Placental eicosanoids as endocrine and paracrine mediators during pregnancy

Iliodromiti Zoe, Grigoriadis Charalampos, Stournaras Stamatis, Daniilidis Angelos, Dafopoulos Konstantinos, Vrachnis Nikolaos

Eicosanoids, biologically active molecules possessing a wide range of functions, include prostaglandins, thromboxanes and leukotrienes. During pregnancy, eicosanoids are produced by the chorionic membranes and the decidua as well as by the placenta. The eicosanoids play an important role throughout pregnancy. During implantation, they enable the trophoblast to invade and colonize …


The impact of current obstetric practice on temporal patterns of childbirth

Sakellariou Vasiliki, Dritsakou Kalliopi, Tzortzi Alexandra, Nousia Konstantina, Farmakides George

Introduction: The actual time of spontaneous delivery has been a matter of investigation for many years by anthropologists and physicians. The aim of this study was to test the possible associations between gestational age, mode, day, duration and time of delivery. Material and Methods: This was an observational study of 412 women given birth in our maternity hospital that were recruited …

Obstetric analgesia and anesthesia in the 19th century in Greece

Papathanakos G, Arnaoutoglou E, Korre M, Papadopoulos G

The aim of our study was to present the development of pain management during childbirth in Greece in the 19th century. The medical journals “Asclepius”, “New Asclepius”, “The Athens Medical Bee”, “The Athens Bee”, “Hippocrates”, “Galen” and textbooks of Pharmacology and Obstetrics were studied. The oldest source for the management of the pain of childbirth was found on a 1845 manual …