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Cell free DNA for Prenatal Genetic Testing

Prenatal detection of chromosome abnormalities has been available for over 40 years. Amniocentesis started in the early 1970s and then chorionic villus sampling (CVS) in the 1980s. Given that increasing maternal age is associated with a higher risk of genetic … Continue reading

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Morning Sickness of Pregnancy

Some of my patients have nausea and vomiting of pregnancy to such an extent that they have the severe symptoms of persistent vomiting, acute starvation (with ketones in the urine) and weight loss more than 5 per cent of their … Continue reading

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Vaccinations for Pregnant Women

Many people don’t understand the need for immunization because they have not personally been exposed to the devastating effects of infection or disease. But the danger is there: according to a report from Trust for America’s Health, approximately 50,000 Americans … Continue reading

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is thought to be one of the most common endocrine abnormalities in women, affecting between 6.5-8% of all women. Clinical features include menstrual dysfunction, hyperandrogenism (increased amount of male hormones), polycystic ovaries, metabolic problems, and an … Continue reading

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What Qualities do Women Want in an OBGYN?

I recently read an insightful article that gave a good summary of the qualities women are seeking in an OBGYN. Recent reports show that many young women prefer female physicians compared to their male colleagues. Assuming that physicians are knowledgeable … Continue reading

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Gestational Diabetes now has a new test.

Gestational Diabetes mellitus (GDM) is carbohydrate intolerance that begins or is first recognized during pregnancy. It is associated with increased maternal, fetal and neonatal risks. The prevalence of it is increasing in the U.S. probably due to the increasing rates … Continue reading

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Should Doctors and Patients be Facebook Friends?

One of the groups I’m involved with is the Physicians’ Electronic Health Record Coalition, or the PEHRC (pehrc.wordpress.com). Recently we were honored to have as our guest Dr. Humayan Chaudhry who is the CEO and President of the Federation of … Continue reading

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All about HPV

There’s a lot of misunderstanding about HPV. If you get a phone call that your pap test is not normal, people tend to jump to the worst possible conclusion and believe that they now have cancer. In the great majority … Continue reading

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Did Lady Sybil Have to Die?

Last week one of the most popular shows on television, “Downtown Abbey,” had one of its main characters, sweet Lady Sybil, die suddenly and without warning as a result of preeclampsia. Those of us who work in Obstetrics are well … Continue reading

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Apps for Obstetrics!

Apps can be very helpful. I’m always asking my patients which apps they like for pregnancy. These are some that have been recommended to me: 1. My Days – Period and Ovulation This free, accurate app has is very helpful … Continue reading

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