibbald
Prevalence rates of amnion rupture sequence, limb body wall defect, and body wall defects vary widely. Comparisons are difficult due to small case numbers and the lack of agreement of definition, classification, and pathogenesis. This study reports the prevalence of cases classified in five distinct categories. The Alberta Congenital Anomalies Surveillance System data on live births, stillbirths, and terminations of pregnancy (<20 weeks gestation) occurring between 1980 through 2012 with the ICD-10 Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Adaptation codes used for congenital constriction bands (Q79...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Jeanne L Alhusen, Kelly M Bower, Elizabeth Epstein, Phyllis Sharps
INTRODUCTION: This article presents an integrative review of the literature examining the relationship between racial discrimination and adverse birth outcomes. METHODS: Searches for research studies published from 2009 to 2015 were conducted using PubMed, CINAHL, Scopus, PsycINFO, Web of Science, and Embase. Articles were assessed for potential inclusion using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) 2009 framework. RESULTS: Fifteen studies met criteria for review...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
Tigest Shifraw, Yemane Berhane, Hanna Gulema, Tamil Kendall, Anne Austin
BACKGROUND: Facility based delivery for mothers is one of the proven interventions to reduce maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. This study identified women's reasons for seeking to give birth in a health facility and captured their perceptions of the quality of care they received during their most recent birth, in a population with high utilization of facility based deliveries. METHODS: This qualitative study was conducted in eight health centers in Addis Ababa...
October 12, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
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
Anning Hu, Zhenchao Qian
The expansion of higher education witnessed in many societies influences the pattern of educational assortative mating. Structural transition theory predicts growing educational homogamy due to increasing preference for highly-educated partners who become more widely available. In contrast, social closure theory suggests depressed educational homogamy because the inflation of the education elite circle fosters the openness of marriage market, reducing the preference for a highly-educated mate and increasing the penetrability across social-status boundaries...
November 2016: Social Science Research
Mário J D S Santos
BACKGROUND: The option of a planned home birth defies medical and social normativity across countries. In Denmark, despite the dramatic decline in the home birth rates between 1960 and 1980, the right to choose the place of birth was preserved. Little has been produced documenting this process. AIM: To present and discuss Susanne Houd's reflection on the history and social dynamics of home birth in Denmark, based in an in-depth interview. METHODS: This paper is part of wider Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM), in which this interview was framed as oral history...
October 1, 2016: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
Rohan D'Souza, Candice K Silversides, Claire McLintock
The prothrombotic state of pregnancy increases the risk of thromboembolic complications and death in women with mechanical heart valves (MHVs). Although it is accepted that these women must be on therapeutic anticoagulation throughout pregnancy, competing maternal and fetal risks, as well as the lack of high-quality data from prospective studies, make the choice of the optimal method of anticoagulation challenging. Vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) are associated with fewer maternal complications, but conversely also the lowest live birth rates as well as warfarin-related embryopathy and fetopathy...
October 5, 2016: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Adriana Suely de Oliveira Melo, Renato Santana Aguiar, Melania Maria Ramos Amorim, Monica B Arruda, Fabiana de Oliveira Melo, Suelem Taís Clementino Ribeiro, Alba Gean Medeiros Batista, Thales Ferreira, Mayra Pereira Dos Santos, Virgínia Vilar Sampaio, Sarah Rogéria Martins Moura, Luciana Portela Rabello, Clarissa Emanuelle Gonzaga, Gustavo Malinger, Renato Ximenes, Patricia Soares de Oliveira-Szejnfeld, Fernanda Tovar-Moll, Leila Chimelli, Paola Paz Silveira, Rodrigo Delvechio, Luiza Higa, Loraine Campanati, Rita M R Nogueira, Ana Maria Bispo Filippis, Jacob Szejnfeld, Carolina Moreira Voloch, Orlando C Ferreira, Rodrigo M Brindeiro, Amilcar Tanuri
Importance: Recent studies have reported an increase in the number of fetuses and neonates with microcephaly whose mothers were infected with the Zika virus (ZIKV) during pregnancy. To our knowledge, most reports to date have focused on select aspects of the maternal or fetal infection and fetal effects. Objective: To describe the prenatal evolution and perinatal outcomes of 11 neonates who had developmental abnormalities and neurological damage associated with ZIKV infection in Brazil...
October 3, 2016: JAMA Neurology
Adriana Cavași, Voicu Mercea, Ofelia Anton, Ion Cosmin Puia
Although transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts are most frequently used for the management of portal hypertension, the surgical approach is preferred for symptomatic portal cavernoma cholangiopathy. We present the case of a 25-year old female patient with a portal cavernoma secondary to catheterization of the umbilical vein at birth. She had had two episodes of esophageal variceal bleeding, successfully treated by endoscopic banding. and an episode of acute cholangitis secondary to portal cavernoma cholangiopathy...
September 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
Mayilee Canizares, Monique Gignac, Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, Richard H Glazier, Elizabeth M Badley
OBJECTIVE: In light of concerns for meeting the provision of healthcare services given the large numbers of ageing baby boomers, we compared the trajectories of primary care and specialist services use across the lifecourse of 5 birth cohorts and examined factors associated with birth cohort differences. DESIGN: Longitudinal panel. SETTING: Canadian National Population Health Survey (1994-2011). POPULATION: Sample of 10 186 individuals aged 20-69 years in 1994-1995 and who were from 5 birth cohorts: Generation X (Gen X; born: 1965-1974), Younger Baby Boomers (born: 1955-1964), Older Baby Boomers (born: 1945-1954), World War II (born: 1935-1944) and pre-World War II (born: 1925-1934)...
