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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323558/reproductive-tract-infections-attitude-and-barriers-among-marginalized-fisher-women-in-kerala-south-india
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Manoj A Thomas, Poornima Narayan
Reproductive tract infections (RTIs) are the cause of severe gynecological and maternal morbidity in India. In marginalized communities, women persevere quietly when faced with a culturally sensitive health issue such as an RTI. To hypothesize on the differential health behavior and low levels of reported incidents among women living in marginalized communities, we undertake an exploratory study in a coastal fishermen community in South India. We identify barriers influencing decisions to seek curative and preventive medical care...
April 2017: Health Care for Women International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322775/pregnancy-and-birth-outcomes-in-couples-with-infertility-with-and-without-assisted-reproductive-technology-with-an-emphasis-on-us-population-based-studies
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Barbara Luke
Infertility, defined as the inability to conceive within one year of unprotected intercourse, affects an estimated 80 million individuals worldwide, or 10-15 percent of couples of reproductive age. Assisted reproductive technology (ART) includes all infertility treatments to achieve conception; in vitro fertilization (IVF) is the process by which an oocyte is fertilized by semen outside the body; non-IVF ART treatments include ovulation induction, artificial insemination, and intrauterine insemination. Use of ART has risen steadily in the United States during the past two decades due to several reasons, including childbearing at older maternal ages and increasing insurance coverage...
March 18, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321847/antenatal-corticosteroids-for-accelerating-fetal-lung-maturation-for-women-at-risk-of-preterm-birth
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Devender Roberts, Julie Brown, Nancy Medley, Stuart R Dalziel
BACKGROUND: Respiratory morbidity including respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) is a serious complication of preterm birth and the primary cause of early neonatal mortality and disability. While researching the effects of the steroid dexamethasone on premature parturition in fetal sheep in 1969, Liggins found that there was some inflation of the lungs of lambs born at gestations at which the lungs would be expected to be airless. Liggins and Howie published the first randomised controlled trial in humans in 1972 and many others followed...
March 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321338/frequency-risk-factors-and-adverse-fetomaternal-outcomes-of-placenta-previa-in-northern-tanzania
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Elizabeth Eliet Senkoro, Amasha H Mwanamsangu, Fransisca Seraphin Chuwa, Sia Emmanuel Msuya, Oresta Peter Mnali, Benjamin G Brown, Michael Johnson Mahande
Background and Objective. Placenta previa (PP) is a potential risk factor for obstetric hemorrhage, which is a major cause of fetomaternal morbidity and mortality in developing countries. This study aimed to determine frequency, risk factors, and adverse fetomaternal outcomes of placenta previa in Northern Tanzania. Methodology. A retrospective cohort study was conducted using maternally-linked data from Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre birth registry spanning 2000 to 2015. All women who gave birth to singleton infants were studied...
2017: Journal of Pregnancy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301806/the-effects-of-women-s-education-on-maternal-health-evidence-from-peru
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Abigail Weitzman
This article examines the causal effect of women's education on maternal health in Peru, a country where maternal mortality has declined by more than 70% in the last two and a half decades. To isolate the effects of education, the author employs an instrumented regression discontinuity that takes advantage of an exogenous source of variation-an amendment to compulsory schooling laws in 1993. The results indicate that extending women's years of schooling reduced the probability of several maternal health complications at last pregnancy/birth, sometimes by as much as 29%...
March 6, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295159/first-and-second-trimester-serum-tests-with-and-without-first-trimester-ultrasound-tests-for-down-s-syndrome-screening
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S Kate Alldred, Yemisi Takwoingi, Boliang Guo, Mary Pennant, Jonathan J Deeks, James P Neilson, Zarko Alfirevic
BACKGROUND: Down's syndrome occurs when a person has three copies of chromosome 21 (or the specific area of chromosome 21 implicated in causing Down's syndrome) rather than two. It is the commonest congenital cause of mental disability. Non-invasive screening based on biochemical analysis of maternal serum or urine, or fetal ultrasound measurements, allows estimates of the risk of a pregnancy being affected and provides information to guide decisions about definitive testing.  Before agreeing to screening tests, parents need to be fully informed about the risks, benefits and possible consequences of such a test...
March 15, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295158/first-trimester-ultrasound-tests-alone-or-in-combination-with-first-trimester-serum-tests-for-down-s-syndrome-screening
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S Kate Alldred, Yemisi Takwoingi, Boliang Guo, Mary Pennant, Jonathan J Deeks, James P Neilson, Zarko Alfirevic
BACKGROUND: Down's syndrome occurs when a person has three, rather than two copies of chromosome 21; or the specific area of chromosome 21 implicated in causing Down's syndrome. It is the commonest congenital cause of mental disability and also leads to numerous metabolic and structural problems. It can be life-threatening, or lead to considerable ill health, although some individuals have only mild problems and can lead relatively normal lives. Having a baby with Down's syndrome is likely to have a significant impact on family life...
