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  1. Management of preterm labor by tocolysis remains an unmet medical need. Prostaglandins play a major role in regulation of uterine activity and in molecular mechanisms of human labor and parturition. There is s...

    Authors: André Chollet, Enrico Gillio Tos and Rocco Cirillo
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2007 7(Suppl 1):S16

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 7 Supplement 1

  2. Considerable effort has been expended in attempting to distinguish genes that contribute to initiating the onset of term and preterm labour (PTL) from those that change in expression as a consequence of the pr...

    Authors: Alison Jane Tyson-Capper
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2007 7(Suppl 1):S13

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 7 Supplement 1

  3. Abnormalities in uterine contractility are thought to contribute to several clinical problems, including preterm labor. A better understanding of the mechanisms controlling uterine activity would make it possi...

    Authors: Isabelle Eude-Le Parco, Emmanuelle Dallot and Michelle Breuiller-Fouché
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2007 7(Suppl 1):S11

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 7 Supplement 1

  4. A substantial number of patients with preterm labor and delivery do not show clinical signs of infection, however, it is the subclinical form which is the main causative factor and often results in premature d...

    Authors: Piotr Laudanski, Piotr Pierzynski and Tadeusz Laudanski
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2007 7(Suppl 1):S9

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 7 Supplement 1

  5. The electrical activity of the uterine muscle is representative of uterine contractility. Its characterization may be used to detect a potential risk of preterm delivery in women, even at an early gestational ...

    Authors: Catherine K Marque, Jérémy Terrien, Sandy Rihana and Guy Germain
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2007 7(Suppl 1):S5

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 7 Supplement 1

  6. Premature labour (PTL) is the single most significant factor contributing to neonatal morbidity in Europe with enormous attendant healthcare and social costs. Consequently, it remains a major challenge to alle...

    Authors: Michael John Taggart, Andrew Blanks, Sanjay Kharche, Arun Holden, Bin Wang and Henggui Zhang
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2007 7(Suppl 1):S3

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 7 Supplement 1

  7. Reducing maternal mortality is a key goal of international development. Our objective was to determine the potential impact on maternal mortality across sub-Saharan Africa of a combination of dietary supplemen...

    Authors: Simon M Collin, Rebecca F Baggaley, Rudiger Pittrof and Veronique Filippi
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2007 7:6
  8. Restriction of fetal growth and compromise of fetal wellbeing remain significant causes of perinatal death and childhood disability. At present, there is a lack of scientific consensus about the best strategie...

    Authors: Rachel K Morris, Khalid S Khan, Aravinthan Coomarasamy, Stephen C Robson and Jos Kleijnen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2007 7:3
  9. Increasing caesarean sections rates (CSR) are a major public health concern and the prevention of the first caesarean section, which often leads to repeat operations, is an important issue. Analyzing caesarean...

    Authors: Jeroen van Dillen, Tarek Meguid, Vera Petrova and Jos van Roosmalen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2007 7:2
  10. Adequate vitamin D concentrations during pregnancy are necessary to neonatal calcium homeostasis, bone maturation and mineralization. The aim of study is to evaluate serum vitamin D concentrations in mothers a...

    Authors: Zhila Maghbooli, Arash Hossein-Nezhad, Ali Reza Shafaei, Farzaneh Karimi, Farzaneh Sadat Madani and Bagher Larijani
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2007 7:1
  11. Refugee and asylum-seeking women in Canada may have significant harmful childbearing health outcomes and unmet health and social care needs. The most vulnerable of these women are: those who have left their co...

    Authors: Anita J Gagnon, Olive Wahoush, Geoffrey Dougherty, Jean-François Saucier, Cindy-Lee Dennis, Lisa Merry, Elizabeth Stanger and Donna E Stewart
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:31
  12. Glycaemic control in women with diabetes is critical to satisfactory pregnancy outcome. A systematic review of two randomised trials concluded that there was no clear evidence of benefit from very tight versus...

    Authors: Melanie E Inkster, Tom P Fahey, Peter T Donnan, Graham P Leese, Gary J Mires and Deirdre J Murphy
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:30
  13. Pre-eclampsia, a syndrome of hypertension and proteinuria, is a major cause of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. Accurate prediction of pre-eclampsia is important, since high risk women could ben...

