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Perinatal Outcomes of Incarcerated Pregnant Women: An Integrative Review.

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Brenda Baker

J Correct Health Care 2019 Mar 10:1078345819832366. Epub 2019 Mar 10.

1 Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Incarcerated pregnant women experience psychosocial conditions that put them at risk of adverse perinatal outcomes. To examine perinatal outcomes including maternal mental health well-being, birth weight, and preterm birth, an integrated search of the literature was conducted. Findings indicate that time in prison, especially during the first trimester, results in improved birth weight and longer gestation. Read More

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March 2019
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The role of pre-, peri-, and postnatal risk factors in bipolar disorder and adult ADHD.

J Neural Transm (Vienna) 2019 Feb 13. Epub 2019 Feb 13.

Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Hospital, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Heinrich-Hoffmann-Str. 10, 60528, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Gene-environment-development interactions are suggested to play a crucial role in psychiatric disorders. However, it is not clear if there are specific risk gene interactions with particular pre-, peri-, and postnatal risk factors for distinct disorders, such as adult attention-deficit-/hyperactivity disorder (aADHD) and bipolar disorder (BD). In this pilot study, the first aim was to investigate retrospective self-reports of pre-, peri-, and postnatal complications and risk factors from 126 participants (aADHD, BD, and healthy controls) and their mothers. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00702-019-01983-4DOI Listing
February 2019
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Prenatal determinants of childhood obesity: a review of risk factors .

Can J Physiol Pharmacol 2019 Mar 19;97(3):147-154. Epub 2019 Jan 19.

b Centre de recherche de Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke (CRCHUS) and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec, QC J1H 5N4, Canada.

Childhood obesity is a predictor of adult obesity and has its roots in the pre-pregnancy or pregnancy period. This review presents an overview of the prenatal risk factors for childhood obesity, which were categorized into 2 groups: biological risk factors (maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index, gestational weight gain, diabetes in pregnancy, and caesarean section), and environmental and behavioural risk factors (maternal smoking and exposure to obesogens, maternal dietary patterns, maternal intestinal microbiome and antibiotics exposure, and maternal psychosocial stress). Identifying modifiable predisposing prenatal factors for obesity will inform further development of inventions to prevent obesity over the life course, and future directions for research and intervention are discussed. Read More

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http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/10.1139/cjpp-2018-0403
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjpp-2018-0403DOI Listing
March 2019
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Risky Health Behaviors of Teenage Mothers and Infant Outcomes in the Japan Environment and Children's Study: A Nationwide Cohort Study.

J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol 2019 Apr 3;32(2):146-152. Epub 2018 Nov 3.

Medical Support Center for the Japan Environment and Children's Study, National Center for Child Health and Development, Tokyo, Japan.

Study Objective: Few studies have investigated the risky health behaviors and psychosocial characteristics of teenage mothers in countries with a low teenage birth rate, like Japan. We examined the differences in maternal prenatal risky health behaviors and psychosocial characteristics, and birth weight of infants between teenage and adult mothers. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, INTERVENTIONS, AND MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: We identified 1159 teenage (age younger than 20 years) and 73,547 adult mothers (20-34 years) who participated a nationwide birth cohort study between 2011 and 2014. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpag.2018.10.009DOI Listing
April 2019
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[The Tobacco Smoking of Pregnant Women: the Role of Psycho-Social Factors].

Probl Sotsialnoi Gig Zdravookhranenniiai Istor Med 2018 Jul;26(4):217-220

The Federal State Budget Educational Institution of Higher Education "The St. Petersburg State University", St. Petersburg, 199034, Russia,

The tobacco smoking of women during pregnancy and breast feeding represents a significant danger to public health. During pregnancy, the WHO recommends to abstain from cigarettes smoking. In spite of extensive information concerning related to smoking dangers to health of women and fetus, certain females continue to smoke during all pregnancy. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.32687/0869-866X-2018-26-4-217-220DOI Listing
July 2018
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Association between family members and risk of postpartum depression in Japan: Does "who they live with" matter? -The Japan environment and Children's study.

Soc Sci Med 2018 Nov 2;217:65-72. Epub 2018 Oct 2.

Public Health, Department of Social Medicine, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Suita, Japan.

