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  • Breast Cancer in Pregnancy: Considerations for Therapy

    In addition to establishing the tissue diagnosis of breast cancer, typically, your treating physicians will want to determine the molecular characteristics of the tumor cells. This information helps in counseling with regard to prognosis and, als...

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  • Celiac Disease and Pregnancy

    In our last post, we responded to several questions from a reader named Kate concerning the implications of low PAPP-A levels detected during the course of first trimester screening for aneuploidy. Not addressed in our last post were her two othe...

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  • Thanks to Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei for Great Grand Rounds

    My belated (I was at the beach too!) thanks to Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei for his edition of "Grand Rounds at the Beach" published this week in his Eye on DNA website. What a great collection! Thanks for including a link to my guidelines for the manageme...

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  • Drugs and Fetal Development: Focus, Paroxetine

    Antidepressants are among the medications most commonly prescribed to young women; and, of those available, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are among the most popular. It is estimated that as many as 2-3% of all women in their chil...

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  • Thanks to ChronicBabe for Grand Rounds 4.24!

    Many thanks to Jenni Prokopy at the award-winning site ChronicBabe for including a link to my post entitled "Heterozygosity for Homocystinuria and Heterotaxia Syndromes." in this week's Grand Rounds 4.24. I did laugh out loud when Jenni notified ...

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  • Metformin Use During Conception and Pregnancy

    The following recent query requested my opinion regarding the safety of metformin during the periconceptual period and throughout pregnancy. Although there are not many large or comprehensive studies addressing these concerns, the bulk of the data...

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  • First Trimester Screening and Twins

    Below is a series of excellent questions and my responses related to first trimester screening from a woman who has an IVF pregnany and twins...• At Fri Jun 27, 06:53:00 AM 2008, Anonymous said…Hi: How reliable is first trimester screening (FTS)...

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  • Grand Rounds 3.50 - Parallel Universes

    Many thanks to Dr. Emer at Parallel Universes for including my post regarding the association of "Low Pregnancy-Associated Plasma Protein A (PAPP-A) and Pregnancy Outcome" in this week's stellar Grand Rounds 3.50! This post was written in respon...

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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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  • Early Pregnancy Loss - 2

    ...When things had gotten quieter in the room, I went back to talk with the couple about our findings (see my last post). I could see the thousand questions she had on her lips and told them, “Let me just talk with you for a few minutes, and then...

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

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