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Prenatal Hemophilia Test Experiments #255757

CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 06, 1978
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(Studio) No. of American men affected by hemophilia noted. Prenatal test to detect disease and questions it raises reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(New Haven, Connecticut) Prenatal test given Jamie Pine because of hemophilia history in family noted. [Mother Perla PINE - thinks she would have had abortion if child had been hemophiliac.] Details given about test, developed at Yale-New Haven Med. Center. Physicians involved in experimental testing are Maurice Mahoney and John Hobbins. Films and diagrams shown. [HOBBINS - hopes success here will lead to treatment of diseases already diagnosed.] Similar blood tests reported to have been found to be only sure way to detect Cooley's and sickle-cell anemia. Little risk to woman, but some to fetus, during test stated. [MAHONEY - says there have been 3 miscarriages out of 90 pregnancies examined in their experiments and that miscarriages were caused by test. Says this number is too high to be comfortable with.] Opponents' chgs. that test causes more abortions detailed; scientists' response given. [HOBBINS - says most women who come to them have decided to end pregnancy if test doesn't given them information they seek.] Yale doctors' report that only at University of California in San Francisco is similar testing being done in United States cited. Expected increase in number of centers using test when findings published in med. journal noted.
REPORTER: Charles Crawford

Crawford, Charles;
Cronkite, Walter

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