2016: BMJ Open
Angela L Todd, Lillian Y Zhang, Amina Z Khambalia, Christine L Roberts
BACKGROUND: Estimated date of birth (EDB) is used to guide the care provided to women during pregnancy and birth, although its imprecision is recognised. Alternatives to the EDB have been suggested for use with women however their attitudes to timing of birth information have not been examined. AIMS: To explore women's expectations of giving birth on or near their EDB, and their attitudes to alternative estimates for timing of birth. METHODS: A survey of pregnant women attending four public hospitals in Sydney, Australia, between July and December 2012...
September 26, 2016: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
Genevieve E Becker, Hazel A Smith, Fionnuala Cooney
BACKGROUND: Breastfeeding is important, however not all infants can feed at the breast and methods of expressing milk need evaluation. OBJECTIVES: To assess acceptability, effectiveness, safety, effect on milk composition, contamination and costs of methods of milk expression. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group's Trials Register (21 March 2016), handsearched relevant journals and conference proceedings, and contacted experts in the field to seek additional published or unpublished studies...
September 29, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
François Vallée, Aurélien Luciani, Murray P Cox
Archeology, linguistics and increasingly genetics are clarifying how populations moved from mainland Asia, through Island Southeast Asia, and out into the Pacific during the farming revolution. Yet key features of this process remain poorly understood, particularly how social behaviors intersected with demographic drivers to create the patterns of genomic diversity observed across Island Southeast Asia today. Such questions are ripe for computer modeling. Here, we construct an agent-based model to simulate human mobility across Island Southeast Asia from the Neolithic period to the present, with a special focus on interactions between individuals with Asian, Papuan and mixed Asian-Papuan ancestry...
September 28, 2016: Genetics
Urszula M Marcinkowska, Julien Terraube, Gwenaël Kaminski
Faces are an important cue to multiple physiological and psychological traits. Human preferences for exaggerated sex typicality (masculinity or femininity) in faces depend on multiple factors and show high inter-subject variability. To gain a deeper understanding of the mechanisms underlying facial femininity preferences in men, we tested the interactive effect of family structure (birth order, sibling sex-ratio and number of siblings) and parenthood status on these preferences. Based on a group of 1304 heterosexual men, we have found that preference for feminine faces was not only influenced by sibling age and sex, but also that fatherhood modulated this preference...
2016: Scientific Reports
Abha Maheshwari, Edwin Amalraj Raja, Siladitya Bhattacharya
OBJECTIVE: To explore obstetric and perinatal outcomes in singleton pregnancies occurring as a result of fresh and thawed frozen embryo transfer using anonymized Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority data. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Not applicable. PATIENT(S): Singleton births after IVF/intracytoplasmic sperm injection cycles in the United Kingdom (1991-2011). INTERVENTION(S): A total of 112,432 cycles (95,911 fresh and 16,521 frozen) were analyzed using multivariate logistic regression to explore associations between type of embryo transferred (frozen vs...
September 24, 2016: Fertility and Sterility
L B Grabenhenrich, A Reich, J Bellach, V Trendelenburg, A B Sprikkelman, G Roberts, K E C Grimshaw, S Sigurdardottir, M L Kowalski, N G Papadopoulos, S Quirce, R Dubakiene, B Niggemann, M Fernández-Rivas, B Ballmer-Weber, R van Ree, S Schnadt, E N C Mills, T Keil, K Beyer
BACKGROUND: The conduct of oral food challenges as the preferred diagnostic standard for food allergy (FA) was harmonized over the last years. However, documentation and interpretation of challenge results, particularly in research settings, are not sufficiently standardized to allow valid comparisons between studies. Our aim was to develop a diagnostic toolbox to capture and report clinical observations in double-blind placebo-controlled food challenges (DBPCFC). METHODS: A group of experienced allergists, paediatricians, dieticians, epidemiologists and data managers developed generic case report forms and standard operating procedures for DBPCFCs and piloted them in three clinical centres...
September 27, 2016: Allergy
Pelle G Lindqvist, Aldo T Silva, Sven A Gustafsson, Sebastian Gidlöf
OBJECTIVE: Vitamin D deficiency causes not only skeletal problems but also muscle weakness, including heart muscle. If the fetal heart is also affected, it might be more susceptible to fetal distress and birth asphyxia. In this pilot study, we hypothesised that low maternal vitamin D levels are over-represented in pregnancies with fetal distress/birth asphyxia. DESIGN AND SETTING: A population-based nested case-control study. PATIENTS: Banked sera of 2496 women from the 12th week of pregnancy...
September 22, 2016: BMJ Open
Angela Ann Joseph, Bindu Kulshreshtha, Iram Shabir, Eunice Marumudi, Tony Sam George, Rajesh Sagar, Manju Mehta, Ariachery C Ammini
Children with disorders of sex development (DSD) manifest at birth with malformed genitalia or later with atypical pubertal development. Those born with malformed genitalia are often diagnosed at birth. However, in resource-poor countries like India, where not all births are supervised by healthcare workers, some of these children remain undiagnosed until puberty or even later. The aim of this study was to assess the gender issues and psychosocial problems of children with DSD. Participants included 205 children with DSD (103 with 46,XX DSD and 102 with 46,XY DSD)...
September 20, 2016: Archives of Sexual Behavior
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