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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441952/management-of-suspected-primary-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-in-pregnant-women-in-norway-twenty-years-of-experience-of-amniocentesis-in-a-low-prevalence-population
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Gry Findal, Anne Helbig, Guttorm Haugen, Pål A Jenum, Babill Stray-Pedersen
BACKGROUND: Primary infection with Toxoplasma gondii during pregnancy may pose a threat to the fetus. Women infected prior to conception are unlikely to transmit the parasite to the fetus. If maternal serology indicates a possible primary infection, amniocentesis for toxoplasma PCR analysis is performed and antiparasitic treatment given. However, discriminating between primary and latent infection is challenging and unnecessary amniocenteses may occur. Procedure-related fetal loss after amniocentesis is of concern...
April 26, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439668/urinary-podocalyxin-as-a-possible-novel-marker-of-intrauterine-nephrogenesis-and-extrauterine-podocyte-injury
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Taihei Hayashi, Shuko Tokuriki, Takashi Okuno, Genrei Ohta, Aiko Igarashi, Yusei Ohshima
BACKGROUND: The number of nephrons at birth is determined during fetal development and is modulated thereafter by postnatal podocyte injury. Hyperfiltration, caused by a reduced number of nephrons, is a risk factor for chronic kidney disease. It is therefore important to monitor the formation of nephrons. METHODS: Urine samples were collected from infants within 1-2 days of birth, with follow-up sampling for preterm infants at 37-39 weeks of corrected age. Urinary levels of podocalyxin (PCX), β2-microglobulin (β2MG), N-acetyl-ß-D-glucosaminidase (NAG), total protein (TP), microalbumin (mAlb) and creatinine were measured and the relationship between these markers evaluated...
April 25, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439520/relationship-between-relative-cerebral-blood-flow-relative-cerebral-blood-volume-and-relative-cerebral-metabolic-rate-of-oxygen-in-the-preterm-neonatal-brain
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Mina Nourhashemi, Guy Kongolo, Mahdi Mahmoudzadeh, Sabrina Goudjil, Fabrice Wallois
The mechanisms responsible for coupling between relative cerebral blood flow (rCBF), relative cerebral blood volume (rCBV), and relative cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen ([Formula: see text]), an important function of the microcirculation in preterm infants, remain unclear. Identification of a causal relationship between rCBF-rCBV and [Formula: see text] in preterms may, therefore, help to elucidate the principles of cortical hemodynamics during development. We simultaneously recorded rCBF and rCBV and estimated [Formula: see text] by two independent acquisition systems: diffuse correlation spectroscopy and near-infrared spectroscopy, respectively, in 10 preterms aged between 28 and 35 weeks of gestational age...
April 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437601/maternal-hemodynamics-in-normal-pregnancies-reference-ranges-and-the-role-of-maternal-characteristics
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Dimuthu Vinayagam, Baskaran Thilaganathan, Oliver Stirrup, Elena Mantovani, Asma Khalil
OBJECTIVES: The main aim of this study was to construct reference ranges of the maternal central hemodynamic parameters during pregnancy. The second aim was to determine the maternal and pregnancy characteristics, which influence these hemodynamic parameters. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study of low-risk pregnant women attending for routine antenatal care at St George's Hospital, London. The exclusion criteria included any medical disorder present at the time of study recruitment, or development of hypertension or intrauterine fetal growth restriction following study recruitment...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436166/perinatal-loss-at-term-the-role-of-uteroplacental-and-fetal-doppler-assessment
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Caitriona Monaghan, Julia Binder, Baskaran Thilaganathan, José Morales-Roselló, Asma Khalil
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association of uterine artery (UtA) Doppler indices and cerebroplacental ratio (CPR) on perinatal outcome at term. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study conducted in a single tertiary referral centre included all singleton pregnancies undergoing ultrasound assessment in the third trimester, which subsequently delivered at term. Fetal biometry and Dopplers including the umbilical artery (UA), middle cerebral artery (MCA) and uterine artery were recorded...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433214/maturational-patterns-of-systolic-ventricular-deformation-mechanics-by-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-in-preterm-infants-over-the-first-year-of-age
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Philip T Levy, Afif El-Khuffash, Meghna D Patel, Colm R Breatnach, Adam T James, Aura A Sanchez, Cristina Abuchabe, Sarah R Rogal, Mark R Holland, Patrick J McNamara, Amish Jain, Orla Franklin, Luc Mertens, Aaron Hamvas, Gautam K Singh
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine the maturational changes in systolic ventricular strain mechanics by two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography in extremely preterm neonates from birth to 1 year of age and discern the impact of common cardiopulmonary abnormalities on the deformation measures. METHODS: In a prospective multicenter study of 239 extremely preterm infants (<29 weeks gestation at birth), left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS) and global longitudinal systolic strain rate (GLSRs), interventricular septal wall (IVS) GLS and GLSRs, right ventricular (RV) free wall longitudinal strain and strain rate, and segmental longitudinal strain in the RV free wall, LV free wall, and IVS were serially measured on days 1, 2, and 5 to 7, at 32 and 36 weeks postmenstrual age, and at 1 year corrected age (CA)...
