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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334402/noninvasive-reconstruction-of-placental-methylome-from-maternal-plasma-dna-potential-for-prenatal-testing-and-monitoring
#1
Kun Sun, Fiona M F Lun, Tak Y Leung, Rossa W K Chiu, Y M Dennis Lo, Hao Sun
OBJECTIVE: During human pregnancy, the DNA methylation of placental tissue is highly relevant to the normal growth and development of the fetus, therefore methylomic analysis of the placental tissue possesses high research and clinical value in prenatal testing and monitoring. Thus our aim is to develop an approach for reconstruction of the placental methylome, which should be completely noninvasive and achieve high accuracy and resolution. RESULTS: We propose a novel size-based algorithm, FEMER, to noninvasively reconstruct the placental methylome by genomewide bisulfite sequencing and size-based analysis of maternal plasma DNA...
January 15, 2018: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329576/spontaneous-prematurity-in-fetuses-with-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia-a-retrospective-cohort-study-about-prenatal-predictive-factors
#2
Bruna Maria Lopes Barbosa, Agatha S Rodrigues, Mario Henrique Burlacchini Carvalho, Roberto Eduardo Bittar, Rossana Pulcineli Vieira Francisco, Lisandra Stein Bernardes
BACKGROUND: To evaluate possible predictive factors of spontaneous prematurity in fetuses with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed. Inclusion criteria were presence of CDH; absence of fetoscopy; absence of karyotype abnormality; maximum of one major malformation associated with diaphragmatic hernia; ultrasound monitoring at the Obstetrics Clinic of Clinicas Hospital at the University of São Paulo School of Medicine, from January 2001 to October 2014...
January 12, 2018: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325496/maternal-thyrotropin-receptor-antibody-concentration-and-the-risk-of-fetal-and-neonatal-thyrotoxicosis-a-systematic-review
#3
Myrthe Marguerite van Dijk, Iris Smits, Eric Fliers, Peter H Bisschop
BACKGROUND: In pregnant women with Graves' disease, maternal thyrotropin receptor antibodies (TRAb) can cross the placenta and induce fetal or neonatal thyrotoxicosis. Symptoms of fetal thyrotoxicosis are tachycardia, intrauterine growth restriction and intra-uterine death. Recommendations on an upper limit of TRAb concentrations below which intensive fetal monitoring can be safely omitted vary between different guidelines. The objective of this study was to define an evidence-based cut-off level for maternal TRAb necessitating additional fetal monitoring during pregnancy...
January 12, 2018: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325324/-obstetric-outcome-in-pregnancy-complained-with-pulmonary-hypertension
#4
C X Zhu, W Xiong, J Yang, H Q Chen, G Niu, Z L Wang
Objective: To identify whether pregnancy outcomes vary by the severity of pulmonary hypertension. Methods: A retrospective study was conducted on 78 cases of pregnancies complained with pulmonary hypertension who delivered in the First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University from 2006 to 2016.The selected cases were divided into three groups according to severity of pulmonary hypertension: mild pulmonary hypertension group (mild PAH group) was defined as a mean pulmonary artery pressure 30-49 mmHg, moderate pulmonary hypertension (moderate PAH group) as mean pulmonary artery pressure 50-69 mmHg and severe pulmonary hypertension (severe PAH group) as mean pulmonary artery pressure 70 mmHg or greater...
December 19, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325266/-analysis-of-649-cases-of-stillbirth-in-third-trimester
#5
M N Hu, Y Zhang, W Zhao
Objective: To analyze the risk factors of stillbirth in third trimester. Methods: Clinical data of 649 cases of stillbirth in third trimester were analyzed retrospectively in 22 hospitals of Haidian district from October 2011 to September 2016, including the incidence, the maternal profile, the perinatal care during pregnancy and the causes of stillbirth. Results: (1) The incidence of stillbirth in third trimester in Haidian district from October 2011 to September 2016 was 0.293%(649/221 845). While the incidence in floating pregnant women (0...
