Suppose you are expecting a baby and the obstetrician or genetic counselor tells you that they detected your future child possesses a gene which is associated with the development of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This neuromuscular disease with its severe … Continue reading We have the results of the prenatal genetic screening back…
“It’s your pregnancy. Demand the accuracy of the MaterniT21 PLUS test.” “No confusion. Just simple, clear results.” So reads Sequenom Laboratories’ website, speaking to prospective parents and health care providers. The MaterniT21 test is marketed as a noninvasive prenatal test … Continue reading New and improved prenatal screening: do expecting parents understand what these tests mean?
I’d like to share this piece from The Bioethics Program of Union College. It explains well why bioethics is not an esoteric area of study but something very important to our society. The Importance of History for Bioethics: It is … Continue reading The Importance of History for Bioethics: It is What it Was
Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing, genetic tests available to the general public that do not require the involvement of a health care practitioner, have been on the market for nearly a decade now, but there is still a great deal of … Continue reading Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing – mostly harmless
Just some final thoughts on vaccination, specifically the psychology and aspects of human nature that lead us to believe the things we do, for better or worse. I think the insights in this video are not only important in understanding … Continue reading The Science of Anti-Vaccination
As we are now in the midst of influenza season and there have been an impressive number of patients with influenza on our pulmonary service, I thought I would take a minute to discuss mandatory influenza vaccine for health care … Continue reading A call for increased use of seasonal influenza vaccine in healthcare workers
In the decade before 1963 when a vaccine became available, nearly all children got measles by the time they were 15 years of age. It is estimated 3 to 4 million people in the United States were infected each year. … Continue reading Public health needs to outweigh autonomy when it comes to vaccination