In the news – an example of the pitfalls of prenatal testing

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think all prenatal testing is bad. I do believe we need to be careful and take the time to educate our patients and families to the best of our abilities. Parents Sue Doctors Over ‘Wrongful Abortion’ Brandy Zadrozny, The Daily Beast 1/29/2015 More than two-thirds of pregnant women in the U.S. go through prenatal genetic screening for abnormalities such as Down syndrome, or Trisomy 21. Studies estimate that between 80 and 90 percent of parents who receive a diagnosis of Trisomy 21 choose to terminate their pregnancies. A smaller share, but still a majority … Continue reading In the news – an example of the pitfalls of prenatal testing

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In The News – California Measles Outbreak

Nagourney, A. Goodnough, A. (21 Jan 2015) Measles Cases Linked to Disneyland Rise, and Debate over Vaccination Intensifies. New York Times. http://nyti.ms/1JazA46 Carroll, R. (17 Jan 2015) Too rich to get sick? Disneyland measles outbreak reflects anti-vaccination trend. The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jan/17/too-rich-sick-disneyland-measles-outbreak-reflects-anti-vaccination-trend The New York Times article reports that as of January 21, California health officials had identified 59 cases of measles this winter; 42 of these cases are linked to an outbreak that began with a Disneyland employee in December. The California Center for Infectious disease is asking Californians who are unvaccinated to get the vaccine and some unvaccinated students … Continue reading In The News – California Measles Outbreak

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In the News – Complexities of Choosing and End Game for Dementia

Span, P. (19 Jan 2015) Complexities of Choosing an End Game for Dementia. New York Times. http://nyti.ms/1DUWHQ2 The New York Times published a piece this week examining some of the controversies surrounding end of life decisions for people with dementia, in particular voluntarily stopping eating or drinking (VSED). I feel that autonomy in end of life decision making is extremely important. As a health care provider, I may not always feel comfortable with a patient’s decision, but I believe there are some decisions only the patient can make. Continue reading In the News – Complexities of Choosing and End Game for Dementia

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