December 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325264/-high-risk-factors-analysis-of-stillbirth
#6
Y Xiong, H X Xia, Y S Wang, X L Lin, T T Zhu, Y Zhao, X T Li
Objective: To explore the high risk factors of stillbirth. Methods: 176 cases of stillbirth were collected in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital of Fudan University from January 1(st), 2010 to December 31(st), 2016. All cases were analyzed retrospectively, including general profile, high risk factors of stillbirth in different years and pregnancy periods. Results: (1) The incidence of stillbirth was 0.178%(176/98 785). Stillbirth occured mostly at 28-28(+6) gestational weeks (10.8%,19/176), and the second peak was 29-29(+6) weeks(10...
December 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325073/the-women-s-health-diagnostic-gap
#7
Ann M Gronowski, Melanie L Yarbrough
Pregnancy remains a significant health risk to women in both developed and underdeveloped countries. Worldwide, 10 to 20 million women have pregnancy complications including ectopic pregnancy, preterm birth, gestational diabetes mellitus, and hypertensive states, including preeclampsia. Despite advancements in women's health research, there is a large gap in the diagnostic tools available to screen, diagnose, and monitor these conditions. Herein, we examine existing diagnostic tools, such as the human chorionic gonadotropin discriminatory zone, cervicovaginal fetal fibronectin, sFlt-1:PlGF ratio, and glucose tolerance testing...
February 1, 2018: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320884/correlation-between-third-trimester-glycemic-variability-in-non-insulin-dependent-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-and-adverse-pregnancy-and-fetal-outcomes
#8
Wanwadee Sapmee Panyakat, Chayawat Phatihattakorn, Apiradee Sriwijitkamol, Prasert Sunsaneevithayakul, Amprapha Phaophan, Aporn Phichitkanka
BACKGROUND: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a pregnancy-related metabolic complication. Despite optimal glycemic control from self-monitoring blood glucose (SMBG) in non-insulin-dependent GDM, variations in pregnancy outcomes persist. Glycemic variability is believed to be a factor that causes adverse pregnancy outcomes. Continuous glucose monitoring system (CGMS) detects interstitial glucose values every 5 minutes, and glycemic variability data from CGMS during the third trimester may be a predictor of fetal birth weight and pregnancy outcomes...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314764/biomimetic-fetal-rotation-bioreactor-for-engineering-bone-tissues-effect-of-cyclic-strains-on-upregulation-of-osteogenic-gene-expression
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Akhilandeshwari Ravichandran, Feng Wen, Jing Lim, Mark Seow Khoon Chong, Jerry K Y Chan, Swee-Hin Teoh
Cells respond to physiological mechanical stresses especially during early fetal development. Adopting a biomimetic approach, it is necessary to develop bioreactor systems to explore the effects of physiologically relevant mechanical strains and shear stresses for functional tissue growth and development. This study introduces a multimodal bioreactor system that allows application of cyclic compressive strains on premature bone grafts that are cultured under biaxial rotation (chamber rotation about two axes) conditions for bone tissue engineering...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310908/an-infant-born-to-a-mother-with-anti-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-encephalitis
#10
Nitish Chourasia, Michael W Watkins, Jeremy E Lankford, Joseph S Kass, Ankur Kamdar
BACKGROUND: Anti-N-Methyl-D-Aspartate receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis is an autoimmune disorder that often affects women of childbearing age, and maternal-fetal transfer of anti-NMDAR antibodies during pregnancy has been documented in both symptomatic and asymptomatic women. The effects of these antibodies on the fetus, however, are incompletely understood. PATIENT DESCRIPTION: This term infant exhibited depressed respiratory effort, poor feeding, and abnormal movements after birth...
