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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635583/cigarette-smoke-is-associated-with-altered-expression-of-antioxidant-enzymes-in-granulosa-cells-from-women-undergoing-in-vitro-fertilization
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Maria Cristina Budani, Erminia Carletti, Gian Mario Tiboni
This study was undertaken to evaluate whether cigarette smoke is associated with changes in the expression of antioxidant enzymes in granulosa cells of women undergoing IVF treatments. For this aim, the expression of three antioxidant enzymes (SOD1, SOD2 and catalase) in non-smokers (n = 20) and smokers (n = 20) was analyzed. There was a statistically significant overexpression of SOD2 and catalase mRNA levels in smokers in comparison with non-smokers. Cigarette smoking was associated with a lower fertilization rate, implantation rate and pregnancy rate in comparison with non-smokers...
June 21, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635536/women-s-experiences-with-vaginal-examinations-during-labor-in-the-netherlands
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Hannah W de Klerk, Elise Boere, Rik H van Lunsen, Jannet J H Bakker
INTRODUCTION: Vaginal digital examination (VE) is a routine medical procedure during labor to assess the start and progression of labor. This study explores women's experiences with VE's during labor in the Netherlands. METHODS: An exploratory anonymous online survey was distributed among Dutch women who underwent a trial of labor and gave birth to a living term child in the previous six months. Unadjusted odds ratios are calculated to establish associations between women's characteristics and reporting a negative experience with VE's...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634652/a-multi-source-approach-to-determine-sma-incidence-and-research-ready-population
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Ingrid E C Verhaart, Agata Robertson, Rebecca Leary, Grace McMacken, Kirsten König, Janbernd Kirschner, Cynthia C Jones, Suzanne F Cook, Hanns Lochmüller
In spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), degeneration of motor neurons causes progressive muscular weakness, which is caused by homozygous deletion of the SMN1 gene. Available epidemiological data on SMA are scarce, often outdated, and limited to relatively small regions or populations. Combining data from different sources including genetic laboratories and patient registries may provide better insight of the disease epidemiology. To investigate the incidence of genetically confirmed SMA, and the number of patients who are able and approachable to participate in new clinical trials and observational research, we used both genetic laboratories, the TREAT-NMD Global SMA Patient Registry and the Care and Trial Sites Registry (CTSR)...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634246/assisted-reproductive-techniques-and-risk-of-beckwith-wiedemann-syndrome
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Alessandro Mussa, Cristina Molinatto, Flavia Cerrato, Orazio Palumbo, Massimo Carella, Giuseppina Baldassarre, Diana Carli, Clementina Peris, Andrea Riccio, Giovanni Battista Ferrero
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The emerging association of assisted reproductive techniques (ART) with imprinting disorders represents a major issue in the scientific debate on infertility treatment and human procreation. We studied the prevalence of Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS) in children conceived through ART to define the specific associated relative risk. METHODS: Patients with BWS born in Piemonte, Italy, were identified and matched with the general demographic data and corresponding regional ART registry...
June 20, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633567/endogenous-bioelectric-signaling-networks-exploiting-voltage-gradients-for-control-of-growth-and-form
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Michael Levin, Giovanni Pezzulo, Joshua M Finkelstein
Living systems exhibit remarkable abilities to self-assemble, regenerate, and remodel complex shapes. How cellular networks construct and repair specific anatomical outcomes is an open question at the heart of the next-generation science of bioengineering. Developmental bioelectricity is an exciting emerging discipline that exploits endogenous bioelectric signaling among many cell types to regulate pattern formation. We provide a brief overview of this field, review recent data in which bioelectricity is used to control patterning in a range of model systems, and describe the molecular tools being used to probe the role of bioelectrics in the dynamic control of complex anatomy...
