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  • Obesity and Birth Defects

    The other day, I wrote a post related to rising maternal mortality rates as reported by the National Center for Health Statistics. In that post, I cited obesity as one of the likely contributors to the problem. Today, the Trust for America’s Healt...

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  • Assessing Fetal Lung Maturity - 3 - L/S Ratios and Phosphatidylglycerol

    In our last two posts we explained the rationale for assessing fetal lung maturity – minimizing the risks for fetal complications related to respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). This has become increasingly important as we try to reduce the morbi...

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  • Grand Rounds Thanks to Inside Surgery

    Many thanks to the team at Inside Surgery for including my first (of three) posts related to the possible association of abnormalities in folate metabolism and methylation with risk for Down syndrome in Grand Rounds 3.37. My series on this subject...

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  • Down Syndrome and Folate Metabolism - 2

    Since the publication of the first two studies cited in my last post related to this issue, various groups around the world have investigated the association of abnormalities in folate metabolism and methylation pathways and the risk for Down synd...

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  • Dr T Takes a Cruise

    Well, I have been gone about a week on a long overdue vacation. Did any of you miss me? I went on a cruise (for the first time) and stayed away from any contact with the internet and work. You guys are NOT work. You are a labor of love and I m...

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  • Cervical Incompetence and Cerclage - 2 - An Overview of Cervical Structure

    In the nonpregnant state, the cervix comprises the lower one-third of the uterus and connects the uterine cavity to the vagina. The overall length of the cervix is highly variable but generally falls in the range of 2.5 to 5.0 cm. Only about one-...

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  • Thanks Dr. Smith for Grand Rounds 3.42!

    Thanks to Dr. Tara C. Smith at ScienceBlogs.com Aetiology for including my recent post in this week's Grand Rounds 3.42 regarding a conversation I had with a young teen who was pregnant, had an abnormal Pap test, and thought she had cervical cance...

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  • Mother's Day Thoughts

    On Wednesday, May 9, 2007, Kenneth L. Noller, MD from Boston was sworn in as the 58th president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. During his inaugural address, he reminded the audience to be cognizant of our past, the lon...

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  • Cervical Incompetence and Cerclage - 9 - My Approach to Prophylactic Cerclage

    At the end of my last post, I mentioned that the McDonald cerclage procedure is the type I have preferred for many years for most routine and ‘rescue cerclages’, but I also mentioned that if the suture is not placed highly enough, deeply enough, o...

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  • Recurrent Pregnancy Loss and PAI-1: Thrombosis vs. Hypofibrinolysis as the Pathogenic Mechanism?

    Well hello again readers! It appears that the 'comment screening' process has been rejuvenated and we are back in business. As feared, however, now I've got to respond to the 50 comments that miraculously appeared in my mailbox yesterday after a...

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

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