Monthly Archives: February 2016

New Prenatal Test Warn Expectant Moms About Risk Factors Just Nine Weeks Into Pregnancy


With all of the concerns about how various activities and foods will impact the baby, pregnant women have a lot to worry about. While every pregnant woman wishes to have a perfect pregnancy, this is not always possible. And if something does go wrong, it’s best to know as soon as possible. “As soon as possible” has just become a lot sooner thanks to a revolutionary new test called Panorama.

This new prenatal test and can now find abnormalities as early as nine weeks into the pregnancy. Taking this test will take some of the weight off of the shoulders of expecting mothers if there are no abnormalities. If there are some abnormalities, the family will have time to prepare.

So how exactly does it work? Blood is drawn from expectant moms in order to get genetic material from the baby’s placenta. This test can spot defects that can result in Down’s syndrome or other trisomies. It can also find defects that lead to sex chromosome abnormalities and microdeletions, which are the cause of conditions like Angelman and Prader-Willi.

If the results of the test show that there is a high risk for some abnormalities in your baby, there is more that needs to be done. The next step is more testing, such as amniocentesis or the CVS, chorionic villus sampling. If the results show a low risk, the expectant mother may be able to void amniocentesis or other invasive tests.

While it will, of course, be unsettling for an expectant mother to learn that she is high risk, it is ultimately crucial that she find out early, so she can better prepare. If an expectant mother gets back a high-risk result, the mother and her doctor should monitor the pregnancy differently. They will also want to ensure that that the mother is at the best possible location to deliver her baby. This means that she should be near the best specialist and the best NICU possible. This way, her delivery can go as smoothly as possible and the baby can be as healthy as possible.

While the most important aspect of Panorama is, of course, the ability to detect risk factors, it also has a number of other interesting features. For example, parents can detect their baby’s gender early on. It is astounding that a non-invasive surgery that is done with a simple blood test can show this.

One of several cell-free DNA tests on the market, Panorama may give a false positive result. However, out of all prenatal screening tests available, Panorama has the lowest false positive rate for the commonly screened chromosomal abnormalities, trisomies 13, 18 and 21.

Panorama is typically used alongside other routine screening tests such as ultrasounds, and it is typically covered by insurance. With Panorama, expectant mothers who do not have high-risk factors can instead focus on other matters. And those who are at high risk can adjust so that their babies can be as healthy as possible. Panorama is bound to make an incredible difference in the lives of many expectant families.

Speak with your doctor about Panorama and allow your doctor to communicate if this prenatal screening is right for you.

from Dr. Lori Gore-Green | Gynecology and Obstetrics

5 Fantastic Ways to Give

If you feel fortunate for what you have, why not give back to those who are less fortunate?

So often we think we should do something to help, but we put it off for another time. It may be a lack of motivation or it may be the fact that it seems like a difficult task. But community service doesn’t have to be difficult, and it’s extremely rewarding. Here are a few easy and unique ways to give.

1.)Talk to U.S Troops

Many veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are in need of counseling but do not want to seek help from the military. Give an Hour is an organization that gives these soldiers a place to turn. In addition to helping these veterans, Give an Hour works to weaken stigmas surrounding mental health issues. While you do need to be a licensed professional to do social work, substance abuse counseling, marriage therapy, or other forms of counseling with the program, there are many other ways to help if you are not qualified to do counseling. You could help with marketing, volunteer management, or graphic design.


2.) Sponsor a Low-Income Family

Through a program called The Box Project, you can help out a family in need. The Box Project connects struggling families in rural America with groups or individuals. Each month, volunteers send $50 worth of clothing, food, and medical supplies. In addition to financial support, volunteers provide emotional support to the families. Typically, participants develop long-term friendships through letters that they write and general support that they give. The organization also encourages volunteers to do some research about the area where the family lives. This way, each volunteer can work to make an impact on the public services and local policies within the family’s community.


3.) Cook For Your Community

Founded by Christine Carroll, Culinary Corps combines cooking with helping others. The organization typically requires professional kitchen experience or a culinary degree, but if you do not have these qualifications, you may still be able to participate. Carroll states that there is some “wiggle room”, allowing non-cooks who want to contribute to help plan upcoming trips. In the past, one meaningful trip involved Culinary Corps traveling to New Orleans to make meals for Habitat for Humanity.


4.) Grant a Senior Citizen’s Wish

Have you wanted to make elderly people happy? You can if you volunteer for the Twilight Wish Foundation. This organization allows you to grant wishes by donating items or by contributing your time. Wishes can be anything from wanting to see their favorite baseball player play in person to wanting a home computer to email their grandkids. Whatever the contribution, granting wishes is bound to leave a smile on the faces of the volunteers and seniors alike.


5.) Take Care of the Planet

One thing that we all have in common is that we live on Planet Earth. So why not take care of this beautiful planet we live on? The National Environmental Education Foundation is one of many organizations dedicated to this cause. The foundation coordinates events all around the country during which volunteers remove trash, plant trees and partake in other earth-friendly activities. These events occur in public parks as well as wildlife refuges as part of Public Lands Day.


One of the most satisfying things in the world to do is to give. There are so many different opportunities to help out your community and you’re sure to find one that you love. Not to mention, you’ll love the feeling you get when you help people and see smiles on their faces!

from Dr. Lori Gore-Green | Community Service