March 15, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284476/association-between-off-peak-hour-birth-and-neonatal-morbidity-and-mortality-among-very-low-birth-weight-infants
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Erik A Jensen, Scott A Lorch
OBJECTIVE: To assess the independent association between overnight or "off-peak" hour delivery and 3 neonatal morbidities strongly associated with childhood neurocognitive impairment. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective population based cohort study of all infants with birth weights of 500-1499 g born without severe congenital anomalies in California or Pennsylvania between 2002 and 2009. Off-peak hour delivery was defined as birth between 12:00 a.m. and 6:59 a.m. The study outcomes were death; bronchopulmonary dysplasia, retinopathy of prematurity, and severe (grade 3 or 4) intraventricular hemorrhage among survivors; the composite of each morbidity or mortality; and the composite of death or 1 or more of the evaluated morbidities...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282767/pulmonary-edema-in-preeclampsia-an-indonesian-case-control-study
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Manggala Pasca Wardhana, Erry Gumilar Dachlan, Gustaaf Dekker
OBJECTIVE: To analyze risk factors, obstetric outcome and the need for mechanical ventilation in preeclampsia complicated by pulmonary edema. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Case-control study using medical record on preeclampsia complicated by pulmonary edema patients in East Java tertiary referral hospital over 2 years. A simple scoring system was developed to predict the need for mechanical ventilation, using logistic regression. RESULTS: 1106 cases of preeclampsia were admitted, with 62 cases (5...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279186/continuum-of-care-in-maternal-newborn-and-child-health-in-pakistan-analysis-of-trends-and-determinants-from-2006-to-2012
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Sarosh Iqbal, Sidra Maqsood, Rubeena Zakar, Muhammad Zakria Zakar, Florian Fischer
BACKGROUND: Pakistan, being a developing country, presents the dismal picture of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. The majority of maternal and neonatal deaths could be avoided if Continuum of Care (CoC) is provided in a structured pathway from pregnancy to birth and to the first week of life of the newborn child. This study aimed to analyse the trends of CoC at all three levels (antenatal care, skilled delivery and postpartum care) and to identify various factors affecting the continuation in receiving CoC in Pakistan during 2006 to 2012...
March 9, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278168/the-delta-neutrophil-index-as-a-predictive-marker-of-histological-chorioamnionitis-in-patients-with-preterm-premature-rupture-of-membranes-a-retrospective-study
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Hee Young Cho, Inkyung Jung, Ja-Young Kwon, So Jung Kim, Yong Won Park, Young-Han Kim
BACKGROUND: Histological chorioamnionitis (HCA) is related to perinatal morbidity. However, there is no definite diagnostic method for detecting chorioamnionitis before delivery. METHODS: We evaluated whether the delta neutrophil index (DNI) was an effective early marker of HCA in patients with preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM). We retrospectively evaluated 149 women diagnosed with PPROM (gestational age, 20+0 to 36+6 weeks) at Severance Hospital from January 2013 to December 2014...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274003/comparative-study-on-antenatal-and-perinatal-outcome-of-vivax-and-falciparum-malaria-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-of-kolkata-india
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Mousumi Datta, Jhuma Biswas, Shyamal Dasgupta, Kaushik Banerjee, Subhendu Choudhury, Sandip Kumar Sengupta, Prakash Das
INTRODUCTION: Malaria occurring in pregnancy is associated with considerable maternal and perinatal morbidity. In India, the problem is compounded by dual parasitological aetiology of Plasmodiumvivax (P.vivax) and Plasmodium falciparum (P.falciparum). AIM: To compare the outcome of infections by P. vivax and P.falciparum species among pregnant women in a hospital setting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Pregnant women who tested positive for malaria either by microscopy of peripheral blood smear or ELISA test for double antigen were enrolled in the study...
January 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270105/economic-evaluation-of-a-behavioral-intervention-versus-brief-advice-for-substance-use-treatment-in-pregnant-women-results-from-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Xiao Xu, Kimberly A Yonkers, Jennifer Prah Ruger
BACKGROUND: Substance use in pregnancy is associated with severe maternal and fetal morbidities and substantial economic costs. However, few studies have evaluated the cost-effectiveness of substance use treatment programs in pregnant women. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the economic impact of a behavioral intervention that integrated motivational enhancement therapy with cognitive behavioral therapy (MET-CBT) for treatment of substance use in pregnancy, in comparison with brief advice...
March 7, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267854/association-between-maternal-body-mass-index-in-early-pregnancy-and-incidence-of-cerebral-palsy
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Eduardo Villamor, Kristina Tedroff, Mark Peterson, Stefan Johansson, Martin Neovius, Gunnar Petersson, Sven Cnattingius
Importance: Maternal overweight and obesity are associated with increased risks of preterm delivery, asphyxia-related neonatal complications, and congenital malformations, which in turn are associated with increased risks of cerebral palsy. It is uncertain whether risk of cerebral palsy in offspring increases with maternal overweight and obesity severity and what could be possible mechanisms. Objective: To study the associations between early pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and rates of cerebral palsy by gestational age and to identify potential mediators of these associations...