November 22, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301912/monitoring-the-postnatal-growth-of-preterm-infants-a-paradigm-change
#11
REVIEW
Jose Villar, Francesca Giuliani, Fernando Barros, Paola Roggero, Irma Alejandra Coronado Zarco, Maria Albertina S Rego, Roseline Ochieng, Maria Lorella Gianni, Suman Rao, Ann Lambert, Irina Ryumina, Carl Britto, Deepak Chawla, Leila Cheikh Ismail, Syed Rehan Ali, Jane Hirst, Jagjit Singh Teji, Karim Abawi, Jacqueline Asibey, Josephine Agyeman-Duah, Kenny McCormick, Enrico Bertino, Aris T Papageorghiou, Josep Figueras-Aloy, Zulfiqar Bhutta, Stephen Kennedy
There is no consensus regarding how the growth of preterm infants should be monitored or what constitutes their ideal pattern of growth, especially after term-corrected age. The concept that the growth of preterm infants should match that of healthy fetuses is not substantiated by data and, in practice, is seldom attained, particularly for very preterm infants. Hence, by hospital discharge, many preterm infants are classified as postnatal growth-restricted. In a recent systematic review, 61 longitudinal reference charts were identified, most with considerable limitations in the quality of gestational age estimation, anthropometric measures, feeding regimens, and how morbidities were described...
January 4, 2018: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284453/a-pilot-exploratory-investigation-on-pregnant-women-s-views-regarding-stan-fetal-monitoring-technology
#12
Kate Bryson, Chris Wilkinson, Sabrina Kuah, Geoff Matthews, Deborah Turnbull
BACKGROUND: Women's views are critical for informing the planning and delivery of maternity care services. ST segment analysis (STan) is a promising method to more accurately detect when unborn babies are at risk of brain damage or death during labour that is being trialled for the first time in Australia. This is the first study to examine women's views about STan monitoring in this context. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with pregnant women recruited across a range of clinical locations at the study hospital...
December 29, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282263/feasibility-of-2-d-ultrasound-shear-wave-elastography-of-fetal-lungs-in-case-of-threatened-preterm-labour-a-study-protocol
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Nicolas Mottet, Sébastien Aubry, Chrystelle Vidal, Guillaume Boiteux, Jean-Patrick Metz, Didier Riethmuller, Lionel Pazart, Rajeev Ramanah
INTRODUCTION: 2-D ultrasound shear wave elastography (SWE) could be considered as a new noninvasive tool for monitoring fetal lung development based on evaluation of mechanical properties during pregnancy. Interesting results are available concerning the use of SWE on developing organs, especially on premature infants and animal models. The main objective in this study is to evaluate the feasibility of 2-D SWE in human fetal lungs between 24 and 34 weeks of gestation (WG). The secondary objective is to modellise fetal lung-to-liver elastography ratio (LLE ratio) and to assess variations between normal lung and lung surfactant-enriched after a corticosteroids course indicated for a threatened preterm labour (TPL)...
December 26, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282226/maternal-and-fetal-outcomes-of-pregnancies-in-women-with-atypical-hemolytic-uremic-syndrome
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Martina Gaggl, Christof Aigner, Dorottya Csuka, Ágnes Szilágyi, Zoltán Prohászka, Renate Kain, Natalja Haninger, Maarten Knechtelsdorfer, Raute Sunder-Plassmann, Gere Sunder-Plassmann, Alice Schmidt
Atypical HUS (aHUS) is a disorder most commonly caused by inherited defects of the alternative pathway of complement, or the proteins that regulate this pathway, and life-threatening episodes of aHUS can be provoked by pregnancy. We retrospectively and prospectively investigated 27 maternal and fetal pregnancy outcomes in 14 women with aHUS from the Vienna Thrombotic Microangiopathy Cohort. Seven pregnancies (26%) were complicated by pregnancy-associated aHUS (p-aHUS), of which three appeared to be provoked by infection, bleeding, and curettage, and three individuals were considered to have preeclampsia/HELLP syndrome before the definitive diagnosis of p-aHUS was made...
