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Mending a Broken Heart: Team Operates on Baby Boy’s CHD Using 3D Printing Technology

July 6th, 2015|By |News|0 Comments
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    Mending a Broken Heart: Team Operates on Baby Boy’s CHD Using 3D Printing Technology

Author Helen Keller wrote, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched; they must be felt with the heart.” It’s a recognizable feeling to many expecting parents: to love their unborn child before he or she enters the world. But what happens when their baby’s heart is weakened due to congenital heart disease (CHD)? Will the child be able to live a long, healthy, and loving life?

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Whole-Exome Sequencing in Routine Care

April 16th, 2015|By |News|0 Comments

Unlike genetic tests that analyze one gene or small groups of related genes at a time, a recently developed test, called whole-exome sequencing (WES), analyzes the portion of the genome made up of exons – functionally important regions of DNA that direct the production of proteins.

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Pediatric Cardiology: The Beat Goes On

February 23rd, 2015|By |News|0 Comments

From a single tubular structure present at around the fourth week of pregnancy, humans develop a complex, four-chambered heart that keeps blood moving through the cardiac chambers, lungs, and body over a lifetime. The heart’s development can be altered by a number of genetic and environmental factors during the early stages of fetal growth, causing a range of structural abnormalities that, in general, are termed congenital heart defects (CHD).
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Researchers Team Up to Learn More About Preeclampsia

January 5th, 2015|By |News|0 Comments

During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes rapid and profound hormonal, metabolic, and vascular changes to support the developing fetus. In rare cases, complications arise during this process. One of the most serious complications of pregnancy is preeclampsia, a rapidly progressive multisystem disorder that affects six to seven percent of pregnant women.
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From A to Z: Understanding Fetal Anomalies with Fetology

November 17th, 2014|By |News|0 Comments

At about the 20th week of pregnancy, an anatomical scan is performed on an expectant mother to examine if the baby is developing normally. If a fetal anomaly is detected, the results can prepare women and their partners for the future of their child – from possible treatment options before delivery to delivering the baby at a hospital that specializes in the treatment of the abnormality, preparing for palliative care at the newborn stage, or discussing whether to terminate the pregnancy, depending on the diagnosis. (more…)

Study Finds Genetic Anomalies Contribute to Congenital Heart Disease

September 8th, 2014|By |News|0 Comments
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    Study Finds Genetic Anomalies Contribute to Congenital Heart Disease

Author Helen Keller wrote, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched; they must be felt with the heart.” It’s a recognizable feeling to many expecting parents: to love their unborn child before he or she enters the world. But what happens when their heart is weakened due to congenital heart disease (CHD)? Will they be able to live a long, healthy, and loving life?

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Baby Boom: Understanding the CDC’s Birth Rates for Older Women

September 2nd, 2014|By |News|0 Comments
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    Baby Boom: Understanding the CDC’s Birth Rates for Older Women

“When are you going to have a baby?”

Chances are you will hear that question once – if not numerous times – during what is considered to be your “childbearing years.” And if you’re like many women in their late 30s and 40s who haven’t had a child, or would like to have another one in the future, the answer to this question can be worrisome as the difficulty of conceiving increases with age. But there’s good news.

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A Moment in Time, a Lifetime of Privacy Issues?

September 2nd, 2014|By |News|0 Comments

It’s a visual that has been passed down from generation to generation, from the time you were a child to now as a parent: the classic collage hanging in the reception area of any pediatrician’s or obstetrician’s office. The framed faces of children for whom the physician has cared – oftentimes spanning the patient’s entire adolescent life – captures fragments of time, ranging from the first moment a baby enters the world to a professional shot of that same child graduating high school.

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Dr. Mary D’Alton Weighs in on Brain Death & Pregnancy

January 24th, 2014|By |News|0 Comments

New York Times op-ed columnist, Frank Bruni, examines a Texas law that compels hospitals to provide life support to brain-dead women who are pregnant. (more…)

Dr. Ronald Wapner Supports New Prenatal Genetic Testing

August 29th, 2013|By |News|0 Comments

The Washington Post recently examined innovations in prenatal genetic testing, including research on a new technique called chromosomal microarray analysis by NYP/CUMC reproductive geneticist Dr. Ronald Wapner. (more…)