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  • Body Burden

    Body Burden

    This study features the largest number of chemicals ever tested for in the same group of people – 210 chemicals were tested. The results were staggering – each participant tested positive for an average of 53 known human carcinogens, 55 chemicals known to cause birth defects or developmental delays, and a host of other chemicals.

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  • Rubella

    Rubella: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: German measles, Congenital rubella syndrome, Third disease, French measles, False measles, Scarlatina morbillosa, Hybrid measles Introduction to rubella: How tragic when a mild illness, scarcely worse than a cold, can cause such devastating effects on babies. Young parents, beware! What is rubella? Rubella is one of the classic rash illnesses of childhood. In […]

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  • Effects of Alcohol and Pregnancy

    Effects of Alcohol and Pregnancy

    The first trimester of pregnancy can be a vulnerable time. Some medicines taken during that period can have catastrophic effects on the baby. The third trimester is generally safer. Evidence published in the February 11, 2000 issue of Science suggests that drinking alcohol even once during the third trimester can permanently damage the brain of […]

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  • The Return of Thalidomide

    The Return of Thalidomide

    Thalidomide, the drug that was prescribed to relieve morning sickness in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, caused a worldwide epidemic of severe birth defects. The drug is not kind to certain growing tissues. This turns out to make it very powerful in treating leprosy, AIDS, cancer, diabetic retinopathy, and perhaps a number of other […]

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  • Fast Facts about Trisomy 13

    Fast Facts about Trisomy 13

    Trisomy 13 (also called Patau Syndrome) occurs in up to 1 out of 5,000 newborns (Smith’s Recognizable Patterns of Human Malformation, Saunders 1988).

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  • Anal Stenosis and Anorectal Malformations

    Anal Stenosis and Anorectal Malformations

    My 3 month old daughter was diagnosed with anal stenosis after several bouts of stool infrequency, two of which lasted ten days without a bowel movement. We had to give her babylax to make her go. Her doctor…

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  • On Being a Physician: A day in the life

    On Being a Physician: A day in the life

    Over the years we have received numerous requests from high school and university students, who are in the midst of choosing a career, asking what it is like to be a physician. Here is Dr. Greene’s reply –

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