There are many psychosocial and biomedical risk factors for postpartum depression (PPD). However, associations between co-resident family members and PPD risk have not been examined. This study investigated whether co-resident family members were associated with risk for PPD during 1 month postpartum among Japanese women, and if these associations were modified by household income and their perceived partner's involvement in childcare. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.09.043DOI Listing
November 2018
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Impact of social capital, harassment of women and girls, and water and sanitation access on premature birth and low infant birth weight in India.

PLoS One 2018 8;13(10):e0205345. Epub 2018 Oct 8.

Department of Biostatistics, University of Iowa College of Public Health, IA, United States of America.

Background: Globally, preterm birth (PTB) and low infant birth weight (LBW) are leading causes of maternal and child morbidity and mortality. Inadequate water and sanitation access (WASH) are risk factors for PTB and LBW in low-income countries. Physical stress from carrying water and psychosocial stress from addressing sanitation needs in the open may be mechanisms underlying these associations. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6175511PMC
March 2019
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Mexican-American adolescents' perceptions about causes of perinatal depression, self-help strategies, and how to obtain mental health information.

J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs 2018 10 5;31(2-3):61-69. Epub 2018 Oct 5.

School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas.

Problem: Perinatal depression is a public health concern as it is associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes. Previous studies have recommended further examination of perinatal depression among Mexican-American adolescents. Thus, the purpose of this study was to understand pregnant and postpartum Mexican-American adolescents' knowledge and beliefs concerning perinatal depression. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jcap.12210DOI Listing
October 2018
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Combined exposure to lifting and psychosocial strain at work and adverse pregnancy outcomes-A study in the Danish National Birth Cohort.

PLoS One 2018 19;13(9):e0201842. Epub 2018 Sep 19.

National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Background: Previous studies have investigated physical and psychosocial job exposures separately in relation to foetal growth. We therefore investigated if occupational lifting and psychosocial job strain interact to affect foetal growth and gestational length. We hypothesised that heavy lifting and high job strain would increase the risk of impacted foetal growth (small or large for gestational age) and preterm birth. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6145591PMC
February 2019
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Caught in the Crossfire of the Syndemic.

J Addict Nurs 2018 Jul/Sep;29(3):205-210

Gina Dobbs, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, CRNP, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Susanne A. Fogger, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FAANP, School of Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The worsening opioid epidemic ignites infectious disease development and transmission as opioids abused by insufflation and/or injection establish a pathway for infection to the user and propagate vulnerability to diseases. The phenomenon of the synergistic collision of epidemics intensifying the load of disease constitutes a syndemic. Merrill Signer (1994) voiced the term "syndemic" to characterize the complex nexus of politics, economics, psychosocial/environmental factors, and health disparities resulting in the inner-city AIDS crisis of the 1990s. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/JAN.0000000000000238DOI Listing
December 2018
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Modelling of psychosocial and lifestyle predictors of peripartum depressive symptoms associated with distinct risk trajectories: a prospective cohort study.

Sci Rep 2018 Aug 24;8(1):12799. Epub 2018 Aug 24.

Translational Medicine, Warwick Medical School, Coventry, UK.

Perinatal depression involves interplay between individual chronic and acute disease burdens, biological and psychosocial environmental and behavioural factors. Here we explored the predictive potential of specific psycho-socio-demographic characteristics for antenatal and postpartum depression symptoms and contribution to severity scores on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) screening tool. We determined depression risk trajectories in 480 women that prospectively completed the EPDS during pregnancy (TP1) and postpartum (TP2). Read More

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http://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-30874-z
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-30874-zDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6109131PMC
August 2018
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Depressive symptoms and comorbid problems in pregnancy - results from a population based study.

J Psychosom Res 2018 Sep 22;112:53-58. Epub 2018 Jun 22.

Cyprus International Institute for Environmental and Public Health, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus; Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA.

Objective: To estimate the prevalence of antenatal depressive symptoms, identify relevant risk factors, and assess comorbid mental health problems, among pregnant women enrolled in a population based study.

Methods: This was a secondary analysis of data collected from 1916 pregnant women who participated in the TRansgenerational Assessment of Children's Environmental Risk (TRACER) study in Kuwait, and had answered the Baseline Questionnaire and completed the Edinburgh Depression Scale (EDS). Logistic regression models were used to examine the association of depressive symptoms with baseline socio-demographic characteristics and psychosocial indicators. Read More

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https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S00223999173115
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2018.06.011DOI Listing
September 2018
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Major depressive disorder during pregnancy: Psychiatric medications have minimal effects on the fetus and infant yet development is compromised.

