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  1. In settings where sexually transmitted infection (STI) and HIV prevalence is high, the postpartum period is a time of increased biological susceptibility to pregnancy related sepsis. Enabling women living with...

    Authors: Charlotte E Warren, Timothy Abuya and Ian Askew

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:150

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Complex interventions in obese pregnant women should be theoretically based, feasible and shown to demonstrate anticipated behavioural change prior to inception of large randomised controlled trials (RCTs). Th...

    Authors: Lucilla Poston, Annette L Briley, Suzanne Barr, Ruth Bell, Helen Croker, Kirstie Coxon, Holly N Essex, Claire Hunt, Louise Hayes, Louise M Howard, Nina Khazaezadeh, Tarja Kinnunen, Scott M Nelson, Eugene Oteng-Ntim, Stephen C Robson, Naveed Sattar…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:148

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  3. In Norway almost all pregnant women attend one routine ultrasound examination. Detection of fetal structural anomalies triggers psychological stress responses in the women affected. Despite the frequent use of...

    Authors: Anne Kaasen, Anne Helbig, Ulrik Fredrik Malt, Tormod Naes, Hans Skari and Guttorm Nils Haugen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:147

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  4. Antenatal care (ANC) is a key strategy to decreasing maternal mortality in low-resource settings. ANC clinics provide resources to improve nutrition and health knowledge and promote preventive health practices...

    Authors: Nandita Perumal, Donald C Cole, Hermann Z Ouédraogo, Kirimi Sindi, Cornelia Loechl, Jan Low, Carol Levin, Christine Kiria, Jaameeta Kurji and Mary Oyunga

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:146

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Significant health inequities exist around maternal and infant health for Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand. The infants of Māori are more likely to die in their first year of life and also have high...

    Authors: Sara Filoche, Susan Garrett, James Stanley, Sally Rose, Bridget Robson, C Raina Elley and Bev Lawton

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:145

    Content type: Study protocol

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  6. Reduced length of hospital stay following childbirth has placed increasing demands on community-based post-birth care services in Australia. Queensland is one of several states in Australia in which nurses are...

    Authors: Maria Zadoroznyj, Wendy Brodribb, Lauren Falconer, Lauren Pearce, Casey Northam and Sue Kruske

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:144

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Maternal overweight and obesity are associated with slower labour progress and increased caesarean delivery for failure to progress. Obesity is also associated with hyperlipidaemia and cholesterol inhibits myo...

    Authors: Elaine M Fyfe, Karen S Rivers, John MD Thompson, Kamala PL Thiyagarajan, Katie M Groom, Gustaaf A Dekker and Lesley ME McCowan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:143

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is an increasing problem world-wide. Lifestyle interventions and/or vitamin D supplementation might help prevent GDM in some women.

    Authors: Judith GM Jelsma, Mireille NM van Poppel, Sander Galjaard, Gernot Desoye, Rosa Corcoy, Roland Devlieger, Andre van Assche, Dirk Timmerman, Goele Jans, Jurgen Harreiter, Alexandra Kautzky-Willer, Peter Damm, Elisabeth R Mathiesen, Dorte M Jensen, Liselotte Andersen, Fidelma Dunne…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:142

    Content type: Study protocol

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  9. Maternal morbidity and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa remains high despite global efforts to reduce it. In order to lower maternal morbidity and mortality in the immediate term, reduction of delay in the prov...

    Authors: Ellen JT Nelissen, Estomih Mduma, Hege L Ersdal, Bjørg Evjen-Olsen, Jos JM van Roosmalen and Jelle Stekelenburg

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:141

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Caesarean section (CS) has short and long-term health effects for both the woman and her baby. One of the greatest contributors to the CS rate is elective repeat CS. Vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) is an ...

    Authors: Caroline SE Homer, Karyn Besley, Jennifer Bell, Deborah Davis, Jon Adams, Alison Porteous and Maralyn Foureur

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:140

    Content type: Study protocol

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  11. The epidural route is still considered the gold standard for labour analgesia, although it is not without serious consequences when incorrect placement goes unrecognized, e.g. in case of intravascular, intrath...

