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Thinking About Pregnancy? Think About Your Thyroid!

Fertility specialists have long noticed a relationship between thyroid disorders and reproductive health issues including irregular periods, difficulty getting pregnant, and multiple miscarriages early in pregnancy. During Thyroid Awareness Month and with new research, it's worth knowing about a not uncommon and treatable problem that may be affecting your plans for a new family. An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) or overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) may be present even in healthy young women and can affect reproduction at every stage from conception, poor fetal growth, premature birth and stillbirth. Not having enough thyroid hormone, for example, may affect ovulation and embryo development. It may also signal an underlying autoimmune disorder that affects fertility. New research published in January found the 2.3 percent of women with fertility problems had an overactive thyroid compared to 1.5 percent of the general population. While the research did not prove a cause and effect relationship, the report's authors suggest testing for thyroid disease should be considered for women experiencing fertility issues. The research confirms the experience of reproductive endocrinologists such as Tomer Singer, M.D. of Lenox Hill in New York City who over the past two decades has noticed problems for women with an under-or-overactive thyroid. He and other fertility specialists support routine screening for thyroid problems at the start of trying to get pregnant -- especially i...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Abstract The nervous system regulates immunity and inflammation. The molecular detection of pathogen fragments, cytokines, and other immune molecules by sensory neurons generates immunoregulatory responses through efferent autonomic neuron signaling. The functional organization of this neural control is based on principles of reflex regulation. Reflexes involving the vagus nerve and other nerves have been therapeutically explored in models of inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, and recently in clinical settings. The brain integrates neuro-immune communication, and brain function is altered in diseases characte...
Source: Annual Review of Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Annu Rev Immunol Source Type: research
Response to: Comment on "New Alternatives for Autoimmune Disease Treatments: Physicochemical and Clinical Comparability of Biosimilar Etanercept". J Immunol Res. 2018;2018:6156024 Authors: Miranda-Hernández MP, López-Morales CA, Perdomo-Abúndez FC, Salazar-Flores RD, Ramírez-Ibanez ND, Pérez NO, Molina-Pérez A, Revilla-Beltri J, Medina-Rivero E, Flores-Ortiz LF PMID: 29676408 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of Immunology Research - Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: J Immunol Res Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Awareness of a diagnosis of diabetes or prediabetes from a health profession is associated with the uptake of recommended life-style modifications. PMID: 29676589 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research - Category: Health Management Tags: Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res Source Type: research
The objective of this study was to systematically review the evidence in associated with drinking water DBP exposure in relation to adverse pregnancy outcomes. Peer-reviewed articles were identified using electronic databases searched for studies published in the English language. Studies selected for review were evaluated for exposure assessment, confounders, and analyses risks of bias in the selection, outcomes assessment, and attrition. A comprehensive search and screening yielded a total of 32 studies, of which 12 (38%) reported a statistical association between maternal exposure to DBPs and adverse pregnancy outcomes....
Source: Journal of Water and Health - Category: Environmental Health Tags: J Water Health Source Type: research
In conclusion, a debate exists on whether aging is a disease in itself. Some authors suggest that physiological aging (or senescence) is not really distinguishable from pathology, while others argue that aging is different from age-related diseases and other pathologies. It is interesting to stress that the answer to this question has important theoretical and practical consequences, taking into account that various strategies capable of setting back the aging clock are emerging. The most relevant consequence is that, if we agree that aging is equal to disease, all human beings have to be considered as patients to be treat...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
Authors: Galluzzo M, D'Adamio S, Bianchi L, Talamonti M Abstract Psoriasis tends to improve for approximately half of patients during pregnancy, but an equal number of patients report no change or worsening during this period, when lots of medications, like biologics, are not indicated. The aim of our study was to review data of patient that had been pregnant during ustekinumab treatment, analyzing data of our data set between September 2010 and February 2018. We found data of three patients that had been pregnant during ustekinumab treatment. All three patients successfully completed the pregnancy without complica...
Source: Journal of Dermatological Treatment - Category: Dermatology Tags: J Dermatolog Treat Source Type: research
When author Elizabeth Day lost a baby and her marriage ended it was her friends who gave her the unconditional love she ’d been seekingAs a child, I remember being pretty certain about a few things. I was sure I ’d get married. I was convinced I’d write a book. Then I’d have children – two, of course, just like my parents. Preferably girls because they were better.When you ’re younger, you assume life will turn out a particular way because you haven’t lived it yet. It sometimes strikes me that getting older is a gradual erasure of the nonchalant confidence that comes with that naiv...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Life and style Marriage Family Psychology Science Health & wellbeing Women Source Type: news
Corrigendum to "Visual Acuity Changes during Pregnancy and Postpartum: A Cross-Sectional Study in Iran". J Pregnancy. 2018;2018:5280697 Authors: Mehdizadehkashi K, Chaichian S, Mehdizadehkashi A, Jafarzadepour E, Tamannaie Z, Moazzami B, Pishgahroudsari M Abstract [This corrects the article DOI: 10.1155/2014/675792.]. PMID: 29675277 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of Pregnancy - Category: OBGYN Tags: J Pregnancy Source Type: research
(American Physiological Society) Differences in the way women with obesity burn calories during pregnancy may be a contributor to long-term postpartum weight retention in black moms. The findings, which suggest a need for more individualized pregnancy weight gain recommendations for obese women, will be presented today at the APS annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2018 in San Diego.
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Current and emerging two-drug approaches for HIV-1 therapy in ART-naïve and ART-experienced, virologically suppressed patients. Expert Opin Pharmacother. 2018 Apr 20;:1-26 Authors: Rossetti B, Montagnani F, De Luca A Abstract INTRODUCTION: Current guidelines recommend a 2-drug antiretroviral regimen as an alternative to triple antiretroviral therapy (ART) in selected patients to reduce long-term toxicity and costs. Areas covered: This review is intended to provide insight into the efficacy, safety and tolerability of 2-drug versus 3-drug ART in naïve and in treatment-experienced virologically...
Source: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Expert Opin Pharmacother Source Type: research
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