Praise for Dr. Martinez

“Dr. Martinez is an exceptional doctor and even better human being. Our appointments never felt rushed he listened to all my concerns and was very good at addressing them. I was given my options and all the staff including Dr. Martinez helped me in making a decision for my treatment. I can’t express how happy I am in seeking their help.”

Thanks for these nice comments. You can read more like these at the Reviews page of our web site.

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Mom’s mobile phone use safe for fetus, study finds

Mobile phone use during pregnancy is unlikely to have any adverse effects on child neurodevelopment, according to new research published in the open access journal BMC Public Health. These findings provide further evidence that exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields associated with maternal use of mobile phones during pregnancy is not linked to neurodevelopment in children.

“The concern for harm to the fetus caused by radio frequency electromagnetic fields, such as those emitted by mobile phones, is mainly driven by reports from experimental animal studies with inconsistent results,” said Dr. Eleni Papadopoulou, lead author from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. “Even though this is an observational study, our findings do not support the hypothesis of adverse effects on child’s language, communication and motor skills due to the use of mobile phone during pregnancy.”

The researchers analyzed data from a large Norwegian population-based pregnancy study of 45,389 mother-child pairs for whom self-reported questionnaire data was available on maternal mobile phone use and neurodevelopment follow-ups of the children at ages 3 and 5. The researchers found that children born to mobile phone users had a 27% lower risk of having lower sentence complexity, 14% lower risk of incomplete grammar and 31% lower risk of having moderate language delay at age 3, compared to children of mothers who reported no mobile phone use. They also found that children born to mobile phone users had an 18% lower risk of low motor skills at age 3, compared to children born to non-users of mobile phones. The beneficial effects remained even after adjusting for relevant confounders and were also relative to the level of reported mobile phone use by the mother.

“Our investigation revealed for the first time that maternal mobile phone use may actually have a positive impact,” said Professor Jan Alexander, senior author from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. “Our large study provides evidence that pregnant women’s use of cell phone is not associated with risk of harming neurodevelopment of the fetus. The beneficial effects we report should be interpreted with caution due to the limitations common in observational studies, but our findings should at least alleviate any concern mothers have about using their mobile phone while pregnant.”

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“This is where our miracle took place”

A happy patient shares some exciting news:

“We were released from Dr. Ziegler’s care about 4 weeks ago because WE ARE PREGNANT!!! I miss seeing him and the staff on our weekly visits. I’ve never had a doctor with such amazing bedside manner. When my husband went on our initial consult, we left there knowing this was the practice we wanted to go with. Why? Because at the end of our visit, Dr. Ziegler didn’t hold out his hand to shake hands good-bye, he held out his arms and gave me the most supportive hug. I left there feeling like he genuinely cared about us. His demeanor never changed from our first visit till our last, he shows you that he cares. You are not just another number to him, you are someone important. We will always look back at this time in our lives and be filled with the most loving memories. This is where our miracle took place. Thank you to Dr. Ziegler and the staff for always smiling, offering a hug of support and encouraging us along the way.”

We couldn’t be more excited to share in this patient’s joy. You can read more reviews like these at our web site.

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Is Halloween chocolate actually good for you?

With Halloween coming soon, your house is likely to be filled with lots of sugary treats, including chocolate. And here’s some good news: A study found that eating chocolate improves placental function and decreases the risk of preeclampsia.

Previous studies showed conflicting results regarding the role of chocolate consumption during pregnancy and the risk of preeclampsia. Now, the new study evaluated the impact of chocolate with high levels of flavanols, aka compounds found in chocolate and other foods that can promote healthy blood flow. Researchers conducted a randomized controlled trial of 129 pregnant women between 11 and 14 weeks gestation; each was given either high-flavanol or low-flavanol chocolate. A total of 30 grams of chocolate was consumed daily for 12 weeks and women were followed until delivery.

The result was that there was no difference in preeclampsia, gestational hypertension, placental weight or birthweight in the two groups; however, a marker of blood velocity in the uterine, placental and fetal circulations showed improvement in both groups that was much greater than expected in the general population.

