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Dr. Richard Roberts

Pediatrics
Corpus Christi, TX
47 years experience male

Locations

Medical Genetics and Prenatal Diagnostic Services

Corpus Christi, TX

Address

6610 Belvoir Ave,, TX 78414, Corpus Christi, TX
Directions

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Aetna

CIGNA Health Care

Humana Insurance Company

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Specialties
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Pediatrics

Clinical Genetics

Licenses

United States: Texas

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

594 Answers
552 Agrees
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Don't stop!: Long-term benefits of breastfeeding a baby are huge, and a mom will be able to breast-feed both after delivery with no problems. Absolutely no risks a... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Not diagnostic: Sounds like a temporary change. The color of stool to be concerned about is usually black, which may represent digested blood. An MD will determine... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
They tried--failed.: Lobbyists of the makers of OTC medications call up massive protest letters and phone calls to congress whenever the FDA has tried to regulate OTC med... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Milk allergy: is possible, or lactose intolerance. See your PCP for an evaluation. If he is old enough to eat pizza, both of these entities should be excluded.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Probably: We can identify many mutations which cause cancer or which predispose to cancer, such as BRCA 1 and 2, and provide invaluable susceptibility testing w... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Vyvanse is a prodrug: Its chemical structure consists of dextroamphetamine coupled with the essential amino acid, L-lysine, called Lisdexamfetamine (L-lysine-dextroamphetam... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Rare, possible: 2 families noted in OMIM,showed possible genetic predisposition. Emge (1962) noted "7 mother-daughter pairs who had undergone surgery for adenomyosi... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Need fertility w/u: any couple who have not conceived in 1 year deserves a fertility evaluation, which should include a complete explanation of your testing results, and ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes, unlikely: Many "cold sores" on the mouth's mucous membranes are not due to viruses. If your sister had an outbreak of vesicles on the skin adjacent to the mout... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Not useful: Rubella vaccine should not be given earlier than 12 months of age.Rubella infection in children is usually a mild disease. If a woman develops rubella... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Intimate: "Survival of the fittest" means only 1 thing: you leave more progeny than peers. That is the only way to enable your genes to survive. In West Afric... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Prenatal and postnat: Congenital scoliosis occurs during embryonic and fetal development, sometimes genetic, sometimes not. Usually the cause is anomalous vertebrae, like... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
It's heredity--the : gene causing male pattern baldness is on the X-chromosome. That means your father had nothing to do with it because there are very few genes on the Y ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Fell while pregnant: If nothing can be done, other than emotional support, having the midwife visit wouldn't be too productive. No cramping, no ruptured membranes, no ble... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Homocysteine level : there is much non-evidence-based information about MThfr mutations. It is clear that the mutation you have puts you at significant risk of homocystei... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Further info needed: i need further information. Is the site of insertion healed? Is it the insertion site where you have this white discharge? Or is it elsewhere? Is th... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Tinnitus: This condition usually occurs after exposure to a really loud sound. Since it is both ears, the sound would have hit both equally. over 260 meds can... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Cause of pain: need further details: any rash anywhere? is pain associated with itching? is the pain on the skin surface, or deep, or a combination? Anal itching?... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Patience: The most common cause of appearance of a number of hypopigmented patches not associated with any other signs or symptoms is vitiligo. The Rx depends o... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Obtain fetal DNA : The tests you had are now obsolete and miss at least 20% of fetuses affected with Down syndrome. Ask for a free fetal DNA test in your blood sample--y... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
As a seafood, yes: All seafoods have healthy amounts of omega 3 fatty acids. Usually a few servings of seafood per week will replace your usual supplement.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Need evaluation: I can exclude the main psychological condition causing weight loss, anorexia nervosa, as these people tell themselves that the more skeletal they appe... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Need pcp evaluation: Possible Flu. Fever, muscle aches, cough, sore throat, nausea. The anti-flu medication Tamiflu (oseltamivir) must be taken within the first 48 hours o... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Most likely if all: over the scalp: seborrheic dermatitis. Try an anti-dandruff shampoo, pharmacy generic brand. If you get immediate relief progressing to normal, tha... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Many women who start: oral contraceptives may have highly irregular periods for a while, including heavy periods. Please do not worry--call your pcp or the clinic who pres... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Unnecessary if: If you are on and antibiotic effective for streptococcal disease.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: Severe vitamin D deficiency causes rickets in children, and osteomalacia in the elderly. Vitamin D is a sterol synthecised from cholesterol, like oth... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
