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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539446/infectious-prions-in-the-pregnancy-microenvironment-of-cwd-infected-reeves-muntjac-deer
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Amy V Nalls, Erin McNulty, Clare E Hoover, Laura A Pulscher, Edward A Hoover, Candace K Mathiason
Ample evidence exists for the presence of infectious agents at the maternal-fetal interface, often with grave outcomes to the developing fetus (i.e. zika virus, brucella, cytomegalovirus, toxoplasma). While less studied, pregnancy-related transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) have been implicated in several species, including humans. Our previous work has shown that prions can be transferred from mother-to-offspring resulting in the development of clinical TSE disease in offspring born to CWD-infected muntjac dams (64)...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536048/cell-free-dna-inflammation-and-the-initiation-of-spontaneous-term-labor
#2
Christina A Herrera, Jay Stoerker, John Carlquist, Gregory J Stoddard, Marc Jackson, Sean Esplin, Nancy C Rose
BACKGROUND: Hypomethylated cell-free DNA (cfDNA) from senescent placental trophoblasts may be involved in the activation of the inflammatory cascade to initiate labor. OBJECTIVE: To determine the changes in cfDNA concentrations, the methylation ratio, and inflammatory markers between women in labor at term versus women without labor. STUDY DESIGN: In this prospective cohort study, eligible participants carried a non- anomalous singleton fetus...
May 20, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514782/a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-influenza-a-virus-infection-during-pregnancy-associated-with-an-increased-risk-for-stillbirth-and-low-birth-weight
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Jing He, Zhi-Wei Liu, Yong-Ping Lu, Tao-Yuan Li, Xu-Jing Liang, Petra C Arck, Si-Min Huang, Berthold Hocher, You-Peng Chen
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Impaired pregnancy outcomes, such as low birth weight are associated with increased disease risk in later life, however little is known about the impact of common infectious diseases during pregnancy on birth weight. The study had two aims: a) to investigate risk factors of influenza virus infection during pregnancy, and b) to analyze the impact of influenza virus infection on pregnancy outcome, especially birth weight. METHODS: Prospective and retrospective observational studies found in PubMed, MEDLINE, Embase, Google Scholar, and WangFang database were included in this meta analysis...
May 15, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488132/arsenic-and-immune-response-to-infection-during-pregnancy-and-early-life
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REVIEW
Sarah E Attreed, Ana Navas-Acien, Christopher D Heaney
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Arsenic, a known carcinogen and developmental toxicant, is a major threat to global health. While the contribution of arsenic exposure to chronic diseases and adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes is recognized, its ability to impair critical functions of humoral and cell-mediated immunity-including the specific mechanisms in humans-is not well understood. Arsenic has been shown to increase risk of infectious diseases that have significant health implications during pregnancy and early life...
May 9, 2017: Current Environmental Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480845/risk-factors-of-cleft-lip-and-palate-in-georgia
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S Chincharadze, Z Vadachkoria, I Mchedlishvili
A case-control study was conducted to reveal risk factors for cleft lip and palate. The main group consisted of 41mothers of infants with orofacial clefts (cleft lip and/or palate) who were born in Tbilisi maternity houses during 2015-2016. The control group was composed of 61 mothers who have given birth to healthy babies in the same maternity houses. Information on possible risk factors was collected using a special form. In order to evaluate a role of these risk factors, bivariate analysis was conducted at the first stage of the study...
March 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475139/intake-procedures-in-colorado-animal-shelters
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Anna Fagre, Francisco Olea-Popelka, Rebecca Ruch-Gallie
The purpose of this study was to describe intake procedures in Colorado animal shelters, compare infectious disease screening protocols in shelters taking in animals from out-of-state to shelters only accepting animals from Colorado, and analyze perceived risk of diseases in Colorado by responding shelter personnel. A questionnaire was designed and administered to shelter personnel across the state of Colorado via the survey tool SurveyMonkey© (http://www.surveymonkey.com) or a mailed hard copy. Information collected concerned general shelter characteristics and intake procedures performed in various circumstances as reported by responding shelter personnel...
May 5, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462177/infant-and-child-oral-health-risk-status-correlated-to-behavioral-habits-of-parents-or-caregivers-a-survey-in-central-italy
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Iole Vozza, Francesca Capasso, Elisa Marrese, Antonella Polimeni, Livia Ottolenghi
AIM: The aim of this survey was to evaluate the knowledge and awareness of parents and caregivers about potential oral health risk factors for their children in their first months of life (3-30 months). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The participation to the survey was proposed to all parents or caregivers of children attending the public consulting service in Latina for mandatory vaccinations during the period of June to August 2014. A self-administered questionnaire was completed to obtain information regarding demographic variables, infant feeding practice, maternal oral health during and after pregnancy, children's oral hygiene habits and risk behaviors (e...