Dev Psychopathol 2018 08;30(3):773-785

New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Psychotropic medication use and psychiatric symptoms during pregnancy each are associated with adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes in offspring. Commonly, studies considering medication effects do not adequately assess symptoms, nor evaluate children when the effects are believed to occur, the fetal period. This study examined maternal serotonin reuptake inhibitor and polypharmacy use in relation to serial assessments of five indices of fetal neurobehavior and Bayley Scales of Infant Development at 12 months in N = 161 socioeconomically advantaged, non-Hispanic White women with a shared risk phenotype, diagnosed major depressive disorder. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0954579418000639DOI Listing
August 2018
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Prenatal maternal stress, fetal programming, and mechanisms underlying later psychopathology-A global perspective.

Dev Psychopathol 2018 08;30(3):843-854

Monash University.

There is clear evidence that the mother's stress, anxiety, or depression during pregnancy can alter the development of her fetus and her child, with an increased risk for later psychopathology. We are starting to understand some of the underlying mechanisms including the role of the placenta, gene-environment interactions, epigenetics, and specific systems including the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and cytokines. In this review we also consider how these effects may be different, and potentially exacerbated, in different parts of the world. Read More

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https://www.cambridge.org/core/product/identifier/S095457941
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S095457941800038XDOI Listing
August 2018
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Prenatal intimate partner violence exposure predicts infant biobehavioral regulation: Moderation by the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene.

Dev Psychopathol 2018 08;30(3):1009-1021

DePaul University.

The ability to regulate stress is a critical developmental milestone of early childhood that involves a set of interconnected behavioral and physiological processes and is influenced by genetic and environmental stimuli. Prenatal exposure to traumatic stress and trauma, including intimate partner violence (IPV), increases risk for offspring biobehavioral regulation problems during childhood and adolescence. Although individual differences in susceptibility to prenatal stress have been largely unexplored, a handful of studies suggest children with specific genetic characteristics are most vulnerable to prenatal stress. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0954579418000329DOI Listing
August 2018
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Risk for Maternal Depressive Symptoms and Perceived Stress by Ethnicities in Canada: From Pregnancy Through the Preschool Years.

Can J Psychiatry 2019 Mar 1;64(3):190-198. Epub 2018 Aug 1.

3 Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto & Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.

Objective:: Past cross-sectional studies have reported that mothers from ethnic minorities experience higher levels of prenatal and post-partum psychosocial distress compared with mothers from ethnic majorities. However, no studies have examined how the pattern varies longitudinally in a Canadian population of heterogeneous ethnicity.

Methods:: We analyzed data from 3,138 mothers participating in the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study, a longitudinal multi-center study incorporating 10 distinct waves of psychosocial data collection from pregnancy until the index child was aged 5 y. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0706743718792190DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6405811PMC
March 2019
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[Factors Influencing Theory of Mind Development in Preschoolers within the Context of Early Interventions].

Prax Kinderpsychol Kinderpsychiatr 2018 Jul;67(5):442-461

Kriminologisches Forschungsinstitut Niedersachsen Lützerodestraße 9 30161 Hannover Deutschland Kriminologisches Forschungsinstitut Niedersachsen.

Factors Influencing Theory of Mind Development in Preschoolers within the Context of Early Interventions The Theory of Mind (ToM) competency is closely related to the child's cognitive, language, and socio-emotional development. In early interventions, skills and developmental processes associated with ToM development are often primary intervention targets, but empirical support for direct or indirect influences of early interventions on ToM development is missing so far. Within the home visiting program "Pro Kind" N = 755 families were accompanied by professionals from the last trimester of pregnancy until the child's second birthday. Read More

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https://www.vr-elibrary.de/doi/10.13109/prkk.2018.67.5.442
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http://dx.doi.org/10.13109/prkk.2018.67.5.442DOI Listing
July 2018
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Postnatal depressive symptoms in women with and without antenatal depressive symptoms: results from a prospective cohort study.

Arch Womens Ment Health 2019 Feb 4;22(1):93-103. Epub 2018 Jul 4.

Cyprus International Institute for Environmental and Public Health, Cyprus University of Technology, 95 Eirinis Street, 3041, Limassol, Cyprus.

