December 18, 2013 — Jennifer Margulis, PhD and Manuel Casanova, MD

Ultrasounds–Safe and Sound?

Fearless Medicine with Dr. Kelly Brogan

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Book Giveaway: The Business of Baby

Join the host of Fearless Medicine, Kelly Brogan, MD, as she speaks with Jennifer Margulis, author of the acclaimed book, The Business of Baby: What Doctors Don’t Tell You, What Corporations Try to Sell You, and How to Put Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Before Their Bottom Line.

BusinessofBabybookThey will explore what is known and unknown about the most universally applied intervention in pregnancy: ultrasound.

Why do women get ultrasounds?

Are they requested and desired? Are they recommended? Is there prior discussion or consent?

What is known about risks? What is suspected? What about autism?

What might be a more reasonable or cautious application of the technology?

Should it be abandoned?

Jennifer Margulis, PhD is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. A former Fulbright Fellow and an award-winning journalist, she has worked on a child survival campaign in Niger, West Africa, and championed the rights of rescued child slaves in Pakistan. Her cover story for Smithsonian magazine was chosen by Natalie Angier for inclusion in Best Science Writing 2009. The Business of Baby is her fifth book. Its research was partially made possible by theFund for Investigative Journalism.

manuel.f.casanovaJennifer will be accompanied by Manuel Casanova, MD, the Gottfried and Gisela Kolb Endowed Chair in Outpatient Psychiatry and a Professor of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology at the University of Louisville, researcher and investigator into the role of ultrasound technology in brain-based pathology seen in autism. His research has focused on the cell minicolumn, a vertical unit of 80 to 100 neurons having a common latency of response to stimulation. His most recent studies have investigated the presence of abnormalities of minicolumnar organization and lateralization in the brains of patients who exhibit language disturbances, including autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and dyslexia. He is internationally known for his work in autism.

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