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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227138/assessment-of-autonomic-neurodevelopment-in-the-mouse-fetuses-by-using-fetal-electrocardiography
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Ahsan H Khandoker, Thuraia Al Khoori, Takuya Ito, Rika Sugibayashi, Yoshitaka Kimura, Ahsan H Khandoker, Thuraia Al Khoori, Takuya Ito, Rika Sugibayashi, Yoshitaka Kimura, Thuraia Al Khoori, Yoshitaka Kimura, Rika Sugibayashi, Takuya Ito, Ahsan H Khandoker
Fetal Electrocardiography (FECG) offers unique capabilities for assessment of beat-to-beat fetal heart rate (FHR) and fetal heart rate variability (FHRV), which are indirect markers of autonomic nervous system, its development. In this study the fetal ECG signals, FHR and FHRV are successfully recorded to assess the neurodevelopment in fetal mice in the second and third trimester from days 12.5 to 18.5 by using direct insertion of fetal ECG electrodes in the uterine. FHR increases from day 12.5 till 15.5 reaching a plateau and then shows a sudden increase on the day 18...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210497/onset-of-labor-in-post-term-pregnancy-by-chamomile
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Fereshte Gholami, Leila Neisani Samani, Maryam Kashanian, Mohsen Naseri, Agha Fateme Hosseini, Seyed Abbas Hashemi Nejad
BACKGROUND: Post-term pregnancy is an important factor in perinatal mortality and morbidity. Generally, to reduce perinatal mortality in pregnancy, the delivery is done before adverse perinatal morbidity occurs. To prevent prolonged pregnancy, labor is induced with chemical drugs and complementary therapies. Due to the side effects and contraindications of chemical medicine, the use of herbs has been investigated in the induction of labor in post-term pregnancy. OBJECTIVES: This study was done to identify the effect of chamomile on inducing labor in women with post-term pregnancy of Shahid Akbarabadi hospital in Tehran in 2013...
November 2016: Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180199/ultrasound-and-mri-comprehensive-approach-in-prenatal-diagnosis-of-fetal-osteochondrodysplasias-cases-series
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Costin Berceanu, Ioana Andreea Gheonea, Simona Vlădăreanu, Monica Mihaela Cîrstoiu, Radu Vlădăreanu, Claudia Mehedinţu, Sabina Berceanu, Răzvan Ciortea, Elvira Brătilă
AIM: To present the systematic ultrasonographic assessment in fetal osteochondrodysplasias and to evaluate the fetal MRI intake, as a complementary exploration to US, in the prenatal diagnosis and perinatal prognosis of fetal nonlethal osteochondrodysplasias. Material and methods: In this tertiary multicentre study were included 37 cases diagnosed prenatally with various entities in the category of nonlethal fetal osteochondrodysplasias. The initial diagnosis was carried out by the routine or detailed ultrasound examination...
January 31, 2017: Medical Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179267/obesity-and-pregnancy-mechanisms-of-short-term-and-long-term-adverse-consequences-for-mother-and-child
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REVIEW
Patrick M Catalano, Kartik Shankar
Obesity is the most common medical condition in women of reproductive age. Obesity during pregnancy has short term and long term adverse consequences for both mother and child. Obesity causes problems with infertility, and in early gestation it causes spontaneous pregnancy loss and congenital anomalies. Metabolically, obese women have increased insulin resistance in early pregnancy, which becomes manifest clinically in late gestation as glucose intolerance and fetal overgrowth. At term, the risk of cesarean delivery and wound complications is increased...
February 8, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151492/counting-unplanned-extubations-marked-variation-among-neonatologists
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S Mbi Ndakor, M U Nelson, J M B Pinheiro
OBJECTIVE: To assess if neonatologists detect and count unplanned extubations (UEs) uniformly. STUDY DESIGN: An Institutional Review Board-exempted anonymous web-based survey of neonatology attending and fellow members of the AAP Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine section was administered. Respondents were queried on practices concerning UE; they were then presented with different case scenarios and asked if they would count the event as a UE. RESULTS: Of the 509 respondents, 61% track UE rates...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142152/improving-safe-and-effective-use-of-drugs-in-pregnancy-and-lactation-workshop-summary
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Laura E Riley, Alison G Cahill, Richard Beigi, Renate Savich, George Saade
In February 2015, given high rates of use of medications by pregnant women and the relative lack of data on safety and efficacy of many drugs utilized in pregnancy, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) convened a group of experts to review the "current" state of the clinical care and science regarding medication use during the perinatal period...