March 7, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267444/a-multicenter-prospective-study-of-neonatal-outcomes-at-less-than-32-weeks-associated-with-indications-for-maternal-admission-and-delivery
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Thomas J Garite, C Andrew Combs, Kimberly Maurel, Anita Das, Kevin Huls, Richard Porreco, Dale Reisner, George Lu, Melissa Bush, Bruce Morris, April Bleich
BACKGROUND: Counseling for patients with impending premature delivery has been traditionally based primarily on the projected gestational age at delivery. There are limited data regarding how the indications for the preterm birth affect the neonatal outcome and whether this issue should be taken into account in decisions regarding management and patient counseling. OBJECTIVE: We performed a prospective study of pregnancies resulting in premature delivery at less than 32 weeks to determine the influence of both the Indications for Admission and their associated Indications for Delivery on neonatal mortality and complications of prematurity...
March 3, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267223/fundal-pressure-during-the-second-stage-of-labour
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REVIEW
G Justus Hofmeyr, Joshua P Vogel, Anna Cuthbert, Mandisa Singata
BACKGROUND: Fundal pressure during the second stage of labour (also known as the 'Kristeller manoeuvre') involves application of manual pressure to the uppermost part of the uterus directed towards the birth canal, in an attempt to assist spontaneous vaginal birth and avoid prolonged second stage or the need for operative birth. Fundal pressure has also been applied using an inflatable belt. Fundal pressure is widely used, however methods of its use vary widely. Despite strongly held opinions in favour of and against the use of fundal pressure, there is limited evidence regarding its maternal and neonatal benefits and harms...
March 7, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264858/incident-coronary-heart-disease-after-preeclampsia-role-of-reduced-fetal-growth-preterm-delivery-and-parity
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Hilde Kristin Refvik Riise, Gerhard Sulo, Grethe S Tell, Jannicke Igland, Ottar Nygård, Stein Emil Vollset, Ann-Charlotte Iversen, Rigmor Austgulen, Anne Kjersti Daltveit
BACKGROUND: Preeclampsia is a severe pregnancy disorder often complicated by reduced fetal growth or preterm delivery and is associated with long-term maternal morbidity and mortality. We aimed to assess the association between preeclampsia phenotypes and risk of subsequent coronary heart disease and maternal cardiovascular mortality. METHODS AND RESULTS: Women aged 16 to 49 years who gave birth during 1980-2002 and registered in the Medical Birth Registry of Norway were followed prospectively (1-29 years) for an incident major coronary event and mortality through linkage with the Cardiovascular Disease in Norway 1994-2009 (CVDNOR) project and the Norwegian Cause of Death Registry...
March 6, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264495/the-endothelin-type-a-receptor-as-a-potential-therapeutic-target-in-preeclampsia
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REVIEW
Bhavisha Bakrania, Jeremy Duncan, Junie P Warrington, Joey P Granger
Preeclampsia (PE) is a disorder of pregnancy typically characterized by new onset hypertension after gestational week 20 and proteinuria. Although PE is one of the leading causes of maternal and perinatal morbidity and death worldwide, the mechanisms of the pathogenesis of the disease remain unclear and treatment options are limited. However, there is increasing evidence to suggest that endothelin-1 (ET-1) plays a critical role in the pathophysiology of PE. Multiple studies report that ET-1 is increased in PE and some studies report a positive correlation between ET-1 and the severity of symptoms...
February 28, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261214/the-influence-of-the-microbiome-on-early-life-severe-viral-lower-respiratory-infections-and-asthma-food-for-thought
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Jason P Lynch, Md Al Amin Sikder, Bodie F Curren, Rhiannon B Werder, Jennifer Simpson, Páraic Ó Cuív, Paul G Dennis, Mark L Everard, Simon Phipps
Severe viral lower respiratory infections are a major cause of infant morbidity. In developing countries, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)-bronchiolitis induces significant mortality, whereas in developed nations the disease represents a major risk factor for subsequent asthma. Susceptibility to severe RSV-bronchiolitis is governed by gene-environmental interactions that affect the host response to RSV infection. Emerging evidence suggests that the excessive inflammatory response and ensuing immunopathology, typically as a consequence of insufficient immunoregulation, leads to long-term changes in immune cells and structural cells that render the host susceptible to subsequent environmental incursions...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258943/anaesthesia-for-abnormally-invasive-placenta-a-single-institution-case-series
#20
N J Taylor, R Russell
BACKGROUND: Abnormally invasive placenta describes a spectrum of disorders resulting in pathological placental implantation. It is associated with the potential for severe maternal haemorrhage and poor fetal outcome. Increasing numbers of women are at risk owing to the rising incidence of uterine surgery and increasing maternal age. We report data over a five-year period describing anaesthetic management of cases of abnormally invasive placenta in a UK tertiary-referral maternity unit and assess how management has developed...
January 23, 2017: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
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