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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636613/in-vivo-immune-signatures-of-healthy-human-pregnancy-inherently-inflammatory-or-anti-inflammatory
#1
Caroline Graham, Rishma Chooniedass, William P Stefura, Allan B Becker, Malcolm R Sears, Stuart E Turvey, Piush J Mandhane, Padmaja Subbarao, Kent T HayGlass
Changes in maternal innate immunity during healthy human pregnancy are not well understood. Whether basal immune status in vivo is largely unaffected by pregnancy, is constitutively biased towards an inflammatory phenotype (transiently enhancing host defense) or exhibits anti-inflammatory bias (reducing potential responsiveness to the fetus) is unclear. Here, in a longitudinal study of healthy women who gave birth to healthy infants following uncomplicated pregnancies within the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) cohort, we test the hypothesis that a progressively altered bias in resting innate immune status develops...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635579/-fish-oil-in-pregnancy-can-it-prevent-asthma-in-children
#2
P L P Brand, M B Katan
Taking fish oil supplements in the third trimester of pregnancy was associated with significantly less wheezing or asthma in the child at the age of 3-5 years, according to a randomized clinical trial by Bisgaard et al., NEJM 2017. However, the results of this study should be interpreted with caution. The primary end points were modified at a late stage in the study, and two primary end points, eczema in the first 3 years of life and allergic sensitization at 18 months of age, were demoted to secondary end points, and showed no significant effect of treatment...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635526/a-randomized-lifestyle-intervention-preventing-gestational-diabetes-effects-on-self-rated-health-from-pregnancy-to-postpartum
#3
Elina Engberg, Beata Stach-Lempinen, Kristiina Rönö, Hannu Kautiainen, Johan G Eriksson, Saila B Koivusalo
INTRODUCTION: The purpose was to examine the effects of a randomized lifestyle intervention on self-rated health from pregnancy to postpartum in participants at high risk for gestational diabetes mellitus. METHODS: We included 266 women with a history of gestational diabetes and/or prepregnancy BMI ≥30 kg/m(2). The intervention group (n = 144) received individualized counseling on diet, physical activity, and weight management from trained nurses at six timepoints between the first trimester of pregnancy and 12 months postpartum, and met three times with a dietitian...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635163/early-pregnancy-body-mass-index-modifies-the-association-of-pre-pregnancy-dietary-patterns-with-serum-polyunsaturated-fatty-acid-concentrations-throughout-pregnancy-in-brazilian-women
#4
Camila Benaim, Ana Amélia Freitas-Vilela, Thatiana de Jesus Pereira Pinto, Jaqueline Lepsch, Dayana Rodrigues Farias, Juliana Dos Santos Vaz, Tatiana El-Bacha, Gilberto Kac
Dietary patterns (DPs) have been described as an important factor that may influence polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) concentrations and body mass index (BMI) during pregnancy. We aim to evaluate the association between pre-pregnancy DPs and serum PUFA percentages throughout pregnancy considering early pregnancy BMI as a possible effect modifier. A prospective cohort of 154 pregnant women was followed (5th-13th, 20th-26th, and 30th-36th gestational weeks). Serum PUFA concentrations (total n-3 and total n-6, eicosapentaenoic + docosahexaenoic acids) were measured in each trimester and expressed as percentages...
June 21, 2017: Maternal & Child Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635121/exposure-to-sodium-valproate-during-pregnancy-facial-features-and-signs-of-autism
#5
Rachel Stadelmaier, Hanah Nasri, Curtis K Deutsch, Margaret Bauman, Anne Hunt, Christopher J Stodgell, Jane Adams, Lewis B Holmes
BACKGROUND: Valproic acid (VPA) is the most teratogenic anticonvulsant drug in clinical use today. Children exposed prenatally to VPA have previously been shown to have dysmorphic craniofacial features, identified subjectively but not by anthropometric methods. Exposure to VPA has also been associated with an increased frequency of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). An increased cephalic index (the ratio of the cranial lateral width to the cranial anterior-posterior length) has been observed in children with ASD...