Evidence exists that the risk factors for depression in the antenatal and postnatal period may differ, but only a handful of studies looked at depression longitudinally. The aims of this study were (1) to estimate the prevalence of postnatal depressive symptoms in Kuwait where data about postnatal depression are scarce and identify its determinants and (2) to compare these risk factors between women who had experienced antenatal depressive symptoms and those that did not. Data collected in the TRansgenerational Assessment of Children's Environmental Risk (TRACER) Study in Kuwait were used in this analysis. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00737-018-0880-8DOI Listing
February 2019
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Psychosocial Factors and Preterm Birth Among Black Mothers and Fathers.

MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs 2018 Sep/Oct;43(5):245-251

Carmen Giurgescu is an Associate Professor, College of Nursing, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. The author can be reached via e-mail at Dawn P. Misra is a Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.

Objective: Black women are more likely to live in disadvantaged neighborhoods and experience racial discrimination and psychological stress compared with White women. These factors have been related to preterm birth (PTB). However, research is limited on the associations of disadvantaged neighborhoods, racial discrimination, and psychological stress among expectant Black fathers and PTB. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/NMC.0000000000000458DOI Listing
January 2019
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Scoping review of risk factors of and interventions for adolescent repeat pregnancies: A public health perspective.

Afr J Prim Health Care Fam Med 2018 Jun 19;10(1):e1-e10. Epub 2018 Jun 19.

KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, South Africa, Discipline of Public Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Background: Adolescent repeat pregnancy is of importance in public health because the birth of a second child to an adolescent mother compounds the adverse medical, educational, socioeconomic and parenting outcomes. Repeat pregnancy in adolescence is not only an international phenomenon but also a local concern as it also occurs in South Africa. The prevalence of adolescent repeat pregnancy in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, was reported as 17. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6018382PMC
http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/phcfm.v10i1.1685DOI Listing

Maternal psychosocial stress and children's ADHD diagnosis: a prospective birth cohort study.

J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol 2018 May 23:1-9. Epub 2018 May 23.

a Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health , Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health , Baltimore , MD , USA.

Objective: Examine the association of mothers' psychosocial stressors before and during pregnancy with their children's diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Methods: This study included 2140 mother-child pairs who had at least one postnatal pediatric visit at the Boston Medical Center between 2003 and 2015. Child ADHD was determined via International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes documented in electronic medical records. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0167482X.2018.1468434DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6251762PMC
May 2018
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Chronic Stress protection for postnatal dEpREssioN prEvention (SERENE): a protocol for an exploratory study.

BMJ Open 2018 05 3;8(5):e018317. Epub 2018 May 3.

Unité de Neurophysiologie du Stress, Département Neurosciences et Contraintes Opérationnelles, Institute de Recherche Biomédicale des Armées, Brétigny Sur Orge, France.

Introduction: The prevalence of postnatal depression (PND) is significant: reaching up to 20% in the general population. In mechanistic terms, the risk of PND lies in an interaction between a maternal psychophysiological vulnerability and a chronic environmental context of stress. On the one hand, repetition of stressor during pregnancy mimics a chronic stress model that is relevant to the study of the allostatic load and the adaptive mechanisms. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018317DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5942420PMC
May 2018
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Relationships between psychosocial distress and diet during pregnancy and infant birthweight in a lower-middle income country: 'healthy mothers, healthy communities' study in Vanuatu.

Ann Hum Biol 2018 May;45(3):220-228

f Départment des sciences de l'activité physique , Université du Québec à Montréal , Montréal , QC , Canada.

Background: Maternal stress during pregnancy is associated with birth outcomes, including birthweight. Exposure to natural disasters during pregnancy provides a model to study these relationships. However, few studies assess both stress and diet, which might have interactive effects. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03014460.2018.1459837DOI Listing
May 2018
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Psychosocial Stress and Preterm Birth: The Impact of Parity and Race.

Matern Child Health J 2018 Oct;22(10):1430-1435

Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Duke University School of Medicine, DUMC Box 3967, Durham, NC, 27710, USA.

Objectives Studies examining risk factors for preterm birth (PTB) such as psychosocial stress are often focused on women with a history of PTB; however, most preterm babies are born to women with no history of preterm birth. Our objective was to determine if the relationship between psychosocial stress and PTB is altered by parity. Non-Hispanic black (NHB) women have increased psychosocial stress and PTB; therefore, we further aimed to determine if race alters the relationship between psychosocial stress, parity, and PTB. Read More

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http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s10995-018-2523-0
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10995-018-2523-0DOI Listing
October 2018
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Marijuana-Perinatal and Legal Issues With Use During Pregnancy.

