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- Preventing prematurity: the importance of getting screened for Chlamydia
- Ther-Rx skips ACOG: the people have spoken. But can we do more?
- What does replacing the word retarded with intellectual disability accomplish?
- Cigna’s automatic denials: asshattery in action
- ACOG’s double standard on Makena: denouncing Ther-Rx but taking advertising dollars
Monthly Archives: February 2011
Oliver was 7 days old and weighed less than 800 g when I learned he had congenital heart disease. It was a heart murmur that prompted the echo (ultrasound of the heart), although he would have had an echo anyway, … Continue reading
An ASD is a communication between the two atria (top chambers) of the heart. During pregnancy, a baby normally has an opening between the two atria (the opening is called the foramen ovale). This opening exists because blood doesn’t need … Continue reading
Motor skills do not come easy for many preemies. Kids with congenital heart disease also have issues with muscle tone. So, poor Oliver, doubly cursed (birth weight 783 g with pulmonary regurgitation, a now repaired ASD, and right ventricular hypertrophy) … Continue reading
I am struck by the number of women who are taking or who have taken terbutaline to prevent a premature delivery. So what’s the big deal you ask? Well, it doesn’t work. This is a medical fact, because it has … Continue reading
Congenital heart disease (a structural defect of the heart) affects 1% of newborns. Not all heart defects are serious, many close spontaneously or are so small that surgical repair offers little benefit. However, about 25% of congenital heart defects will … Continue reading
Congenital heart disease, a structural defect in the heart, affects 1% of newborns. Approximately 25% of these heart defects are serious, meaning some intervention will be needed soon after birth (many heart defects involve small openings between the chambers of … Continue reading
A recent NY Times article that discussed videoing birth generated a lot of comments. (I guess we can’t really say videotaping, because who uses a tape anymore?). The article presented two sides: hospitals that don’t allow videoing the actual birth … Continue reading
Listeria is a bacteria found in raw milk (milk that has not been pasteurized). It is actually everywhere: in the soil, on the floor of the barn, and in the water. Because it is ubiquitous, meat, milk, cheese, and even vegetables … Continue reading
The membranes rupture before 37 weeks in 2% of pregnancies - this is called preterm premature rupture of membranes or PPROM. Forty percent of premature deliveries are complicated by PPROM. I understand just how devastating it can be as I ruptured my membranes … Continue reading