Monthly Archives: May 2012

Recurrent pregnancy loss – a failure of the mechanism to select the right embryo?

Recurrent miscarriage is a blight on a couple. There is only so many times a person can cope with being told it is “bad luck” or “the odds are really in your favour next time”. Undoubtedly this may be true … Continue reading

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People talk about natural killer (NK) cells in pregnancy: what do they mean?

Women who have had a miscarriage often read widely on the internet to try to understand what may have been the reason it happened. It is highly likely that they will find something about the possible role of NK cells … Continue reading

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Picture of the week 7th May

Pink flamingoes photographed at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands trust in Gloucestershire Professor Tom BourneProfessor Tom Bourne is Adjunct Professor at Imperial College London, and Consultant Gynaecologist at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital. He is also visiting Professor at KU Leuven, … Continue reading

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Caesarean scars, do they ever heal?

Incomplete healing of Caesarean section (CS) scars is a recognised sequelae to this operation, and may be associated with complications in later pregnancies. These can include scar pregnancy, a morbidly adherent placenta, scar dehiscence or rupture. To date there is … Continue reading

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Rising maternal deaths in London

The Lancet recently published a letter stating that the maternal mortality in London is 19·3 per 100 000 maternities (95% CI 14·0–26·6) versus 8·6 per 100 000 maternities (7·1–10·5) in the rest of the UK. The same letter reported an apparent 27% increase … Continue reading

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Ultrasound scanning is magic – just switch the machine on and point it in the right direction……

One thing patients often say to me when I am carrying out a scan is: “isn’t it amazing what these machines can do these days” I have to admit this usually provokes a little irritation as clearly people think you … Continue reading

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Early pregnancy advanced course program ISUOG/RCOG 2012

The second advanced ultrasound course in earl pregnancy and reproductive medicine is taking place in June at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. This was sold out last year as well as being broadcast live over the internet. Once … Continue reading

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Do doctors ever cry?

I am lucky enough to count quite a few doctors among my close friends, and am married to one.. While this helps to fuel my fantasy that really I have a bit-part in a medical soap, I do wonder if … Continue reading

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Influenza vaccine in pregnancy – new information

Since the 2009 epidemic with influenza A/H 1N1 it has generally been advised that pregnant women constitute an “at risk” group that should be vaccinated. In a study by Pasternak and colleagues and the subject of an editorial in the … Continue reading

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Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) to be rolled out into the NHS

It  has been announced that HPV testing  is going to become available in the NHS cervical screening programme. Clearly not directly related to pregnancy, but this news is significant for all women. It helps differentiate  between minor abnormalities on smears … Continue reading

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