    Authors: Jeltsje S Cnossen, Joris AM van der Post, Ben WJ Mol, Khalid S Khan, Catherine A Meads and Gerben ter Riet
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:29
  14. There is evidence to suggest that human papillomavirus (HPV) can cross the placenta resulting in in-utero transmission. The goal of this study was to determine if HPV can be detected in amniotic fluid from wom...

    Authors: Mack T Ruffin IV, Joanne M Bailey, Diane Roulston, Daisy R Lee, Ruth Ann Tucker, David C Swan and Elizabeth R Unger
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:28
  15. About 98% of newborn deaths occur in developing countries, where most newborns deaths occur at home. In Nepal, approximately, 90% of deliveries take place at home. Information about reasons for delivering at h...

    Authors: Chandrashekhar T Sreeramareddy, Hari S Joshi, Binu V Sreekumaran, Sabitri Giri and Neena Chuni
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:27
  16. Effective confirmation of pregnancy is a basic component of reproductive health services. It is a prerequisite for accessing antenatal care (AnC) if the pregnancy is wanted and abortion services if the pregnan...

    Authors: Chelsea Morroni and Jennifer Moodley
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:26
  17. There is increasing interest in carrying out pre-induction cervical ripening on an outpatient basis. However, there are concerns about the use of prostaglandins, the agents commonly used in hospital settings f...

    Authors: Shrikant Bollapragada, Fiona Mackenzie, John Norrie, Stavros Petrou, Margaret Reid, Ian Greer, Inass Osman and Jane E Norman
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:25
  18. Although maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (MSAFP) is a highly sensitive marker for certain congenital malformations such as open neural tube and ventral wall defects, its usefulness as a screening test for fet...

    Authors: Terrence P Szajkowski, Bernard N Chodirker, Karen M MacDonald and Jane A Evans
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:23
  19. Antenatal care (ANC) is a widely used strategy to improve the health of pregnant women and to encourage skilled care during childbirth. In 2002, the Ministry of Health of the United Republic of Tanzania develo...

    Authors: Claudia von Both, Steffen Fleβa, Ahmad Makuwani, Rose Mpembeni and Albrecht Jahn
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:22
  20. There are limited data on the extent of women's use of herbal medicines during pregnancy, despite the fact that knowledge of the potential benefits or harms of many of these products is sparse, particularly wi...

    Authors: Della A Forster, Angela Denning, Gemma Wills, Melissa Bolger and Elizabeth McCarthy
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:21
  21. A randomised controlled trial of participatory women's groups in rural Nepal previously showed reductions in maternal and newborn mortality. In addition to the outcome data we also collected previously unrepor...

    Authors: Angie Wade, David Osrin, Bhim Prasad Shrestha, Aman Sen, Joanna Morrison, Kirti Man Tumbahangphe, Dharma S Manandhar and Anthony M de L Costello
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:20
  22. Azithromycin is an azalide antibiotic with an extensive range of indications and has become a common treatment option due to its convenient dosing regimen and therapeutic advantages. Human studies addressing g...

    Authors: Moumita Sarkar, Cindy Woodland C, Gideon Koren and Adrienne RN Einarson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:18
  23. Domperidone, a drug that enhances upper gastric motility, is an anti-dopaminergic medication that also elevates prolactin levels. It has been shown to safely increase the milk supply of lactating women. To dat...

    Authors: Marsha L Campbell-Yeo, Alexander C Allen, K S Joseph, Joyce M Ledwidge, Victoria M Allen and Kent C Dooley
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:17
  24. It is well known that smoking and pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH) are associated with decreased fetal growth. It has been reported that in preeclampsia the fetal growth deficit attributable to smoking is ...

    Authors: Svein Rasmussen and Lorentz M Irgens
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:16
  25. Nutritional status of women has been considered an important prognostic indicator of pregnancy outcomes. Few studies have evaluated patterns of weight gain and pre-pregnancy body mass index in developing regio...

    Authors: Zahra Yekta, Haleh Ayatollahi, Reza Porali and Azadeh Farzin
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:15
  26. Although intrapartum analgesia has been in use since Victorian times, there have been few attempts to study its usage from routinely collected data. This population based epidemiological study aimed to analyse...

    Authors: Sohinee Bhattacharya, Tao Wang and Fiona Knox
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:14
  27. In the first year after childbirth, 94% of women experience one or more major health problems (urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence, perineal pain, back pain). Difficulties in intimate partner relationshi...

