SMFM highlights significance of spina bifida research findings

SAN FRANCISCO (February 10, 2011) — More than two thousand physicians, some of the top obstetric/gynecologists in the world who specialize in maternal-fetal medicine, especially high risk pregnancies, gathered today for their annual meeting in Sa…

Noninvasive test for trisomy 21 closer at hand

St. Louis, MO, February 10, 2011 — In 1980 in the United States, approximately 4.5% of all pregnant women were of advanced maternal age. By 2007 that figure had increased to 14%. Women over 35 are at increased risk of giving birth to babies with t…

Public knows no more about genetics than in 1990, study finds

Despite a decade of highly publicized advances in genetics, U.S. adults know no more about genetic testing than they did in 1990, according to a University of Michigan study. “The public needs to have more and better education about genetics,” said Eleanor Singer, lead author of the study and a senior research scientist at the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR), the world’s largest academic survey and research organization.

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