December 27, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276168/moderate-variability-does-not-rule-out-metabolic-acidemia-a-finding-which-may-change-how-we-conceptualize-fetal-heart-rate-monitoring
#15
Daniel J Kiely
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 21, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273309/the-satisfactory-growth-and-development-at-2-years-of-age-of-the%C3%A2-intergrowth-21st-fetal-growth-standards-cohort-support-its%C3%A2-appropriateness-for-constructing-international-standards
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José Villar, Leila Cheikh Ismail, Eleonora Staines Urias, Francesca Giuliani, Eric O Ohuma, Cesar G Victora, Aris T Papageorghiou, Douglas G Altman, Cutberto Garza, Fernando C Barros, Fabien Puglia, Roseline Ochieng, Yasmin A Jaffer, Julia A Noble, Enrico Bertino, Manorama Purwar, Ruyan Pang, Ann Lambert, Cameron Chumlea, Alan Stein, Michelle Fernandes, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Stephen H Kennedy
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization recommends that human growth should be monitored with the use of international standards. However, in obstetric practice, we continue to monitor fetal growth using numerous local charts or equations that are based on different populations for each body structure. Consistent with World Health Organization recommendations, the INTERGROWTH-21st Project has produced the first set of international standards to date pregnancies; to monitor fetal growth, estimated fetal weight, Doppler measures, and brain structures; to measure uterine growth, maternal nutrition, newborn infant size, and body composition; and to assess the postnatal growth of preterm babies...
December 19, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29258525/advancing-perinatal-patient-safety-through-application-of-safety-science-principles-using-health-it
#17
Jennifer Webb, Asta Sorensen, Samantha Sommerness, Beth Lasater, Kamila Mistry, Leila Kahwati
BACKGROUND: The use of health information technology (IT) has been shown to promote patient safety in Labor and Delivery (L&D) units. The use of health IT to apply safety science principles (e.g., standardization) to L&D unit processes may further advance perinatal safety. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with L&D units participating in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ's) Safety Program for Perinatal Care (SPPC) to assess units' experience with program implementation...
December 19, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29258469/blood-pressure-self-monitoring-in-pregnancy-bump-feasibility-study-a-qualitative-analysis-of-women-s-experiences-of-self-monitoring
#18
Lisa Hinton, Katherine L Tucker, Sheila M Greenfield, James A Hodgkinson, Lucy Mackillop, Christine McCourt, Trisha Carver, Carole Crawford, Margaret Glogowska, Louise Locock, Mary Selwood, Kathryn S Taylor, Richard J McManus
BACKGROUND: Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy are a leading cause of maternal and fetal morbidity worldwide. Raised blood pressure (BP) affects 10% of pregnancies worldwide, of which almost half develop pre-eclampsia. The proportion of pregnant women who have risk factors for pre-eclampsia (such as pre-existing hypertension, obesity and advanced maternal age) is increasing. Pre-eclampsia can manifest itself before women experience symptoms and can develop between antenatal visits. Incentives to improve early detection of gestational hypertensive disorders are therefore strong and self-monitoring of blood pressure (SMBP) in pregnancy might be one means to achieve this, whilst improving women's involvement in antenatal care...
December 19, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29246752/autoimmune-thyroid-disease-during-pregnancy
#19
REVIEW
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242902/effects-of-prenatal-alcohol-exposure-on-the-visual-system-of-monkeys-measured-at-different-stages-of-development
#20
Vanessa Harrar, Laurent Elkrief, Joseph Bouskila, Ryan Kucera, Anders Fink-Jensen, Jean-François Bouchard, Roberta Palmour, Maurice Ptito
Purpose: Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a developmental disease characterized by behavioral problems and physical defects including malformations of the eye and associated optical defects. How these malformations affect retinal functioning is not well known, although animal models have suggested that scotopic vision is particularly deficient. Age is also known to affect scotopic vision. Here, we determined the combined effects of age and fetal alcohol exposure (FAE) on retinal function using full-field electroretinograms (ERGs) in monkeys (Chlorocebus sabaeus)...
December 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
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