June 21, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635072/plgf-enhances-tlr-dependent-inflammatory-responses-in-human-mononuclear-phagocytes
#6
Laura F Newell, Shernan G Holtan, Jane E Yates, Leonardo Pereira, Jeffrey W Tyner, Irina Burd, Grover C Bagby
PROBLEM: Levels of placental growth factor (PlGF) peak during third trimester of pregnancy, a time when women are at increased risk of virus-induced morbidity. We hypothesized PlGF might contribute to an exaggerated inflammatory response to Toll-like receptor (TLR) activation. METHOD OF STUDY: Primary human adult and cord blood CD14(+) cells were cultured in the presence of TLR ligands and/or PlGF. RESULTS: PlGF significantly enhanced the magnitude and duration of TNF messenger RNA and protein production by TLR-7/8-activated monocytes, and increased subsequent production of TNF-independent inflammatory cytokines...
June 20, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633715/restless-legs-syndrome-and-sleep-wake-disturbances-in-pregnancy
#7
Galit Levi Dunietz, Lynda D Lisabeth, Kerby Shedden, Q Afifa Shamim-Uzzaman, Alexandra S Bullough, Mark C Chames, Marc F Bowden, Louise M O'Brien
STUDY OBJECTIVES: To estimate the association of restless legs syndrome (RLS) and its frequency with sleep-wake disturbances in pregnancy. METHODS: A cohort of 1,563 women in their third trimester of pregnancy were recruited from prenatal clinics between March 2007 and December 2010. Demographic, pregnancy, and delivery data were extracted from medical records and sleep information was collected with questionnaires. To diagnose RLS, we used standardized criteria of RLS symptoms and frequency that were developed by the International Restless Legs Study Group...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633635/maternal-use-of-selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitors-during-pregnancy-is-associated-with-hirschsprung-s-disease-in-newborns-a-nationwide-cohort-study
#8
Sebastian Werngreen Nielsen, Perniller Møller Ljungdalh, Jan Nielsen, Bente Mertz Nørgård, Niels Qvist
BACKGROUND: Hirschsprung's disease is a rare condition caused by congenital malformation of the gastrointestinal tract affecting 1:5000 children. Not much is known about risk factors for development of Hirschsprung's disease. Two clinical cases of hirschsprung's disease led to an investigation of the association between maternal use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy and development of Hirschsprung's Disease in the newborn child. The study examined a nationwide, unselected cohort of children born in Denmark from 1 January 1996 until 12 March 2016 (n = 1,256,317)...
June 20, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633140/early-intrauterine-transfusion-in-fetuses-with-severe-anemia-caused-by-parvovirus-b19-infection
#9
Astrid Hellmund, Annegret Geipel, Christoph Berg, Rainer Bald, Ulrich Gembruch
OBJECTIVE: To describe procedure-related complications and perinatal survival after intrauterine transfusion (IUT) before 20 weeks of gestation in fetuses with severe anemia due to human parvovirus B19 infection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted of all fetuses requiring IUT before 20 weeks of gestation in two tertiary referral centers between January 2002 and July 2015. Gestational age (GA) at first IUT, fetal blood sampling results, and presence of hydrops were related to procedure-related complications, fetal death (FD), and perinatal outcome...
