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Out of Options: Expectant mother finds life through innovative heart procedure

When Cecilia Figueroa decided in early 2017 that she wanted to have a child, she had to be more careful than most. A perilous medical history included six years of dialysis, a kidney transplant, and a transplanted aortic valve in her heart — the original valve a casualty of high calcium caused by her kidney troubles....

Fortifying Their Future: The recent addition of folic acid to corn masa flour has promise to decrease risk of neural tube defects

In Texas, Hispanic women are at a higher risk than non-Hispanics for giving birth to babies with a neural tube defect (NTD), a serious condition that affects the spinal cord and brain. In fact, a worrisome 1993 cluster of NTD cases in the heavily Hispanic city of Brownsville shook up the state of Texas so much it led to the establishment of the statewide Texas Birth Defects Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch. ...

Heart Attacks and Strokes: Women vs. Men:

Heart attacks and strokes aren’t sexist. Together they kill nearly a quarter million American men and women each year. But the way women experience these cardiovascular emergencies is different, from how they are diagnosed and treated to their outlook for survival. Here’s a breakdown on how women vary:

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The Zika Virus: A possible link between this virus and a serious birth defect has left the global community reeling. So, should we be panicking?

The headlines blare with all the subtlety of a punch to the gut....

A Difficult Decision: BRCA genes and taking preventive action against breast and ovarian cancers

On May 14, 2013, newspaper and magazine headlines swirled with stories about Angelina Jolie. This was not typical tabloid fodder; on that day, she announced in a New York Times op-ed that she carried a defective copy of the BRCA gene, which her doctors estimated had increased her chances of developing breast and ovarian cancer to an alarming 87 percent and 50 percent, respectively. ...