March 2017: Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456398/effect-of-circulating-exosomes-from-transition-cows-on-madin-darby-bovine-kidney-cell-function
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M A Crookenden, C G Walker, H Peiris, Y Koh, F Almughlliq, K Vaswani, S Reed, A Heiser, J J Loor, J K Kay, S Meier, S S Donkin, A Murray, V S R Dukkipati, J R Roche, M D Mitchell
The greatest risk of metabolic and infectious disease in dairy cows is during the transition from pregnancy to lactating (i.e., the transition period). The objective of this experiment was to determine the effects of extracellular vesicles (microvesicles involved in cell-to-cell signaling) isolated from transition cows on target cell function. We previously identified differences in the protein profiles of exosomes isolated from cows divergent in metabolic health status. Therefore, we hypothesized that these exosomes would affect target tissues differently...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433705/maternal-immunisation-collaborating-with-mother-nature
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REVIEW
Arnaud Marchant, Manish Sadarangani, Mathieu Garand, Nicolas Dauby, Valerie Verhasselt, Lenore Pereira, Gordean Bjornson, Christine E Jones, Scott A Halperin, Kathryn M Edwards, Paul Heath, Peter J Openshaw, David W Scheifele, Tobias R Kollmann
Maternal immunisation has the potential to substantially reduce morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases after birth. The success of tetanus, influenza, and pertussis immunisation during pregnancy has led to consideration of additional maternal immunisation strategies to prevent group B streptococcus and respiratory syncytial virus infections, among others. However, many gaps in knowledge regarding the immunobiology of maternal immunisation prevent the optimal design and application of this successful public health intervention...
April 19, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432664/human-perinatal-immunity-in-physiological-conditions-and-during-infection
#10
REVIEW
Gijs T J van Well, Leonie A Daalderop, Tim Wolfs, Boris W Kramer
The intrauterine environment was long considered sterile. However, several infectious threats are already present during fetal life. This review focuses on the postnatal immunological consequences of prenatal exposure to microorganisms and related inflammatory stimuli. Both the innate and adaptive immune systems of the fetus and neonate are immature, which makes them highly susceptible to infections. There is good evidence that prenatal infections are a primary cause of preterm births. Additionally, the association between antenatal inflammation and adverse neonatal outcomes has been well established...
December 2017: Molecular and Cellular Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428164/zika-in-twitter-temporal-variations-of-locations-actors-and-concepts
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Anthony Stefanidis, Emily Vraga, Georgios Lamprianidis, Jacek Radzikowski, Paul L Delamater, Kathryn H Jacobsen, Dieter Pfoser, Arie Croitoru, Andrew Crooks
BACKGROUND: The recent Zika outbreak witnessed the disease evolving from a regional health concern to a global epidemic. During this process, different communities across the globe became involved in Twitter, discussing the disease and key issues associated with it. This paper presents a study of this discussion in Twitter, at the nexus of location, actors, and concepts. OBJECTIVE: Our objective in this study was to demonstrate the significance of 3 types of events: location related, actor related, and concept related, for understanding how a public health emergency of international concern plays out in social media, and Twitter in particular...
April 20, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407272/the-relative-effects-of-reproductive-condition-stress-and-seasonality-on-patterns-of-parasitism-in-wild-female-black-howler-monkeys-alouatta-pigra
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Rodolfo Martínez-Mota, Paul A Garber, Rupert Palme, Thomas R Gillespie
Parasitic infections in wildlife are shaped by host-related traits including individual reproductive condition. It has been argued that female primates are more susceptible to infectious diseases during pregnancy due to short-term changes in immune function that result in reduced ability to combat infections. Likewise, lactation, which is the most energetically expensive state, may affect immunity and infection risk due to tradeoffs between milk production and maintenance of immune function. Here, we examine the degree to which parasite prevalence and parasite richness are affected by female reproductive condition and stress levels in wild female black howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra)...
April 13, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398429/antiphospholipid-syndrome-in-a-patient-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#13
Ryan E O'Leary, Jennifer L Hsiao, Scott D Worswick
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune condition characterized by a thrombotic event and/or pregnancy morbidity in the presence of persistently elevated antiphospholipid (aPL) antibody titers, which are most prevalent in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus but also have been associated with other autoimmune, malignant, and infectious diseases. In contrast to the clear correlation between high aPL antibody titers and thrombotic events in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, the pathogenic role of these autoantibodies in association with other diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), is not as well defined...