June 21, 2017: Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633287/genetic-diseases-and-aneuploidies-can-be-detected-with-a-single-blastocyst-biopsy-a-successful-clinical-approach
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Maria Giulia Minasi, Francesco Fiorentino, Alessandra Ruberti, Anil Biricik, Elisabetta Cursio, Ettore Cotroneo, Maria Teresa Varricchio, Matteo Surdo, Francesca Spinella, Ermanno Greco
STUDY QUESTION: Can simultaneous detection of aneuploidies and genetic diseases or chromosomal aberrations in blastocysts reduce the chance of transferring embryos with low implantation potential, guaranteeing good clinical outcomes? SUMMARY ANSWER: The screening for chromosomal aneuploidies revealed that 50.6% of blastocysts diagnosed free of genetic disease or balanced, were aneuploid, therefore avoiding the transfer of blastocysts potentially resulting in implantation failures, miscarriages, or in some cases, in health affected live births...
June 12, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632990/shortening-gametes-co-incubation-time-improves-live-birth-rate-for-couples-with-a-history-of-fragmented-embryos
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Anne Le Bras, Laetitia Hesters, Vanessa Gallot, Cathie Tallet, Gerard Tachdjian, Nelly Frydman
Short gamete co-incubation (SGCO) consists in decreasing the duration of contact between oocytes and sperm from the standard overnight insemination (SOI) toward 2 hours. However, the effectiveness of this technique to improve in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer (IVF-ET) outcomes remains controversial. Our study was designed to evaluate the efficiency of SGCO in a poor prognosis population with a history of fragmented embryos defined by the presence of at least 50% of the embryos with more than 25% of cytoplasmic fragments...
June 20, 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632892/maternal-overweight-and-obesity-and-genital-anomalies-in-male-offspring-a-population-based-swedish-cohort-study
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Linn Håkonsen Arendt, Cecilia Høst Ramlau-Hansen, Morten Søndergaard Lindhard, Tine Brink Henriksen, Jørn Olsen, Yongfu Yu, Sven Cnattingius
BACKGROUND: Overweight and obese pregnant women face higher risk of several critical birth outcomes, including an overall increased risk of congenital abnormalities. Only few studies have focused on associations between maternal overweight and the genital anomalies in boys, cryptorchidism and hypospadias, and results are inconclusive. METHODS: We performed a population-based cohort study and assessed the associations between maternal body mass index (BMI) in early pregnancy and occurrence of cryptorchidism and hypospadias...
June 20, 2017: Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632822/-strategies-to-reduce-infections-and-antibiotic-use-and-its-effects-in-a-neonatal-care-unit
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Soledad Urzúa, Marcela Ferrés, Patricia García, Amparo Sánchez, Matías Luco
INTRODUCTION: Late onset sepsis (LOS) remains an important cause of morbidity and mortality in neonatal intensive care units (NICU). The empirical use of vancomycin and other broad spectrum antibiotics is very frequent and is associated with the emergence of resistant agents, infection by gram-negative bacilli (GNB), fungal infections and increased morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of 5 intervention protocols designed to reduce infections and promote the rational use of antibiotics (AB) in a single NICU...
April 2017: Revista Chilena de Infectología: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad Chilena de Infectología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632498/can-early-ultrasonography-explain-the-lower-miscarriage-rates-in-twin-as-compared-to-singleton-pregnancies-following-assisted-reproduction
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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/28632447/in-hospital-breastfeeding-experiences-among-women-with-gestational-diabetes
#11
Reena Oza-Frank, Erica P Gunderson
BACKGROUND: In-hospital experiences among women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) could impact breastfeeding success. We sought (1) to determine changes in the prevalence of hospital breastfeeding experiences between 2004-2008 and 2009-2011 among women with GDM and women without diabetes; (2) to determine whether GDM is associated with higher occurrence of experiencing Baby-Friendly hospital practices because of their known higher rates of breastfeeding difficulties. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data from the 2004 to 2011 Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, a survey of women with a recent live birth from 16 states and New York City, were used based on inclusion of an optional survey question about hospital breastfeeding experiences...
