Tag Archives: pregnancy

Can women themselves assess the outcome of their abortion after an early medical abortion?

In many countries where abortion is legal, women face many barriers from seeking safe and legal abortion services. Most importantly, there is a shortage of abortion facilities and providers in rural areas. In the last few decades,

Low salt intake during pregnancy

All cells of an organism share the same DNA sequence from the time they are stem cells until they are fully differentiated, differing greatly in relation to the profile of expressed genes. Changes in gene expression which

Placental transfer of the HIV drug dolutegravir in a human ex vivo perfusion model

The fetus of an HIV-positive woman has a 25% chance of becoming infected during pregnancy. HIV medicines have shown to be highly effective in preventing fetal infection with HIV. A part of the efficacy but also the

Omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids and fish oil supplementation during pregnancy

The pregnancy is a time of increased risk for omega-3 deficiency as they are used for the baby’s brain and eye development both before and after birth. Data derived from observational studies have found that low intake

Are all babies born in the same way?

Are all babies born in the same way? Some come into this world in a natural way, some through Cesarean section, some with the help of episiotomy, “the unkindest cut of all”, performed with scissors, obliquely and

CML – where do we stand in 2015?

The progress with CML‐treatment continues at a rapid pace. Treatment of choice is targeted therapy with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI). Five‐year survival ranges around 91% and 10‐year survival around 84% up from 11% with Busulfan 30 years ago. More

Cost compared to effects of food and micronutrient supplementation in pregnancy for rural Bangladeshi women

When under nutrition affects pregnant women it many leave long lasting consequences on the newborn baby. Even though over nutrition in the form of overweight and obesity is now sweeping the world, in low-income countries under nutrition

Can germs cause premenstrual syndrome?

Each month a woman’s body prepares itself for pregnancy.  Monthly hormonal cycles alter immunological defenses to allow survival of sperm cells, the fertilized egg, and the developing embryo.   At the onset of each cycle immune defenses are

Antipsychotic medications in pregnancy: Balancing the needs of mother and child

Consider Jenny, first diagnosed with schizophrenia in her 20’s. After years of suffering the severe symptoms of her illness along with medication side-effects, she was commenced on a new class of medications, “atypical antipsychotics”. She was finally

Gene sequencing as a novel tool for diagnosing Loeys-Dietz syndrome

Vascular disease is very common and usually follows well known patterns that physicians are thoroughly familiar with. However, from time to time doctors are confronted with »difficult cases« that do not follow usual patterns. A 35-year old

Tryptophan metabolism in pregnancy

Bioscience Reports

The amino acid tryptophan (Trp) is essential for protein synthesis and produces many important chemicals in the body, including: serotonin in brain which controls appetite, behaviour, cognition, emotion and mood; melatonin in the pineal gland which controls