Three clinics rapped for misleading pregnant women

Three clinics have been rapped for misleading pregnant women by exaggerating the effectiveness of Down's Syndrome blood tests. The companies charge £650 per test.
Source: the Mail online | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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CONCLUSION: Compared with the current policy, our novel proposed approach had better performance and could be applied by the Iran National Health Service to improve the screening program guideline. PMID: 32176639 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Human Antibodies - Category: Biochemistry Tags: Hum Antibodies Source Type: research
AbstractNo single invention in the past has created such a rapid and massive impact on clinical obstetric practice as the introduction of noninvasive prenatal screening (NIPS) for chromosomal abnormalities using cell-free DNA in maternal plasma. However, the technology of NIPS which has also been called noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is rapidly evolving. Most clinicians may not be able to fully understand this new technology to enable good clinical practice. This review will be focused on issues that have important clinical implications. NIPT/S is only a screening test and all positive cases must be confirmed by invas...
Source: Journal of Fetal Medicine - Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The increased use of first-trimester screening and cell-free fetal DNA tests was not associated with earlier diagnosis of DS or earlier delivery or termination of pregnancy. The use of chorionic villus sampling should be encouraged for DS diagnosis when indicated because it could reduce the gestational age at diagnosis and termination if requested. PMID: 32001179 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada : JOGC - Category: OBGYN Tags: J Obstet Gynaecol Can Source Type: research
The objective of this study was to assess the effect of maternal characteristics on NT measurement.
Source: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: Poster Session I Source Type: research
ConclusionsHealth-care professionals must be careful to speak in unprejudiced ways throughout the diagnostic process and present both termination and continuation of pregnancy as equally legitimate options. Nevertheless, the couples may still experience doubt and feel vulnerable following their decision to continue the pregnancy.
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research
Abstract Down syndrome (DS) is an important genetic disease that besides cerebral functions involves many other body systems. The postnatal approach to treat this genetic disease includes intervention on various related diseases (e.g. heart failure, respiratory, oral, ear and hearing disorders). Different treatments proposed barely improve the quality of life of these subjects. Another approach to the treatment of DS considering the possibility to intervene on the embryo was recently proposed. This paper has reviewed different aspects of DS and has analyzed the results of DS treatment in an animal model, namely th...
Source: CNS and Neurological Disorders Drug Targets - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: CNS Neurol Disord Drug Targets Source Type: research
ConclusionsHealth-care professionals must be careful to speak in unprejudiced ways throughout the diagnostic process and present both termination and continuation of pregnancy as equally legitimate options. Nevertheless, the couples may still experience doubt and feel vulnerable following their decision to continue the pregnancy.
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research
“I had no idea what a midwife was.” Lauren Dantzler isn’t alone. A mother of three, Dantzler had sought out Atrium Health’s Piedmont GYN/OB-Rock Hill during her first pregnancy upon the advice of a friend. She’s since relied on the certified nurse-midwives (CNM) of Atrium Health to deliv er her children, which included a high-risk pregnancy with her youngest son, Copelan. Across four OB/GYN practices, Atrium Health offers midwifery care from 18 experienced midwives. “I sing their praises…
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - Category: Biotechnology Authors: Source Type: news
(CNN) — Natalie Dedreux has spent months campaigning against a plan to make a blood test for Down syndrome free in Germany. While its proponents say the prenatal test is a safer alternative to current procedures and should be available to everyone, Dedreux believes it will lead to people like her being “sorted out.” Dedreux, a 20-year aspiring journalist from Cologne, has the condition. “I am worried that if pregnant women find out their baby has Down syndrome, they will decide against us …. because they are scared,” she wrote on her blog. She has attended protests against the plan and ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health News CNN Down Syndrome Source Type: news
ConclusionOur observation and the review of the literature reported the possibility of very weak mosaicism and disease ‐causing confined tissue‐specific mosaicism in fetus or alive patients with chromosome 21 aneuploidy, mainly Down syndrome. In case of clinical diagnosis suggestive of Down syndrome, attention must be paid to the risk of false‐negative test due to chromosomal mosaicism (very weak percentage, d ifferent tissue distribution). To overcome this risk, it is necessary to privilege the diagnostic techniques without culture step and to increase the number of cells and tissues analyzed, if possible. This stud...
Source: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
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