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Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is one of the main causes of maternal deaths even in industrialized countries. It represents an emergency situation which necessitates a rapid decision and in particular an exact diagnosis and root cause analysis in order to initiate the correct therapeutic measures in an interdisciplinary cooperation. In addition to established(More)
AIM To describe developmental aspects of the sympatho-vagal heart rate regulation in the human fetus by applying numerics to visual descriptions of fetal heart rate patterns throughout the third trimester of pregnancy. The focus is to determine potential benefits of this alternative means of assessing the maturation of the fetal autonomic nervous system by(More)
Aberrant activity of the signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (Stat3) is believed to be essential for neoplastic cell behaviour and thus for the malignancy of tumor cells [Bowman T, Garcia R, Turkson J, Jove R. STATs in oncogenesis. Oncogene 2000;19:2474-88]. Extravillous trophoblast cells resemble malignancies in their invasive and(More)
BACKGROUND Steroid administration to accelerate fetal lung maturation reduces neonatal morbidity and mortality in the case of preterm delivery. Behavioral observations suggest effects on fetal cardiovascular regulation. AIM We hypothesize that beat to beat heart rate variability (fHRV) derived from fetal magnetocardiography (fMCG) will reveal a direct,(More)
Immature and adult female rats were bilaterally implanted in the medial preoptic area (MPOA) or hypothalamic ventromedial-arcuate region (VMAR) with the dopamine (DA) antagonist, pimozide, or the DA agonist, apomorphine, and the sensitivity to the LH-inhibiting effect of a subcutaneous injection of estradiol benzoate (EB), the onset of puberty and ovarian(More)
Fetal brain development involves the development of the neuro-vegetative (autonomic) control that is mediated by the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Disturbances of the fetal brain development have implications for diseases in later postnatal life. In that context, the fetal functional brain age can be altered. Universal principles of developmental biology(More)
Fetal maturation age assessment based on heart rate variability (HRV) is a predestinated tool in prenatal diagnosis. To date, almost linear maturation characteristic curves are used in univariate and multivariate models. Models using complex multivariate maturation characteristic curves are pending. To address this problem, we use Random Forest (RF) to(More)
Pregnancy due to its physiological changes is a procoagulant state. The rate of cardiac valve prosthesis thrombosis, deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are all increased. Thrombolytic therapy with tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) is an approved therapy for ischemic stroke, myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism and thrombosis of cardiac(More)
BACKGROUND Maternal nutrition in pregnancy has a crucial impact on the development of the fetus. Dietary trans fatty acids (tFA) are known to have adverse health effects, especially during pregnancy. However, the distribution of tFA produced via partial hydrogenation of vegetable oils (mainly elaidic acid; t9) differs compared to ruminant-derived tFA(More)
BACKGROUND The percentage of preterm births in Germany is high at 9%, but stable. 77% of cases of perinatal death are in prematurely born infants. Intensive research efforts are being directed toward the development of new means of primary and secondary prevention, diagnostic assessment, and pharmacotherapy of premature labor. METHODS We review pertinent(More)