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Title The endocrinology of parturition : basic science and clinical application / volume editor, Roger Smith
Published Basel ; New York : Karger, ©2001


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 316 pages) : illustrations
Series Frontiers of hormone research ; vol. 27
Frontiers of hormone research ; v. 27.
Contents Socioeconomic impact of preterm delivery / A. Gill -- Comparative physiology of parturition in mammals / I.R. Young -- Prostaglandins and uterine activity / F.A. Patel, J.R.G. Challis -- Oxytocin and uterine activity / H.H. Zingg -- Control of intracellular signalling by corticotropin-releasing hormone in human myometrium / E.W. Hillhouse, D.K. Grammatopoulos -- Role of the human fetal adrenal gland in the initation of parturition / R.B. Jaffe -- Role of estrogen and progesteron in human parturition / S. Mesiano -- Relaxin and the cervix / G. Weiss, L.T. Goldsmith -- Cytokines and the initiation of parturition / G.E. Rice -- Prostaglandins, the fetal membrane and the cervix / P. Bennett [and others] -- Role of the mechanical signals in the onset of term and preterm labor / S.J. Lye [and others] -- Excitability in uterine smooth muscle / H.C. Parkington, H.A. Coleman -- Coordination of myometrial contracility / R. Young -- Placenta as a neuroendocrine organ / F.M. Reis, F. Petraglia -- Timing the onset of parturition / M. McLean -- Regulation of CRH gene expression in the placenta / R.C. Nicholoson, B.R. King -- Biochemical predictors of prematurity / C.J. Lockwood -- Metalloproteinases and cervical maturation / W. Giles, M. Agrez -- Pharmacotherapy for preterm labour / S. Cole, R. Smith, A. Bisits
Summary Understanding the processes by which we ourselves are born is arguably one of the greatest current challenges in clinical medicine. The prevention of preterm delivery, the cause of 70-80% of neonatal morbidity, has become a key area of research. 'The Endocrinology of Parturition' provides an encyclopedia of human parturition which charts the progress of this goal.· In nineteen chapters of authoritative writing this volume covers a wide range of topics from the comparative endocrinology of mammalian parturition and the socio-economic impact of preterm delivery to the relative merits of current tocolytics. Hormonal actions involved in the process of parturition and the role of different hormones are discussed in detail. Several new approaches like the concept of parturition as a variant of inflammatory response or the role of the wide spectrum of known cytokines are introduced. This timely book in a highly dynamic research area is of special interest to birth-clinical obstetricians, endocrinologists and reproductive biologists as well as general practitioners involved in obstetrics
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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Subject Parturition.
Obstetrical endocrinology.
Labor, Obstetric -- physiology
Fetus -- physiology
Obstetrical endocrinology.
Form Electronic book
Author Smith, Roger, Prof.
ISBN 9783318006766