'Silent Risk' Explores Risk to Countless Unborn Children

After 30 years of obstetrical experience, Dr. Jason H. Collins realized that a study of umbilical cord accidents (UCA) was needed. According to studies by the National Institutes of Health, UCAs constitutes 10-15% of stillbirths. Most unborn babies lost to UCA were normal, making their deaths needless and possibly preventable, as unexpected as they were. With his new book, Dr. Collins warns readers of this "Silent Risk" and explores ways to detect and possibly prevent it.

With an estimated 8,000 deaths per year in the United States from complications of UCA, Dr. Collins' posits that an initial goal of 50% reduction of loss is possible. To achieve this goal requires the recognition by the obstetrical community of the issue. Dr. Collins' study goes further, delving into the various factors that may cause UCA stillbirths, and how these incidents can be screened for prenatally through ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging. He also advocates that the 18-20th week ultrasound review should include the umbilical cord, its characteristics, and description of its placental and fetal attachment.

According to Dr. Collins, his work is a pioneering one and a call to action for more research to be done on the grave matter that threatens countless newborns all over the world. His work equips readers with detailed medical information on the dangerous condition, for the "Silent Risk" cannot be ignored.

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About the Author
Dr. J. Collins is from New Orleans, Louisiana, and trained with Tulane Medical Center. He specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. He recently completed a master's degree in clinical research from Tulane Medical Center. He is the principal investigator for the PUCP (Perinatal Umbilical Cord Project). The study reviewed over one thousand no-risk pregnancies for UCA and is peer reviewed and published by the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

SILENT RISK * by Jason H. Collins, MD, MSCR
Issues about the Human Umbilical Cord
Publication Date: November 25, 2013
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