No, if GYN exam neg.: You need to see your GYN for A breast exam and evaluation. Early diagnosis of Paget's disease is extremely important. "Itching, tingling, or redness i... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
No movement 24 end: this frequently happens about this time. There is enough amniotic fluid around the fetus thatseveral days may go by without feeling a kick, although p... Read More
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Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Unlikely: A severe infection such as adenovirus before the immune system has matured at about 2 mo. puts a great strain on the body's metabolism, likely suffici... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
18q- means a piece : of The long arm of the 18th chromosome is missing. There are hundreds of different genes located on the long arm, so there are potentially hundreds of... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Highly accurate : About one chance in the thousand it is wrong and needs repeating. The good news is that there are no chromosomal anomalies.this is an extraordinary so... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Pasteurization: all bacteria are killed if you steam them for 10 minutes. Don;t use an antibacterial soap. That causes rash in many people and is completely unnecess... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Don't worry: some recommend 10 mg melatonin 1 hr before sleep. it has very low toxicity--not to worry with 15 mg.
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A female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: They are two different classes of antibiotics that do not interact with each other. You can take both at the same time. Doxycycline does not have an e... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: plan B is not a contraceptive It is to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex, not before! Sperm can be active 5 days ejaculation into the vagina. ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Propensityis genetic: In many medical conditions, we know that it is possible to inherit an increased risk of developing the condition. Migraine is one such condition. Yo... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
This is a random: occurrence which can happen to anyone. You shoujld get genetic counseling. You may ask for fetal DNA analysis in in a future pregnancy at 9 to 10 w... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Dx 90% lab, 10% PE: A clinical geneticist can make a diagnosis by observing the combination of unusual behavioral features and pattern of developmental delay, usually by ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes and no: With a family history of Alport disease and/or renal failure, the dot-and-fleck retinopathy is diagnostic. "A peripheral retinopathy in the mother of ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Why don't you know?: After someone has had a diagnosis of hemochromatosis, the guide to therapy is to have phlebotomies until the serum ferritin falls to 50 or below. How... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Beta-blockers best: "The pianist Vladimir Horowitz found it so disabling that he didn't perform for 12 years". If stage fright--performance anxiety--is severe, cognitive... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Unknown: I don't think anyone knows, but it is very characteristic of the syndrome.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Needs a strep test: The chief danger from a strep throat untreated for 10 days is the risk of post streptococcal glomerulonephritis and rheumatic fever--the latter can ca... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Addictive behaviors: Some people become addicted to certain behaviors, driven by a compulsion to repeat them. Coca Cola and other soft drinks, sex, pornography, thrill se... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
DNA vs. sweat tests: For sweat tests, do not trust a laboratory which is not accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. "Sweat tests should be done at a Cystic Fibrosis... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Possibly: CFS no longer exists, because it trivialized the condition. This January after recommendation by the US Institute of Medicine, it is now Systemic Exe... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
"blood thinning": This is an unfortunate description in medicine which can be misleading. People at risk of clots forming in their blood stream need anti-coagulants to... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
It can be.: If there are two first degree relatives in a family who develop pancreatic cancer, by definition they have familial pancreatic syndrome, which is an a... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
No: some babies are clearly born with different personalities from their sibs, but there is no identifiable genetic linkage. It probably is all environme... Read More
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Jun 7, 2015
I enjoy Dr. Roberts' succinct, common-sense answers and the way he meets patients where they are. Collaborates well with colleagues, and teaches us all something! An asset to HealthTap!!
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Roberts is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Dec 2, 2015
I am grateful for this doctor this Thanksgiving!
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This made me feel good. Thanks! have methyl folate ordered Amazon Cdn supplier have NAC on hold due to $ issues THANKS i DO feel more energy with the 4 i have! awesome TTY tomorrow in consult glad you...Read More
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This made me feel good. Thanks! My myalgia/joint pain has decreased, and I can only attribute this to supplementation. I also seem to have some facial flushing (rosacea?) which I have read can be help...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Dr. Roberts: Found your reply quite informative. BTW I am diagnosed by a clinical geneticist with Waardenburg syndrome two. You can find more with my personal blog htt...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1975MD

Residency

Richard Roberts

Awards

NIH Fellowship 1979-1980
First Prize, Ceramics, University of Chicago Dept. of Art Graduate Student competition
Harbor Collegium, Scientific Research Honorary Society, Harbor General Hospital1976

Affiliations

Adult Genetics SIG
Sigma Xi
American Medical Association
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