June 2017: Breastfeeding Medicine: the Official Journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631494/a-study-on-preterm-births-during-2013-2015-shiraz-iran
#12
Elham Jaberi, Mirkazemi Roksana
Preterm birth is the leading cause of neonatal and infant mortality and a substantial portion of neonatal morbidities. The perinatal mortality and morbidity statistics in developing countries are inadequate. In this study, we assessed prevalence and health outcomes of preterm deliveries in tertiary care university hospitals. A retrospective study of hospital records of premature babies born in all the five governmental tertiary care settings during the time interval of 2013-2015 in Shiraz was conducted. Result of this study showed that there was an overall 127...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630466/comparative-effectiveness-of-9-ovulation-induction-therapies-in-patients-with-clomiphene-citrate-resistant-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-a-network-meta-analysis
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Yiping Yu, Lanlan Fang, Ruizhe Zhang, Jingyan He, Yujing Xiong, Xiaoyi Guo, Qingyun Du, Yan Huang, Yingpu Sun
The comparative efficacies of ovulation-induction treatments in patients with clomiphene citrate-resistant (CCR) polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are not well known. Therefore, we conducted a network meta-analysis to rank the reproductive efficacies of these treatments. We ultimately included 26 randomized clinical trials with 2722 participants and 9 types of therapies: clomiphene citrate (CC), metformin, letrozole, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), human menopausal gonadotropin (hMG), unilateral laparoscopic ovarian drilling (ULOD), bilateral laparoscopic ovarian drilling (BLOD), the combination of metformin with letrozole (metformin+letrozole), and the combination of metformin with CC (metformin+CC)...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629925/a-50-reduction-in-multiple-live-birth-rate-is-associated-with-a-13-cost-saving-a-real-life-retrospective-cost-analysis
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Karen Peeraer, Thomas M D'Hooghe, Cindy Vandoren, Jeroen Trybou, Carl Spiessens, Sophie Debrock, Diane De Neubourg
Belgian legislation limiting the number of embryos for transfer has been shown to result in a 50% reduction of the multiple live birth rate (MLBR) per cycle without having a negative impact on the cumulative delivery rate per patient within six cycles or 36 months. The objective of the current study was to evaluate the cost saving associated with a 50% reduction in MLBR. A retrospective cost analysis was performed of 213 couples, who became pregnant and had a live birth after one or more assisted reproductive technology treatment cycles, and their 254 children...
June 5, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629745/exposure-to-non-microbial-n-glycolylneuraminic-acid-protects-farmers-children-against-airway-inflammation-and-colitis
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Remo Frei, Ruth Ferstl, Caroline Roduit, Mario Ziegler Dipl-Ing, Elisa Schiavi, Weronika Barcik, Noelia Rodriguez-Perez, Oliver F Wirz, Marcin Wawrzyniak, Benoit Pugin, Dirk Nehrbass, Marek Jutel, Sylwia Smolinska, Patrycja Konieczna, Christian Bieli, Susanne Loeliger, Marco Waser, Göran Pershagen, Josef Riedler, Martin Depner, Bianca Schaub, Jon Genuneit, Harald Renz, Juha Pekkanen, Anne M Karvonen, Jean-Charles Dalphin, Marianne van Hage, Gert Doekes, Mübeccel Akdis, Charlotte Braun-Fahrländer, Cezmi A Akdis, Erika von Mutius, Liam O'Mahony, Roger P Lauener
BACKGROUND: Childhood exposure to a farm environment has been shown to protect against the development of inflammatory diseases such as allergy, asthma, and inflammatory bowel disease. OBJECTIVE: We sought to investigate whether besides exposure to microbes also exposure to structures of non-microbial origin such as the sialic acid N-Glycolylneuraminic acid (Neu5Gc) may play a significant role. METHODS: Exposure to Neu5Gc was evaluated by quantifying anti-Neu5Gc antibody levels in the sera of children enrolled in two farm studies: the PARSIFAL study (n=299) and the PASTURE birth cohort (cord blood (n=836), 1 year (n=734), 4...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629584/association-of-vitamin-d-intake-and-serum-levels-with-fertility-results-from-the-lifestyle-and-fertility-study
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June L Fung, Terryl J Hartman, Rosemary L Schleicher, Marlene B Goldman
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the role of vitamin D intake and serum levels on conception of clinical pregnancy and live birth. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Academic medical centers. PATIENT(S): Healthy, nulliparous women, age 18-39 years, and their male partners. INTERVENTION(S): None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Clinical pregnancy and live birth were compared between those who did or did not meet the vitamin D estimated average requirement (EAR) intake (10 μg/d) and with serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) considered at risk for inadequacy or deficiency (<50 nmol/L) or sufficient (≥50 nmol/L)...