April 19, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432626/temporal-trends-of-lipophilic-persistent-organic-pollutants-in-serum-from-danish-nulliparous-pregnant-women-2011-2013
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Christian Bjerregaard-Olesen, Manhai Long, Mandana Ghisari, Bodil H Bech, Ellen A Nohr, Niels Uldbjerg, Tine B Henriksen, Jørn Olsen, Eva C Bonefeld-Jørgensen
The use of the lipophilic persistent organic pollutants (POPs) including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and several organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) has been prohibited for more than 30 years. In this study, we present the temporal trends of the lipophilic POP serum concentrations in Danish nulliparous pregnant women between 2011 and 2013. We randomly selected 197 pregnant women (gestational age 11-13) from the Aarhus Birth Cohort. The concentrations of the lipophilic POPs in the serum samples were analyzed using gas chromatography...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431191/timing-for-the-introduction-of-cycled-light-for-extremely-preterm-infants-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Debra H Brandon, Susan G Silva, Jinhee Park, William Malcolm, Heba Kamhawy, Diane Holditch-Davis
Day-night cycled light improves health outcomes in preterm infants, yet the best time to institute cycled light is unclear. The hypothesis of this study was that extremely preterm infants receiving early cycled light would have better health and developmental outcomes than infants receiving late cycled light. Infants born at ≤28 weeks gestation were randomly assigned to early cycled light (ECL) starting at 28 weeks postmenstrual age [PMA] or late cycled light (LCL), starting at 36 weeks PMA. Daylight was 200-600 lux and night was 5-30 lux...
April 21, 2017: Research in Nursing & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428252/low-frequency-blood-pressure-oscillations-and-inotrope-treatment-failure-in-premature-infants
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Zachary Andrew Vesoulis, Jessica Hao, Christopher McPherson, Nathalie El Ters, Amit M Mathur
BACKGROUND: The underlying mechanism as to why some hypotensive preterm infants do not respond to inotropic medications remains unclear. For these infants, we hypothesize that impaired vasomotor function is a significant factor and is manifested through a decrease in low-frequency blood pressure variability across regulatory components of vascular tone. METHODS: Infants born 28 weeks estimated gestational age underwent prospective recording of mean arterial blood pressure (MABP) for 72h after birth...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422945/growth-pattern-and-final-height-of-very-preterm-versus-very-low-birth-weight-infants
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Jonneke J Hollanders, Sylvia M van der Pal, Paula van Dommelen, Joost Rotteveel, Martijn Jj Finken
BACKGROUND: Both very preterm (VP; i.e., gestational age <32 weeks) and very low birth weight (VLBW; i.e., birth weight <1,500 grams) are used as inclusion criteria by studies on preterm birth. We aimed to quantify the impact of these entities on postnatal growth until final height. METHODS: Subjects born VP and/or with VLBW from the Project On Preterm and Small-for-gestational-age infants cohort were classified as: (1) VP+/VLBW+ (n=495), (2) VP+/VLBW- (n=207) or (3) VP-/VLBW+ (n=296) infants...