    Authors: Stephanie J Brown, Judith M Lumley, Ellie A McDonald and Ann H Krastev
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:12
  28. Prior research has shown that resources have an impact on birth outcomes. In this paper we ask how combinations of telemedical and hospital-level resources impact transports of mothers expecting very low birth...

    Authors: David W Britt, Janet Bronstein and Jonathan D Norton
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:11
  29. Prenatal micronutrient combinations with high iron content are associated with high rates of gastrointestinal symptoms. This coupled with nausea and vomiting of pregnancy results in women often discontinuing t...

    Authors: Eric Ahn, Nicholas Pairaudeau, Nicholas Pairaudeau Jr, Yves Cérat, Bernard Couturier, Andre Fortier, Éric Paradis and Gideon Koren
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:10
  30. Preterm prelabour rupture of membranes (PPROM) complicates up to 2% of all pregnancies and is the cause of 40% of all preterm births. The optimal management of women with PPROM prior to 37 weeks, is not known....

    Authors: Jonathan M Morris, Christine L Roberts, Caroline A Crowther, Sarah L Buchanan, David J Henderson-Smart and Glenn Salkeld
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:9
  31. Enemas are used during labour in obstetric settings with the belief that they reduce puerperal and neonatal infections, shorten labour duration, and make delivery cleaner for attending personnel. However, a sy...

    Authors: Luis Gabriel Cuervo, María del Pilar Bernal and Natalia Mendoza
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:8
  32. Pre-eclampsia is thought to have an important genetic component. Recently, pre-eclampsia has been associated in some studies with carriage of a common eNOS gene Glu298Asp polymorphism, a variant that leads to ...

    Authors: Christina KH Yu, Juan P Casas, Makrina D Savvidou, Manpreet K Sahemey, Kypros H Nicolaides and Aroon D Hingorani
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:7
  33. Although medical interventions play an important role in preserving lives and maternal comfort they have become increasingly routine in normal childbirth. This may increase the risk of associated complications...

    Authors: Allan M Cyna, Marion I Andrew, Jeffrey S Robinson, Caroline A Crowther, Peter Baghurst, Deborah Turnbull, Graham Wicks and Celia Whittle
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:5
  34. The question about outcome in twins delivered early versus late remains unanswered. The objective of this study was to evaluate the association of the timing of delivering twins and the perinatal outcome.

    Authors: Ahmad F Bakr and Tarek Karkour
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:3
  35. Several studies have assessed the risks of uteroplacental bleeding disorders in relation to maternal characteristics. The association between uteroplacental bleeding disorders and paternal characteristics, how...

    Authors: Darios Getahun, Cande V Ananth and Anthony M Vintzileos
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:2
  36. Maternal depression during pregnancy has been studied less than depression in postpartum period. The aims of this study were to find out the prevalence of prepartum and postpartum depression and the risk facto...

    Authors: Janice Wissart, Omkar Parshad and Santosh Kulkarni
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2005 5:15
  37. Our objective was to determine the role of Interleukin-6 (IL-6) and Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), markers of immune activation and endothelial dysfunction, in patients with preeclampsia.

    Authors: J Tavakkol Afshari, N Ghomian, A Shameli, MT Shakeri, MA Fahmidehkar, E Mahajer, R Khoshnavaz and M Emadzadeh
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2005 5:14
  38. A range of strategies have been adopted to prevent early onset Group B Streptococcal (EOGBS) sepsis, as a consequence of Group B Streptococcal (GBS) vertically acquired infection. This study was designed to pr...

    Authors: Janet E Hiller, Helen M McDonald, Philip Darbyshire and Caroline A Crowther
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2005 5:12
  39. On Aug 9th 2004 Health Canada released an advisory, which followed a similar one from the FDA regarding the use of SSRI's and other antidepressants during pregnancy and potential adverse effects on newborns. In n...

    Authors: A Einarson, AK Schachtschneider, R Halil, E Bollano and G Koren
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2005 5:11
  40. No previous studies have examined the effect of pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH) on early infant growth. The objective was to study infant growth patterns of babies born to mothers with PIH at 28 and 42 da...

    Authors: Emmanuelle Baulon, William D Fraser, Bruno Piedboeuf, Pierre Buekens and Xu Xiong
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2005 5:10
  41. Death of an infant in utero or at birth has always been a devastating experience for the mother and of concern in clinical practice. Infant mortality remains a challenge in the care of pregnant women worldwide...

    Authors: Shingairai A Feresu, Siobán D Harlow, Kathy Welch and Brenda W Gillespie
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2005 5:9

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