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Thursday: November 11, 2010

LIVELINES: WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE CALLS

  There's good news for expectant moms and those planning on starting a family.A new test may help diagnose ectopic pregnancy more easily,reducing emotional stress and unnecessary deaths.
   Our guest was Dr. Kirk Brody.
   An ectopic pregnancy occurs outside the uterus and is the leading cause of pregnancy-related first trimester deaths.
  British researchers measured levels of a specific molecule in 40 women who had a tubal ectopic pregnancy.
  These women had lower levels of the molecule compared to those who had normal, healthy pregnancies.
  The simple, inexpensive test could help doctors diagnose an ectopic pregnancy in an urgent situation -- but more large scale studies need to be done to determine its usefulness.
  Dr. Brody says the test looks promising, but it has not yet been approved.

KIRK BRODY
629-9743

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