April 19, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421136/time-from-pre-eclampsia-diagnosis-to-delivery-affects-future-health-prospects-of-children
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Birgitte Hollegaard, Jacob A Lykke, Jacobus J Boomsma
Background and objectives: Pre-eclampsia often has detrimental health effects for pregnant women and their fetuses, but whether exposure in the womb has long-term health-consequences for children as they grow up remains poorly understood. We assessed overall morbidity of children following exposure to either mild or severe pre-eclampsia up to 30 years after birth and related disease risks to duration of exposure, i.e. the time from diagnosis to delivery. Methodology: We did a registry-based retrospective cohort study in Denmark covering the years 1979-2009, using the separate diagnoses of mild and severe pre-eclampsia and the duration of exposure as predictor variables for specific and overall risks of later disease...
2017: Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419500/antepartum-management-and-obstetric-outcomes-among-pregnancies-with-down-syndrome-from-diagnosis-to-delivery
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Stephanie H Guseh, Sarah E Little, Katherine Bennett, Virginia Silva, Louise E Wilkins-Haug
OBJECTIVE: Little is known about the obstetric care of an ongoing pregnancy with trisomy 21. We sought to ascertain an obstetric profile for pregnancies with Down syndrome to help guide antenatal management. METHOD: Pregnancies managed for delivery with trisomy 21 between 2003 and 2014 were analyzed. We reviewed demographic data, diagnostic testing, antenatal surveillance, obstetrics outcomes, and placental pathology. T-test, chi-square, and Fisher correction were used as indicated...
April 17, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408290/automated-template-based-brain-localization-and-extraction-for-fetal-brain-mri-reconstruction
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Sébastien Tourbier, Clemente Velasco-Annis, Vahid Taimouri, Patric Hagmann, Reto Meuli, Simon K Warfield, Meritxell Bach Cuadra, Ali Gholipour
Most fetal brain MRI reconstruction algorithms rely only on brain tissue-relevant voxels of low-resolution (LR) images to enhance the quality of inter-slice motion correction and image reconstruction. Consequently the fetal brain needs to be localized and extracted as a first step, which is usually a laborious and time consuming manual or semi-automatic task. We have proposed in this work to use age-matched template images as prior knowledge to automatize brain localization and extraction. This has been achieved through a novel automatic brain localization and extraction method based on robust template-to-slice block matching and deformable slice-to-template registration...
April 10, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407656/high-blood-pressure-during-pregnancy-is-not-a-protective-factor-for-preterm-infants-with-very-low-birth-weight-a-case-control-study
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Annibal Tagliaferri Sabino, Eduardo de Souza, Ana Lucia Goulart, Adriana Martins de Lima, Nelson Sass
Objective To evaluate whether the presence of maternal blood pressure reduces the risks of morbidity, perinatal mortality and morbidity at 24 months of age in very low birth weight infants (VLBWIs) compared with a control group. Methods A retrospective, observational, case-control study. Total 49 VLBWIs were allocated to the study group, called the maternal arterial hypertension group (AHG), and matched with 44 in the control group (CG). The infants were assessed during hospitalization and at 12 and 24 months corrected age at a specialized clinic...
April 2017: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399457/cumulative-pain-related-stress-and-developmental-outcomes-among-low-risk-preterm-infants-at-one-year-corrected-age
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Iris Morag, Ifat Rotem, Mor Frisch, Israel Hendler, Michal J Simchen, Leah Leibovitz, Ayala Maayan-Metzger, Tzipora Strauss
BACKGROUND: Extensive exposure of preterm infants to pain-related stress (PRS) at a time of physiological immaturity and rapid brain development may contribute to altered neurodevelopment. OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between early PRS and neurodevelopmental outcomes among low-risk very preterm infants at the age of one year corrected age (CA). METHODS: Participants included 107 infants born <32weeks gestational age (GA) and monitored prospectively at 12...
