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  • Dec 19 2001

    Conjugated Linoleic Acid for Weight Loss: Hope or Hype?

    Every year or so, a new product arrives on the scene promising quick and easy weight loss. Our fantasy of a pain free solution to unwanted body fat is nothing new. In the 1970’s, I remember my groovy teenage babysitter sprinkling a “magic” weig...

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  • Understanding Interpretation of First Trimester Screening Results

    Based on the very large number of comments and questions I continue to receive related to the interpretation of the results of ‘combined first trimester screening for aneuploidy’, it is clear that there is a lot of confusion among both patients an...

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  • Folate Receptor Antibodies and Congenital Birth Defects

    We have such great readers! The comment and questions below were shared with us by a physician who had a twin pregnancy in which both of her babies were lost early in third trimester with different major congenital birth defects - one involving t...

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  • November 14, 2006: National Prematurity Awareness Day

    Today has been designated National Prematurity Awareness Day. I know I have devoted several posts to preterm birth (PTB), and actually have several more that will eventually be committed to this blog, but in recognizing today’s significance, it i...

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  • Composite Results are the Strength of First Trimester Screening for Aneuploidy

    The reader below faces what appears to be a growing dilemma for patients (and their providers) in the laboratory reporting of results from first trimester screening for aneuploidy. The data that supports this screening modality has always emphas...

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  • X-Linked Hydrocephalus - 3 - The Role of L1CAM Mutations

    The CRASH spectrum of overlapping syndromes that are characterized by variable expression of Corpus callosum hypoplasia, Retardation, Adducted thumbs, Spastic paraplegia, and Hydrocephalus, are all the result of a variety of mutations in the cell ...

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  • Tales of Two Thrombophilias

    Although we strive to practice “evidence-based medicine” when the evidence is good and the practice is sensible, there are many times when personal experience still plays a role in patient care activities. Nowhere does this seem to be more true i...

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  • Chromosomal Mosaicism Detected at the Time of Chorionic Villus Sampling

    Since the widespread acceptance of first trimester screening for fetal chromosomal abnormalities (aneuploidy), and following the recommendations that this should be offered to all pregnant women, not just those considered to be ‘at risk’ for indic...

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  • What is Aneuploidy Screening?

    Patients have a hard time understanding the differences between screening tests and diagnostic tests. The most misunderstandings or misconceptions that seem to arise during pregnancy revolve around screening for aneuploidy (fetal chromosomal abno...

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  • Multiple Pterygium Syndrome - A Rare Cause of Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

    The following comment and query was recently left on my post "Grand Rounds 3.52 - Thanks Kerri!" Although it had nothing to do with the subject of my Grand Rounds offering, it is still a fascinating condition most worthy of a post all its own – mu...

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Dr. Trofatter is an expert on maternal-fetal medicine.

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