    Authors: Peter Kranke, Thierry Girard, Patricia Lavand’homme, Andrea Melber, Johanna Jokinen, Ralf M Muellenbach, Johannes Wirbelauer and Arnd Hönig

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:139

    Content type: Debate

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  12. Over the past decades, attachment research has predominantly focused on the attachment relationship that infants develop with their parents or that adults had with their own parents. Far less is known about th...

    Authors: Hedwig JA van Bakel, A Janneke BM Maas, Charlotte MJM Vreeswijk and Ad JJM Vingerhoets

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:138

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Despite the pregnancy complications related to home births, homes remain yet major place of delivery in Pakistan and 65 percent of totals births take place at home. This work analyses the determinants of place...

    Authors: Sajid Amin Javed, Muhammad Danish Anjum, Waqas Imran, Azad Haider, Ayesha Shiraz, Farzana Shaheen and Muhammad Iftikhar ul Husnain

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:137

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  14. Every year an estimated three million neonates die globally and two hundred thousand of these deaths occur in Pakistan. Majority of these neonates die in rural areas of underdeveloped countries from preventabl...

    Authors: Ali Turab, Shabina Ariff, Muhammad A Habib, Imran Ahmed, Masawar Hussain, Akhtar Rashid, Zahid Memon, Mohammad I Khan, Sajid Soofi and Zulfiqar A Bhutta

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:136

    Content type: Study protocol

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  15. Depression in pregnancy has adverse health outcomes for mothers and children. The magnitude and risk factors of maternal depression during pregnancy is less known in developing countries. This study examines t...

    Authors: Yohannes Dibaba, Mesganaw Fantahun and Michelle J Hindin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:135

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Poor utilisation of facility-based antenatal and delivery care services in Kenya hampers reduction of maternal mortality. Studies suggest that the participation of men in antenatal and delivery care is associa...

    Authors: Titus K Kwambai, Stephanie Dellicour, Meghna Desai, Charles A Ameh, Bobbie Person, Florence Achieng, Linda Mason, Kayla F Laserson and Feiko O ter Kuile

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:134

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is defined as a glucose intolerance of variable severity occurring or diagnosed for the first time during pregnancy. Numerous epidemiological studies show that this disorder...

    Authors: Barbara Kaiser, Chantal Razurel and Emilien Jeannot

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:133

    Content type: Study protocol

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  18. Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) is a common condition. The objective of this study was to evaluate the association between response to antiemetics in the treatment of NVP and genetic polymorphisms in th...

    Authors: Amalia S Lehmann, Jamie L Renbarger, Catherine L McCormick, Ariel R Topletz, Carrie Rouse and David M Haas

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:132

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Gestational primary hyperparathyroidism is associated with serious maternal and neonatal complications, which require prompt surgical treatment. Minimally invasive parathyroidectomy reduces pain, improves cosm...

    Authors: Cino Bendinelli, Shane Nebauer, Tuan Quach, Shaun Mcgrath and Shamasunder Acharya

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:130

    Content type: Case report

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  20. Significant and persistent racial and income disparities in birth outcomes exist in the US. The analyses in this manuscript examine whether adverse birth outcome time trends and associations between area-level...

    Authors: Shia T Kent, Leslie A McClure, Ben F Zaitchik and Julia M Gohlke

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:129

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) isoenzymes are required for adenosine triphosphate production, with each of five different isoenzymes having varying proficiencies in anaerobic versus aerobic environments. With adv...

    Authors: Jeremy L Neal, Nancy K Lowe and Elizabeth J Corwin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:128

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Screening for Hepatitis B and C during pregnancy may help to decide on appropriate antiviral therapy and the institution of steps to minimize vertical transmission to the newborn infants.

    Authors: Entisar A Murad, Suad M Babiker, Gasim I Gasim, Duria A Rayis and Ishag Adam

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:127

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Cardiovascular disease is associated with major morbidity and mortality in women in the Western world. Prediction of an individual cardiovascular disease risk in young women is difficult. It is known that wome...

    Authors: Wietske Hermes, Jouke T Tamsma, Diana C Grootendorst, Arie Franx, Joris van der Post, Maria G van Pampus, Kitty WM Bloemenkamp, Martina Porath, Ben W Mol and Christianne JM de Groot

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:126

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  24. Lower physical and social functioning in pregnancy has been linked to an increased risk of preterm delivery and low birth weight infants, butt few studies have examined racial differences in pregnant women’s p...

