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Biomedical aspects of pregnancy

This section considers studies regarding biomedical and therapeutic aspects of pregnancy.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Parturition at term and preterm is characterized by sterile inflammatory processes occurring in the absence of infection whereby peripheral leukocytes infiltrate gestational tissues in response to chemotactic ...

    Authors: Jun Takeda, Xin Fang and David M. Olson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:16

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    Preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) is the largest identifiable cause of preterm birth. There is currently no good screening test for PPROM in low-risk asymptomatic patients. Our goal was to identif...

    Authors: Vanessa Nunes, Jennifer Cross, John E. Speich, Danielle R. Morgan, Jerome F. Strauss III and Ronald M. Ramus

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:387

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  3. Content type: Study protocol

    Preeclampsia and intrauterine fetal growth restriction (IUGR) are two of the most common causes of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. Current methods of predicting those at most risk of these cond...

    Authors: K. M. Groom, L. M. McCowan, P. R. Stone, L. C. Chamley and C. McLintock

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:367

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    The ability to identify patients at risk for developing preeclampsia is important for preventing morbidity and mortality in both the mother and child. Although CYFRA 21–1 (a fragment of Cytokeratin 19) is cons...

    Authors: Lorenz Kuessel, Harald Zeisler, Robin Ristl, Julia Binder, Petra Pateisky, Maximilian Schmid, Julian Marschalek, Thomas Perkmann, Helmuth Haslacher and Heinrich Husslein

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:339

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    Detection of Ureaplasma, Mycoplasma and Candida spp. in the vagina during pregnancy has previously been associated with preterm birth (PTB). However, the prevalence of these microorganisms and the associated obst...

    Authors: Matthew S. Payne, Demelza J. Ireland, Rory Watts, Elizabeth A. Nathan, Lucy L. Furfaro, Matthew W. Kemp, Jeffrey A. Keelan and John P. Newnham

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:312

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Bacterial vaginosis (BV) during pregnancy is a well-established risk factor for preterm birth and other preterm pregnancy complications. Little is known about adverse neonatal outcomes associated with BV expos...

    Authors: Adam S. Dingens, Tessa S. Fairfortune, Susan Reed and Caroline Mitchell

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:278

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Drugs used during pregnancy can adversely affect the health and life of the mother and unborn child. However, the fact that drugs are needed to mitigate complications during pregnancy cannot be avoided. The pr...

    Authors: Ramesh Devkota, G. M. Khan, Kadir Alam, Amisha Regmi and Binaya Sapkota

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:272

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  8. Content type: Study protocol

    The fetal anomaly ultrasound only detects 65 to 81 % of the patients with congenital heart disease, making it the most common structural fetal anomaly of which a significant part is missed during prenatal life...

    Authors: Kim M. J. Verdurmen, Carlijn Lempersz, Rik Vullings, Christian Schroer, Tammo Delhaas, Judith O. E. H. van Laar and S. Guid Oei

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:227

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The influence of different diagnostic thresholds for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) on pregnancy outcomes is not fully understood. Degrees of glucose intolerance according to the Carpenter-Coustan (CC) cr...

    Authors: Mei-Chun Lu, Song-Shan Huang, Yuan-Horng Yan and Panchalli Wang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:231

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  10. Content type: Study protocol

    Spontaneous preterm birth is a complex syndrome with multiple pathways interactions determining its occurrence, including genetic, immunological, physiologic, biochemical and environmental factors. Despite gre...

    Authors: Jose G. Cecatti, Renato T. Souza, Karolina Sulek, Maria L. Costa, Louise C. Kenny, Lesley M. McCowan, Rodolfo C. Pacagnella, Silas G. Villas-Boas, Jussara Mayrink, Renato Passini Jr, Kleber G. Franchini and Philip N. Baker

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:212

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Adiponectin is an adipocyte hormone involved in energy homeostasis and metabolism. However, its role in early infancy is poorly understood.

    Authors: Zhe-qing Zhang, Qing-gui Lu, Jie Huang, Chang-ya Jiao, Shao-ming Huang and Li-mei Mao

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:189

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Evidence suggests that the hormonal milieu of pregnancy is an important determinant of subsequent cancer and other chronic diseases in both the mother and the offspring. Many of the existing maternity and birt...

    Authors: Helena Schock, Anne Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, Eva Lundin, Kjell Grankvist, Hans-Åke Lakso, Annika Idahl, Matti Lehtinen, Heljä-Marja Surcel and Renée T. Fortner

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:146

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Prenatal cardiac screening is of great importance as it contributes to appropriate neonatal management and helps parents to make a decision regarding their pregnancy. The aim of our study was to evaluate the e...

    Authors: Ying Zhang, Ai-Lu Cai, Wei-dong Ren, Ya-Jun Guo, Dong-yu Zhang, Wei Sun, Yu Wang, Lei Wang, Yue Qin and Li-ping Huang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:145

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Perinatal depression has a significant impact on both mother and child. However, the influence of hormonal changes during pregnancy and the postpartum period remains unclear. This article provides a systematic...

    Authors: Sunaina Seth, Andrew J. Lewis and Megan Galbally

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:124

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Preeclampsia is associated with the placental release of soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt-1) and soluble endoglin (sENG). These anti-angiogenic factors cause hypertension and multi-organ injury. Pravas...

    Authors: Fiona C. Brownfoot, Stephen Tong, Natalie J. Hannan, Roxanne Hastie, Ping Cannon and Tu’uhevaha J. Kaitu’u-Lino

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:117

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Gradual increases in mass such as during pregnancy are associated with changes in gait at natural velocities. The purpose of this study was to examine how added mass at natural and imposed slow walking velocit...

    Authors: Simone V. Gill, Maureen Ogamba and Cara L. Lewis

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:109

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Retinol-binding protein-4 (RBP4) has been reported to be potentially involved in the pathogenesis of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM); however, the findings are inconsistent. Our aims were to review the stu...

    Authors: Shimin Hu, Qian Liu, Xin Huang and Hongzhuan Tan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:52

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The dipstick test is widely used as a primary screening test for detection of significant proteinuria in pregnancy (SPIP). However, it often shows a false positive test result. This study was performed to dete...

    Authors: Yosuke Baba, Takahiro Yamada, Mana Obata-Yasuoka, Shun Yasuda, Yasumasa Ohno, Kosuke Kawabata, Shiori Minakawa, Chihiro Hirai, Hideto Kusaka, Nao Murabayashi, Yusuke Inde, Michikazu Nagura, Hiromi Hamada, Atsuo Itakura, Akihide Ohkuchi, Makoto Maeda…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:331

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The British Columbia Perinatal Data Registry (BCPDR) contains individual-level obstetrical and neonatal medical chart data for virtually all births occurring in British Columbia, Canada. The objective of this ...

    Authors: Gillian Frosst, Jennifer Hutcheon, KS Joseph, Brooke Kinniburgh, Cathe Johnson and Lily Lee

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:123

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