Smoking During Pregnancy Increases!
    August 30, 2001
    Smoking During Pregnancy Increases!

    I’ve heard headlines this week about how great we are doing at decreasing smoking during pregnancy. But smoking rates among pregnant teens increased by 5% between 1994 and 1999, according to an Augu…

    The Latest on Pregnancy and Alcohol
    August 22, 2001
    The Latest on Pregnancy and Alcohol

    A study in the August 2001 issue of Pediatrics demonstrates the association of prenatal alcohol exposure and later childhood behavior problems at lower levels of alcohol exposure than had been previou…

    They're Playing Our Song: Long, Bonding Memories
    July 16, 2001
    They’re Playing Our Song: Long, Bonding Memories

    Dr. Greene's take on babies' memories... It had been a full year since they last heard the songs. Before that, the babies had listened to the songs time and time again during the final 3 months that t…

    A Can A Week Is All
    July 10, 2001
    A Can A Week Is All When It Comes To Fish

    Dr. Greene explains the concept of a can a week for fish consumption in pregnant or breastfeeding moms... Eating too much mercury damages children's immune systems and kidneys, but its toxicity to the…

    Adult holding a babys fingers. There are lasting Effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
    June 21, 2001
    Lasting Effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    Alcohol is now recognized as the most common major destructive environmental agent to which a fetus is likely to be exposed. It is directly responsible for 10-20% of mental deficiency with IQ's in the…

    June 21, 2001
    Determining Paternity

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Determining paternity is now possible even before a baby is born. This is done by comparing DNA molecules -- our genetic blueprints. To do this you need a blood sample from both …

    Eating Licorice and Premature Babies
    June 13, 2001
    Eating Licorice and Premature Babies

    Pregnant women who eat lots of black licorice may be at increased risk of pre-term labor, according to a study in the June 2001 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology. (more…)…

    Dads Make a Difference
    April 27, 2001
    Dads Make a Difference

    Dr. Greene on the importance of dads! Men with multiple sclerosis seem to be more than twice as likely to transmit the disease to their children as women with this disease, say researchers from the Ma…

    Gum Disease and Preterm Labor
    March 21, 2001
    Gum Disease and Preterm Labor

    Women who have gum disease are more than twice as likely as other women to give birth to a premature baby, according to a study of more than 2000 women presented at the 2001 annual meeting of the Amer…

    Seafood and Preventable Neurologic Problems
    January 26, 2001
    Seafood and Preventable Neurologic Problems

    Fish are a good source of protein, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids. But some fish contain mercury that is harmful to your health.  What should you do? (more…)…

    Neurologic Damage
    July 17, 2000
    Neurologic Damage

    Dr. Greene's perspective on neurologic damage in babies... For years, those who work with newborns have noticed neurologic abnormalities in babies who were exposed to cocaine while in the uterus. Thes…

    Preventable Mental Retardation?
    July 13, 2000
    Preventable Mental Retardation?

    A study in the July issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology reports that untreated urinary tract infection during the first and third trimester of pregnancy is associated with a 40% increase in mental reta…

    Pregnant Women Should Take Caution Using Untested Remedies
    March 3, 2000
    Pregnant Women Should Take Caution Using Untested Remedies

    An expecting mom in her 37th week of pregnancy told me that her midwife recommended that she take evening primrose oil to bring on labor slowly, but surely. The mom asked me if there would be any side…

    Effects of Alcohol and Pregnancy
    February 15, 2000
    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…

    The Millennium Baby - A Century of Technology
    January 1, 2000
    The Millennium Baby – A Century of Technology

    Having a millennium baby in January 2000 is very different from having a baby in January 1900. Back then, there were no early pregnancy tests to know in a moment that a baby was coming, and no blood t…

    Dilemma in Treating Cancer During Pregnancy
    December 3, 1999
    Dilemma in Treating Cancer During Pregnancy

    How tragic to be expecting a child - one of life's great joys - and to discover that you have breast cancer. This nightmare happens during about one in 3,500 pregnancies. We know that chemotherapy wor…

    Mother's Instincts
    November 12, 1999
    Mother’s Instincts

    As parents we know that having children changes our entire experience of the world. Women also know that the miracle of pregnancy changes the body in tangible ways. New research published in the Novem…

    Preventing Down Syndrome?
    September 29, 1999
    Preventing Down Syndrome?

    Is Down syndrome just a random event that more commonly strikes the children of older mothers? Is there nothing that can be done to prevent it except  getting pregnant at a younger age or detecting a…

    Prenatal HIV Testing
    August 17, 1999
    Prenatal HIV Testing: Is It Worth It?

    Dr. Greene's take on prenatal HIV testing... The number of babies born in the United States who are infected with HIV has dropped dramatically since 1992, according the August 17th, 1999 edition of th…

    May 13, 1999
    No Excuse For Circumcision Pain!

    Dr. Greene's Answer: What a preposterous idea that little boys don't feel pain when part of the penis is first ripped from the underlying tissue, crushed with a clamp, and then amputated! This procedu…