J Perinat Neonatal Nurs 2018 Jan/Mar;32(1):43-52

St. Joseph Hospital, Denver, Colorado.

Although still illegal at the federal level, marijuana has been legalized for medical and/or recreational use in 29 states, causing a dynamically changing legal and social landscape. While the legalization of marijuana at the state level provides criminal protection for use by adults, there remain civil legal implications for families brought about by mandated reporting laws. Mandated reporting requirements have not been updated to account for the movement toward legalization, risking overload of community child protection resources. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/JPN.0000000000000303DOI Listing
August 2018
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The impact of transactional sex with teachers on public school students in Monrovia, Liberia - a brief report.

Vulnerable Child Youth Stud 2017 8;12(4):328-333. Epub 2017 Mar 8.

Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA.

Access to education has been shown to strongly influence adolescent health across the world, and strong relationships with teachers has been found to lead to better academic and psychosocial outcomes for students. In many low-income countries where adolescents have less access to education and are more likely to experience poor health outcomes, risky sexual behaviors can exacerbate these challenges by increasing the risk of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. This study sought to examine risky behaviors, such as substance use and risky sexual practices, of in-school youth in Liberia, a country in West Africa. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17450128.2017.1300721DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5773053PMC
March 2017
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Preconception Care for the General Ob/Gyn.

Clin Obstet Gynecol 2018 03;61(1):62-71

Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

Preconception counseling is an important aspect of the care of reproductive-aged women. Asking each woman with each interaction her wishes regarding pregnancy allows the health care provider to investigate her history. The areas to review include environmental toxins, nutrition, genetics, substance abuse, medical conditions, infectious diseases, and psychosocial issues. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/GRF.0000000000000338DOI Listing
March 2018
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Practicing safety: a quality improvement intervention to test tools to enhance pediatric psychosocial care for children 0-3 years.

Prim Health Care Res Dev 2018 07 18;19(4):365-377. Epub 2017 Dec 18.

7Department of Pediatrics,Jersey Shore University Medical Center,Hackensack Meridian Health, Professor and Chair Seton Hall School of Medicine,Neptune, NJ.

Background: Child maltreatment is a significant public health issue in the United States. Yet, fewer than half of pediatricians discuss behavioral, developmental, or parenting issues with parents.

Objective: This paper describes the testing of bundles of tools and processes, part of a larger intervention, Practicing Safety, targeted at changing physician and staff behavior to identify families at risk for child maltreatment, provide anticipatory guidance, refer to community resources, and follow-up and track at-risk families. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1463423617000810DOI Listing
July 2018
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Association of Maternal Psychosocial Stress With Increased Risk of Asthma Development in Offspring.

Am J Epidemiol 2018 Jun;187(6):1199-1209

Division of Mental and Physical Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway.

Prenatal maternal psychosocial stress might influence the development of childhood asthma. Evaluating paternal psychosocial stress and conducting a sibling comparison could provide further insight into the role of unmeasured confounding. We examined the associations of parental psychosocial stress during and after pregnancy with asthma at age 7 years in the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (n = 63,626; children born in 2000-2007). Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwx366DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5982733PMC
June 2018
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A behavioral strategy to minimize air pollution exposure in pregnant women: a randomized controlled trial.

Environ Health Prev Med 2017 Apr 4;22(1):26. Epub 2017 Apr 4.

Mental Health Research Group, Health Metrics Research Center, Iranian Institute for Health Sciences Research, ACECR, Tehran, Iran.

Background: Pregnant women and their fetus belong to a sensitive group in response to air pollution hazards. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a theory-based educational program to change pollution exposure behavior in pregnant women.

Methods: In this randomized controlled trial, pregnant women attending a prenatal clinic in Tehran, Iran were selected and randomized into the experimental and control groups. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12199-017-0633-8DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5664830PMC
April 2017
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The Role of Body, Mind, and Environment in Preterm Birth: Mind the Gap.

J Midwifery Womens Health 2017 Nov 14;62(6):696-705. Epub 2017 Nov 14.

Preterm birth continues to be a problem affecting low-, middle-, and high-income countries, with rates increasing in some areas despite ongoing efforts to reduce the incidence. This emphasizes the need for more effective interventions, particularly if we aim to achieve the broad health targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The current focus on medically-oriented interventions such as reducing nonmedically-indicated induction of labor, cesarean birth, and multiple embryo transfers associated with assisted reproductive technologies, as well as the application of cervical cerclage and use of progesterone therapy, though important, are likely only partial solutions to the complex phenomenon of preterm birth. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jmwh.12658DOI Listing
November 2017
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Reproductive profiles and risk of breast cancer subtypes: a multi-center case-only study.

