Ashish Goyal, M.D.
Ashish Goyal, M.D.

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ANSWER: What Condition Does Mini-Me Have?

 
 
1. What movie is this guy from?: 
Mini-Me is a character played by Verne Troyer in the second and third Austin Powers movies: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember. I actually think I liked the original one best.
 
2. What disorder does he have?
Verne Troyer has ACHONDROPLASIA! This is also known as the most common form of DWARFISM. Patients are short, have macrocephaly, mild hypotonia, short arms/legs, a relatively NORMAL TORSO and “trident-like” fingers. 
 
3. What's the inheritance pattern?
About 15-20% of cases are due to autosomal dominant inheritance. The rest are due to SPORADIC mutations.
 
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If you love a website and the site happens to have an RSS feed, like this one, you can get instant access to any new posts. This does not mean you'll get spammed, or that you'll see every single comment that someone posts on the site. It simply means that when a new blog post is posted, you'll have access to it.
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Here's are two easy ways to get instant access to an RSS feed:
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  • EMAIL DELIVERY: Visit http://blogtrottr.com, type in the address of the feed (www.pediatricsboardreview.com), type in your email address and then check your inbox to confirm you really want the feed. Once you confirm, you'll be shown two feeds that you can subscribe to. Choose “www.pediatricsboardreview.com/feed“. That's it! Blog Trottr is great because it's simple, automated, and lets you subscribe for free. If there's a new post, you'll get it! Love it!
  • GOOGLE READER: This is more complicated and requires you to go and check your feeds when you're bored. It's kind of like having access to an endless message board. You have to create a Google account to use this service. Login to your Google account and then visit http://www.google.com/reader. Then click on SUBSCRIBE and type in the name of the website you are interested in adding to your Google Feed Reader. Or, if you have the RSS feed address (e.g., http://www.pediatricsboardreview.com/feed or http://feeds.feedburner.com/pediatricsboardreview), just type it in and hit SUBSCRIBE. That's it! You can then come back to your Google Reader account as often as you want to see what's new. I think this is great if you are going to be good about coming back to see what's new. For me, it kind of feels like I've created a stack of magazines and journal articles that “I'll get to eventually,” so it's not my preferred option.
Since I post new material almost every 1-2 weeks, I'd highly recommend using one of the above options to stay up to date with PBR.
Hope that helps!
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– Ashish