    Authors: Li Liu, Rosanna Setse, Ruby Grogan, Neil R Powe and Wanda K Nicholson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:125

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Preterm birth is a significant cause of newborn morbidity and mortality and strains society’s healthcare resources due to its long-term effects on the health of the newborn. Prenatal maternal quality of life (...

    Authors: Panchalli Wang, Shwu-Ru Liou and Ching-Yu Cheng

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:124

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Caesarean section(C/S) has been found to increase rates of maternal infectious morbidities five times more than vaginal delivery. The provision of intravenous prophylactic antibiotics 30 to 60 minutes prior to...

    Authors: Fadhili M Lyimo, Anthony N Massinde, Benson R Kidenya, Eveline T Konje and Stephen E Mshana

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:123

    Content type: Research article

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  27. The adaption of elastic arteries to transient increase in hemodynamic load in normal pregnancy (NP) remains controversial. The purpose of this study was to investigate the NP carotid remodeling and regional ar...

    Authors: Li-Jun Yuan, Dan Xue, Yun-You Duan, Tie-Sheng Cao and Ning Zhou

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:122

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Mothers who attend antenatal care late miss the opportunity of early detection of HIV and STDs, malaria and anaemia prophylaxis, health education and treatment or prevention of complications. Whereas many wome...

    Authors: Ivan Kisuule, Dan K Kaye, Florence Najjuka, Stephen K Ssematimba, Anita Arinda, Gloria Nakitende and Lawrence Otim

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:121

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Many clinicians and hepatitis B virus (HBV)-infected pregnant women prefer elective caesarean section (ECS) to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HBV, since some studies found higher transmission of HBV i...

    Authors: Yali Hu, Jie Chen, Jian Wen, Chenyu Xu, Shu Zhang, Biyun Xu and Yi-Hua Zhou

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:119

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Complications following spontaneous or induced abortion are a major cause of maternal morbidity. To manage these complications, post-abortion care (PAC) services should be readily available and easy to access....

    Authors: Nguyen Thi Nhu Ngoc, Tara Shochet, Jennifer Blum, Pham Thanh Hai, Duong Lan Dung, Tran Thanh Nhan and Beverly Winikoff

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:118

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  31. Statewide (Queensland) Clinical Guidelines reflecting current best practice have recently become available for the management of pregnancy-related obesity. Our aim was to assess staff knowledge about, adherenc...

    Authors: Shelley A Wilkinson, Di Poad and Helen Stapleton

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:117

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Though birth interval has beneficial effects on health status of the mother and their children, it is affected by range of factors some of which are rooted in social and cultural norms and the reproductive beh...

    Authors: Zenebu Begna, Sahilu Assegid, Wondwosen Kassahun and Mulusew Gerbaba

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:116

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Maternal obesity, excess weight gain and lifestyle behaviours during pregnancy have been associated with future overweight and other adverse health outcomes for mothers and babies. This study compared the nutr...

    Authors: Susan J de Jersey, Jan M Nicholson, Leonie K Callaway and Lynne A Daniels

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:115

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Exclusive breastfeeding until six months followed by the introduction of solids and continued breastfeeding is recommended by the World Health Organisation. The dominant approach to achieving this has been to ...

    Authors: Rhona J McInnes, Pat Hoddinott, Jane Britten, Kirsty Darwent and Leone CA Craig

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:114

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Depression is frequently observed in patients with untreated sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) in the general population. Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable since pregnancy increases the risk of both SD...

    Authors: Louise M O’Brien, Jocelynn T Owusu and Leslie M Swanson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:113

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Postpartum depression (PPD) is a global phenomenon. Depression in the first month following delivery is experienced by 20% of mothers in Japan. Therefore, a screening instrument that identifies the risk for de...

    Authors: Mari Ikeda and Kiyoko Kamibeppu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:112

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Few studies have investigated the experiences of living with pelvic girdle pain (PGP) and its impact on pregnant women’s lives. To address this gap in knowledge, this study investigates the experiences of wome...