Breast Cancer Res 2017 Nov 7;19(1):119. Epub 2017 Nov 7.

Department of Oncology, Leuven Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer, University Hospital Leuven, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.

Background: Previous studies have shown that reproductive factors are differentially associated with breast cancer (BC) risk by subtypes. The aim of this study was to investigate associations between reproductive factors and BC subtypes, and whether these vary by age at diagnosis.

Methods: We used pooled data on tumor markers (estrogen and progesterone receptor, human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER2)) and reproductive risk factors (parity, age at first full-time pregnancy (FFTP) and age at menarche) from 28,095 patients with invasive BC from 34 studies participating in the Breast Cancer Association Consortium (BCAC). Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13058-017-0909-3DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5688822PMC
November 2017
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Preterm birth enhances the contribution of mothers' mind-mindedness to infants' expressive language development: A longitudinal investigation.

Infant Behav Dev 2017 11 2;49:322-329. Epub 2017 Nov 2.

Department of Education, Psychology, Communication, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy.

Maternal mind-mindedness has been shown to be a powerful predictor of many developmental outcomes and to buffer the impact of psychosocial risk conditions, but no study has investigated whether this parental feature might support child development in the presence of biological risk, such as preterm birth. The present study addresses this gap, by investigating whether early maternal mind-mindedness contributes to the growth of a child's linguistic abilities in the following two years of life, and if the contribution of this maternal feature might be stronger in the presence of preterm birth. Forty mother-child dyads (twenty with a preterm infant) were followed longitudinally, with maternal mind-mindedness assessed at 14 months of age and child's expressive linguistic abilities at 24 and 36 months through observational measures. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2017.10.006DOI Listing
November 2017
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A qualitative analysis of psychosocial outcomes among women with sexual violence-related pregnancies in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Int J Ment Health Syst 2017 18;11:64. Epub 2017 Oct 18.

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, 14 Story Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA.

Background: Sexual violence is prevalent in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and has potentially devastating psychosocial consequences. Previous studies have reported on sexual violence and its impact on the mental health of survivors, but there are few studies conducted among women with sexual violence-related pregnancies (SVRPs). Women with SVRPs may be at greater risk of complex psychosocial outcomes, including social stigmatization. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13033-017-0171-1DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5648419PMC
October 2017
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Barriers to antenatal psychosocial assessment and depression screening in private hospital settings.

Women Birth 2018 Aug 12;31(4):292-298. Epub 2017 Oct 12.

Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney, NSW, 2006, Australia.

Problem: The evidence of benefit for antenatal psychosocial assessment and depression screening has been sufficient to lead the implementation of screening in public hospitals in all states of Australia. Details of the implementation of perinatal screening in private obstetric settings is less well known.

Aim: As any successful implementation relies on the identification of local barriers, we aimed to determine what perceived or actual barriers may exist for the implementation of evidence-based perinatal screening interventions in private obstetric care, and specifically within small private hospitals. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2017.09.021DOI Listing
August 2018
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Endocrine Disruptors and Pregnancy: Knowledge, Attitudes and Prevention Behaviors of French Women.

Int J Environ Res Public Health 2017 09 6;14(9). Epub 2017 Sep 6.

INSERM, University Hospital of Poitiers, University of Poitiers, Clinical Investigation Center 1402, 2 rue de la Milétrie, 86021 Poitiers CEDEX, France.

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) are environmental exposure factors that are rarely reported in clinical practice, particularly during pregnancy. This study aimed to describe women's knowledge, attitudes and behaviors towards EDC exposure. A study was conducted in the French Department of Vienne between 2014 and 2016 and comprised semi-structured interviews with pregnant women, a focus group of professionals in perinatology and environmental health, and the administration of a psychosocial questionnaire comprising scores in 300 pregnant or in postpartum period women. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14091021DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5615558PMC
September 2017
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Prenatal particulate matter exposure and wheeze in Mexican children: Effect modification by prenatal psychosocial stress.

Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2017 09 27;119(3):232-237.e1. Epub 2017 Jul 27.

Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York; Institute for Exposomic Research, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York. Electronic address:

Background: Air pollution exposure in childhood is associated with greater incidence and exacerbation of asthma, particularly in children whose parents report high levels of psychological stress. However, this interaction has not been completely elucidated in pregnancy.

Objective: To examine whether the association between prenatal exposure to particulate matter no larger than 2. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anai.2017.06.016DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5593766PMC
September 2017
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Critical questions: Advancing the health of female Veterans.

J Am Assoc Nurse Pract 2017 Oct 21;29(10):571-580. Epub 2017 Jul 21.

Atlanta VA Medical Center, Decatur, Georgia.

Purpose: Women are the fastest growing Veteran population in the United States and many receive all or part of their health care outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The purpose of this article is to review the healthcare issues of women Veterans and discuss implications for care.

Data Sources: Review of selected literature, VA resources and guidelines, and expert opinion. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2327-6924.12490DOI Listing
October 2017
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Cumulative effects of prenatal-exposure to exogenous chemicals and psychosocial stress on fetal growth: Systematic-review of the human and animal evidence.

PLoS One 2017 12;12(7):e0176331. Epub 2017 Jul 12.

Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, University of California, San Francisco, United States of America.

Background: Adverse effects of prenatal stress or environmental chemical exposures on fetal growth are well described, yet their combined effect remains unclear.

Objectives: To conduct a systematic review on the combined impact and interaction of prenatal exposure to stress and chemicals on developmental outcomes.

Methods: We used the first three steps of the Navigation Guide systematic review. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5507491PMC
September 2017
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Gene-environment interactions involving functional variants: Results from the Breast Cancer Association Consortium.

Int J Cancer 2017 11 11;141(9):1830-1840. Epub 2017 Aug 11.

Division of Cancer Epidemiology, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany.

Investigating the most likely causal variants identified by fine-mapping analyses may improve the power to detect gene-environment interactions. We assessed the interplay between 70 single nucleotide polymorphisms identified by genetic fine-scale mapping of susceptibility loci and 11 epidemiological breast cancer risk factors in relation to breast cancer. Analyses were conducted on up to 58,573 subjects (26,968 cases and 31,605 controls) from the Breast Cancer Association Consortium, in one of the largest studies of its kind. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ijc.30859DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5601244PMC
November 2017
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Maternal Lifetime Stress and Prenatal Psychological Functioning and Decreased Placental Mitochondrial DNA Copy Number in the PRISM Study.

Am J Epidemiol 2017 Dec;186(11):1227-1236

Department of Pediatrics, Kravis Children's Hospital, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York.

Psychosocial stress contributes to placental oxidative stress. Mitochondria are vulnerable to oxidative stress, which can lead to changes in mitochondrial DNA copy number (mtDNAcn). We examined associations of maternal lifetime stress, current negative life events, and depressive and posttraumatic-stress-disorder symptom scores with placental mtDNAcn in a racially/ethnically diverse sample (n = 147) from the Programming of Intergenerational Stress Mechanisms (PRISM) study (Massachusetts, March 2011 to August 2012). Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwx183DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5859981PMC
December 2017
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Association between consistent weight gain tracking and gestational weight gain: Secondary analysis of a randomized trial.

Obesity (Silver Spring) 2017 07 2;25(7):1217-1227. Epub 2017 Jun 2.

Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA.

Objective: The effective components of interventions for reducing excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) remain to be identified. This study investigated the sociodemographic, physical, psychosocial, and environmental correlates of online GWG tracking and its independent association with GWG outcomes.

Methods: Eight hundred ninety-eight women in the intervention arms of a randomized trial assessing the effectiveness of an integrated online and mobile phone behavioral intervention to decrease the prevalence of excessive GWG were included in this secondary analysis. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5504884PMC
July 2017
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Protocol for the Emory University African American Vaginal, Oral, and Gut Microbiome in Pregnancy Cohort Study.

BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2017 Jun 1;17(1):161. Epub 2017 Jun 1.

Emory University School of Nursing and School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Background: Adverse birth and neonatal outcomes disproportionately affect African American women and infants compared to those of other races/ethnicities. While significant research has sought to identify underlying factors contributing to these disparities, current understanding remains limited, constraining prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment. With the development of next generation sequencing techniques, the contribution of the vaginal microbiome to adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes has come under consideration. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12884-017-1357-xDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5455081PMC
June 2017
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Human biomonitoring from an environmental justice perspective: supporting study participation of women of Turkish and Moroccan descent.