April 8, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398697/effects-of-targeting-lower-versus-higher-arterial-oxygen-saturations-on-death-or-disability-in-preterm-infants
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Lisa M Askie, Brian A Darlow, Peter G Davis, Neil Finer, Ben Stenson, Maximo Vento, Robin Whyte
BACKGROUND: The use of supplemental oxygen in the care of extremely preterm infants has been common practice since the 1940s. Despite this, there is little agreement regarding which oxygen saturation (SpO₂) ranges to target to maximise short- or long-term growth and development, while minimising harms. There are two opposing concerns. Lower oxygen levels (targeting SpO₂ at 90% or less) may impair neurodevelopment or result in death. Higher oxygen levels (targeting SpO₂ greater than 90%) may increase severe retinopathy of prematurity or chronic lung disease...
April 11, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395845/complementary-feeding-at-4-versus-6-months-of-age-for-preterm-infants-born-at-less-than-34-weeks-of-gestation-a-randomised-open-label-multicentre-trial
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Shuchita Gupta, Ramesh Agarwal, Kailash Chandra Aggarwal, Harish Chellani, Anil Duggal, Sugandha Arya, Sunita Bhatia, Mari Jeeva Sankar, Vishnubhatla Sreenivas, Vandana Jain, Arun Kumar Gupta, Ashok K Deorari, Vinod K Paul
BACKGROUND: Evidence on the optimal time to initiation of complementary feeding in preterm infants is scarce. We examined the effect of initiation of complementary feeding at 4 months versus 6 months of corrected age on weight for age at 12 months corrected age in preterm infants less than 34 weeks of gestation. METHODS: In this open-label, randomised trial, we enrolled infants born at less than 34 weeks of gestation with no major malformation from three public health facilities in India...
May 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395364/neurodevelopmental-outcomes-of-preterm-infants-treated-with-oral-paracetamol-versus-ibuprofen-for-patent-ductus-arteriosus
#18
Mehmet Yekta Oncel, Zeynep Eras, Nurdan Uras, Fuat Emre Canpolat, Omer Erdeve, Serife Suna Oguz
Objective This study aims to determine the effects of paracetamol versus ibuprofen treatment given to preterm infants for the pharmacological closure of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) on neurodevelopmental outcomes at 18 to 24 months' corrected age. Method A follow-up study was conducted to evaluate the neurodevelopmental outcomes of preterm infants (gestational age ≤ 30 weeks) enrolled in a randomized controlled trial comparing oral paracetamol versus oral ibuprofen for the closure of PDA. The developmental assessment was done by using "Bayley Scales of Infant Development, Second Edition" at 18 to 24 months' corrected age...
April 10, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387061/gestational-diabetes-mellitus-and-first-trimester-pregnancy-associated-plasma-protein-a-a-case-control-study-in-a-chinese-population
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Di Xiao, Chenhong Wang, Yanbin Xu, Zhou Lu
AIMS: To investigate the relationship between pregnancy-associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A) and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and to determine whether PAPP-A has improved value for predicting GDM in a Chinese population. METHODS: Clinical data for 599 GDM patients and 986 unaffected pregnant women undergoing both antenatal examinations and delivery were retrospectively analyzed. First-trimester serum PAPP-A levels were compared between the groups. Binary logistic regression analysis was used to explore the risk factors for GDM, and the area under the receiver operating characteristic (AUC-ROC) curve was used to determine the value of PAPP-A for predicting GDM...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384828/association-between-early-low-dose-hydrocortisone-therapy-in-extremely-preterm-neonates-and-neurodevelopmental-outcomes-at-2-years-of-age
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Olivier Baud, Clémence Trousson, Valérie Biran, Emilie Leroy, Damir Mohamed, Corinne Alberti
Importance: Dexamethasone to prevent bronchopulmonary dysplasia in very preterm neonates was associated with adverse neurodevelopmental events. Early low-dose hydrocortisone treatment has been reported to improve survival without bronchopulmonary dysplasia but its safety with regard to neurodevelopment remains to be assessed. Objective: To assess whether early hydrocortisone therapy in extremely preterm infants is associated with neurodevelopmental impairment at 2 years of age...
April 4, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
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