Michele R. Hacker

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BACKGROUND Outcomes of in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment are traditionally reported as pregnancies per IVF cycle. However, a couple's primary concern is the chance of a live birth over an entire treatment course. METHODS We estimated cumulative live-birth rates among patients undergoing their first fresh-embryo, nondonor IVF cycle between 2000 and(More)
Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is an often fatal disease that affects pregnant women who are near delivery, and it occurs more frequently in women with pre-eclampsia and/or multiple gestation. The aetiology of PPCM, and why it is associated with pre-eclampsia, remain unknown. Here we show that PPCM is associated with a systemic angiogenic imbalance,(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE The purposes of this study were to estimate and compare the incidence of vaginal cuff dehiscence after different modes of hysterectomies (abdominal, vaginal, laparoscopic-assisted vaginal and laparoscopic) and to review the characteristics of hysterectomies complicated by vaginal dehiscences. DESIGN Observational case series (Canadian Task(More)
CONTEXT Elevated hypothalamic CRH has been implicated in melancholic major depression in nonpregnant individuals, but the role of placental CRH in maternal prenatal and postpartum depression is largely unexplored. OBJECTIVE The objective of the study was to examine the association of maternal midpregnancy plasma CRH levels with prenatal and postpartum(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate involvement of specific apolipoproteins in the process of human oocyte maturation and age-related infertility as molecular constituents of follicular fluid. DESIGN Laboratory-based observational study. SETTING Basic science laboratory at a large academic institution. PATIENT(S) Follicular fluid obtained from healthy women aged(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe our experience with aggressive outpatient transvaginal paracentesis to manage ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). DESIGN Retrospective case series. SETTING Private, academically affiliated IVF center. PATIENT(S) Women undergoing assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and having a diagnosis of OHSS. INTERVENTION(S)(More)
OBJECTIVES This study aimed to compare TVT-Secur (TVT-S) and TVT-Obturator (TVT-O) suburethral slings for treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI). METHODS This was a single-center, nonblinded, randomized trial of women with SUI who were randomized to TVT-S or TVT-O from May 2007 to April 2009. The primary outcome, SUI on cough stress test (CST),(More)
BACKGROUND Effective ways to prevent arthropathy in severe hemophilia are unknown. METHODS We randomly assigned young boys with severe hemophilia A to regular infusions of recombinant factor VIII (prophylaxis) or to an enhanced episodic infusion schedule of at least three doses totaling a minimum of 80 IU of factor VIII per kilogram of body weight at the(More)
This cross-sectional study was conducted to determine the incidence of autoantibodies to phospholipids and coagulation proteins in children with acute varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection. Study groups included children with VZV alone or complicated by purpura fulminans and/or thromboembolism. VZV naïve children and children who had VZV >1 y before sample(More)
BACKGROUND Women with ulcerative colitis (UC), who require ileal pouch anal anastomosis (IPAA), have up to a threefold increased incidence of infertility. To better counsel patients who require colectomy, we examined the success rates of in vitro fertilization (IVF) among women who have undergone IPAA. METHODS This was a retrospective cohort study(More)