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When the prognosis is dire . . .

It takes some degree of strength for a physician to be candid with a patient’s family when the prognosis is dire. Sharing in a family’s dismay is emotionally exhausting and time consuming. Bad news is not easy to deliver.

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CMV more devastating than ZIKA to fetuses

Zika is all over the news. This mosquito-borne disease can be so devastating to a fetus that re-booking vacation plans to avoid Zika-ridden areas is de riguer. Oddly, little is heard about cytomegalovirus (CMV), a more common flu-like virus often present in children and adults which, in a pregnant woman, can lead to deafness, brain death, and other catastrophic outcomes, including death, of the baby.

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