June 21, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632498/can-early-ultrasonography-explain-the-lower-miscarriage-rates-in-twin-as-compared-to-singleton-pregnancies-following-assisted-reproduction
#10
Ana Póvoa, Alexandra Matias, Pedro Xavier, Isaac Blickstein
OBJECTIVE: To compare first trimester 2D conventional and 3D power Doppler angiography measures in twins and singletons following assisted reproduction. METHODS: We prospectively evaluated 50 singleton and 47 twin pregnancies that eventually ended in live births. Patients were recruited from a single assisted reproductive technology (ART) center with standard treatment protocols. Obstetric ultrasound was performed at 8-9 weeks +6 days. Intervillous flow, uteroplacental circulation and uterine artery pulsatility (PI) and resistance index (RI) using two-dimensional (2D) ultrasound examination were evaluated...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631514/pharmacokinetics-and-dosing-requirements-of-digoxin-in-pregnant-women-treated-for-fetal-supraventricular-tachycardia
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Ana Martin-Suarez, Jose German Sanchez-Hernandez, Fabiola Medina-Barajas, Jonas Samuel Perez Blanco, Jose M Lanao, Luisa Garcia-Cuenllas Alvarez, M Victoria Calvo
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to characterize the pharmacokinetics (PK) of digoxin in pregnant women and its potential implications for drug dosing. METHODS: Serum digoxin concentrations (SDCs) obtained in pregnant women treated for fetal supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) was retrospectively collected. PK analysis was comparatively performed using a two-stage approach (PKS™) and a Population PK approach (NONMEM™). As clinical outcome the fetal heart rate was recorded...
June 20, 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631406/a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-kenyan-postabortion-care-services-using-a-nationally-representative-sample
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Michael M Mutua, Thomas N O Achia, Beatrice W Maina, Chimaraoke O Izugbara
OBJECTIVE: To assess quality of postabortion care (PAC) offered by Kenyan healthcare facilities. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted using data from the Incidence and Magnitude of Unsafe Abortions study, conducted among 326 PAC-providing healthcare facilities throughout Kenya from March 13 to June 30, 2012. Descriptive results with weighted proportions and an ordered probit model were used. RESULTS: Overall, 408 (41.8%) first-trimester PAC cases were treated using appropriate technology versus 826 (82...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631317/platelet-counts-in-women-with-normal-pregnancies-a-systematic-review
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Jessica A Reese, Jennifer D Peck, Jennifer J McIntosh, Sara K Vesely, James N George
The occurrence of thrombocytopenia in 5% of pregnant women at delivery, described as gestational thrombocytopenia, is well documented. A commonly believed concept is that gestational thrombocytopenia is the result of gradually decreasing platelet counts in all women during pregnancy. The goal of our study was to evaluate the data supporting this concept. To learn what is known about platelet counts throughout normal pregnancies, we systematically reviewed all publications describing platelet counts during pregnancy...
June 19, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631308/association-between-inadequate-antenatal-care-utilisation-and-severe-perinatal-and-maternal-morbidity-an-analysis-in-the-precare-cohort
#14
M Linard, B Blondel, C Estellat, C Deneux-Tharaux, D Luton, J F Oury, T Schmitz, L Mandelbrot, E Azria
OBJECTIVE: Because the effectiveness of antenatal care in reducing pregnancy complications is still discussed despite widespread recommendations of its use, we sought to assess the association between utilisation of recommended antenatal care and severe maternal (SMM) and perinatal morbidity (SPM). DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Four maternity units around Paris in 2010-2012. SAMPLE: 9117 women with singleton pregnancies...
June 20, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631075/measurement-and-evaluation-of-fetal-fat-layer-in-the-prediction-of-fetal-macrosomia-in-pregnancies-complicated-by-gestational-diabetes
#15
Mohamed Elessawy, Christina Harders, Helmut Kleinwechter, Norbert Demandt, Ghada Abu Sheasha, Nicolai Maass, Ulrich Pecks, Christel Eckmann-Scholz
OBJECTIVES: To explore the predictive power of measuring the abdominal fetal fat layer (FFL) as a soft tissue marker at 31, 34, and 37 weeks' gestation to improve the detection of fetal macrosomia in pregnant women with GDM, in addition to the biometric values with close monitoring of maternal blood sugar level and BMI changes. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study at the Department of Obstetrics, University Hospitals, Campus Kiel, Germany, in collaboration with diabetic clinic staff...
