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Sadly, a woman’s tragic story-- recently all over the news-- plays out in the real world more often than people may realize. The devastating tale of Carrie DeKlyen who just died after succumbing to brain cancer, which was discovered after becoming pregnant and declining certain treatments to protect her unborn baby, ends with more misfortune. The baby she continued to carry beyond her own lost consciousness, who was born prematurely as a result, has also died.

Due to crippling, intolerable headaches with vomiting, Mrs. DeKlyen got evaluated...

In an ironic twist, after recently writing about an insensitive sketch entitled Saturday Night Live” Skit Mocks Infertility, it was just reported sextuplets were born to parents “overcome with joy” who tried to conceive for 17 years. 

Though my previous article reflects my dismay over Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s skit making fun of those struggling with infertility, this one will shift the discussion to the risks of multiple birth gestations in general—spontaneous or otherwise. This current example, however, serves to underscore the wide spectrum of challenges individuals...

Babies inside the womb, as they exit and once out into the world —especially if breastfed—are influenced to varying degrees by their mother’s exposures, albeit illicit or prescription drug intake, food ingestion or smoking, to name a few.  

If a pregnant mother is chronically using opioids, for example, then birth with subsequent severing of the umbilical cord enacts an abrupt cessation of the substance to the baby.  The result is a newborn in withdrawal.  This is called neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).  It can be mild or happen upon a wide array leading to severe.

A new research letter in JAMA Pediatrics...

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics investigates a possible association between planned birth before 39 weeks gestational age and early childhood development.  It concludes that an early, scheduled delivery is linked to poor childhood development at school age.  

A population-based record linkage cohort study of those born in South Wales, Australia between 2002-2007 was performed on 153,730 live-born infants of greater than or equal to 32 weeks gestation with assessments of development in their first year of full-time school 2009 or 2012.  The five avenues interpreted: ...

In the spirit of Breast Cancer awareness month and promoting women’s health, we are excited to have had Dr. Susan Wolf in our Manhattan office today for our Making the Rounds Facebook Live video streaming series

Dr. Wolf is a Reproductive Endocrinologist specializing in infertility and menopause.  Additionally, she is a breast cancer and melanoma survivor - and, “borderline ovarian” which she personally addressed in our discussion.

This series is intended to be an interactive experience, so questions from the public are welcomed.  

With respect to her expertise, Dr. Wolf spoke on debunking myths related to infertility, menopause,...

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By now most folks are aware that the class of drugs called statins can lower levels of blood cholesterol by their action on the liver and thus help prevent heart attacks. But they may be able to do more than that. In addition to their effectiveness lowering cholesterol, statins have anti-inflammatory effects. And a small, new, study demonstrated the efficacy of one statin in preventing the negative consequences of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS...

Plastics! Nothing to Fear...An article published in today s JAMA Pediatrics purports to link premature birth to exposure to the group of chemicals known as phthalates. These are plastic softeners-plasticizers, and are also found in numerous household products and cosmetics and shampoos.

In fact, this so-called study is a typical product of those researchers whose goals are rather than the advancement of science, knowledge, or public health to advance their own...