Placenta and the long-term health of the mother

Alexander Kofinas M.D. Cardiovascular health, Fetal Growth Restriction (IUGR), General Health, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Infertility, Miscarriage, Preeclampsia, Pregnancy Complications, Premature Rupture of Membranes (PROM), Preterm Labor/Birth, Recurrent Fetal Loss (miscarriage), Recurrent IVF Failure Leave a Comment

Breast cancer: the loud threat Women of all ages and strata are too familiar with the perils of breast cancer. After all, cancer is known to be a lethal disease although many women achieve complete cure. It is no surprise then that cancer thoughts are terrifying. Publicity campaigns regarding the risks and early prevention of breast cancer are found everywhere. Cars, trees, billboards, and various ...

The Latest on Zika Virus

Alexander Kofinas M.D. Fetal Anomalies, Fetal Growth Restriction (IUGR), General Health, Pregnancy Complications Leave a Comment

In early 2015, an outbreak of Zika virus, a flavivirus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, was identified in northeast Brazil, an area where dengue virus was also circulating. By September, reports of an increase in the number of infants born with microcephaly in Zika virus-affected areas began to emerge, and Zika virus RNA was identified in the amniotic fluid of two women whose fetuses had been ...

Vaccine controversies: quality evidence anyone?

Alexander Kofinas M.D. General Health, Vaccines Leave a Comment

The vaccine story will never end. The problem is not that vaccines do not benefit, sometimes, but that there is no hard scientific evidence that all vaccines do so. On the other hand, there are no studies to investigate the long-term consequences from these genetically engineered virus particles that stimulate our immune system to generate antibodies; such antibodies attack our own proteins because they confuse them with the genetically engineered viral proteins. Pediatricians, despite their good intentions, need to spend more time in the library to look for scientific evidence that vaccines are safe and beneficial before they start behaving the way they do, pushing vaccines to children as if they were lollipops. The truth is, there is not such evidence.