June 16, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629245/obstetric-risk-factors-for-poor-neonatal-adaptation-at-birth
#17
Francesca Crovetto, Monica Fumagalli, Agnese De Carli, Giulia Maria Baffero, Silvia Nozza, Francesca Dessimone, Patrizia Vergani, Luigi Fedele, Fabio Mosca, Barbara Acaia
PURPOSE: To identify obstetric risk factors of delivering a neonate with poor neonatal adaptation at birth. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Nested-case control study. Poor neonatal adaptation was defined for presence of at least: umbilical cord artery pH < 7.10, base deficit ≥ 12 mmol/L, Apgar score at 1' ≤ 5. Controls were selected from the same population and matched with cases. The association between clinical parameters and poor neonatal adaptation was analyzed by logistic regression...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627828/the-relationship-between-the-mthfr-c677t-genotypes-to-serum-anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-concentrations-and-in-vitro-fertilization-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-outcome
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Seyedeh Z Shahrokhi, Faranak Kazerouni, Firouzeh Ghaffari, Ali Rahimipour, Mir D Omrani, Arezoo Arabipoor, Ramin Lak, Elaheh T Ghane
BACKGROUND: The expression of the 5,10-methylentetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene in human oocytes and preimplantation embryos suggests that the MTHFR gene is involved in folliculogenesis and female reproduction. Considering the importance of the MTHFR gene on female reproduction, the aim of this study was to evalu- ate the influence of MTHFR C677T polymorphism on ovarian marker reserve, particularly serum anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) levels, and ovarian response as well as clinical pregnancy rates after in vitro fertilization (IVF)/ intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)...
May 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627314/thicker-endometrial-linings-are-associated-with-better-ivf-outcomes-a-cohort-of-6331-women
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Emily C Holden, Laura E Dodge, Rita Sneeringer, Vasiliki A Moragianni, Alan S Penzias, Michele R Hacker
Our objective was to determine if a correlation exists between endometrial thickness measured on the day of ovulation trigger during an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle and pregnancy outcomes among non-cancelled cycles. We performed a retrospective cohort study looking at 6331 women undergoing their first, fresh autologous IVF cycle from 1 May 2004 to 31 December 2012 at Boston IVF (Waltham, MA). Our primary outcome was the risk ratio (RR) of live birth and positive β-hCG. We found that thicker endometrial linings were associated with positive β-hCG and live birth rates...
June 18, 2017: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627069/who-delivers-where-the-effect-of-obstetric-risk-on-facility-delivery-in-east-africa
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Sandra Virgo, Giorgia Gon, Francesca L Cavallaro, Wendy Graham, Susannah Woodd
OBJECTIVES: Skilled attendance at birth is key for the survival of pregnant women. This study investigates whether women at increased risk of maternal and newborn complications in four East African countries are more likely to deliver in a health facility than those at lower risk. METHODS: Demographic & Health Survey data for Kenya 2014, Rwanda 2014-15, Tanzania 2015-16 and Uganda 2011 were used to study women with a live birth in the three years preceding the survey...
June 19, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
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