June 19, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630387/assessment-of-t-helper-17-associated-cytokines-in-third-trimester-of-pregnancy
#16
Tahereh Poordast, Fateme Sadat Najib, Rasoul Baharlou, Atena Bijani, Shaghayegh Moradi Alamdarloo, Alieh Poordast
BACKGROUND: Preeclampsia is a common pregnancy-specific disorder associated with significant maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality worldwide. It has been proposed that the imbalance between two CD4+ T cell subtypes, regulatory T cells (Treg) and T-helper 17 cells (Th17), is involved in the pathophysiology of preeclampsia. OBJECTIVES: To determine the serum levels of IL-17, IL-21, IL-23 and TGF-β in patients with preeclampsia. METHODS: Blood samples were collected from 30 preeclampsia patients, 30 normotensive pregnant women and 30 healthy individuals with no history of malignancies or autoimmune disorders based on simple sampling...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Immunology: IJI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630251/valnoctamide-inhibits-cytomegalovirus-infection-in-developing-brain-and-attenuates-neurobehavioral-dysfunctions-and-brain-abnormalities
#17
Sara Ornaghi, Lawrence S Hsieh, Angélique Bordey, Patrizia Vergani, Michael J Paidas, Anthony N van den Pol
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most common infectious cause of brain defects and neurological dysfunction in developing human babies. Due to the teratogenicity and toxicity of available CMV antivirals, treatment options during early development are markedly limited. Valnoctamide (VCD), a neuroactive mood stabilizer with no known teratogenic activity, was recently demonstrated to have anti-CMV potential. However, it is not known whether this can be translated into an efficacious therapeutic effect to improve CMV-induced adverse neurological outcomes...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629738/nitrous-oxide-versus-oral-sedation-for-pain-management-of-first-trimester-surgical-abortion-a-randomized-study
#18
Rameet H Singh, Maria Montoya, Eve Espey, Lawrence Leeman
OBJECTIVES: To compare nitrous oxide with oxygen (N2O/O2) to oral hydrocodone/acetaminophen and lorazepam (oral) for analgesia during first-trimester surgical abortion. STUDY DESIGN: This double-blind randomized trial assigned women undergoing first-trimester surgical abortion at<11weeks' gestation to inhaled N2O/O2 vs. oral sedation for pain management. The N2O/O2 group received up to 70:30 ratio during the procedure and placebo pills pre-procedure; the oral group received inhaled oxygen during the procedure and oral hydrocodone/acetaminophen 5mg/325mg and lorazepam 1mg pre-procedure...
June 16, 2017: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629418/prenatal-brain-disruption-in-isolated-sulfite-oxidase-deficiency
#19
Hsiu-Fen Lee, Ching-Shiang Chi, Chi-Ren Tsai, Hung-Chieh Chen, I-Chun Lee
BACKGROUND: Isolated sulfite oxidase deficiency (ISOD) is a very rare autosomal recessive inherited neurometabolic disease. The most striking postnatal neuroimaging finding is multicystic encephalomalacia, which occurs rapidly within days to weeks after birth and mimics severe hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. The aim of this study was to describe the prenatal neuroimaging features in a neonate and a fetus diagnosed with ISOD. RESULTS: We report an 11-day-old female neonate who presented with feeding difficulties, decreased activity, neonatal seizures, and movement disorders within a few days after birth...
June 19, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629250/a-comparison-between-the-effects-of-ginger-pyridoxine-vitamin-b6-and-placebo-for-the-treatment-of-the-first-trimester-nausea-and-vomiting-of-pregnancy-nvp
#20
Fatemeh Sharifzadeh, Maryam Kashanian, Jalil Kouhpayehzadeh, Fatemeh Rezaian, Narges Sheikhansari, Nooshin Eshraghi
INTRODUCTION: Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) are one of the most common complains of the early pregnancy period and are bothersome for pregnant women. Some prefer to use herbal medicine instead of chemical agents. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the present study was to compare the effects of ginger, pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and placebo for the treatment of NVP. METHOD: The study was performed as a triple blind clinical trial on pregnant women suffering mild to moderate NVP between 6-16 weeks of pregnancy...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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