Michael K McCormack

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Prenatal exposure to seven heavy metals (cadmium, chromium, cobalt, lead, mercury, nickel, and silver) was determined for amniotic fluid taken from 92 pregnant women undergoing amniocentesis at approximately 16 to 18 weeks' gestation. Follow-up assessment of their children's cognitive skills and health status was conducted when the children were(More)
BACKGROUND As the field of genetic medicine advances and more tests for genetic diseases become available, a dilemma of legal and ethical importance will be increasingly encountered by family physicians. Protecting the confidentiality of a patient with a genetic disease when the patient's family is at risk for inheriting the disease is a conflict that more(More)
A previously unrecognized hypochromic anemia associated with marked normoblastemia during the newborn period is reported. One male and two female siblings and a first cousin had a hypochromic anemia and marked normoblastemia (300 to 900 normoblast index per 100 white blood cells) at birth. Globin chain synthesis studies on peripheral blood of the proband(More)
Sickle-cell trait, a condition present in 7% to 9% of the United States Black population, is usually considered to be a clinically benign condition. However, there is increasing evidence to indicate the contrary, that is, the clinical pathophysiology is variable, ranging from a benign condition in most cases to a relatively few cases of severe pathological(More)
Huntington disease (HD) is an incurable terminal disease. Thus, end of life (EOL) concerns are common in these individuals. A quantitative measure of EOL concerns in HD would enable a better understanding of how these concerns impact health-related quality of life. Therefore, we developed new measures of EOL for use in HD. An EOL item pool of 45 items was(More)
Huntington disease (HD) is an autosomal dominant disorder of the central nervous system with an average age of onset between 35 and 45 years and symptoms progressing slowly over the next 10 to 20 years. Research in the past few years has focused on the hypothesis that a presymptomatic or prodromal phase for HD is detectable at least 10 years prior to(More)