January 31, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137987/diagnostic-performance-of-placental-growth-factor-in-women-with-suspected-preeclampsia-attending-antenatal-facilities-in-maputo-mozambique
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U Vivian Ukah, Francisco Mbofana, Beatriz Manriquez Rocha, Osvaldo Loquiha, Chishamiso Mudenyanga, Momade Usta, Marilena Urso, Sharla Drebit, Laura A Magee, Peter von Dadelszen
In well-resourced settings, reduced circulating maternal-free placental growth factor (PlGF) aids in either predicting or confirming the diagnosis of preeclampsia, fetal growth restriction, stillbirth, preterm birth, and delivery within 14 days of testing when preeclampsia is suspected. This blinded, prospective cohort study of maternal plasma PlGF in women with suspected preeclampsia was conducted in antenatal clinics in Maputo, Mozambique. The primary outcome was the clinic-to-delivery interval. Other outcomes included: confirmed diagnosis of preeclampsia, transfer to higher care, mode of delivery, intrauterine fetal death, preterm birth, and low birth weight...
March 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132012/use-of-magnesium-sulfate-before-32%C3%A2-weeks-of-gestation-a-european-population-based-cohort-study
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H T Wolf, L Huusom, T Weber, A Piedvache, S Schmidt, M Norman, J Zeitlin
OBJECTIVES: The use of magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) in European obstetric units is unknown. We aimed to describe reported policies and actual use of MgSO4 in women delivering before 32 weeks of gestation by indication. METHODS: We used data from the European Perinatal Intensive Care in Europe (EPICE) population-based cohort study of births before 32 weeks of gestation in 19 regions in 11 European countries. Data were collected from April 2011 to September 2012 from medical records and questionnaires...
January 27, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128403/effect-of-pregnancy-on-the-proliferation-of-rat-adipose-derived-stem-cells
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J N Li, Y Zhang, Y F Wang, J Y Chen
Stem cell therapy faces many problems including poor survival rates and low viability. Enhancing the biological functions of stem cells improves efficacy of therapies. Estrogen, whose levels are elevated during pregnancy, affects the properties of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells. Evidence suggests that adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs), which are a type of adult mesenchymal stem cells, can be used in regenerative medicine. In fact, ADSCs from pregnant animals have been used in clinical therapies. However, the effect of the donor's reproductive status on proliferation of ADSCs is unknown...
January 23, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127984/pregnancy-and-neonatal-outcomes-in-women-with-type-1-diabetes-mellitus
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L Durackova, A Kristufkova, M Korbel
AIM: The aim of study was to compare some perinatal outcomes in mothers with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). MATERIAL AND METHODS: All patients with T1DM delivered at the 1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University in Bratislava from January 1st 2009 to December 31th 2015 were included to the study. RESULTS: Out of 118 diabetic mothers, 46.6 % had vasculopathy and 53. 4 % were without microvascular complications...
2017: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126366/testing-for-zika-virus-infection-in-pregnancy-key-concepts-to-deal-with-an-emerging-epidemic
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REVIEW
Catherine Eppes, Martha Rac, James Dunn, James Versalovic, Kristy O Murray, Melissa A Suter, Magda Sanz Cortes, Jimmy Espinoza, Maxim D Seferovic, Wesley Lee, Peter Hotez, Joan Mastrobattista, Steven L Clark, Michael A Belfort, Kjersti M Aagaard
Zika virus is an emerging mosquito-borne (Aedes genus) arbovirus of the Flaviviridae family. Following epidemics in Micronesia and French Polynesia during the past decade, more recent Zika virus infection outbreaks were first reported in South America as early as May 2013 and spread to now 50 countries throughout the Americas. Although no other flavivirus has previously been known to cause major fetal malformations following perinatal infection, reports of a causal link between Zika virus and microcephaly, brain and ocular malformations, and fetal loss emerged from hard-hit regions of Brazil by October 2015...
January 23, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125815/patent-ductus-arteriosus-treatment-in-very-preterm-infants-a-european-population-based-cohort-study-epice-on-variation-and-outcomes
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Anna-Karin Edstedt Bonamy, Anna Gudmundsdottir, Rolf F Maier, Liis Toome, Jennifer Zeitlin, Mercedes Bonet, Alan Fenton, Asbjørn Børch Hasselager, Arno van Heijst, Ludwig Gortner, David Milligan, Patrick Van Reempts, Elaine M Boyle, Mikael Norman
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous closure of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) occurs frequently in very preterm infants and despite the lack of evidence for treatment benefits, treatment for PDA is common in neonatal medicine. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this work was to study regional variations in PDA treatment in very preterm infants (≤31 weeks of gestation), its relation to differences in perinatal characteristics, and associations with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) and survival without major neonatal morbidity...
January 26, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120879/associations-of-maternal-pre-pregnancy-body-mass-index-and-gestational-weight-gain-with-birth-outcomes-in-shanghai-china
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Lingli Xiao, Guodong Ding, Angela Vinturache, Jian Xu, Yifang Ding, Jialin Guo, Liping Huang, Xuelei Yin, Jing Qiao, Inesh Thureraja, Xiaoming Ben
Recent data suggests that abnormal maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) or gestational weight gain (GWG) is associated with unfavorable delivery outcomes. However, limited clinical evidence is available to support this correlation in China. Participating 510 mother-infant pairs were recruited from the Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital, China, between January 1(st) and 30(th) 2016. Maternal pre-pregnancy BMI was categorized according to the China's classification and GWG according to the 2009 Institute of Medicine recommendations (IOM)...