March 2017: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397205/assessment-of-the-implementation-of-the-infectious-diseases-screening-programmes-among-pregnant-women-in-the-lesser-poland-region-and-comparison-with-similar-programmes-conducted-in-other-european-union-countries
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Małgorzata Radoń-Pokracka, Maciej Piasecki, Alicja Lachowska, Sebastian Baczkowski, Joanna Spaczyńska, Magdalena Górecka, Magdalena Nowak, Hubert Huras
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to assess the level of implementation of recommendations of the Ministry of Health regarding infectious disease screening during pregnancy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 477 patients who were admitted to the delivery room between December 2015 and February 2016. Data on screening test results were collected based on medical records covering the period before the admission. RESULTS: The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) screening was conducted in 410 (86%)...
2017: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392064/prenatal-exposure-to-perfluoroalkyl-acids-and-prevalence-of-infectious-diseases-up-to-4years-of-age
#15
Houman Goudarzi, Chihiro Miyashita, Emiko Okada, Ikuko Kashino, Chi-Jen Chen, Sachiko Ito, Atsuko Araki, Sumitaka Kobayashi, Hideyuki Matsuura, Reiko Kishi
Perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) are synthetic chemicals with ability to repel oils and water, and have been widely used in many industrial and household applications such as adhesives and water- and stain-repellent surfaces to nonstick coatings. Animal studies have shown that PFAAs have immunotoxic effects. However, few epidemiological studies have investigated the effects of PFAAs on infectious diseases occurrence. We examined the relationship between prenatal exposure to PFAAs and prevalence of infectious diseases up to 4years of life...
April 6, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383378/emerging-infectious-diseases-in-pregnancy
#16
Richard H Beigi
It has been recognized for centuries that pregnant women have unique susceptibilities to many infectious diseases that predispose them to untoward outcomes compared with the general adult population. It is thought a combination of adaptive alterations in immunity to allow for the fetal allograft combined with changes in anatomy and physiology accompanying pregnancy underlie these susceptibilities. Emerging infectious diseases are defined as those whose incidence in humans has increased in the past two decades or threaten to increase in the near future...
May 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381688/epstein-barr-virus-associated-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-during-pregnancy
#17
Masahiro Ikeda, Rina Oba, Yumiko Yoshiki, Sumito Shingaki, Tomomi Takei, Kanji Miyazaki, Yu Abe, Nobuhiro Tsukada, Tadao Ishida, Kenshi Suzuki
An 11-week pregnant, 32-year-old Japanese woman who had recovered from infectious mononucleosis visited our center due to fever, anorexia, and bilateral hypochondrial pain. Blood tests revealed leukopenia, thrombocytopenia and elevated ferritin. She was diagnosed with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). A high viral load of the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) was recognized, indicating EBV-HLH. She was treated with a single dose of dexamethasone to protect the fetus. However, the disease was uncontrollable, necessitating etoposide and cyclosporine administration...
2017: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367735/severe-vivax-malaria-a-prospective-exploration-at-a-tertiary-healthcare-centre-in-southwestern-india
#18
Rishikesh Kumar, Kavitha Saravu
Plasmodium vivax is recognized to cause severe malaria and mortality. We aimed to determine the proportion of disease severity, the spectrum of complications, underlying non-infectious comorbidities and predictors of severity in monoinfection P. vivax malaria among adults at a tertiary healthcare centre in Southwestern India. A prospective cohort study was conducted among microscopically confirmed monoinfection P. vivax acute malaria patients aged, ≥18 years. Cases with pregnancy and concomitant febrile illnesses including mixed malaria were excluded...
May 2017: Pathogens and Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361961/exposure-to-paternal-tobacco-smoking-increased-child-hospitalization-for-lower-respiratory-infections-but-not-for-other-diseases-in-vietnam
#19
Reiko Miyahara, Kensuke Takahashi, Nguyen Thi Hien Anh, Vu Dinh Thiem, Motoi Suzuki, Hiroshi Yoshino, Le Huu Tho, Hiroyuki Moriuchi, Sharon E Cox, Lay Myint Yoshida, Dang Duc Anh, Koya Ariyoshi, Michio Yasunami
Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is an important modifiable risk factor for child hospitalization, although its contribution is not well documented in countries where ETS due to maternal tobacco smoking is negligible. We conducted a birth cohort study of 1999 neonates between May 2009 and May 2010 in Nha Trang, Vietnam, to evaluate paternal tobacco smoking as a risk factor for infectious and non-infectious diseases. Hospitalizations during a 24-month observation period were identified using hospital records...
March 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315889/patterns-of-growth-in-early-childhood-and-infectious-disease-and-nutritional-determinants
#20
Robert E Black
The physical growth of young children in low- and middle-income countries is reduced compared to international standards. The deviations in growth in both weight and height are greatest in the first 2 years of life and this has serious consequences for child mortality, development, adult stature, and health. The determinants of these patterns of growth faltering include intergenerational factors, such as maternal height, short birth interval, and conditions in pregnancy, including maternal underweight and anemia...
2017: Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop Series
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