“This study indicates that chocolate could have a positive impact on placenta and fetal growth and development and that chocolate’s effects are not solely and directly due to flavanol content,” explained Emmanuel Bujold, M.D., one of the researchers on the study, which was presented at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting.

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New podcast: The importance of good preconception care

If you are trying to have a baby, or you are just thinking about it, it is not too early to start getting ready for pregnancy. Preconception healthcare is important for women, and focuses on taking steps now to protect the health of a baby in the future.

In our latest podcast, Dr. Virginia Mensah, our newest specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, talks about the importance of good preconception care and the steps you should take now if you are planning to try to get pregnant.

Listen to this and all our podcasts here.

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Praise for Dr. Ziegler, Dr. Martinez and our staff

A new batch of online reviews offers praise to our medical team.

“Dr. Martinez is an exceptional doctor and even better human being. Our appointments never felt rushed he listened to all my concerns and was very good at addressing them.”

“It was my first surgery ever and it was very easy and Dr. Ziegler always makes me feel comfortable and happy.”

“Can’t say enough good things about the doctors and staff. Very thankful for them.”

And we are thankful to all the patients who offered kind words about our services. You can read more reviews like these at our web site.

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For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, schedule your mammogram

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, nothing could be more important than increasing awareness about the importance of mammograms. How often should women get a mammogram? Guidelines differ, but a new study estimates thousands of U.S. lives could be saved if mammograms were done every year from age 40 to 84.

Hendrick and his colleagues used computer modeling to assess the three major mammogram recommendations: annual screening from age 40 to 84; annual screening at ages 45 to 54, then every other year from 55 to 79; or every other year from 50 to 74. The researchers estimated how many lives would be saved if every U.S. woman born in 1960 followed one of the three recommendations each year.

Deaths from breast cancer would fall by an average of 40 percent with annual screenings from 40 to 84, the investigators reported. By comparison, breast cancer mortality would decline 31 percent with screening until age 79. And it would drop 23 percent with every-other-year mammography from 50 to 74, which is recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

“Screening annually starting at age 40 is the best strategy to avert an early breast cancer death,” said study co-author R. Edward Hendrick, a radiology professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Be sure to talk to your doctor about scheduling your yearly mammogram.

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New technique may fix genetic cause of infertility

Scientists have created healthy offspring from genetically infertile male mice, offering a potential new approach to tackling a common genetic cause of human infertility.

Our sex is determined by the X and Y chromosomes. Usually, girls have two X chromosomes (XX) and boys have one X and one Y (XY), but approximately 1 in 500 boys are born with an extra X or Y. Having three rather than two sex chromosomes can disrupt formation of mature sperm and cause infertility.

In a study published in Science, scientists at the Francis Crick Institute have found a way to remove the extra sex chromosome to produce fertile offspring. If the findings can be safely transferred into humans, it might eventually be possible for men with Klinefelter syndrome (XXY) or Double Y syndrome (XYY) who are infertile to have children through assisted reproduction using this technique.

“Our approach allowed us to create offspring from sterile XXY and XYY mice,” says first author Takayuki Hirota from the Francis Crick Institute. “It would be interesting to see whether the same approach could one day be used as a fertility treatment for men with three sex chromosomes.”

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Thanks for the nice reviews

We are happy to share our two most recent online reviews from two happy patients.

“Can’t say enough good things about the doctors and staff. Very thankful for them.”

“Always friendly, supportive and successful.”

Thanks to them, and to everyone who takes the time to recommend us online. You can see more reviews on our web site.

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Join us in the fight against breast cancer

Each year, approximately 230,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and close to 40,000 women will die from breast cancer. Breast cancer mortality rates have declined by 35 percent since 1989, largely due to increased awareness of the disease and earlier screening and detection procedures.

You can also make a difference by signing up for the Point Pleasant Beach walk on Sunday, October 15. The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting more than 300 communities to finish the fight.

You can learn more about the walk and sign up here.

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