January 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086760/education-of-pediatric-subspecialty-fellows-in-transport-medicine-a-national-survey
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Geoffrey E Mickells, Denise M Goodman, Ranna A Rozenfeld
BACKGROUND: The transport of critically ill patients to children's hospitals is essential to current practice. The AAP Section on Transport Medicine has raised concerns about future leadership in the field as trainees receive less exposure to transport medicine. This study identifies the priorities of pediatric subspecialty fellows, fellowship directors and nursing directors in transport medicine education. METHODS: Internet based surveys were distributed to fellows, fellowship directors and nursing directors of transport teams affiliated with ACGME-approved fellowships in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (NPM), Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM), and Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM)...
January 13, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072569/perinatal-critical-care-and-ethics-in-perinatal-medicine-the-role-of-the-perinatologist
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Frank A Chervenak, Alexander Makatsariya, Viktoriya Bitsadze, Laurence B McCullough
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 6, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042822/enduring-sexually-dimorphic-impact-of-in-utero-exposure-to-elevated-levels-of-glucocorticoids-on-midbrain-dopaminergic-populations
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REVIEW
Glenda E Gillies, Kanwar Virdee, Ilse Pienaar, Felwah Al-Zaid, Jeffrey W Dalley
Glucocorticoid hormones (GCs) released from the fetal/maternal glands during late gestation are required for normal development of mammalian organs and tissues. Accordingly, synthetic glucocorticoids have proven to be invaluable in perinatal medicine where they are widely used to accelerate fetal lung maturation when there is risk of pre-term birth and to promote infant survival. However, clinical and pre-clinical studies have demonstrated that inappropriate exposure of the developing brain to elevated levels of GCs, either as a result of clinical over-use or after stress-induced activation of the fetal/maternal adrenal cortex, is linked with significant effects on brain structure, neurological function and behaviour in later life...
December 30, 2016: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041869/-palliative-care-after-neonatal-intensive-care-contributions-of-leonetti-law-and-remaining-challenges
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P Kuhn, L Dillenseger, N Cojean, B Escande, C Zores, D Astruc
The 2005 enactment of the "Patients' rights and end-of-life care" act, known as the Leonetti law, has been accompanied by practical changes in the processes of withdrawal and withholding of active life-sustaining treatments. This law has also promoted the implementation of palliative care in perinatal medicine to avoid unreasonable therapeutic interventions and to preserve the dying patient's quality of life and human dignity. Recently, a new law has been voted by the French National Assembly and new reflections on the ethical aspects of the end of life in neonatal medicine should resume again within the French Society of Neonatology in the working group on ethical issues in neonatology...
February 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033658/multiple-exposures-to-environmental-pollutants-and-oxidative-stress-is-there-a-sex-specific-risk-of-developmental-complications-for-fetuses
#18
REVIEW
Kaïs H Al-Gubory
Medically assisted procreation significantly contributes to an increase in twin pregnancies. One of the major factors contributing to more twin births is the use of fertility treatments. Twin pregnancy is not without a risk for fetal organ development and the health outcome of new-borns, children, and adults. Multiple pregnancies are associated with an increased risk of developmental complications, such as perinatal mortality, premature births, and low birth weight. Oxidative stress is involved in pregnancy disorders such as abortion, intrauterine growth retardation, and prenatal mortality...
December 2016: Birth Defects Research. Part C, Embryo Today: Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011793/protecting-the-premature-brain-current-evidence-based-strategies-for-minimising-perinatal-brain-injury-in-preterm-infants
#19
Charlotte L Lea, Adam Smith-Collins, Karen Luyt
Improving neurodevelopmental outcome for preterm infants is an important challenge for neonatal medicine. The disruption of normal brain growth and neurological development is a significant consequence of preterm birth and can result in physical and cognitive impairments. While advances in neonatal medicine have led to progressively better survival rates for preterm infants, there has only been a modest improvement in the proportion of surviving infants without neurological impairment, and no change in the proportion with severe disability...
March 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992943/hyperechogenic-bowel-etiologies-management-and-outcome-according-to-gestational-age-at-diagnosis-in-279-consecutive-cases-in-a-single-center
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Vincenzo Davide Catania, Alessandra Taddei, Marcella Pellegrino, Erika Adalgisa De Marco, Laura Merli, Carlo Manzoni, Lorenzo Nanni, Lucia Masini
Introduction The aim of the study was to investigate perinatal outcome of fetuses with hyperechogenic bowel (HB) in relation to gestational age at diagnosis. Materials and Methods This is a retrospective observational study of fetal HB cases from 2002 to 2012. Patients were divided into three groups according to trimester at diagnosis. For each group, data from fetal ultrasound examination, fetal medicine investigations, intrapartum cares, and neonatal outcome were obtained. Results A diagnosis of HB was made in 279 fetuses among them 17 (6%) during the first trimester, 186 (67%) during the second trimester, and 75 (27%) during the third trimester...
February 2017: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
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