Environ Health 2017 05 19;16(1):48. Epub 2017 May 19.

Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Antwerp, Sint-Jacobstraat 2, 2000, Antwerp, Belgium.

Background: Environmental justice research shows how socially disadvantaged groups are more exposed and more vulnerable to environmental pollution. At the same time, these groups are less represented and, thus, less visible in biomedical studies. This socioeconomic participation bias is a form of environmental injustice within research practice itself. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12940-017-0260-2DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5437637PMC
May 2017
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Psychosocial challenges facing women living with HIV during the perinatal period in rural Uganda.

PLoS One 2017 1;12(5):e0176256. Epub 2017 May 1.

Behavioral Medicine Program, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Boston, United States of America.

The complexities of navigating pregnancy while living with HIV predispose women to additional stress. Finding ways to minimize psychosocial challenges during the perinatal period may maximize the well-being of mothers living with HIV and their children. The goal of this study was to explore psychosocial challenges experienced by women living with HIV (WLWH) during pregnancy and the postpartum. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5411062PMC
September 2017
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Working memory mediates the effects of gestational age at birth on expressive language development in children.

Neuropsychology 2017 Jul 6;31(5):475-485. Epub 2017 Apr 6.

Department of Child Psychiatry, Scientific Institute, IRCCS Eugenio Medea.

Objective: This study tested the role of temporary memory, measured by phonological short-term memory (pSTM) and verbal working memory (vWM), as a mediator of the effect of 3 putative risk factors (i.e., socioeconomic status, home literacy environment, birth gestational age) upon expressive and receptive language. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/neu0000376DOI Listing
July 2017
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Preconception gynecological risk factors of postpartum depression among Japanese women: The Japan Environment and Children's Study (JECS).

J Affect Disord 2017 08 30;217:34-41. Epub 2017 Mar 30.

Department of Environmental Medicine, Kochi Medical School, Kochi University, Nankoku, Kochi, Japan. Electronic address:

Background: Postpartum depression is one of the major causes of disability among women who are on their childbearing years. Identifying people at risk of postpartum depression may improve its management. The objective of this study was to determine the probable association between postpartum depression and some preconception gynecological morbidities. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2017.03.049DOI Listing
August 2017
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Sociodemographic and delivery risk factors for developing postpartum depression in a sample of 3233 mothers from the Czech ELSPAC study.

BMC Psychiatry 2017 03 21;17(1):104. Epub 2017 Mar 21.

Department of Psychiatry, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.

Background: In the postpartum period, certain groups of women are at a higher risk for developing depressive episodes. Several studies have described risk factors for developing postpartum depression (PPD). However, these studies have used limited numbers of participants, and therefore the estimated prevalence of PPD varies greatly. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12888-017-1261-yDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5361789PMC
March 2017
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Differential effects of stress and African ancestry on preterm birth and related traits among US born and immigrant Black mothers.

Medicine (Baltimore) 2017 Feb;96(5):e5899

aDivision of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Institute of Population Health Sciences, National Health Research Institutes, Zhunan bDepartment of Public Health, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan. cDepartment of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL dDepartment of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health eCenter on the Early Life Origins of Disease, Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore fGlobal Health and Education Projects, Inc., Riverdale, MD gAnn & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute, Chicago, IL hDepartment of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA iDivision of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA.

Preterm birth (PTB, <37 weeks of gestation) is influenced by a wide range of environmental, genetic and psychosocial factors, and their interactions. However, the individual and joint effects of genetic factors and psychosocial stress on PTB have remained largely unexplored among U.S. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/MD.0000000000005899DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5293428PMC
February 2017
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Role of maternal occupational physical activity and psychosocial stressors on adverse birth outcomes.

Occup Environ Med 2017 03 6;74(3):192-199. Epub 2016 Oct 6.

Birth Defects Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin, Texas, USA.

Objectives: We examined the association of an array of estimated maternal occupational physical activities and psychosocial stressors during pregnancy with odds for preterm birth (PTB) and small-for-gestational age (SGA).

Methods: Data for infants born without major birth defects delivered from 1997 to 2009 whose mothers reported working at least 1 month during pregnancy were obtained from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. We linked occupational codes to the US Department of Labor's Occupational Information Network, which provides estimates of exposure for multiple domains of physical activity and psychosocial stressors by occupational categories. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/oemed-2016-103715DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5394923PMC
March 2017
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