    Authors: Margareta Persson, Anna Winkvist, Lars Dahlgren and Ingrid Mogren

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:111

    Content type: Research article

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  38. To evaluate the soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (sFlt-1), placental growth factor (PlGF), and sFlt-1/PlGF ratio for the prediction of early- and late-onset preeclampsia in a high-risk cohort.

    Authors: Pia M Villa, Esa Hämäläinen, Annukka Mäki, Katri Räikkönen, Anu-Katriina Pesonen, Pekka Taipale, Eero Kajantie and Hannele Laivuori

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:110

    Content type: Research article

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  39. The increasing use of the ketogenic diet (KD), particularly by women of child-bearing age, raises a question about its suitability during gestation. To date, no studies have thoroughly investigated the direct ...

    Authors: Dafna Sussman, Matthijs van Eede, Michael D Wong, Susan Lee Adamson and Mark Henkelman

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:109

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Satisfaction is the one of the most frequently reported outcome measures for quality of care. Assessment of satisfaction with maternity services is crucial, and psychometrically sound measures are needed if th...

    Authors: Alexandra Sawyer, Susan Ayers, Jane Abbott, Gillian Gyte, Heike Rabe and Lelia Duley

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:108

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Rising caesarean section (CS) rates have been observed worldwide in recent decades. This study sought to analyse trends in CS rates and outcomes among a variety of obstetric groups at a university hospital in ...

    Authors: Helena Litorp, Hussein L Kidanto, Lennarth Nystrom, Elisabeth Darj and Birgitta Essén

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:107

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Operative delivery procedures, such as primary cesarean section, vacuum-assisted, and forceps-assisted vaginal delivery increase maternal and fetal morbidity, and the cost of care. We evaluated whether large f...

    Authors: Andrew Mujugira, Alfred Osoti, Ruth Deya, Stephen E Hawes and Amanda I Phipps

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:106

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Sterile water injections have been used as an effective intervention for the management of back pain during labour. The objective of the current research is to determine if sterile water injections, as an inte...

    Authors: Nigel Lee, Lena B Mårtensson, Caroline Homer, Joan Webster, Kristen Gibbons, Helen Stapleton, Natalie Dos Santos, Michael Beckmann, Yu Gao and Sue Kildea

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:105

    Content type: Study protocol

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  44. Both dexamethasone and betamethasone, given to women at risk of preterm birth, substantially improve short-term neonatal health, increase the chance of the baby being discharged home alive, and reduce childhoo...

    Authors: Caroline A Crowther, Jane E Harding, Philippa F Middleton, Chad C Andersen, Pat Ashwood and Jeffrey S Robinson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:104

    Content type: Study protocol

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  45. In the UK, women are recommended to engage with maternity services and establish a plan of care prior to the 12th completed week of pregnancy. The aim of this study was to identify predictors for late initiati...

    Authors: Jenny A Cresswell, Ge Yu, Bethan Hatherall, Joanne Morris, Farah Jamal, Angela Harden and Adrian Renton

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:103

    Content type: Research article

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  46. Medical treatment with misoprostol is a non-invasive and inexpensive treatment option in first trimester miscarriage. However, about 30% of women treated with misoprostol have incomplete evacuation of the uter...

    Authors: Marianne AC Verschoor, Marike Lemmers, Patrick M Bossuyt, Giuseppe CM Graziosi, Petra J Hajenius, Dave J Hendriks, Marcel AH van Hooff, Hannah S van Meurs, Brent C Opmeer, Maurits W van Tulder, Liesanne Bouwma, Ruby Catshoek, Peggy Geomini, Ellen R Klinkert, Josje Langenveld, Theodoor E Nieboer…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:102

    Content type: Study protocol

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  47. There has been a considerable decline in fetal and neonatal mortality in the Western world. The authors hypothesized that this decline has been largest for boys, since boys have a higher risk of fetal and neon...

    Authors: Fredrik Carlsen, Jostein Grytten and Anne Eskild

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:101

    Content type: Research article

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  48. There are mixed reports in the literature about obstetric intervention and maternal and neonatal outcomes for migrant women born in resource rich countries. The aim of this study was to compare the risk profil...

    Authors: Hannah G Dahlen, Virginia Schmied, Cindy-Lee Dennis and Charlene Thornton

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:100

    Content type: Research article

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